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March is Nutrition Month

Winter Superfoods
Beans:  High in fiber and proein:  also a good source of magnesium and potassium (non-gmo soybeans)
Pomegranates:  High in flavonoids and tannins, and a good source of folate, potassium and vitamin K. Helps improve memory.
Parsnips:  High in fiber, vitamin C, folate and manganese
Winter Squash:  High in fiber and a great source of vitamin A and carotenoids (acorn squash)
Pumpkin:  High in fiber and vitamin A
Cranberries:  Contain resveratrol and proanthocyanidin
Sweet Potatoes:  Great source of vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium
Superfood Nutrients and what they do for you:
Vitamin A:  Protects against infections, as well as promotes eye and skin health
Vitamin C:  Helps heal wounds and aids in iron absorption
Vitamin K:  Aids in digestion and blood clotting
Folate:  Helps the body make red blood cells
Potassium:  Promotes heart health
Carotenoids:  Help decrease the risk of disease
Magnesium:  Vital to muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation
Manganese:  Helps metabolize protein and provide the body with energy
Flavonoids and Tannins:  Protect body cells from damage by free radicals and reduce inflammation
Resveratrol:  Beneficial to heart health and good blood pressure
Proanthocyanidin:  Protects against urinary tract infections
[Source:  Loma Linda University Health “a Healthy Tomorrow” Mar/April 2017]
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February: Cancer Prevention Month

In 1909, Americans consumed 200 lbs of grains and 200 lbs of fresh potatoes (not chips, not fries) every year.  They ate mainly a plant-based diet. 1 out of 33 people developed cancer.  (Canadian statistics follow very close to these and our diets are fairly comparable.)

In 1985, the amount of grains and fresh potatoes consumed by the average person had decreased by 50%.  Meat and milk consumption had doubled.  Consumption of chicken increased by 300%.  A shift occurred from a mostly plant-based diet to one laden with animals, sugar and refined foods.  1 out of 3 people developed cancer.

In 2015, with increase in processed and refined foods and further changes in dietary and lifestyle habits, and an increase in environmental carcinogenic factors, cancer rates soared to 1 out of 2 people.

By 2020, statistics predict that everyone will develop cancer at some time in their life.  

Interested in ways to prevent cancer?  Move towards and / or adopt a whole food, plant based diet.  Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.   Attend a cooking class or supper club and try out some plant based food. Join a walking group.  To learn more about cancer and ways to prevent it, visit the American Institute for Cancer Research at:  www.airc.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/

Sign-up for local events that will help support you on your journey towards living your best life at:  https://victoriahealthypeople.org/sign-up/