You are what you eat

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Today we look at eating a healthy diet.

It is important to remember that diet and proper nutrition are vital tools in the fight against colorectal cancer. Cancer Care Ontario supports eating a healthy diet for both prevention and treatment.

In general, dietary recommendations include consuming less saturated fat and salt and eating a variety of colourful fruits, and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Here are some healthy eating tips to get you started:

  • Eat plenty of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables
  • Eat fresh fish 1-3 times per week
  • Limit consumption of red meat
  • Choose beans, lentils and soy as meat alternatives
  • Avoid excess salt and saturated fats
  • Choose grain products that are low in fat, sugar and salt
  • Choose low fat milk or milk products
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Drink plenty of water

We challenge you to keep a food journal and track your eating habits. Remember that embracing healthy eating habits can allow you to take colorectal cancer prevention into your own hands.