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Chinese Szechuan Dinner

The Menu

Thousand Years Egg with Szechuan Peppercorn

Shrimp with Spicy Salt

Stir-fried Chicken with Chili

Braised Beef Lung

Stir-fried Beef Tenderloin

Mar Por Tofu

Chicken Cooked in Hot and Spicy Broth

Dan Dan Noodle

Black Halibut (Karasugarei) Nigiri Sushi

The Sushi

The Fish

New Guidelines Address Diet, Exercise, and Weight Control for Cancer Survivors

New guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that people living with cancer maintain a healthy weight, get enough exercise, and eat a healthy diet. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that healthy nutrition and physical activity behavior after a diagnosis can lower the chances of the cancer coming back, and can improve the chances of disease-free survival. The updated Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Survivors was published early online today in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Among the recommendations:

1. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Avoid weight gain during cancer treatment, whether you are at a healthy weight or overweight.
  • Weight loss after recovery from treatment may benefit survivors who are overweight or obese.

2. Be physically active.

  • Studies show that exercise is safe during cancer treatment, and can improve many aspects of health, including muscle strength, balance, fatigue, and depression.
  • Physical activity after diagnosis is linked to living longer and a reduced risk of the cancer returning among people living with cancer, including breast, colorectal, prostate, and ovarian cancer.

3. Eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

  • The most health benefits are associated with a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, and fish, and low in refined grains, red meat and processed meat (such as hot dogs), desserts, high-fat dairy products and French fries. Most of the studies about cancer and diet have focused on breast cancer.
  • Studies show that taking vitamins, herbs and other nutritional supplements often does not help cancer patients live longer, and may even shorten life. Before taking any supplement, discuss it with your health care provider.

The recommendations also include specific guidance for people diagnosed with breast, colon, endometrial, ovarian, lung, prostate, head and neck, and blood cancers. It includes a section with answers to common questions about alcohol, organic foods, sugar, supplements, and several other areas of interest.

Source: American Cancer Society

Full article on Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Survivors ….

Beef Cooked in Szechuan Style


Ingredients

120 g beef
50 g beansprout
20 g dried chili (minced)
10 g Szechuan peppercorn
20 g garlic (minced)
15 g fermented black bean
20 g ginger (minced)
10 g roasted peanut (crushed)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt

Broth

1 tbsp chili soybean
1 tsp Chinkiang red vinegar
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp cooking wine
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp sugar

Seasoning

1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp chili oil

Method

  1. Mix beef with cornstarch, salt and 1 tbsp of water. Set aside.
  2. Heat wok and add seasoning ingredients. Sauté dried chili. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add some oil to wok. Sauté garlic, ginger, fermented soybean and Szechuan peppercorn until fragrant.
  4. Add broth ingredients. Bring to a boil. Add beef and beansprout. Continue to cook until beef is done. Remove to serving platter. Add dried chili from Step 2 and crushed peanut before serving.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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