What is Movember? Throughout November men are encouraged to grow their moustaches to raise awareness and spark conversation for men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
“Movember is an awareness campaign that infuses style (moustache fashion) and social awareness to start conversations on men’s health – mainly prostate cancer. It is an opportunity to be cool while attending to one of the less (or taboo) spoken about topics.” Globally, a stigma surrounds diseases that affect men, and often men don’t talk about such “embarrassing topics”. The underlying message is that if you chose to live well and follow a healthy lifestyle, and paid attention to your health and the warning signs, you could help to shape your future.
With that being said, you need to “think green” with your food & drink choices!
As a guideline from CANSA.org, why not follow some “green tips” below:
Eat at least five portions, preferably seven, of fruit (in season) and non-starchy vegetables daily – choose a variety of fruit and vegetables of different colours for different nutrients
Aim for three meals per day and snack in between meals on your favourite fruit or vegetable
Make starchy foods that are high in roughage and whole-grains the basis of most meals
Eat more fibre, e.g. fruit and vegetables with skins included and whole-grain foods (30 g daily) such as Bokomo Weet-Bix and Bokomo Oats (both CANSA Smart Choices) mealie pap, brown rice and sorghum
Dry beans, soya beans and other legumes/lentils are high in fibre & isoflavones.
Try to include them in meals 3 to 4 times per week.
Choose Canola Margarine products (Blossom Canola Margarine is a CANSA Smart Choice), also with the best ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 and it is trans-fat-free.
Drink plenty safe, clean water – drinking enough water not only keeps you hydrated, but it also helps food move through the digestive system and carries nutrients to the cells
Drink rooibos tea, which is rich in antioxidants, low in tannin and caffeine-free. Try the Red Espresso Company’s red espresso® (rooibos espresso), a CANSA Smart Choice.
Use Canola Oil with a high smoke point of 230 degrees Celsius in food preparation. It is rich in Omega-3 and has the best ratio (2:1) of Omega-6 to Omega-3. Nuts, avocado, vegetable fats/oils and olive oil are also recommended. B-Well Canola Oil & B-Well Extra Virgin Olive & Canola Oil are CANSA Smart Choice products.
Prepare your food by baking or steaming.