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LIFESTYLE PACKAGE TO REDUCE CANCER

HEALTH NEWS

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has advised that alcohol and processed meats should be cut out of our diets, if we are to reduce the risk of cancer.

The advice is part of a new 10-point plan, issued by the WCRF, following a review of studies on 51 million people. It found that 12 cancers were linked to excess weight, while six cancers were linked to alcohol, including breast, bowel and liver cancer.

The 10-point plan advises cutting out processed meats, such as ham, which are a direct cause of bowel cancer. They can also lead to obesity – another cancer trigger. Being a healthy weight is one of the lifestyle changes suggested in the plan to reduce cancer risk, alongside daily physical activity and the consumption of a varied diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables.

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It’s a strange thing, our relationship with food. We tuck into our favourite snacks and meals to reward ourselves, cheer ourselves up and celebrate special occasions. Mealtimes can be something to look forward to after a tough day or training session, an opportunity to share quality time with loved ones. For me, food is associated with homeliness and family, but also with health and wellbeing. Fuelling my body nutritiously gives me enormous satisfaction – it gives me a feeling of control, knowing I’m supporting my health and my running. But because of such emotional associations, our relationship with food can become very complex. And, in some cases, even detrimental to health. Over the coming pages, we look at a number of topics surrounding nutrition. From the highly emotive issue of eating disorders (page 30), to the growing trend of going meat-free (page 62), we give you the facts to help you make sense of how your diet impacts your training and heath – mental and physical. If you are moving to a vegetarian or vegan diet, you’ll find heaps of expert advice on everything from getting the right protein intake to vitamin and mineral deficiencies – and even a seven-day, meat-free meal planner (page 69). Of course, there’s lots of non-food content, too, including one feature guaranteed to get you out the door, even for just 15 minutes (page 44).