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Joan Lunden turns to gluten-free Paleo diet during cancer battle

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Joan Lunden turns to gluten-free Paleo diet

Joan Lunden has changed her diet as she battles breast cancer and believes it is an important part of stopping the disease. The former host of “Good Morning America” has switched to a gluten-free Paleo diet that also eliminates dairy and sugar. She believes her bad eating habits in the past may have contributed to her cancer.


Joan Lunden was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, and doctors found several tumors. She adjusted her diet to remove processed and refined foods while adding more vegetables and fruits. Without gluten, dairy or sugar, her diet also fits the Paleo trend because she focuses on low-calorie, low-carb foods. Lunden strongly believes that the food she consumes is having an impact on her overall health and affecting her cancer.

The former host of “Good Morning America” has a nutritionist guiding her through the diet changes. Joan Lunden has become worried about inflammation caused by food, so she focuses on reading labels and avoiding processed items. She admits, “All the garbage food that I ate along with every other American -processed, refined foods - I now look at it with eyes wide open. I see now how I unwittingly contributed to my own breast cancer.”

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The gluten-free Paleo diet has changed Lunden’s lifestyle, and she is using it to fight the cancer. She shares, “I eat lots of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower. I also look for dark purple fruits and vegetables, like red cabbage, eggplant, beets, blueberries and blackberries.” However, fruits and vegetables are not the only things on her menu, and she admits to shopping for spaghetti sauce at Whole Foods. Joan Lunden believes that her diet allowed her to avoid some of the chemotherapy side effects because her digestive system was in better shape.

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