Diet and Breast Cancer

I am always looking at what I can do to decrease my breast cancer risk, especially from a more wholistic perspective. I always looking at what I should be eating, even though I don’t always follow through with what I learn. One of the things that I have learned is that one should decrease their meat intake. Now, that doesn’t mean that you need to completely give up meat, but unlike my usual diet, meat should play a secondary role, not a primary role. What should take on the primary role are the veggies. The veggies should be a rainbow of colors and should be colorful, not beige. The other piece that is very important is that sugar should take a backseat. The thing about eating healthier is that your weight will more than likely be at a more appropriate amount versus too high.

I’m always on the lookout for what diet I should follow. I started thinking, and actually still feel this way, that there is no one diet that is perfect. There are parts of many diets that can be put together to make the perfect diet. What I did learn is that if there is one perfect diet, at least I think it would be a perfect diet, it would be the Mediterranean diet. This diet talks about eating less animal based foods, and making sure that it is good and healthy animal foods. It also talks about eating fish, which for me is really hard, but I am trying to like it more. I like that it stresses lots of colorful veggies and making sure that you add in healthy fats, nuts, olive oil and the like.

The other thing I like about the Mediterranean diet has nothing to do with food. It is, on some level, a little more difficult than food. A big part of the Mediterranean diet is about who you eat with and how you eat. You should not be eating alone. You should eat with friends and family as a social event. Eating is a time to enjoy, a time to be with those who make you happy. 

The other part of the Mediterranean diet is mindful eating. What is mindful eating? It is something I strive for, but usually forget all about it. Taking time to enjoy your food helps you to feel more satiated, and that in turn helps you to feel more satisfied with less food. Less food means less calories, which means lower weight. I know that this sounds very simplistic, but it is definitely one way to decrease your calories without depriving yourself. Eating good quality foods will help you enjoy foods that are healthy for you. This is not to say that you can never have food that isn’t healthy, but hopefully you will be satisfied with less of those foods.

The thing I love about the Mediterranean diet is that it feeds you body, mind, and soul. What are your thoughts about the Mediterranean diet?

Namaste,

Amy

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