My father has battled cancer for a couple years, recently being diagnosed with another type that dramatically affects his immune system. This has been a life-changing struggle for my family and for me, personally and professionally. Everyday, I teach the ins and outs of nutrition for health, wellbeing, and to preserve quality of life; cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, falling closely behind heart disease. Fortunately my father has been able to maintain his quality of life despite painful treatments and signs of depression, and I am thankful for this gift every day. So, I ask you, what are you doing to preserve your quality of life?
I cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining a healthful weight, finding time to be physically active, and including more fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories, but brimming with key nutrients that preserve wellbeing – water, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Whole plant foods are also packed with phytonutrients, naturally occurring compounds that offer a multitude of benefits including antioxidant functions that may fend off chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Plus, the research I have read suggests that, when it comes to fruits and vegetables, more is better. So do something good for yourself today, pick up a pear and ponder the good things in life.