I'm more aware of Breast Cancer than I really care to be THANKYOUVERYMUCH, and don't need to be bombarded by a barrage of pink ribbons.
But I have been somewhat obsessing about why I get breast cancer.
I've gone over the risk factors time and time again. There's really never been any breast cancer in my family. I don't smoke. I'm relatively lean and I eat a mostly plant based diet. And, while I like a glass of wine or two a few times a week, I'm not exactly guzzling down Martinis or Scotch on a daily basis (in fact, I pretty much don't drink hard alcohol and never drink beer).
So when I saw this article on foods to eat to avoid breast cancer, I thought I'd take a look despite my "avoid Breast Cancer Awareness Month" articles at all cost. Here's what they listed as the "8 Foods that Can Avoid Breast Cancer Risk," and how I stack up:
1. Plums and Peaches: Now I'm not the biggest fan of plums and peaches, but I eat a fair share of each when they're in season:
2. Walnuts: I love nuts, and was actually eating a salad with walnuts in it as I read this article:
3. Broccoli: I eat a ton of broccoli. It's one of my top favorite veggies. In fact, dinner tonight for me is a baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli.
4.Salmon: Another food I eat a ton of, generally at least once a week.
5.Olive oil: I'm Italian. Need I say more?
6. Parsley: I grow parsley in my garden every year, and it grows so abundantly actually go out of my way to add it to just about everything I cook. Whatever remaining parsley which doesn't go into my food immediately, gets dried and added to food until the weather warms up and the parsley grows fresh again.
7.Coffee: My morning cup of coffee is one of the highlights of my day.
8. Beans: See number 5 above about being Italian.
So, once again, the reason why I got cancer eludes me.
BTW, I guess the ultimate breast cancer avoidance meal would be salmon sauteed in olive oil with broccoli and beans and sprinkled with chopped parsley followed by a plum and walnut tart for dessert with coffee.
On a positive note, I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time since I was diagnosed.
I lost three pounds in the last few weeks without watching what I ate, and despite my not exercising at my regular levels.
It's the stress diet.
Not a diet I'd recommend to anyone, however.