Eating Healthy During the Holidays – Episode 141

Eating Healthy During the Holidays

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Featuring: Carolyn Lammersfeld

Published: December 8, 2018

The hosts of Health, Hope & Inspiration chat with Carolyn Lammersfeld, Vice President of Integrative Services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America about how to eat healthy during the upcoming holiday seasons. She also shares her perspective and tips for listeners regarding the correlation between food and diet, eating, weight gain and cancer.

Show Notes:

A report from the 2017 issue of the Journal of Obesity states that the average weight gain among Americans during the holiday seasons between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is one to two pounds. And with an estimated 70% of the population of adults over the age of 20 classified as overweight or obese, there is cause for concern when it comes to higher incidence rates of cancer.

Carolyn Lammersfeld presents a discussion about possible risk factors for developing cancer, such as obesity and how it should be viewed as “modifiable”. “Modifiable risk factors are those that we actually have some control over; we can change. So, for example, avoiding tobacco, being physically active, controlling our weight, trying to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, avoiding or eliminating alcohol, safe sun exposure, getting our screenings. So, things that we, at least, have a little control over, with regards to what we can and can’t do to affect those risk factors.”


  • “There’s a quote I like, and it’s been attributed to a number of individuals. It’s certainly not mine. But, you know, ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail.’”
  • “Staying active helps burn calories. It’s actually easier to eat extra calories than burn off, but we do still need to stay active to burn calories. It may also help with the stress of the holidays, with fatigue, sleep, all are important when it comes to avoiding weight gain. With regards to cancer, and it does relate to weight gain but also, independently, being active about 150 minutes a week seems to reduce the risk of developing cancer.”
  • “Recognizing that what we eat, activity, our weight is a modifiable risk factor for cancer and other chronic diseases, so it’s something we do have some control over. Making changes can help with that and having a plan for the holiday season no matter what that plan is. It’s being empowered to take care of yourself the best way you can during the holiday season.”


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Read Eat this, not that by cancer type: How your cancer may determine your diet
Read Navigating healthy choices in the grocery store
Read Tips for healthy holiday meals

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