Cancer Prevention

Angiogenesis Inhibitors – Cancer Prevention

Everyone knows someone who has had cancer or lost someone with cancer.  We know some of the causes of cancer like smoking, poor diet, chemical exposure etc. but do we really know what happens to the body when we get cancer?   Know this….cancer cannot survive and grow without blood vessels!

In 1961 Dr. Folkman saw something while doing some medical research that gave him a hunch.  “What if cancerous tumors, in order to expand, needed to trigger the growth of new blood vessels to feed themselves? And if that was true, what if a way could be found, to stop that growth? Could cancers be starved to death? Dr. Folkman had ample reason to be self-confident — second in his class at Harvard Medical School, he was already considered one of the most promising doctors of his generation. But even he never guessed that his idea would eventually grow into a multibillion-dollar industry that is now racing through human trials with drugs that show unparalleled promise of being able to control cancer, as well as other deadly diseases.” – Dr Folkman.  His book is called Dr. Folkman’s War and it is fascinating information.

‘Angio’-means blood vessel and ‘Genesis’- means growth:  Blood Vessel Growth.  If we cut ourselves our body sends out signals to create blood vessels to heal the wound which is a good thing but what happens if these signals do not shut off?  That’s cancer.   Anti-angiogenesis are things that inhibit the blood vessel growth.  Foods that are natural angiogenesis inhibitors that you want to include in your daily diet (which will strengthen your immune system and should be organic) would include mushrooms such as shiitaki, reishi and maitake mushrooms, berries, citrus fruits, red grapes, red wine (yay!), artichokes, turmeric, kale, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil and dark chocolate (yay again!).

I personally take Host Defense Turkey Tail mushrooms every day as they have proven to be natural angio-genesis inhibitors.  I also take Host Defense “My Community” which is a blend of 17 different mushrooms.

I strongly recommend watching this video by Dr Li.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjkzfeJz66o  It is from Ted Talks and is called “Can we eat to starve cancer”?  It is fascinating and you will want to share it with your friends.  Know that mushrooms such as Turkey Tail, Maitake, Shiitake and Reishi are natural angiogenesis inhibitors but the film lists many foods good for anti-cancer.  It’s a must see and once you watch it you will want to share it with your friends.  I hope so anyway!

How to Choose Low Carb in Restaurants

How to Choose Low Carb in Restaurants

Do you find you avoid eating out because you are afraid of going off your low carb program?  You don’t have to.  It’s not so hard eating low carb in restaurants providing you know the right questions to ask, what to look for and what products are absolutely not allowed.
Bread, breading, pasta, rice and potatoes are big No No’s on a low carb diet. Ask your server to substitute these with extra veggies or salad. Watch for breading on chicken and other meats as well as chicken wings. You can order them un-breaded. Order hamburgers without the bun and see if they will wrap it in lettuce, or simply eat it without the bun. Breakfast can be any style of eggs (fried, scrambled, omelette’s etc) with bacon but hold the potatoes and toast. Ask for sliced tomatoes or other veggies instead. Watch sausage as it often has bread fillers. Fast food can be eaten but again hamburgers without the bun. Have a nice salad with chicken breast (not breaded). Bring your own salad dressing which is made up of MCT oil and regular vinegar with spices.  Most fast food restaurants offer acceptable meals for low carbers.

As far as drinks, you can have a glass of wine (preferably red as it is lower carb) or any liquor (gin, rum, vodka etc) with club soda and lemon, or water.  I am not a fan of diet pop as it is laden with aspartame which is extremely toxic.  If you must have pop purchase Zevia which uses stevia for a sweetener instead of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners.  No beer or cocktails as they are too high in carbs/sugar.

Most restaurants don’t have low carb/sugar desserts so you may want to pack your own if you must have some.  Most restaurants won’t mind if you tell them you are on a strict diet.  So go out and eat!

Strawberry Shortcake Cups

Gluten Free and only 2 Net Carbs!!!

