There’s been a buzz around the AICR office lately. Not only because we kicked off our CanPrevent campaign, but a new wave of staff has opted to install standing desks! It’s wonderful to walk past offices and see some of my colleagues standing tall and typing away or reading.
Our organization offered them to us because studies have suggested that sitting or lying down for long periods of time may play a role in increased cancer risk. Standing doesn’t replace being active, but it is one way to put AICR Recommendations into action.
Standing desks were new to everyone here, so I went around asking my coworkers about their experiences and challenges. Here’s the overview.
The biggest challenges
Two challenges people faced were getting sore feet and going back and forth between documents on their desk and computer when they were standing. Comfy shoes and adapting your desk space could help – see tips below. Continue reading →
One of our latest recipes, Chickpea and Butternut Squash Fritters, is a restaurant-quality vegetarian dish that uses a unique combination of healthy cancer-preventive ingredients.
A lot of people are familiar with chickpeas in the deep-fried chickpea balls called falafels. But they are usually high in fat and calories. Chickpeas themselves are naturally low in fat; nutty and buttery-tasting. Like all legumes, they provide protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals that make them a staple in dishes ranging from Indian channa masala to Middle Eastern hummus.
Butternut squash is also rich in fiber as well as the antioxidant phytochemical beta-carotene, another cancer-preventive compound. The other ingredients – green onions, garlic, sage, cumin and red pepper flakes – taste great with the nutty chickpeas and subtly sweet squash and offer their own phytochemicals. Add the egg and whole-wheat flour and you get perfect fritters. Continue reading →
One of the best ways to prevent cancer is via healthy lifestyle. We have a love/hate relationship with diet apps, they help us on the road to success but recording everything you eat and do can get…exhausting. When we hit “app fatigue” we end up cutting corners and actually getting less out of the app. Here are a few tips for keeping up the motivation for app’ing so that it is more effective than stressful.
1. App Vacations! At some point most people will hit “app fatigue,” because we know this is going to happen, it is best to plan for it. If you know you quit after 2 weeks, then schedule a planned break on week 3. This allows you to practice your portion control without the assistance of the app, a skill that the app is really supposed to be helping you build. If you keep losing weight and meeting your exercise goals, then resume the app once you hit a plateau. Continue reading →