Preventing Cancer through Diet and Exercise

  • author name McKenna Welshans, MBA, RD, LDN, ACSM-EP
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Studies show that changing your dietary choices and increasing physical activity are powerful tools in preventing the onset of cancer. Here is a quick guide on lifestyle changes to make for better health.

Eat LESS of These Food to Minimize Your Cancer Risk

  • Limit consumption of red and processed meats such a beef, pork, and lamb
  • Limit alcohol consumption to 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women
  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Don’t use dietary supplements to protect against cancer
  • Limit consumption of high-calorie foods, especially those processed foods that are high in added sugar, low in fiber, or high in fat
  • Limit consumption of high-salt foods

Eat MORE of These Food to Improve Your Health 

  • Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. The more color and the more fiber, the better!
  • Consume antioxidant-rich produce on a daily basis to prevent the build-up of damaging free radicals in your body. Examples include dark-colored fruit and berries such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and purple grapes; nuts, dark green/orange vegetables, green tea, whole grains, beans, fish.
  • AND…be physically active for at least 30 minutes per day.
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McKenna Welshans, MBA, RD, LDN, ACSM-EP

McKenna Welshans, MBA, RD, LDN, ACSM-EP is a sports nutritionist with LG Health Physicians Sports Medicine. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees and a dietetic internship at Messiah College, double majoring in nutrition and exercise science. She ran collegiate track before transitioning into ultra-endurance triathlon competitions. She is passionate about personalized nutrition for both performance maximization and health.

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