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Let's eat in a way that helps to prevent cancer: and get enough execise

Updated on July 6, 2011

A Diet Plan For Life

We all know that we should eat a diet that consist of more vegetables and fruit than meats. We know this because we watch talk shows on television. We watch the news and that are always human interest stories that drill us on how we should eat more vegetables and fruits and avoid too much red meat. We have seen the food pyramids that help us to visualize the proportions of the different food groups that we eat and how much we should eat of each. So, we do have information available to us, actually, it is readily available to us on the Internet (we can google) and in the libraries, in newspapers, and of course, on television.

The American Cancer Society is the main source of information that I am reccomending that you go to, to receive reliable, up to date, information on how to eat to decrease your risk for cancers, of all kinds. The the years that I spent doing medical research, where I was able to observe (through Naturalistic observation) how a healthy diet increased the "power" of the immune system to keep an organism healthy, I becaue a believer in the benefits of eating healthy meals.

I noticed that even the best of eaters, those that eat healthy meals religiously, that is, they eat well balanced and quality foods most of the time, but sometimes they would go off of their healthy diets and eat "junk foods, candy bars, and high salt meals." They did not do this very often and they did not "pig-out" on candy bars and other junk foods. They would just treat themselves, as if to reward themselves, for the pleasure of it. I've seen doctors do this. I hate to admit it, but in the past, I have been know to do display this behavior myself.

But as trendsetters in health-promotion, and as examples to others, especially children, we must show the way, as beckons, to how people should eat to enjoy high quality and abundant lives. For example, we know that eating enough foods with fiber in them will help us to have bowel movements easier, while at the same time, decreasing our risk for certain cancers. This is why doctors tell their patients to eat vegetables and fruit, which have a high fiber content (and oat bran) because they believe that this will help to prevent colon cancer. We don't want people getting colon cancer and we don't want to get ourselves.

Dietians talk about making sure that we get 25 grams of (fiber in or meals) a day, as a minimum, which can come from cereals, beans, and other plant sources. Calcium is pretty important and most health care providers tell their people to get 1000 milligrams a day (I would advise you to ask your own doctor for advise before putting yourself on calcium, we don't don't want to disrespect your doctor here.

Make sure that your fluid intake is adequate. You have heard it said that 8 glasses of water a day is the magic number. Actually, you get water in other fluids that you drink during the course of the day,and you get some water in your foods. Depending on your physical activities, you may have to drink more that 8 glasses a day. For example, I have friends who are organic farmers, working in the sun, who drink many times more that 8 glasses a day. They sweat out their water and electrolytes and these substances have to be replaced. So, they drink lots of water with minerals in it. Once again, know your own body. If your mouth is dry, and you a feeling a little light-headed, and you are out in the sun, you could be getting dehydrated and you have to drink some fluids and take care of yourself. Heat exhaustion and heat strokes can be a real problem. Actually, a heat stroke can kill you. So, be careful.

Okay, this is enough advice to get you going on a good diet plan. I want you to do some work, some research, some more reading, and get on top of this "diet plan thing." It could save your life in the long run. It could give you a few extra year of life, "a more abundant life."


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    • Dr. Haddox profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Freddie Haddox 

      6 years ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      Dear joecxeko,

      I am extremely proud of you, and of the knowledge that you have about foods, water, and how to use foods and water in a manner that is correct for your body. Your insights and approach to foods and water are correct. It is wonderful that you have taken the time to write about what you know is correct and useful, so that those who what you have (you have life, and you have "life more abundantly) can also have it, if they follow your advice. Doctors like myself, know, that they are still learning, and are walking upon this pathway called "Life" together with you, joecseko, and with all those who seek out truth and knowledge, to make ourselves better and healthier, and to help others have what we have. Thanks for your knowledge, insights and wisdom.

      "And as we go, Peace,"

      Best regards,

      Dr. Haddox

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      Joe Cseko jr 

      6 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      Oh, and the 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day. That is a ridiculous myth, debunked by a huge study performed on a huge pool of participants. Snopes has a nice little piece on that.

      There is no set amount of fluids per day. Not only do we get it from foods, as mentioned in the article, but the metabolism of carbohydrates releases fluid into our system. I drink three quarts of water during my weight training session, and rarely void during that time. I need A LOT of water every day. I have more than 64 ounces in a three hours span.

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      Joe Cseko jr 

      6 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      I've been eating healthy for quite a long time. I eat primarily whole foods, though some minimally processed foods. One key factor that many fail to take into account is the temperature and methods used to cook certain foods. When many fats and fatty acids are exposed to high cooking temperatures, it changes them, as well as creating other chemicals- some of them carcinogens.

      I exercise quite regularly, but I'm not trying to fool myself. The free radicals that come from muscle damage, DOMS, then the enzymatic "clean up" of damaged contractile tissue also forms free radicals.

      "Some" information is virtually useless. In order to keep the body running properly, all aspects of everything must be understood.

      So, this article did compel me to comment. Therefore, you've invoked thought. That's one of the things we writers want to do, isn't it? (and ya'll thought I was just a big meat-head)

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      Dr. Haddox 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, kimh039, for the encouraging feedback on my writing. I have not been as active as I once was with my work. I do want to continue writing hubs, however, especially when supporters,like you support my efforts.

      Thank you.

      I wish you the best. Dr. Haddox

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      Kim Harris 

      7 years ago

      I have been a terrible eater, but am recently getting better. I had no idea until I read this that eating vegetables helps the immune system. Thanks. I hope you are well, Dr. Haddox:)


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