According to research, the impact of Coronavirus has resulted in increased stress and anxiety for many South Australians, as well as a reduction in exercise and rise in unhealthy behaviours—such as eating more snack foods and drinking more alcohol, which can increase your risk of cancer.
But, with the slow and steady easing of restrictions, it’s important to bring that balance back, and we’re here to help with our healthy living tips:
- Be physically active
Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of some common cancers such as bowel cancer and breast cancer. Aim for one hour of moderate intensity activity or 30 minutes of vigorous intensity activity most days of the week.
- Eat a healthy diet high in dietary fibre
A diet that includes a wide variety of plant-based foods, and is high in dietary fibre, will not only help to boost your happiness levels but will also help you maintain a healthy weight, boost immunity and reduce your risk of cancer.
- Limit lean red and processed meat intake
When it comes to cancer risk, studies have shown that high red meat and processed meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of cancer, specifically bowel cancer. So, if you’re eating more than 455g of red meat per week (cooked weight), consider cutting back.
- Avoid or limit alcohol
Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer of the bowel, breast, mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, and liver. The more you drink the higher the risk. Even drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can increase your risk of cancer.
- Maintain a healthy weight
Carrying excess body weight increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer. Aim to prevent weight gain by staying active and limiting foods and drinks that are high in fat and sugar, such as junk foods, and sugary drinks.
- Be smoke-free
It is never too late to quit smoking, and the sooner you quit, the more you cut your cancer risk.
Download and use our high fibre meal plan to help you get on the right track, get healthy after Coronavirus and reduce your cancer risk.