All women are at risk for developing breast cancer (and men too). While some risk factors can’t be controlled like genetics, age, and gender, building a healthy lifestyle through eating right and exercising can help reduce your risk.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For all you men and women out there, now’s a great time to review some healthy eating tips that are essential for cancer prevention. Better yet, these tips are great for ALL individuals looking to build a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, and improve mood and energy.
- Load up on fruits and veggies, and make sure to choose a variety of colors including red, yellow, orange, and dark-green sources
- Eat lean protein choices like chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, and soy, and emphasize plant-based sources of protein like beans and lentils
- Limit red meat to 1-2 servings per week
- Bake, broil, roast, or grill foods instead of consuming them fried or loaded with buttery sauces, creams, and full-fat cheeses
- Choose whole grains and other high-fiber foods like oats, barley, bulgur, and whole grain bread and pasta
- Opt for fat-free or low-fat dairy products including milk, cheese, and yogurt
- Limit saturated and trans fat consumption – instead replace those fats with monounsaturated fats found in olives, avocados, and nuts and polyunsaturated fats found in fish, nuts, and seeds
- If you drink alcohol, limit your intake to no more than one alcoholic beverage per day (no more than two per day for men)
Here’s to a healthy October!