Guest blogger Mary Claybon RN, M.Ed. is the managing member of Promoting Health: The Middle Way, LLC. She is a certified wellness coach and engaging speaker. Mary works with professional women and men who are working on lifestyle changes and understands the importance of the mind/body/thought connection to wellness. You can also read more about Mary through her personal blog.
The Middle Way is the path to moderation, avoiding extremes and living a life of joy and balance. Let’s face it, food is all around us and it’s not just about eating. It’s about socializing, sharing, tasting, cooking, and savoring every bite, and enjoying holidays, celebrations, international cuisine and travel. Food is such a part of all of our lives, and yet it has been used in excess and with lack of enjoyment.
Food is often considered evil unless it is low fat, low calorie, healthy, fresh, natural, organic, and low sodium. There are more obese people in the world than there has ever been and there are more people on diets than ever. What’s the problem? We have lost our ability to enjoy food. And we lack the energy to enjoy movement.
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When you think of ways to prevent cancer, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not smoking. But, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) says the link between body fat and cancer is something else you should consider.
It found convincing evidence of a fat link to six types of cancer, five more than in its previous report from 10 years ago.
The WCRF reviewed 7,000 studies on diet, exercise, weight and cancer. Among their finding was that processed meats (bacon, pastrami, etc.) increase the risk of colorectal cancer, and should be eaten sparingly.
They also found the link between red meat and colorectal cancer to be stronger than ever. People should not eat more than 500 grams of cooked red meat a week.
A further finding reaffirms evidence that alcohol can cause cancer. The study authors suggest limiting your intake to two units a day for men, and one for women. A unit is a half pint of beer or a small glass of wine.
These finding continue to support my philosophy of everything in moderation. If you totally deprive yourself, you’ll most likely end up miserable and resentful. Enjoying life doesn’t have to be a death sentence.