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For Cancer Prevention Month, we’re highlighting five behaviors that prevent almost 50% of all cancers. Maintaining a well-balanced diet can reduce the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, eating healthy will help your body’s recovery between treatments, reduce complications, and improve your quality of life.
Fruits and vegetables have fewer calories than many foods and they have fiber and water to help you feel full. These foods also have vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that help protect healthy cells and repair damaged ones.
Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet
Visible and Easily Accessible
Keep fruits and vegetables visible and easily accessible. Place several ready-to-eat washed whole fruits in a bowl on the counter, or store chopped colorful fruits and vegetables in a glass bowl in the refrigerator.
Taste the rainbow
Eating different colored foods is key to a healthy diet. Make sure you’re eating your greens, yellows, reds and oranges.
Choose something other than potatoes! Other foods are packed with different nutrients. Try adding leafy vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans), and peas to your diet.
Plan your day
The next time you head to the grocery store, keep these ideas in mind. Stock up on cancer-fighting foods and help maintain a healthy and balanced diet.