Well ladies, my husband and I started classes yesterday. I'm so glad he went with me (he's a prostate ca survivor) because he is getting terrific info first hand - instead of hearing it from me and not believing a word of it (can any of you relate to that???)
I think all this info has been discussed here but I did not always pay close attention to some of these concepts until I could "connect the dots"!
The key things I took away from the first class are:
1. HORMONES SPREAD CANCER. Diets with high fat and low fiber INCREASE ESTROGEN. FIBER helps rid the body of estrogen. Low fiber diets just allow estrogen to recycle through the bile ducts and liver and it is not released until FIBER can take it out!!!
2. DAIRY PRODUCTS BAD due to insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1). I'm p!!ssed that my doc said milk OK. I've been happily consuming this stuff till now (ignorance is bliss).
3. SOY GOOD despite having some estrogen. "Certain foods have special benefits. Soybeans, for example, contain natural compounds called phytoestrogens. These are very weak estrogens that can occipy the estrogen recetors on breast cells, displacing normal estrogens. The result is less estrogen stimulation of each cell. Soybeans are a mainstay of Asian diets and may be an additonal reason why these countries have low concer rates". Raw and organic soy the best.
4. GRILLED and FRIED MEAT CARCINOGENIC. It creates heterocyclic amines (HCA) due to high temps it is cooked at. Even browning meat creates this. (Goodbye my delicious pork tenderloin!!) They promoted PLANT-BASED DIET.
We enjoyed a dinner cooked there and served to us - whole grain penne pasta with kale and tomatoes, bean salad (super yummy), and chocolate mousse (made with soy). We enjoyed a smoothie of kale, soymilk, and fruit. They used soymilk with sugar. I will learn more about sugar in later classes. I purchased The Cancer Survivor's Guide which has these and more recipes.
All this information is available online @ cancerproject.org.