Dr. Oz opens the show saying there are three things that women need to be aware of that could be silently killing them without them knowing it. Bloating, getting full quickly, and frequent urination are three signs that can be deceiving. Oz says that if bloating lasts for more than two weeks, it could be a sign of ovarian cancer. He says to keep a check sheet and give it to your doctor to see if you might have ovarian cancer. Next, if you have severe headaches, sensitivity to light, and you can’t touch your chin to your neck, you may have a brain aneuyrsm. He says if these symptoms become unbearable, you need to get checked. You should keep an eye on your blood pressure as that is a key to a blood vessel breaking and having an aneurysm. Finally, pain in the abdomen that radiates to the back, loss of appetite, and pale stools can be a sign of pancreatic cancer. The pancreas helps digest our food and is behind the stomach. Oz says to stay away from preservatives and keep your weight under control are the best ways to prevent pancreatic cancer.
Now Dr. Will Cloward is on the show to give us cancer fighting foods. First, collard greens will actually starve the cancer cells in your body and help get rid of them. You need a cup of collard greens twice a week. Next, white beans will lower help lower your risk of cancer by 10%. Third, San Marzano Tomatoes have more lycopenes and your need about a half a cup of these three times a week. Finally, coffee has been proven to reduce a host of cancers and will lower your risk of getting any cancer by 3%. You need 3 cups of coffee a day.
Oz says cutting back your breakfast to 100 calories can make a 20 pound difference in your weight. Heidi Skolnick is on the show and she says we need to watch how much cereal we eat in the morning. You can take shredded wheat, add 4 oz. of greek yogurt and sprinkle on walnuts and a little honey. This is a great cold breakfast. Next, you can use non pre sugared instant oat meal and add 1 tsp. of peanut butter for a great hot cereal. Third, you can use 1 cup of cheerios and add 1 tsp of sugar. Finally, using puffed wheat with your favorite sweet cereal to help you get used to eating lower sugar cereals in the morning. By making these simple changes in your breakfast routine, you can lose over 20 pounds a year.
The next segment is about finding the best proteins to power your body. He sends three volunteers shopping for the best proteins. Lisa went to the fish market and picked salmon. Oz says he agrees about the salmon and it needs to be wild Alaska salmon. He also says farmed rainbow trout is another great fish. Next, for red meat you need to chose a tender meat like tenderloin to get the right proteins. Finally, getting your protein in the produce isle can be tricky. You can use fresh soybeans, they are complete protein, and spinach. Half the calories in spinach are from protein. Use these sources as much as possible to make sure you are getting the right kind of protein that will keep your body going all day long.
Now Oz gives us a healthy way to make ice cream sundaes. The key is to substitute fresh fruits for the sweetened syrups, using a soy based ice cream or sorbets, and adding real unsweetened dark chocolate. Gail Simmons is on the show to judge the results of viewer created sundaes. The first entry uses raspberry sorbet, fresh strawberries, and dark chocolate. Oz says the average sundae has over 1000 calories and the first entry has only 300. The second sundae has soy ice cream, bananas, strawberries, pomegranate, and dark chocolate. It has only 373 calories. Gail says the second sundae is the best one but both are healthy alternatives.
Dr. Oz gives us some bonus tips as the show ends. These are a few items he recommends to replace your regular snack foods. First, Diana’s dark chocolate banana pops, whole grain cookies from cookie hut, and Kind bars are great low calorie snacks that will keep your weight down.
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