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I believe that the key to a successful fat loss plan is consistency, particularly with the food you eat. If your food doesn’t taste good, chances are you’ll crave the other options that could sabotage your efforts. Fat loss is a marathon. It doesn’t happen overnight. You need to find a system that works for you personally, and it has to be something you can do over a period of time.

The goal is to create a lifestyle change that is not temporary, but permanent. When you read a diet book that promises change but under extreme circumstances, you need to ask yourself whether or not you can do it long term. If not, you need to find something else.

Most of your fat loss is going to happen outside of the gym. I would be so bold as to say that the majority of it is going to happen in the kitchen. Finding foods that are healthy and delicious is how you are going to execute this plan of yours successfully until your reach your goal, or better yet, eat healthy forever.

One of my go-to healthy and delicious meals is oatmeal. When many people think of oatmeal their first thought is “boring.” That is why you need to spice it up a bit. Here’s my recipe to turn oatmeal from a boring meal into something you’ll want to eat every day.

½ cups oats

1 ½ cups of water

5 medium strawberries, sliced

1 tsp. cinnamon

10 almonds

Pour the oats and water into a pot and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling reduce heat to low and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. While this is happening slice your strawberries. Once the oats are ready pour them into a bowl, sprinkle your cinnamon on top, and add the strawberries and almonds. It’s really that easy.

You can honestly replace the strawberries for any berry, and the almonds for another nut. It’s up to you. Like I said, success is going to happen when you find a plan that works for you. The most anyone can do is make suggestions, and educate you on the foundation of building a food plan that is meant for fat loss.

Let me know what you think of this recipe if you try it, or what changes you make to better suit you.

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According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), although there is no food that will cure cancer, there are arrays of different foods that will help people who have been diagnosed battle cancer, as well as help protect people who don’t have the disease.

Dr. William Li, director and president of the Angiogenesis Foundation, states that one in two men and one in three women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Yet, with the right diet, you can take a big step in reducing your risks. According to MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org eating the right foods is especially important to people who are at risk for developing cancer, whether it be due to exposure to toxic substances like asbestos, or from a history of cancer in your family.

Fruits

Fruits are healthy for anyone, but when it comes to fighting cancer, many fruits are considered “antiangiogenic” foods because of their distinct compounds. For example, blueberries, a great source of Vitamin C and K, also contains anthocyanins, a strong phytochemical that has cancer-fighting agents and helps with memory loss. Other fruits that are beneficial in battling cancer include:

  • Apples: Apples contain a powerful phytochemical called quercetin, which is known for its cancer-fighting abilities, as well as several flavonoids and triterpenoids. Per the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), flavonoids contain anti-cancer mechanisms that help fight inflammation, metastasis, and more.
  • Cherries: Cherries contain high amounts of cancer-fighting agents such as anthocyanins, as well as potassium, and Vitamin C.
  • Cranberries: Cranberries also contain high amounts of flavonoids, including flavonols, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanidins, all of which will help battle cancer and promote overall wellness.
  • Grapes: Grapes contain high amounts of resveratrol, a potent phytochemical that fights inflammation, slows the growth of cancer cells, and hinders tumor growth in several body parts.

Foods Rich in Folate

Research has suggested that people with a diet that contains high amounts of folate-rich foods will have a better chance in fighting off cancer. Furthermore, males who eat the recommended amount of folate daily decrease their risks of getting pancreatic cancer significantly. Examples of folate-rich food include:

  • Orange juice
  • Most breakfast cereals
  • Salad with spinach and/or romaine lettuce
  • Beans, including pinto, black, navy, lima, and kidney beans
  • Collard and turnip greens
  • Lentils
  • Cabbage
  • Avocados
  • Okra
  • Broccoli
  • Beets

Spices

Spices are typically used to add flavor to food, but several spices also have strong cancer fighting properties, such as antibacterial agents that help to ward off inflammation, infections, and poor health.

  • Oregano: Oregano contains arrays of powerful antioxidant agents, including quercetin. As aforementioned, quercetin is a powerful cancer-fighting agent. One teaspoon oregano equals eating two cupfulls of grapes.
  • Garlic: Research suggests that garlic helps fight a series of different types of cancers, including colon, prostate, and stomach cancer.
  • Curcumin: According to the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, curcumin may be linked to preventing brain cancer. In addition, a 2008 Cancer Prevention Research study suggests that curcumin helps to stop breast cancer cell invasion and movability.

