Long before she knew that she had to battle cancer, Howard Stern's sidekick Robin Quivers knew that she had to battle food. Trying to lose weight, her regimes ranged from the Master Cleanse detox to a 21-day diet. And then she discovered the power of a plant-based diet. Going vegan, she told Dr. Mehmet Oz in her October 7 appearance on his talk show, gave her the strength and health that she needed to battle cancer and win.
Now Robin is eager to talk about how she regained her health as well as her plant-based diet. She's also authored a new book: "The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life" (click for details). In it, she offers recipes as well as explains her resolution to shift to a healthy diet after recognizing how a diet high in fat and sugar had resulted in obesity for so many of her relatives. Robin emphasizes how strongly she believes that her vegan diet made the difference in her life and death battle with cancer, she told Dr. Oz.
In addition to regaining her health, Robin is determined to keep off the 80 pounds that she lost on her vegan diet, reported Ecorazzi on October 6. And she's spreading the word about the benefits of going vegan.
“My plant-based diet was helping my body heal. I couldn’t believe the difference I saw. I’d never had such a dramatic shift in my health – not when I was taking medication, not when I was wearing a neck brace, and certainly not when I was eating whatever I wanted. I no longer had to rearrange my entire life around being sick," Robin writes in her book.
Dr. Oz and Robin also talked about the link between cancer prevention and diet. “If you want your body to work the way it’s supposed to, you need to give it the nutrients it needs. The solution isn’t in a pill; it’s in what you eat," says Robin.
Can adding certain foods to your diet really make a difference in fighting cancer? Yes, says Dr. Oz.
"Diet is a very important cancer-fighting tool. Color is one of the best indicators of a food’s health benefits. Foods within each color group have properties that target specific cancers. When you eat all the colors, you are working far more disease-combating nutrients and vitamins into your meal," explains Dr. Oz. Among the foods he recommends to fight cancer:
- Red foods like tomatoes
- Orange foods like carrots
- Yellow foods like lemons
- Green foods like kale
- White foods like mushrooms