Nutrition

Eating to fight disease

I, like many others, love the film ‘Grease’ starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta – you must have seen it. Olivia Newton-John, OBE, is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and activist and she played the sweet and innocent Sandra Dee in Grease. That isn’t the only thing that Olivia Newton-John is known for, having being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, she began her mission to build health awareness. During the period that she had breast cancer, she had a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy, reconstruction and then got the all clear. In September 2018 she revealed that her breast cancer had returned for the third time and she was continuing with her treatments. Olivia focuses on positive thinking, does meditation, takes herbal formulas and uses cannabis.

Olivia Newton-John recently said: “I’m one of the millions in this fight. I shouldn’t say fight… in this journey. A lot of people see it as a fight, and wherever you choose to see it, that’s your prerogative. I see it as part of my mission.” When asked about the treatments she said: “I’m doing really well, I believe I will win over it and that’s my goal.”

In this insightful and emotional interview, Olivia Newton-John is talking about the return of her breast cancer.
Watch the video.

Olivia exercises daily. She eats simple diets based mainly on salads, vegetables, fish, chicken and whole grains. She believes that what we eat is really important to stay healthy, with that in mind she has written a cookery book – the profits from the sale of the book go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Find out more about her books here:

Livwise Cookbook
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Don’t Stop Believin
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In the book ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, Olivia talks about her life experiences – it is definitely a recommended read.

Here are some Olivia Newton-John recipes that you could try:

Lentil and Spinach Casserole
A deserving winter favourite, this casserole will pack a veggie/protein punch. Delicious.

Carrot cashew soup
For those with a love of hot and spicy, this soup will satisfy.

Potato and Lentil Pie
Few things in life are better than a crispy potato topping on a good pie. Think it’s a big call? Get your hands into this recipe.

Watch Olivia Newton-John talking about her cooking and wellness program.

Olivia Newton-John is an inspirational, brave and strong lady and we hope she wins her battle with cancer.

Eating to fight disease

Here are the top 10 disease-fighting foods that you should eat as recommended by experts:

Berries – berries are full of antioxidants with blueberries being top of the list followed by cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. They contain anthocyanins which are a type of flavonoid. Particularly good for helping to fight diabetes, cancers or cardiovascular disease.

Dairy foods – dairy foods are the best source of calcium and protein, they are key to fighting diseases such as osteoporosis and there is evidence that they reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

Fatty fish – fish contain omega 3 fatty acids which help to protect the heart and reduce inflammation in the body, salmon and tuna contain disease-fighting components that can help lower blood fats.

Leafy greens – as we mentioned earlier, one of the best disease-fighting foods is dark, leafy greens – they are full of vitamins and minerals, fibre, folate and carotenoids such as lutein.

Whole grains – oats help to lower blood cholesterol levels, the fibre content helps you feel full between meals and plant compounds lower the risk of cancer.

Sweet potatoes – sweet potatoes contain a lot of antioxidants and their sweetness means there’s less need for fats or flavour enhancers.

Tomatoes – tomatoes reduce the amount of glucose in the body, helps with blood pressure and contain antioxidants.

Beans and legumes – these are fat-free, high in protein and can help reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Nuts – nuts are full of healthy fats which can lower cholesterol and boost energy levels. They assist the body to absorb nutrients.

Eggs – eggs are full of protein and the best source of choline, an essential nutrient for pregnant women.

Physical activity and a healthy, plant-based diet are key to heart disease and breast cancer prevention. Also, cardiovascular disease and cancer treatment outcomes are better in patients who adopt healthy lifestyle habits, especially regular exercise. Basically, a plant-based Mediterranean diet and plenty of physical activity are sensible measures that are important for prevention and even treatment of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer — both major health issues for women.

“Breast cancer is not necessarily a death sentence, stay strong and centred and be involved in all aspects of your treatment.”

Olivia Newton-John

 

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** The content on this site should not be used as medical advice, we are giving our readers information and insights. If you are concerned about your health or need medical advice please see your doctor. If you are struggling with any issues please talk to someone – don’t suffer in silence. **

Reference:
https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/10-amazing-disease-fighting-foods#1

Olivia Newton-John

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