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As a long-term multiple myeloma (MM) survivor, my main concern is remaining in complete remission.
Staying in complete remission from my “incurable” cancer. According to a growing number of studies, diet and nutrition are central to achieving long-term remission. I stumbled on the U.S. News ratings of the “best” diets and I thought I should make an evidence-based case for what I eat, and why I eat it.
Let me begin by saying that many of the diets listed in the U.S. News report make sense for cancer survivors for different reasons. I am simply reporting what I do, what I have done and why I do it (nutritionally speaking).
I will list why I follow the “flexitarian” diet:
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Last but not least, I don’t diet. I got serious about what I put in my body about 20 years ago. My daily routine now is just that, a daily routine. But the flexitarian diet does offer guidelines that I think MM survivors should understand and follow.
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The aim: Weight loss and optimal health.
The claim: Flexitarians weigh 15 percent less than their more carnivorous counterparts; have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer; and live an average of 3.6 years longer.
The theory: Flexitarian is a marriage of two words: flexible and vegetarian. The term was coined more than a decade ago, and in her 2009 book, “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life,” registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner says you don’t have to eliminate meat completely to reap the health benefits associated with vegetarianism – you can be a vegetarian most of the time, but still chow down on a burger or steak when the urge hits.