Expert Q&A: The Anti-Cancer Diet
An interview with Karen Collins, MS, RD.
Some people could find that diet hard to follow. What would you say to them? continued...
For instance, if you could just cut out 200 calories a day – calories you
eat out of habit, not hunger – you will lose weight, and that will lower your
risk. If the idea of working out 30 to 60 minutes a day seems ridiculous, just
try to add in 10-minute walks twice a day.
Now, you won’t get as much cancer protection benefit by making small steps
as you would if you followed the full recommendations. But you can still make a
difference. You’re much better off doing something to lower your risk of cancer
than doing nothing.
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.