Servings: 12 Mini Cups

Author: Angela Coleby

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1/2 cup (56g) coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup Erythritol or sugar substitute
  • 1/2 cup 113g butter, unsalted softened
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 4oz 112g cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons erythritol or sugar susbtitute
  • 2 tablespoons double cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 4 Fresh strawberries cut into small pieces

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F degrees.
  2. Grease a mini muffin tin well.
  3. In a bowl, mix the coconut flour, erythritol, baking powder and salt together.
  4. Add the butter, egg and vanilla and mix into a dough.
  5. Line a mini muffin tin with 12 cases.
  6. Roll the dough into 12 balls.
  7. Press the dough balls into the case making sure that there is a large “well” in the middle and spreading the edges out.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden and firm.
  9. Remove and set aside to cool.
  10. Gently remove the shortcake cups from the tin.  If they start to crumble, place them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden.
  11. Blend the erythritol, cream cheese, vanilla extract and double cream until smooth.
  12. Pipe into the shortcake cases. Or spoon it in.
  13. Decorate with strawberries
  14. Eat and enjoy

Recipe Notes

Makes 12 mini cookie cups

Nutritional Info per cup – 134 Calories, 12g Fat, 2g Protein, 4g Total Carbs, 2g Fibre, 2g Net Carbs

Exercise – That 4-Letter Word

Exercise…the four letter word!

How come exercise isn’t a four letter word??? Most of us hate to exercise but we know it is an important factor if you want to lose weight. Working out stimulates the growth of metabolic tissues, meaning that it increases your metabolism. Losing weight with exercise means you will burn more fat. The number on the scale may not seem as impressive at first, but that’s because muscle weighs more than fat and it takes up less space than fat does so you look smaller and your clothes fit better. You don’t have to join a gym if this isn’t something you like. The key is to find something that fits into your lifestyle. Walk with a friend, join a bowling league or volleyball team. Get some DVD’s and exercise in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Walk up and down the stairs. Do sit ups in front of the TV. Get some dumbbells and work out while watching TV. Where there is a will there is a way. The key is to find something you can maintain, and just get started

Some of the advantages of exercise include:

  • Weight loss and increased muscle (which increases metabolism)
  • Increased energy
  • Reduces stress and enhances mood
  • Reduces risk of heart disease including cholesterol and blood pressure and makes the heart muscle stronger
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Strengthens digestive system
  • Better health overall

IF YOU COULD GET ALL OF THESE BENEFITS (and I only named a few) IN ONE PILL…WOULD YOU TAKE IT?  Of course you would.  We want the benefits of exercise without having to do it.  Start slow, set goals and as Nike would day, Just Do It!  Have fun with it.  It shouldn’t be too hard or boring.  Find a buddy who will exercise with you.

Protein Smoothies

Protein Smoothies

I am on the road most days and tend to skip breakfast, even though I am completely aware that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…it kick starts the metabolism.  I can also be lazy so I don’t bother with a blender except if I am making one for my husband as well in which I may add frozen fruit and/or a banana.  The basic recipe for me is:

  • 1 Scoop Protein (I use protein concentrate not isolate as it is slower released and keeps me fuller longer)
  • 1 Tbls liquid fish oil (you can never taste the fish oil as they make them very tasty these days)
  • 1 Tbls Progressive Phytoberry (this is loaded with berries and fruits among many other ingredients, which is very high in anti-oxidants)
  • 1 Tbls Progressive Vege Greens (you won’t believe how many amazing ingredients in this greens product and they now have a new pineapple/coconut flavor)
  • 1-2 Tbls MCT oil (this is a great fat burner)

This is your basic recipe.  You can use whatever protein powders, greens or powder fruit blends as you choose.  I put water in my shaker cup (the one with the metal mesh ball in them), add all of the ingredients, shake and go.  It literally takes 5 minutes max.

If I use a blender, I will add one or more of the following:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries (you can use fresh)
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries (you can use fresh)
  • Any other types of fruit
  • You can add spinach or kale for added greens
  • The recipes are completely endless depending on your taste, just do it

I could not eat ALL DAY long and get half of the nutrients that I get in this shake.  You can even freeze it for later and have a frozen smoothie.

