Wednesday, December 5, 2007

It's not rocket science, but...

The American Institute for Cancer Research has released a 517-page report detailing the CONVENTIONAL medical view of what your main risk factors for developing cancer, and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Among their findings -- after reviewing more than 7,000 large-scale studies over the course of five years -- the Institute is now convinced that excess body weight increases your risk for the following types of cancer:

Uterus, and breast cancer in post-menopausal women

The report also found that there are certain lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk of getting cancer:

1. Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight
2. Be physically active as part of everyday life
3. Limit consumption of "energy-dense foods," foods that are high in calories, fat and sugar. Avoid sugary drinks
4. Eat mostly foods of plant origin, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans
5. Limit intake of red meat and avoid ALL processed meat
6. Limit alcoholic drinks to one per day for women, two per day for men
7. Limit consumption of salt. Avoid moldy grains or legumes
8. Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone, without dietary supplements

Nothing earth shattering here, I know I know...

I have been eating more carbs and it SHOWS. They really perk me up though. I was getting very depressed eating a low carb diet. I'm just going to cut down a bit (especially on the BEER, which I LOVE) and increase my activity level by walking more and working out 5 days per week.

I have been feeling much happier lately! I am being more social and keeping busy via volunteering at my daughter's school and taking lots of classes.

I have a job interview this Friday for a teaching position. I would be teaching reading and writing at an after school program near my apartment. Wish me luck!