Dr Oz: Plant Based Diet Fights Cancer
Dr Oz asked 30 women to try a Plant Based Diet for 5 days to see if they would notice any changes. A couple of ladies said that they missed starch like potatoes or that they slipped up and ate some jellybeans, but most of them who stayed on the Plant Based Diet said that it was not long before they saw the benefits. They felt less tired and more energized. One lady even lost a few pounds. Doctor Oz asked the group of 30 ladies how many were able to stay on it for the full 5 days, and around 10 out of the 30 women kept with it.
Dr Oz: 5 Cancer Fighting Foods
Dr Oz asked one of the ladies why she fell off of the Plant Based Diet after a few days. She said that she is a mom of three young kids and it is hard not to pick up some of their candies and treats like jellybeans, but that she did get back on the diet after she fell off of it. One lady told Doctor Oz that she stayed on it the full 5 days and that she is still on it now. She said that she thinks of it in 5 day increments so that she does not get bored. She has a family history of Cancer, and her mother died of Pancreatic Cancer caused by Diabetes, which could have been prevented through diet.
Rip Esselstyn, fireman and author of The Engine 2 Diet, said that if a firehouse in Austin, Texas can change over to a Plant-Based Diet, then any house in America can do it. If you missed the Dr Oz Show that featured Rip Esselstyn where he spoke about his special diet for firefighters, please click here: Dr Oz The Engine 2 Diet.
Dr Oz: Nutritional Yeast
Rip Esselstyn told Dr Oz that Nutritional Yeast is the first food that we must incorporate into our diets to help ward off Cancer. Nutritional Yeast is a great replacement for cheese and it does not have the saturated fats found in cheese. It is full of protein and tons of fiber (4 grams in just 2 TB). Nutritional Yeast has a great nutty / cheesy flavor that is great on pizza instead of cheese or sprinkled on popcorn. Basically any place that you would use Parmesan Cheese, think about substituting Nutritional Yeast.
Dr Oz: Freeze-Dried Strawberries
Rip Esselstyn’s next tip is to eat Freeze Dried Strawberries to reduce your risk of Esophageal Cancer. He told Doctor Oz that Freeze-Dried Strawberries have 10 times the amount of Antioxidants as regular, fresh strawberries.
Dr Oz: Rhubarb
Dr Oz said that we should all take note that the green leafy tops on rhubarb are poisonous, so definitely do not eat that portion! But the red stalks that looks somewhat like a red celery are great to bake or broil because that magnifies the polyphenols which protects your body against Cancer.
Dr Oz: Escarole Reduces Ovarian Cancer
Rip Esselstyn said that Escarole is great for reducing your risk of getting Ovarian Cancer. Escarole is full of phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber. One of my favorite ways to have Escarole is in an Escarole & White Bean Soup. I eat this at least once a week!
Dr Oz: Banana Ice Cream
Dr Oz said that Banana Ice Cream can help to reduce your risk of Kidney Cancer! By staying away from dairy and replacing regular ice cream with a Banana Ice Cream Recipe made out of frozen banana slices, vanilla extract, nutmeg and a dash of water, you will satisfy your ice cream cravings while being healthy. Bananas are full of fiber, potassium and magnesium. Here is a link to the Banana Ice Cream Recipe. I will be definitely be playing around with this recipe, so keep your eyes peeled (yes, the pun was intended!) for exact measurements and variations on this recipe. Some initial thoughts that come to mind include a peanut butter banana ice cream and a strawberry banana ice cream. I would love to hear your thoughts on fun flavor combos too! Please leave a comment below!