1. Dramatically reduce your consumption of red meat and processed meat (ham, turkey, hot dogs, bacon – oh no, bacon!?).

2. Completely remove animal fats, butter and cooking creme from your diet. Avoid full fat dairy products and hard cheeses.

3. Stop eating fried food, especially in less-than-ideal conditions (for example, french fries in oil of poor quality, fast food items and bagged chips).

4. Replace ‘white’ food (bread, rice, pasta) in your diet with ‘dark’ (whole wheat and whole grain bread, pasta, brown rice).

5. Avoid large fish (for example swordfish).

6. Do not drink beer or soda from aluminum cans (a toxic heavy metal).

7. Avoid drinking water from corroded pipes possibly containing lead, cadmium or other toxic heavy metals.

8. Do not consume processed food containing chemicals or preservatives.

9. Do not overcook food. It is during this process that carcinogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) develop. Also do not cook on open fire – the meat fat that drips onto the flames, ignites and the smoke created contains PAHs that are then released back onto the remaining fat on the meat. It is said that one steak on the grill has as many carcinogens as 600 cigarettes!

10. Cook chicken and fish with their skins and then discard.

11. Marinade your meat in antioxidants (olive oil, lemon, vinegar, herbs)! This is a great way to get rid of carcinogens and PAHs that develop during cooking.

12. Sugar is food for cancer cells – quit immediately.

13. Detox your body from exposure to chemicals and pesticides. Buy organic and stick to seasonal.

14. Avoid the overuse of wireless and mobile technology.

15. Mild exposure to sunlight and mild consumption of alcohol give a boost to your body’s antioxidant defenses. However, too much of either can be seriously bad. As the ancient Greeks used to say, Παν μέτρον άριστον (everything in moderation)!

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