Paul Kraus is the longest documented survivor of mesothelioma worldwide. In this video, he and his wife share the results of their long journey with mesothelioma and the impact of diet on Kraus’s life.
“There are some vital components to a cancer diet and I just want to mention a few here. It is also a good way to begin, because it is just not possible to change everything that you eat immediately. So I just want to give you five points to start with. The first four are ‘don’ts’ and the fifth one is a ‘do.'”
Kraus’s best-selling book about mesothelioma, “Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers, A Patients Guide,” details his extraordinary journey of survival. Here are a few healthy eating tips:
1. Do Not Eat White Cane Sugar
There are different types of sugars and sweeteners. Natural, real sugar comes from fruit as fructose or dairy products as lactose. Both are helpful for a healthy diet and cancer prevention because they provide essential nutrients to the body. But refined white sugars are processed to extract the sugar, leaving no good food value. They are rapidly broken down by the body, resulting in peaks and plummets of blood sugar levels which wreak havoc in the body.
2. Do Not Eat White Flour
White flour comes from refined and processed grains, which are broken down by the body rapidly and pretty much useless for nutrition. White flour is found in numerous prepackaged foods including white bread, cookies, pasta, and other foods high in carbohydrates. ‘Carbs’ are essential for a balanced diet, but cancer patients should opt for “smart carbs” which include fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
3. Do Not Use Fats for Frying
The worse frying oils and fats contain trans fat, a byproduct result of hydrogenation. The consumption of food with trans fats increases harmful cholesterol in the blood and reduces the levels of beneficial cholesterol — which causes inflammation, heart weakening, stroke, diabetes and other problems. Cooking foods in water or broth, or roasting in the oven, are much healthier alternatives.
4. Avoid All Processed Food
‘Processed’ is a commercialized way to describe foods that are mainly made from refined ingredients and artificial substances that offer little or no nutritional value. Processed foods are often high in refined sugar, salt, trans fat and fat, bad carbs, and chemicals. However, the brain reacts to the foods in ways that promote cravings for more.
5. Start Juicing
Juicing, the act of separating juice from the pulp of fruits, vegetables or plants foods, is considered a very helpful way of adding more servings of vegetables and fruits to any healthy diet. People whose health is comprised; who have trouble chewing, swallowing or digesting foods; or who struggle with weight loss due to cancer and treatments, can benefit from juicing, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietitians.
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