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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Plant Based Eating

Oct 22, 2021

The month of October is a reminder to do what we should be doing all year; taking care of ourselves, our whole selves. Cooking and eating well balanced, healthy meals is top of mind for many, particularly for those who have experienced Breast Cancer or any other significant health challenge. This October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s recommit to and celebrate health, wellness and good taste.

Doing a quick check in on the basics can make all the difference in your overall well-being. 

Top tips include: 

  • Get your health screenings and mammograms 
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Moderate alcohol consumption
  • Manage stress levels
  • Avoid saturated fats 
  • And add more plant-based, antioxidant-rich foods to our diets

So, let’s get cooking. 

We all know fresh, seasonal vegetables are good, and so good for you. By adding spices you can enhance their health benefits and of course, punch up the flavor! Plant-based eating has become more accessible with farmer’s markets, local produce suppliers and delicious plant-based meat alternatives.

Talking healthy food, TheBeet.com chatted with Dr. Lee Crosby about foods to eat to lower your risk of breast cancer and embrace healthy, balanced eating. Many of the suggestions highlighted SugarRoti’s ethos of homemade meals and using healthy ingredients. 

“What kind of foods do you recommend?

Lee Crosby: So I’m thinking things like fruits, things that kind of looked like they started out of the ground, things we can recognize at some level. These are foods like vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, split peas, even tofu. and I know that’s a little more of a stretch, but we’re trying to stay away from are the foods that are plant-based but they’re not really foods you would want to fuel your body with. For example, soda is plant-based but it’s not something you want. Potato chips and Oreos technically all come from plants and I don't have anything against Oreos specifically, it’s just these are highly processed foods that we know are not linked to good health outcomes.”

“A salad for lunch is optimal but load it up with chickpeas, tofu, grains, whole-grain croutons, whole-grain toast. Give your salad the staying power. A salad at every meal is great. For dinner, take whatever you love to eat and make it vegan. If you like burgers, make a veggie burger with black beans. If you like spaghetti, make a plant-based version. I am a huge fan of cooking dark leafy greens for breast and bone health.”

Read More: How to Eat to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer, from an Expert | The Beet | https://thebeet.com/to-reduce-your-risk-of-breast-cancer-go-plant-based-says-this-expert/

Cooking plant-based can spark creativity in the kitchen - it’s easy, fun, colorful and flavor packed. Discover our latest recipe, Beet Salad and a community favorite, Crispy Tofu.

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