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Saving Dinner
by Leanne Ely, Certified Nutrition Counselor

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EDITOR'S NOTE: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wearing a pink ribbon is a great way to show your support of a cure for this killer disease; cooking better and eating healthier are two ways to lower your risk.

When you consider that 2/3 of all disease is lifestyle induced, it's not hard to make the argument that you are what you eat.
breast cancer awareness
To illustrate that concept, perhaps you've seen the TV commercial showing a woman walking down the street who has (apparently) just eaten cinnamon buns and is quite literally wearing them on (where else?) her buns.

I love that commercial... such a visual!

You can end up "wearing" the wrong foods for sure (as in the cinnamon bun lady). I've often said there is no need for me to eat certain foods, I should just apply them to my thighs and skip all the work of eating and digestion - that's where it will end up anyway!

But more than just outer appearances, food significantly impacts our health and the inner workings of what's going on in our bodies. There are healthy foods lists telling you what to eat and why, there are books of the same genre and people (like me) speaking all over the country, trying to get people to understand the impact of eating the wrong foods.

It may be a life and death matter.

Cancer -- particularly breast cancer for women -- is a disease that chills the blood of most women. The fear of losing a breast (or both) is a palpable concern, as we've known someone who has or has had this disease. It's become all too common.

So what can we do as women, to combat this disease?

The answer of course is to eat better. I can help you with that, I love food! And I love lists, so here's a little one.

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