When Joan Lunden was diagnosed with breast cancer, she vowed to use every weapon that she could find in her battle against the disease. Now, she told Dr. Mehmet Oz on his Oct. 21 talk show, Joan has learned which options work best for her. And they range from a special sugar-free, gluten-free Paleo-style diet designed by her nutritionist to a mental attitude that Lunden calls “warrior mode.”
Joan became emotional as she talked with Dr. Oz about her voyage from initial discovery through chemotherapy. Other women, attired in pink, joined her on the stage of the Dr. Oz Show to talk about their own breast cancer situations. One woman admitted that it was the first time that she had appeared in public with her head bald from the effects of her own cancer treatment. Joan touched her own wig, smiling with empathy.
From appearing on the cover of People magazine without her wig to publicizing the need for early detection, Lunden has sought to inspire others with her courage and candid attitude. You can see Joan’s bravery on that famous cover below.
As part of that, Joan participated in a special series called “Pink Power” for October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She revealed what she’s learned about battling the disease.
One of the key lessons, said Lunden, is the difference that a healthy diet can make.
“Many things that we eat and drink are causing us to get cancer. All the garbage food that I ate along with every other American —processed, refined foods — I now look at it with eyes wide open. I see now how I unwittingly contributed to my own breast cancer.”
“Since my diagnosis, I have switched over to eating nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods that don’t cause any inflammation in my body. My nutritionist put me on a no-wheat, no-dairy, no-sugar eating regimen. I thought: What’s left when you take those away? But actually, there’s a lot left.”
Joan follows a low carb Paleo-style diet that emphasizes cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower. She also eats berries, in particular blueberries and blackberries. And she’s become a rigorous label reader, scrutinizing ingredients to ensure that she’s not eating any sugar in any form, as well as following the Paleo-style guidelines that exclude all dairy and wheat.
Part of Lunden’s low carb diet involves emphasizing the quality of her food. She eats organic, whole foods in their natural state, such as wild-caught salmon and grass-fed animal protein.
But mental attitude counts too, emphasizes Joan Lunden.
“Going into ‘warrior mode’ will help you cope. Give yourself some TLC.”
As the Inquisitr reported, low carb and Paleo diets also may help battle conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One neurologist, Dr. David Perlmutter, has conducted his own research indicating that eliminating all grains and sugar while boosting fat and protein can accelerate weight loss while dramatically reduce the risk of disease.