Coffee: Is it good or bad?

So What’s the Scoop?  Is caffeine good for you or bad for you?

Every single day billions of people wake up to caffeine.  There’s a Tim Hortons on every corner and Starbucks is not far behind.  We spend billions of dollars on coffee not only to wake us up and give us energy but because it tastes great!  Nowadays, 80% of the world’s population consumes a caffeinated product each day, and this number goes up to 90% for adults in North America.  Personally I cannot have caffeine.  I am very, very sensitive to it.  If I have just a little, my world is spinning, my heart is beating out of my chest and I feel like I am fighting fainting.  BUT I LOVE COFFEE and so like everyone else, I still drink it but I drink only decaf.

How does caffeine work in the body?  According to Authority Nutrition “Once consumed, caffeine is quickly absorbed from the gut into the bloodstream.  From there, it travels to the liver and is broken down into compounds that can affect the function of various organs.  Caffeine’s main effect is on the brain.  It functions by blocking the effects of adenosine, which is a neurotransmitter that relaxes the brain and makes you feel tired.  Normally, adenosine levels build up over the day, making you increasingly more tired and causing you to want to go to sleep.  Caffeine helps you stay awake by connecting to adenosine receptors in the brain without activating them. This blocks the effects of adenosine, leading to reduced tiredness.  It may also increase blood adrenaline levels and increase brain activity of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.  This combination further stimulates the brain and promotes a state of arousal, alertness and focus. Because it affects your brain, caffeine is often referred to as a psychoactive drug.  Additionally, caffeine tends to exert its effects quickly. For instance, the amount found in one cup of coffee can take as little as 20 minutes to reach the bloodstream and about one hour to reach full effectiveness.”

So let’s go through the good and the bad about caffeine

The Good:

  • Very high in anti-oxidants
  • Increases energy
  • Better alertness
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Enhance exercise performance
  • Boosts mood
  • Helps bowels with elimination
  • Supports gut health

Newer Studies Show That Caffeine May:

  • Decrease risk for heart disease and stroke
  • Helps to manage symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
  • Wards off type II diabetes
  • Prevents gallstones
  • Liver protective
  • Cancer protective (due to the anti-oxidant value)

The Bad:

  • Could cause anxiousness
  • Could cause nausea
  • May reduce risk of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Reduce the risk of developing gout
  • Aids in longevity
  • Highly addictive
  • Headaches and migraines when weaning off caffeine
  • Trouble sleeping

The studies are still on-going.  The bottom line is, enjoy your coffee or caffeine laden beverages but don’t over-do it.

Zucchini Pizza Muffins

Again Angela comes up with such yummy low carb, gluten free foods.  I am definitely going to try this one!  Each muffin only has 2 net carbs and is gluten free!  How can you lose?
Zucchini Pizza Muffins
Course: Snack
Servings: 10 Muffins
Author: Angela Coleby
Ingredients
  • 1 zucchini grated
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 57g butter, unsalted melted
  • 1/3 cup 38g coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup 57g Mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup 57g Cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 Spring onions chopped
  • 8 Sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F degrees.

  2. Line a muffin tin with cases (or grease it for baking without cases)

  3. In a bowl add the zucchini, eggs and butter and mix well.

  4. Add the chopped green onions, sundried tomatoes, oregano, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Combine well.

  5. Add the coconut flour and baking powder. Stir and add the water.

  6. Add the grated mozzarella and Cheddar cheese and mix thoroughly. If the mixture looks a bit dry and too sticky add a little bit more water.

  7. Spoon into the muffin tin and top with grated Mozzarella cheese (optional)

  8. Bake for 20 minutes until firm and golden.

Recipe Notes

Makes 10 muffins

Nutritional Info per muffin – 117 Calories, 10g Fat, 6g Protein, 3g Total Carbs, 1g Fibre, 2g Net Carbs

Taken from http://divaliciousrecipes.com