Beat cancer odds with Food for Life

Posted July 12, 2011, at 2:53 p.m.

MiMi McGee of Appleton believes she has found the optimal diet to both increase your odds of not getting cancer and surviving it if you do. And she wants to share that knowledge with you.

McGee’s search began some 20 years ago when her young husband was diagnosed with and died of cancer. She wanted to find a connection between diet and disease.

McGee, who had been working in the hospitality field, returned to school and earned a degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University. After that, she worked as a chef while doing volunteer work, improving her own health and wellness, and still looking for the perfect diet.

After competing in marathons and training in disciplines such as yoga and tai chi, she began work as a personal chef for some high-profile clients with strict dietary concerns. And she became interested in a plant-based vegetarian diet for herself.

In 2011, McGee completed a certificate course in plant based nutrition from Cornell University and shortly after that began her career as a Food for Life cooking instructor for The Cancer Project. She had found the optimal diet for disease prevention and survival she had been looking for.

The Cancer Project is a program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The Cancer Project works to promote disease prevention and survival through a growing outreach program that focuses on comprehensive plant-based nutrition education for the public and health care communities.

The Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes will be offered in the Education Center at Waldo County General Hospital on four Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30, beginning July 27, with McGee as the instructor. Participants will get to sample 24 recipes.

The four classes are:

  1. Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer: Numerous students have shown that a diet built on plant foods offers the most cancer-fighting protection of any diet plan. In this class, students will learn about the right food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as overcome the disease after it has been diagnosed.
  2. Fueling Up on Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods: Steering clear of meat, dairy products, fried foods and other fatty fare is an important first step in preventing and surviving cancer. In this class, students will learn how to prepare delicious, low-fat dishes made from whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits.
  3. Discovering Dairy and Meat Alternatives: When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat and dairy products were much less likely to develop disease. In this class, you will explore a variety of vegetarian sources of protein, all of which are low in fat, high in fiber and loaded with cancer-fighting nutrients.
  4. Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Healthy Weight Control: Studies have shown that slimmer people are less likely to develop cancer and trimming excess weight may also improve survival after cancer has been diagnosed. In this class, you will learn about healthy dishes loaded with immune-boosting nutrients, along with how to easily and naturally maintain a healthy weight and a cancer-fighting nutritional regimen.

The cost of the four-class series is $60 per person. Scholarships are available. To sign up or to get more information, call Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or Hester Kohl at 930-2514 or email: CancerProject.org.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/07/12/health/749755/ printed on December 25, 2014