Expert Q&A: The Anti-Cancer Diet
An interview with Karen Collins, MS, RD.
Has eating a healthy diet always come naturally for you? Are there any foods that you find hard to resist?
I actually grew up a vegetable and
fruit hater. As a kid, the only ones I’d eat were applesauce, potatoes,
bananas, corn, and iceberg lettuce. And even as a teenager, it didn’t get much
better than that. But as I got older, the more nutrition I studied, the
more I came to realize how important vegetables and fruits are. I just made up
my mind that it was important to eat more of them, but decided I wasn't going
to suffer. So I set about experimenting, making all kinds of vegetables in
a wide variety of ethnic and other flavorful styles. Now the vegetables
are usually my favorite food in the meal. Change is possible!
I do have a sweet tooth, and I
especially love chocolate. But I don't try to make it "forbidden,”
since I know I'd just crave it more and go overboard. For me the solution
comes down to the obvious -- I don't keep sweets around the house. So I
get something sweet occasionally when we're entertaining or when I know I will
really sit and enjoy it. Or I might order a dessert when we eat
out. But strangely, when something's not here in the home,
I rarely crave it.