Sage Advice from Health and Wellness Coach and Stress Expert Terri Clime on Fall Cancer Fighting Foods
By Debra Wallace
(ABINGTON, PA.) — October is breast cancer awareness month. The “Big C,” is the word no one ever wants to hear.
Terri Clime is incredibly grateful she hit the cancer lottery “so to speak” when she was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer with its near 100 percent cure rate when it is localized.
This health and wellness coach and stress expert is grateful and realizes her treatment and experience were much less extreme than what others have had to endure.
She has great compassion for people with breast cancer and any cancer. She witnessed her own father quickly decline and pass away from stage four esophageal cancer.
Her cancer and her father’s passing were her wake-up call to change her lifestyle.
Reducing stress, improving nutrition, and incorporating daily movement became important to her. Terri is passionate about helping others make positive changes to improve their health and wellness.
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, through the fall, she is offering 20 percent off of all health coaching packages and one complimentary yoga session with the purchase of any 5 or 10 class pass packages.
Terri believes food is medicine and what we put into our bodies impacts our health. Diet alone can’t prevent cancer, but it can be another tool in the prevention toolbox. Studies have shown mixed results about specific foods that help prevent cancer, though there is strong evidence that eating a mainly plant-based diet is highly beneficial.
Terri’s top fall favorites with the potential to prevent cancer are as follows:
Apples. They contain quercetin, a nutrient, that protects the cell’s DNA from damage that could lead to the development of cancer.
Grapes. Grapes are a rich source of the antioxidant resveratrol. Studies show that resveratrol has the potential to possibly stop cancer from starting in the breast, liver, stomach, and lymphatic system.
Cranberries. Cranberries contain benzoic acid, which has been shown to slow the growth of lung cancer, colon cancer, and certain types of leukemia.
Pumpkin. It is high in fiber, and contains carotenoids and vitamin A, an antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect the body against free radicals, which can cause cancer.
Sweet Potatoes. They contain a very high dose of vitamin A and carotenoids. Some research has shown that carotenoids aid in controlling cell growth.
Broccoli. It is a crucifer and vegetables in this category contain special plant compounds that may protect the body from stomach cancer, as well as cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus. Other favorite fall crucifers are brussels sprouts, Bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale.
Carrots. They are high in vitamins K and A and may decrease the risk of digestive, bladder, and breast cancer.
Recipe: Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple Soup
· 2 tbsp olive oil
· 1 medium onion chopped
· 2 cloves garlic diced
· ¼ tsp salt
· ½ tsp pepper
· 1 tsp turmeric
· 1 tsp ginger
· 1 tsp cinnamon
· 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
· 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
· 1 large apple chopped
· 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
Toppings (if desired)
· 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
· 3 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot. Add onion and sauté for 5-8 minutes until soft and translucent.
2. Add diced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add salt, pepper, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon and stir to incorporate.
3. Add sweet potatoes, apples, and carrots and mix well. Add chicken/vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
4. Cover and simmer on low heat for 25-30 minutes until sweet potato is tender and soft.
5. Allow soup to cool completely and puree using an immersion blender or a kitchen blender until smooth.
6. Pour back into the stock pot and warm the soup on medium heat.
7. Ladle soup into serving bowls, and top with fresh parsley and/or pumpkin seeds.
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