Helping others has proven to be one of the key ways to
relieve stress and create happiness. Canada's top chefs are poised to make that easier for you. Be one of the top 50 fundraisers
and you can have the chance to cook with the likes of Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, Mark McEwan, Vikram Vij and Corbin Tomaszeski
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can do so much to prevent cancer by nourishing your body with good food, honest exercise and stress free thoughts. While
nothing has yet proven to be a magic bullet, there are studies pointing in the direction of cancer prevention. Add these
foods and avoid liquid calories, the nutrition free "whites" and deep fried foods to give your body a fighting chance.
Turmeric- This bright yellow spice common in Indian food and curry powders has been
shown to both inhibit the growth of cancer cells and encourage the death of them. That's a lot of power for a delicious food.
There are capsules available for turmeric, or more specifically, the active ingredient within called curcumin, to be taken
as a supplement but adding the flavour itself is much tastier. It blends well into any tomato sauce, any spice cake or cookie
and a multitude of curries.
Microgreens- The studies on broccoli as a super food are pretty convincing.
Microgreens are the infant growth of the full plant and they are said to contain 4 to 5 times more nutrients than when fully
grown. These sprouts are easy to grown and more and more simple to find at farmers markets. Toss them into salads, sandwiches
or as a garnish, a little goes a long way.
acid appears to be the active ingredient in the jewelled fruit which has been shown to prevent estrogen responsive breast
cancers. Peeling them may cause headaches, though. Here's a tip: Cut fruit in half and submerge in a bowl of clean, cool
water. Pull away white pith and skin and discard. The seeds will sink to the bottom whole and here is a recipe for chicken
using them. Toss into everything!
Lentils- Lentil has been found to contain several bioactive
compounds that help prevent cancer and it couldn't be easier to work them in. Red lentils make a delicious soup much like
pea soup and canned lentils are a simple side dish when warmed in olive oil and garlic and tossed with a handful of parmesan
Blueberries-These delicious berries
decreased breast cancer cell proliferation in one study and increased cell death. Don't let a day go by without adding these
babies to a smoothie or to a salad with walnuts and blue cheese.
Nothing in a single forkful will cure cancer but if we put all our forks together, keep digging for answers
and keep the good foods up, we have a fighting chance. Tweet me here using the #culinaryshowdownfood and be entered
to win a KitchenAid stand mixer to whip up more excitement. Random draw will take place on December 2, 2013
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Theresa Albert, Food Communications Specialist, Nutritionist Theresa's French Canadian influences are a part of her "no bologna" style as everything is on the table...not
just the dinner. She has the unique ability to distill complex health concepts into simple, savvy steps to improve any lifestyle
choice. Because she wants to have it all too, she gets to the point with humour and truth. Theresa is a sought after
media commentator and lifestyle pundit on many topics with a particular fascination with human relationships with food and
culture. Her words can be read in such esteemed publications as The Toronto Star, Metro News, Today's Parent, Canadian Living
and Canadian Family, Best Health and Shape Magazine. Her opinions voiced on CTV Newschannel, CBC and Global are always informative,
thoughtful and entertaining. She has two books published in Canada and the US: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every
Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck. She can be found on twitter
as @theresaalbert and at www.myfriendinfood.com