Preventing cancer is easier than you think

“Oh, good, I guess my gum is giving me cancer.”

I still remember this random conversation I had with a friend when we were about 15 years old. Her sarcastic comment came after she read the label on the sugar-free gum she was chewing, which read something to the effect of, “Ingredients in this product have been known to cause cancer in animals.”

I remember a more recent conversation with another friend, who said with equal parts acceptance and exasperation, “Well, everything probably gives you cancer nowadays, so it’s like why even bother changing your habits?”

It is both shocking and thoroughly depressing that we seem to accept cancer in society as just a given, a natural part of life. And yet we react with well-deserved horror and sadness when someone we love is stricken with it. There is a disconnect between the level of tacit acceptance we give cancer before it strikes and the shock we experience when it does. Still, it happens every day, to people who have done nothing to deserve such a scourge — because nobody deserves cancer, ever.

But the fact is, cancer doesn’t always just happen. More often than not, cancer can be prevented. Continue reading

3 new ways to eat hummus

I really like the idea of hummus. It’s easy to make, goes great with veggies or crackers, is a bit exotic, and is packed with protein. But the thing is, I don’t actually like it.

Despite my efforts, I can’t get over the fact that it’s just mashed garbanzo beans — and I hate garbanzo beans. They may sound all cute when called “chickpeas,” but they’re not fooling this girl. In fact, I really dislike pretty much any and all legumes. It’s the texture, not necessarily the taste (though there’s not much to love in the taste department, either).

Since switching to a mostly plant-based diet, I make the sacrifice for the sake of protein. I’ve tried several variations of the basic chickpeas-olive oil-garlic-cumin-lemon juice recipe, which are fine but not fabulous for me. But that all changed when I stumbled onto some alternative hummus recipes that I am shocked to say I not only love, but crave. Like, can’t-stop-thinking-about-it, gotta-get-to-the-store-NOW-to-buy-more-chickpeas kind of crave. I even made up a new recipe myself, which is officially my favorite hummus ever. And now I’d like to share these gems with you. Continue reading

How to break up with soda, for good

So you’ve decided it’s time to end your love affair with soda once and for all. Awesome! Good for you! It’s about time you decided to man-up and walk away from that abusive relationship. After all, you don’t want to end up like this guy, do you?

(Oh, wait, you haven’t made that decision to get off soda yet? Read this and you will soon.) Continue reading