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Episode 15: Rebecca Katz – Nourish Yourself With Cancer-Fighting Foods

Hi everyone!

On this episode I interview one of my nutritional heroes, Rebecca Katz (@RebeccaKatzYum).

I grew up in a foodie family (I mean, I am Italian-American after all…) and I’ve been cooking and learning about food for as long as I can remember. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer (you can read all about it here), a dear friend (thank you, Joanie), sent me Rebecca’s book and I’ve been a superfan ever since. Here’s why:

* Her recipes are really. good. — I do not exaggerate when I say that every time I make one Jason raves. These days he’ll just say, “Is this a recipe from that Rebecca lady?”
* They’re easy to execute — I’m a home cook, not a trained chef.
* She explains the science behind healthy eating in a way that’s empowering and relatable.

And that’s why I wanted to do this episode. Weeding through information about food can be overwhelming and even disheartening. This episode distills Rebecca’s four-pillar approach to a cancer-fighting diet. And, if you take this approach, you have a shot at preventing other diseases, too (think diabetes and heart disease). On the episode we talk about:

* Rebecca’s background as a chef and nutritionist and how she came to write The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen
* Her new online course, which brings the book to life
* Anti-inflammatory foods, especially the ones we overlook like ghee! olive oil! ah-voh-cah-dohs!!
* Foods that regulate blood sugar and why they work the way they do
* Her recommended subs for refined sugar and why it’s important to have sweet treats sometimes
* Coffee. It ain’t so bad. (Yahoo!)
* How to reduce oxidative stress
* The little tiny foods we often overlook that can powerfully regulate NfKappaB


At the beginning of the interview, we talk about Rebecca’s background and what it took to create a book that references so many nutritional studies. If you want to jump right to the questions about the four-pillars, it starts at minute 15:30.

Did you know? There are more antioxidants in a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon than there are in a 1/2 cup of blueberries.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Recipes on Rebecca’s Web Site
The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Online Course
Rebecca’s Shrimp Stuffed Avocados Recipe
Don’t Fear the Fat — Why It’s Time to Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet

Rebecca’s Cookbooks:
The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery
One Bite at a Time, Revised: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and Their Friends
Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality
The Healthy Mind Cookbook
The Longevity Kitchen

MUSIC
Salami Junior — Get Me Out of America
Jahzzar — Cold Like This
The Polish Ambassador — Wonder Continental ft Beatbeat Whisper

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Minty Green Tea Cooler

Minty Green Tea Cooler

It’s safe to say I’m green-tea obsessed. It hold promise for many different types of health benefits (including cancer prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention) and there are so many varieties and delicious blends that I never grow tired of it. Since reading David Servan-Schreiber’s book Anti-Cancer, I try to drink it regularly, so I’m often experimenting with different recipes. This one is my current favorite summer iced tea. It requires some prep, but you can make a big batch and drink it over the course of a few days.

Minty Green Tea Cooler
Makes 6-8 servings

For optimal health benefits, add a squeeze of lemon to your green tea. Catechins are the uniquely powerful anti-cancer substance in green tea, but they can be difficult for the body to absorb. Adding citrus (or vitamin C) has been shown to boost absorption — one study showed that the rate of absorption was 5 times higher with a bit of lemon juice.

Also, I recommend steeping your green tea for 10 minutes (again, for optimal health benefits). If this makes the taste too strong for you, try steeping for 5 minutes instead or adding a bit more agave nectar.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups of water
4 teaspoons of loose jasmine green tea or 4 tea bags
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped mint, plus more for garnish
3 teaspoons agave nectar
Sparkling water
Lemon and mint for garnish

1. Bring the water to boil in a saucepan.
2. Turn off the heat and add the green tea, agave, and mint.
3. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
4. Pour the tea mixture through a strainer into a sturdy glass container.
5. Refrigerate for at least an hour, then serve over ice and sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon and few mint sprigs. I like to do half of the tea mixture and half sparkling water.

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