For those with a family history of breast cancer, diet and nutrition are important factors to consider in protecting oneself from the disease. Dr Weil encourages all women to consider his three dietary recommendations that may lessen the risk of breast cancer:
1. Use healthy fats, such as the monounsaturates found in freshly ground flaxseed, in high quality, extra virgin olive oil and in wild Alaska salmon and sardines.
2. Include one or two servings daily of whole soy products in your diet. Soy foods contain isoflavones as well as other cancer-protective substances.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower for their cancer-protective phytonutrients.
Decades ago, a friend who’d recently had a mastectomy asked me to accompany her to a support group at a local hospital to evaluate the dietary recommendations the hospital would make that evening.
I was impressed. Though breast cancer isn’t one of the cancers in my family history, it seemed like a good idea to implement the recommendations while I still had both breasts.
After all, what did I have to lose?
And more importantly, what did I want to keep?
Since that evening, I’ve adopted the hospital’s recommendations and began exercising and eating “as if.”
Coming up: Foods to Avoid