Breast Cancer Nutrition Tips From A Certified Cancer Coach

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and certified cancer coach. During her cancer treatment she discovered that what she put in her body, either helped or hindered her recovery. She shares three tips on how you can help your body fight cancer by altering your diet.

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Elyn Jacobs: I have three tips for you on eating to beat cancer. First let me say that nutrition matters. Dietary habits play a significant role in the prevention of breast cancer, the prevention of recurrence and slowing the progression of the disease.

Good nutrition will also support your body during damaging cancer treatments and will help you heal. That said, I’d like to suggest the E20 role. So before you tell me, “No, I am not giving up my dessert or my meat”, remember, you don’t have to be perfect. Just try to eat well 80% of the time.

I also note that during cancer treatments, some fruits may be very unappealing to you. So just do your best and try to avoid things like Ensure because your body really doesn’t need the chemicals. Look for good foods.

So here are my tips:

Tip #1, eat at least 15 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and try to include at least 10 different varieties. You also want to look for colors of the rainbow as each provides different cancer-fighting components.

Adding plants and fruits and vegetables to your diet will also help you avoid the constipation that can come with many of the cancer treatments. So if you find that you cannot or do not get enough of the produce, there are many whole food supplements out there that can help you bridge the gap between good intentions and reality.

Tip #2, limit dairy produce, meat and eggs as they can cause cancer-friendly inflammation in the body. They also add unnecessary hormones that you don’t need. You might want to consider limiting peanut butter too as that is also a pro-inflammatory food.

Tip #3, cut off processed fried and fast foods and eliminate as much sugar and refined grains as possible. You also want to try and stick to as much organic produce as you can, especially for those that are on the so-called ‘dirty dozen’, which by the way should now be the ‘dirty baker’s dozen’ because when they added blueberries they got up to number 13.

Hi, I am Elyn Jacobs, a breast cancer survivor and a certified cancer coach. I am also the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. You can find me at I am also on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn @ElynJacobs, or you can email me at

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