Food and the Gentle Approach
In the Gentle Approach to Cancer Association we believe that what we eat can be very helpful in our fight against cancer. Research has shown that certain foods have anti-cancer effects and we regularly report the latest information about these foods in our newsletters.
We recommend an organic whole food diet, and help and advice is given on any problem that may arise in changing to a more health promoting way of eating. Briefly we suggest that patients might usefully:
Reduce protein intake generally, and animal protein in particular. Instead use proteins found in nuts, pulses, whole grains, soya milk and soya bean curd. When meat is eaten we suggest wild caught fish and/or the white meat from organically raised, free range chickens.
Reduce all fats, especially the saturated fats in meat and dairy products. Instead use pure unrefined vegetable, nut, and seed oils.
Eat natural, organic whole food as much as possible. Wholemeal bread and pasta, all whole grains - oats, rye, brown rice, buckwheat, etc. and avoid processed, manufactured and preserved foods containing dyes, emulsifiers, sweeteners and preservatives.
Eat as much raw food as possible, a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, fruit and vegetable juices, nuts and seeds. Lightly cook, stir-fry or steam vegetables.
Avoid salt in cooking, and especially avoid the hidden salt in canned, preserved and manufactured foods.
Avoid sugar, particularly all refined sugars and sugar in cakes, biscuits, sweets and soft drinks. By adopting a diet high in raw and natural foods, the intake of salt and sugar will automatically be reduced.
Avoid stimulants. Caffeine is the most commonly used stimulant so it is helpful to cut down on coffee consumption. However, tea and particularly green tea has been shown by research to be beneficial in both the prevention and treatment of certain types of cancer.
We also recommend drinking mineral water, fruit and vegetable juices and herb teas.
Above all we should think positively about what we eat, neither being ferociously hard on ourselves (and making the 'diet' into a penance) nor being too slack (and failing to benefit from the healing potential of good food). We are all different and there is no perfect diet; we must find one that suits us as individuals. Food is one of life's pleasures and to be enjoyed.