To reduce your cancer risk, the American Cancer Society suggests
- Avoid picking up extra weight as you age – especially in the mid-section. If the scales are tipping a bit heavier for you these days, start trimming those calories for gradual weight loss.
NOTE! Saving just 500 calories each day will result in a 1-lb per week weight loss!
- Reduce red meats and processed meats (bacon, sausage, fatty luncheon meats, hotdogs) - they have been linked to increased cancer cell development. So instead of building your meals on the meat, plan around fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
- Limit refined starchy foods (white bread, crackers, snack chips, etc.) and sweets/desserts.
- Be very prudent with alcohol intake– that means, IF you choose to drink, no more than 1 drink/day for women and no more than 2 drinks/day for men.
- Be active. The ACS recommends that adults get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5+ days/week. For kids, it’s 60minutes/day – and limit screen time (tv, computer) to less than 2 hours/day.