Eating Right to Fight Cancer

February 19, 2013
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It’s not just what you eat, but how you eat that keeps you healthy, say researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

It’s not just what you eat, but how you eat that keeps you healthy, say researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Using the right combination of unrefined carbs and protein (100-200 calories) and snacking every few hours, keeps blood sugar levels steadier, and your body healthier.  “Eating a healthy meal or snack every few hours refuels your body and puts you in better shape to fight off diseases like cancer,” Mary Ellen Herndon, an MD Anderson wellness dietician said in a statement.  Healthy snacking is encouraged if the next meal is more than six hours away.

Most of us already know this but frequently ignore the advice. It’s easy to tune out nutritional recommendations and reach for high carb, high sugar, empty-nutrient foods – soda, candy, chips – for a quick boost. Some of us (including me) may  skip a meal because we’re either “too busy” to stop or think it will help take off some pounds.

“Skipping meals might seem like a quick and easy way to lose weight,” Herndon said. “But starving your body of essential calories can actually lead to weight gain over time.”

The Center’s infographic [below] is an “in your face” reminder.

I’m curious whether infographics get your attention or if they just visual clutter to ignore? Let me know.

 

 

The Perfect Snack Combo