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Many of you have asked for a specific diet to follow as a cancer survivor. Taking charge of your diet can be a powerful way to make a positive impact on your overall health.
Research has shown that following a Mediterranean diet can reduce the incidence of cancer and mortality from cancer, and prevent or improve the outcome of other chronic diseases (such as diabetes and heart disease).
The Mediterranean diet originates from the culture and traditional foods found in the area bordering the Mediterranean Sea — primarily using fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, and fish.
Share a meal with friends and family, add a glass of red wine, plenty of exercise, and you have a winning concept.
If this is a new idea for you, here are a few simple ways to get started:
Most people who switch to a Mediterranean diet find that it's an easy, delicious and satisfying way to eat healthy. Try it; you may never go back to your old habits.
For more resources and a great slide show featuring the Mediterranean diet see www.mayoclinic.com/health/mediterranean-diet. Share your comments and thoughts on this topic with each other.
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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