My Secret Ingredient For Better Heart-Health

Written by Susan Levy on February 27, 2015 | Reply

No dieting necessary by following this guide…

After all my years of working in lifestyle change for patients and their families, I finally had time to concentrate on myself and what I discovered about my diet and maintaining a healthy weight can be summed up in one word: Fiber. (more…)

February Food of the Month: Bok Choy

Written by Liv Scheinbaum on February 24, 2015 | Reply

Oh, bok choy, let us count the ways we love you!

While not a festive red or pink food for this month of February, you will soon see why we think this vegetable should make it to your Valentine’s Day menu. Brimming with over 70 antioxidant phenolic compounds, this is one cruciferous to keep on frequent rotation in your diet. Aim for a serving of 1 cup cooked, at least three times a week (five times would be even better) and definitely mix and match with other cruciferous veggies.  (more…)

How To Enrich Your Rainbow

Written by Susan Levy on February 20, 2015 | Reply

Starting with a plate full of color is the first step in eating well. Roasting, steaming and sauteeing are preparation methods that highlight the natural colors and flavors of food. But all too often, we rely on salt, fat and sugary ingredients for additional taste. In fact, many of us are addicted to these common dietary culprits, which are key ingredients in so many prepared foods today. Spices and herbs offer alternative sources of flavor that can help you serve up a meal that is both colorful and tasty.

You’re eating the rainbow – now spice it up! (more…)

February is Cancer Prevention Month

Written by Aoi Goto on February 19, 2015 | Reply

The American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) estimates that about one third of the cases of most common cancers in the US could be prevented by eating healthy, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight.  This translates to 374,000 cases of cancer that could have been prevented just in the last year. (more…)

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient—Strength and Resistance Training

Written by Stephanie Lang on February 17, 2015 | Reply

Each month throughout 2015, we will feature a different physical activity on our blog. We hope to highlight a variety of activities in this series so that you can find your favorite ways to move your body!

You don’t have to be a gym rat to tone your muscles and feel strong. With a few efficient moves under your belt, you can keep your health in check and whip that body into shape in no time!  (more…)

8 Great Tips From The Mediterranean Diet Lifestyle

Written by Susan Levy on February 13, 2015 | Reply

My message about diet is simple. Exchange diet for lifestyle. Diet represents deprivation and that simply isn’t sustainable. However, lifestyle incorporates everyday habits into life, for the rest of our life, not just a moment in time. Losing weight is generally a short term goal that isn’t sustainable. Whereas lifestyle, well, that’s who we are right? (more…)

“Phyto-tutorial”

Written by Lauren Borg on February 12, 2015 | Reply

Phytochemicals, antioxidants, flavonols, etc.—these healthy food properties are all important aspects of a cancer-fighting diet. Many people use these terms interchangeably even though they each have very different meanings and properties. Let’s set the record straight with a little “phyto-tutorial” on what these terms mean and what kinds of health benefits they offer. After learning more about some of these specific phytochemicals you’ll better understand why health professionals always recommend eating a diet rich in plant-based foods! (more…)

What the FODMAP?!

Written by Stephanie Lang on February 10, 2015 | Reply

No, “FODMAP” is not a foreign delicacy nor is it a curse word. It is actually an acronym representing a diet protocol now being used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, gas and bloating.

So what exactly is a FODMAP, who should follow a low FODMAP diet, does it actually work, and is there any reason a cancer patient should follow a low FODMAP diet? (more…)

Forget New Year’s Resolutions

Written by Susan Levy on February 6, 2015 | Reply

New Year’s Resolutions are mostly about our health. However, did you know how you feel is the single biggest indicator of your health status?

The question “How do you feel about your health?” is on many health risk assessment questionnaires with boxes to check like great, very good, good, somewhat bad, poor.

We all know how we feel, don’t we?

And, it’s not about our weight or any other number. It’s much more comprehensive than that. (more…)

World Cancer Day: “Not Beyond Us”

Written by Aoi Goto on February 4, 2015 | Reply

February 4 is designated as 2015’s World Cancer Day, which is organized by the Union for International Cancer Control.  This day is dedicated to spreading awareness and encouraging actions to effectively prevent, treat, and control the many forms of cancer.  This year’s theme, ‘Not beyond us’, is to emphasize that solutions do exist and that these goals can be achieved.  Raising awareness on this day creates an opportunity for individuals and communities to move forward and make positive changes. (more…)

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