Regardless of the type of cancer, eating the right foods is a powerful start in ensuring you’re doing your best to protect yourself.

This information was provided by Kaitlin Wilson of MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org. Her organization specializes in asbestos cancer legal issues and has state specific information for all 50 states, including states with high incidence of asbestos cancer such as California, Florida, and New York.  

People often ask me what I eat. Being a nutrition specialist, I think they’re under the impression that I eat perfectly all day, every day. While I think I do, indeed, eat perfectly, I doubt they have the same definition for “perfect” as I do. To me, in this case, perfect means eating whatever makes me happy. (Side note: composing my diet entirely of junk food does not equal happy. That’s what I used to do and I was far from happy.) To others, perfect most likely means that I devour salad, fruit, and vegetables for every meal and never crave unhealthy foods. Not true.

Salads are good and often I do crave me a mean salad, but fruits are my nemesis. I only eat fruit because I feel that I should. They contain great nutrients to make me healthy and are low in calories to help keep me lean. This doesn’t mean that I force-feed myself disgusting fruit that I don’t like. I simply limit my intake to those few that I do enjoy such as apples, oranges, and plums. In fact, I love plums.

I think my hatred for fruit stems from my general hatred for sweet foods. This sprouts all the way back to when I didn’t care about what I ate. I would be much happier with a bag of potato chips than with candy or chocolate. Nowadays, it’s peppers and hummus over berries.

Vegetables are different. I find them to be extremely flavourful, fresh, and satisfying. I have a much easier time incorporating vegetables into my diet than I do fruit. To me they are more versatile. I can toss heaps of chopped pepper, onion, or spinach into my morning omelet. I can stuff sandwiches full of lettuce and cucumber. Vegetables can even be sautéed by themselves for a delicious stir-fry.

I understand that most people tend to think the opposite and would much rather a bowl full of sweet fruit, but this is how I’ve been all my life. Why change something that makes me happy? Forcing myself to eat fruit, which I generally despise, would be temporary and go against what I preach – If you enjoy doing something, you will do it for a longer period of time. Which is why most restrictive diets fail but that’s another topic all on its own.

I am no different than anyone else. I have my preferences just like you. I choose to pass on that bag of Doritos because I prefer to eat something that can benefit my body, not because I don’t like the taste. Doritos are scrumptious.

I realize that it is tricky to eat properly in our time, but it is that realization that influences my dietary preference. I always have and always will eat what I want, but now I understand how huge of an impact nutrition has on our health. That is why eating well now makes me happy.

So when it comes to what I eat, as I’ve been trying to explain, I eat what I want. I want to eat healthy foods. What if I want to eat a basket of chicken wings? I eat them. However afterwards I generally want to make up for it and push myself a little harder in the gym, or be stricter with my eating for the remainder of the day.

My typical day of eating would look something like this:

I love eggs, so for breakfast I devour an omelet, which I’ve mastered by the way. Flipping it into that perfect half-moon shape is no longer an issue. I’ll pour two scrambled eggs into a pan and pack on the tomatoes, peppers, onion, spinach, and Sriracha because that shit is good on everything. With that omelet I’ll toast a whole wheat english muffin, smear on some almond butter and brew a fresh pot of coffee.

About 3 hours later I’ll have a snack – a stick of cheese with some Triscuits for example.

At lunch time I can make myself a turkey sandwich, with veggies, and have a side salad with more veggies. My favourite dressing is oil and vinegar because it’s light and tastes like heaven.

Soon enough I’ll be eating another snack, maybe some greek yogurt and a plum, or nuts and dried mango – something that will keep me full until dinner.

Dinner for me typically consists of some kind of meat, potato, and a veggie or two. Chicken or some other kind of lean meat is a better choice, but if I feel like beef I eat beef. I do limit myself of course.

Believe it or not, even after all of that is said and done I leave some room for yet another snack closer to bedtime. This is usually a small bowl of cereal with raisins, or something else a little sweet because as it turns out I don’t eat many sweet things, but if I do it’s at night to end the day.

This is the style of eating that has been successful for me and others I teach because it is long-term. Just because I like to help others lose weight and eat better doesn’t mean I don’t suffer from the same human cravings you do. Defeating those cravings has a lot to do with your mentality and approach towards eating. I don’t advocate eating junk food whenever you want, but I do teach to eat what you want. You just have to want healthy.