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Food for thought

Just like exercise, nutrition helps prevent growth and decreases the risk of re-occurrence. Consuming the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment, will improve  quality of life and daily well-being whilst enhancing the benefits of your activity and exercise routine.

Nutrition necessities

Don’t drink (much) alcohol: Its damaging physically and has depressive properties.

Drink lots of water: Think drink then eat! Quench your thirst first; water is a hunger supressant!

Contain colour: Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit so you get nourished with natural minerals and vitamins.

Conscious before choosing: Take a mindful moment; Do you really need it/ Is it healthy for you? A short thought helps keep a lid on the unnecessary and unwanted!

Compensate calories: Eat less on days you do less. Use exercise to create a leeway for consumption.

Shopping list

The list below includes foods specific to help protect against free radical damage. Try to consistently get some of these into your shopping basket.

Avocado: Contains Glutathione; a powerful antioxidant.

Broccoli: Contains Sulforaphane which can de-activate free radicals and carcinogens.

Carrots: Contains Falcarinol which can reduce risk of cancer.

Chilli peppers: Contain Capsaicin which helps neutralise cancer causing substances.

Cruciferous Vegetables (kale/sprouts/cabbage/cauliflower): Contain powerful antioxidants.

Garlic: Contains Allium compounds which increase the activity of immune cells.

Grapefruit: Contain Monoterpenes which help sweep carcinogens out of the body.

Red grapes: Contain antioxidants and Resveratol which help to inhibit enzymes that stimulate cancer cell growth.

Nuts: Contain antioxidants Quercitin and Campferol which can help suppress growth of cancer.

Sweet potatoes: Contain Beta-carotene which protects DNA in cells.

Tomatoes: Contains powerful antioxidant Lycopene.

Pulses and grains (lentils/chickpeas/quinoa): A great source of protein without animal fat.

Red peppers: Very high in vitamin C to neutralise toxins.

Pumpkin seeds: High levels of Vitamin E which help inhibit cell growth and improve immune cells.

Sunflower seeds: High in Zinc and Selenium which helps absorption of vitamin C.

Useful nutrition links

Nutrition information specific to side effects and stages of treatment

Recipe ideas and healthy eating tips by Macmillan

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