SWFL firefighters take cooking classes to find foods that help fight cancer

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The Fort Myers Shores Fire Department has been taking cooking classes for the past six weeks.

Each recipe is vegan and designed to boost energy and performance.

“We just noticed how much better we feel, and you can only tell that by changing the diet it’s better for you overall,” said Paul Saliers, the firefighter.

It’s all part of President Chris Doleby’s efforts to offer a healthier lifestyle.

“Men report that they are not as slow as they used to be and have more energy when they are outside and appear to recover faster after eating nutritionally,” said Fort Myers Shores Fire Chief Chris Doalepee.

The coaches come in, show the guys a recipe, and then let them take a shot of it.

“We wanted to teach them how to add more vegetables or fruits, whole grains, and beans to the meal that they might already be making for transition men and they were very receptive,” said Trish Smith, educator of nutritional medicine.

But there’s another reason to bring in Fort Myers Shores coach Smith.

Some foods help people fight cancer.

And firefighters are at greater risk of developing cancer than the average person.

“Some types of cancer we have a 100 percent greater chance of developing than the normal population,” Al-Dawalibi said.

For example, mesothelioma is a cancer found in the lining around the lungs, stomach, and heart.

Firefighters are more likely to develop cancer of the esophagus, lymphoma, brain, prostate, colon, and more.

Cancer-fighting foods include berries, seeds, and raw vegetables.

“Maybe they help us with some cancer rates, I mean, that’s all we can hope for,” Al-Dawalibi said.

The Firefighters Cancer Support Network conducted a study and found that firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with a type of cancer and 14% higher risk of developing cancer.

This is what the Fort Myers Shore firefighters told WINK News.

“I think a lot of us are already putting it back into our families and making these changes. Not only is it here, we’re trying to do it every single day,” Slayer said.

If you’re ready to transition to plant-based eating, some of the first things you can do are eat more greens, both raw and cooked, and make sure you’re getting plenty of fiber, Smith said.

Below is a sample of recipes prepared by Fort Myers Shore firefighters.

summer rolls

20 rice paper wrappers

Tofu spears

1 red pepper, julienned

1 small mixed cucumber

2 carrots, mixed

5 lettuce leaves, I used cos

Avocado cut into slices

A handful of fresh coriander

pistachio sauce

2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (no sugar or salt)*

40 ml lemon juice (from 1 lime)

90ml water 1 tablespoon/15ml tamari (for a gluten-free version) or soy sauce

1 crushed garlic clove

2 teaspoons grated ginger

1-2 teaspoons chili flakes


3 cups of cooked rice (brown is high in fiber!!)

2 tablespoons vegan butter

4 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1/2 tablespoon sugar

1 cup chopped onion (about half an onion)

½ cup frozen or fresh peas

1/2 cup fresh or frozen carrots (finely chopped)

1/2 cup fresh or frozen edamame, peeled

2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional, as a topping)

2 tablespoons green onion (optional, as a topping)


1. First, cook the rice according to the instructions on the package. You will need 3 cups of cooked white rice. I prefer short grain rice/sushi for this recipe and I have tips and tricks in the blog post on how to cook rice, but any rice works. If using short grain rice/sushi, it requires 1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice and 2 cups of water for this amount of cooked rice. If you are using a different rice, follow the package directions. The rice can also be made the day before and is actually better if it’s cold and refrigerated!

2. Once the rice is cooked, prepare the rest of the ingredients. First, we cut up all the vegetables including carrots and onions, and set aside the peas and edamame. Next, whisk the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sugar to form a thin sauce.

3. Next, add vegetable butter to a frying pan and turn on the heat. Once the butter has melted and the pan is hot, add the onions and cook for 2 minutes over high heat until translucent. Then add the rest of the vegetables (edamame, peas, carrots), and cook for another 2 minutes.

4. Next, add the frying sauce and the cooked white rice and stir for another 2-3 minutes. Be sure to stir to mix the sauce evenly and break up any rice clumps that may form.

5. Remove the fried rice from the heat and serve immediately. Top with furikake seasoning or sliced ​​green onions for added flavour. enjoy.

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