Nutrition Tips

  • Your diet should consist of 50 - 80% fruits and vegetables; eat a wide variety including spinach, broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, onions and tomatoes.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Consume fibre-rich foods: ground flax, vegetables and fruits, beans, large flake oatmeal and bran.
  • Reduce your intake of carbohydrates, especially sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
  • Increase consumption of omega-3 fats, found in wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, flax and walnuts.
  • Reduce consumption of omega-6 fats, found in vegetable oil, peanut oil and Canola oil.
  • Avoid trans fat, found in some margarines, vegetable shortening, hydrogenated oils and processed foods (check labels).
  • Avoid barbecuing and charbroiling meats, especially for long periods of time.
  • Consume moderate amounts of soy, especially from tempeh and miso.

Lifestyle Tips

  • Exercise regularly to reduce your risk by 60%.
  • Maintain a healthy bodyweight; obesity is a risk factor.
  • Implement stress management techniques such as meditation, exercise and down-time.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Perform breast self-exams - get to know your breasts.
  • Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.
  • Reduce exposure to xenoestrogens: avoid pesticides and plastics
  • Choose organic as much as possible.
  • Diminish pesticide residue on produce - soak all produce in a sink of water, vinegar and salt.
  • Never heat food in plastic; use glass containers.
  • Store food in glass whenever possible.
  • Drink water out of glass or anodized aluminum bottles, instead of plastic.
  • When possible, buy jarred instead of canned foods, to avoid bisphenol A in the plastic can lining.

If You Require Surgery
An ND can help you prepare for surgery to make it as successful as possible

  • Reduce intake of foods and supplements that can thin blood and increase bleeding.
  • Increase intake of foods and supplements that promote healing and reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid foods and supplements (such as grapefruit) that can interfere with medication.
  • Surgeries scheduled during the second half of the menstrual cycle (if premenopausal) are shown to be morre successful.