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Personal prevention strategies : the overlap of Covid-19 and cancer

By Kellie Anderson, MSc

As we slide into the crunchy-leaved depths of September, Covid-19 remains our daily reality. So much so that perhaps some of us are thinking of our lives in terms of BC and DC – Before-Covid and During-Covid. 

This may or may not be a melodramatic assessment of our situation. Only time will tell.

During this unique and rather anxious time many of us have embraced helpful health behaviours, hoping to circumvent our risk of the more acute – and evolving – aspects of the virus. 

Occasional walkers turned into determined hill walkers; smokers quit in droves (at least the under-30s); and an increased number of us were more likely to be cooking, and paying attention to our diet

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Diet and Cancer: The New Traditional and the #HealthyShelfie

I have been struggling with my concept of the “traditional Scottish diet” in terms of meeting The European Cancer Code guidelines for diet advice:

  • Plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits.
  • Limited high-calorie foods (foods high in sugar or fat). Avoid sugary drinks.
  • Avoid processed meat; limit red meat and foods high in salt.

My understanding of traditional means the foods that can be grown and produced in the country and prepared using long established methods of cooking. In Scottish terms the following items would be a great starting basis for planning healthy eating – with some seasonal variation:

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#HealthyShelfie for Cancer Risk Reduction – The European Code Against Cancer & Some Personal Confessions

January 1st – the great day of planning good intentions.

  • Resolution 1: Agree to open the fridge door and undertake a full inspection of new and old materials left from the party season.
  • Resolution 2: Take stock – survey the potential threats. How many cakes, desserts, double cream, sausages, bacon and cheese lurks between the shelves?
  • Resolution 3: Assess the liquid contribution. How many bottles occupy the fridge door – including liquid candy and alcoholic tipples?
  • Resolution 4: Review the vegetation. Is there any edible vegetable matter remaining in that lower fridge drawer?
  • Resolution 5: Shut your eyes and imagine a healthy scene to help with a week of good intentions:
    • Lots of space to see what is actually in the fridge,
    • A rainbow of veggie and fruit colours to choose from,
    • Home prepared dishes – thick soups and beany casseroles,
    • Large cartons of low fat natural yoghurt, cottage cheese and milk,
    • Fresh fish, chicken, small portion of lean red meat,
    • Water bottles.

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From #Selfie to #HealthyShelfie

The world loves selfies but can this stretch to the shelfie? One of the aims of SCPN is to   raise awareness about the preventability of cancer and think about how the   environment around us can positively impact on our health and reduce disease risk.

During January we are focusing on the content of fridge shelves (#HealthyShelfie). We have asked/nominated folks to share their fridge contents with us and to illustrate all the lovely goodies that make up a healthy diet.

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