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.
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
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
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