It’s Time To Celebrate YOU!
By Natalie Logan, RD LD, Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine
In today’s world we are always going, going, going and still feel we can’t keep up. Some days it’s challenging to keep up with kids, work, schedules, social activities– much less what we put in our bodies. As we get older, you realize that this is life and it may never calm down. This is why it is so important to slow down and take care of you as there is always going to be a to-do list waiting for you…
This month let’s focus on taking care of us as we all know when you are well rested, well fed and nourished from the inside out everyone around you is positively impacted and things seem to go a lot smoother.
In regards to nutrition, let’s focus on the foods that keep our bodies running strong and help protect us from cancer. A lot of food, especially the overly processed food, can potentially contribute to cancer that can include foods with chemicals, pesticides, additives and preservatives. These foods can include processed meats (think hot dogs, sausage, deli meats), fried and overly cooked foods and foods with added sugar and additives. Not only can these processed foods contribute to inflammation in the body but can cause you to gain weight, have foods allergies and digestion issues.
Things you can do to help lower your risk of cancer and other conditions related to poor nutrition is to incorporate lots of leafy greens, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or Brussels sprouts), berries, probiotic foods (kefir, kombucha, probiotic yogurt, kimchi), nuts/seeds, unrefined oils (coconut, flax, cod liver, extra virgin olive oil), mushrooms, brightly colorful fruits/veggies, fresh herbs/spices and organic meats and wild caught fish.
A lot of these foods have antioxidants and other properties that are nutrition powerhouses to help ward off cancer and keep you healthy from the inside out. Incorporating a wide variety of these foods in your diet will not only keep you on your A-game to keep up with daily to-do lists but your insides will be protected from some of the harmful foods that could potentially cause cancer. You have one body and one life, why not fuel it with good foods to keep you running efficiently!