Dr. Richard Mays  -- Anti-Cancer Diet

  • Avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup
  • Avoid all sodas, sweetened drinks and commercial fruit juice
  • Avoid all deep fried foods - Deep fried chicken and fish - Potato chips, french fries, hush puppies, etc.
  • Substitute 100% whole grain products for all refined flour (enriched or bleached) products.
  • Limit starchy carbohydrates with a high glycemic index such as potatoes, white rice, corn and bleached or sweetened dry breakfast cereals.
  • Avoid jams, jellies, fruit cooked or canned in sugar or syrup.
  • Do use natural sweeteners such as agave nectar or Stevia.
  • Do eat legumes such as dried beans, peas, lentils
  • Do eat 5 servings of a variety of different colored vegetables every day, especially the following:
  1. Brassica family - ( cabbage, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower)
  2. Allium family - (Onions, leeks, garlic, shallots)
  3. Dark green leafy vegetables especially spinach, mustard, swiss chard.
  4. Beta carotene rich vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, squash, pumpkins
  5. Tomatoes and beets
  • Do eat 2-3 servings of different colored fruits every day with low glycemic index especially the following
  1. Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries)
  2. Citrus fruit (oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit)
  3. Apricots, promegranates, papaya, kiwi, mangoes, watermelon, cantaloupes, pineapple, apples, plums, pears, avocados
  • Do eat mushrooms with anti-cancer properties such as shiitake, maitake, portobella, oyster, enobi, and crimini.
  • Do eat true nuts especially walnuts, almonds, pecans, brazel nuts (one or two per day maximum)
  • Eat more fish (especially salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies, mackerel and fresh water fish with fins and scales) Avoid catfish, carp and shellfish.
  • Eat less red meat (beef, buffalo, venison, lamb) Limit to (3) 4 oz servings per week. (Avoid pork. Eat organic, grass fed red meat.)
  • Avoid saturated and trans saturated fats ( Dairy products unless fat free or < 1% fat, butter, most margarine, vegetable oils, sunflower oil.)   Instead use olive oil, flax seed oil, canola oil, omega-3 margarine's, cod liver oil.
  • Use a variety of herbs and spices especially tumeric (curcumin) curry, mint, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, basil, parsley, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • Enjoy dark chocolate (containing more than 70% cocoa)
  • Drink tea especially green tea
  • Eat organic grass fed poultry and organic omega-3 eggs (grass fed)
  • Cook with iron or stainless steel pots and pans.  Avoid aluminum pans and Teflon.
  • Never drink a hot beverage (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) from a Styrofoam cup.
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