Did you know that food has the capacity to help either prevent or spawn disease? It’s true, eating nourishing foods and living an overall healthy lifestyle has been proven to lower the risk of certain diseases including some forms of cancer. So seriously, let’s talk tips. Here are some things to incorporate to help you be well:

 Accept your body’s best weight – First and foremost it is important to realize and accept that bodies are intended to come in a diversity of shapes and sizes. Next, to move forward with the self-loving actions needed to achieve sustainable weight management you must first learn to accept yourself in a non-judgmental way, without comparison to others. Love yourself as you are and then show yourself love through providing your body nourishing foods, practicing mindfulness, moving your body in enjoyable ways, and managing your stress.

 Amp up your daily antioxidants – Antioxidants help protect the body’s cells from free radical damage. Remember those electrons we learned about in high school science class? Well, antioxidants can balance the electrons of free radicals. This action leaves them neutral so they are no longer volatile and don’t cause cell damage. The problem with too much cell damage is it can lead to disease over time.

 Eat more plant based food / limit animal products – There is strong reasoning behind this as a variable wealth of research associates consuming a diet of primarily plant based foods with improved health. Stock up on nourishing items such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, and beyond!

 Foster a healthy gut microbiome – To do this, include fermented foods and both probiotic (beneficial bacteria) and prebiotic (food for the beneficial bacteria) rich foods. A thriving and diverse gut has been associated with overall health, disease prevention, and immunity. In case you’re not familiar, a few examples of foods that may include probiotics are yogurt, kefir, and kombucha and few examples of prebiotic-rich foods are apples, asparagus, and bananas.

 Keep the alcohol in check – Let me tell you, I love me a good craft beer or a rich red wine. But, too much is never a good thing. Research shows alcohol consumption can increase the risk of several types of cancer. So, if you do drink, limit to 1 serving/day for the ladies and 2 servings/day for guys.

Your super fruit side kick,

Tara, MS, RDN