Whether We’re In Treatment or Finished with Chemo, We Still Have a Lot on Our Plate!

What is your biggest issue when it comes to trying to stay healthy after a breast cancer diagnosis? For me, it’s finding ways to lose unhealthy weight while making sure I’m choosing healthy foods. I’ve discovered over the past couple of years that if I want to shed poundage, I must also let go of bread, sugar, dairy, and fried foods. And they call this living?

I was intrigued by the FDA’s new food guidelines (appropriately called MyPlate) because it appears we are inching closer to actually understanding that (1) we don’t need platters, and (2) what we put on our plates matters!

Under the new guidelines half of our plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. One quarter of our plate should contain grains (whole would be nice!) And the remaining portion is where we should get our protein (this does not, repeat, does not need to be meat!) It’s also important to remember that our dairy should be low fat whenever possible.

Here’s what I’m aiming for: I want to discover what foods make me feel healthy and vibrant that just may also keep breast cancer from returning. I don’t want to think in terms of dieting ever again, because for goodness sake, I already have enough on my plate!

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