Breast Cancer Survivor Promotes “Extreme Moderation” at

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Breast cancer survivor Kristina Sampson has launched, a website dedicated to the idea that “Balance, not Dogma” is the winning approach to health and wellness. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, she has created a blog series entitled “31 Days of Breast Cancer Prevention Tips.”

“Nutrition science is still in its infancy, uncovering more information every day about what’s healthy and what isn’t.”

At a time when a “one or the other” mindset is tearing the country apart, Kristina Sampson has launched, a website devoted to “extreme moderation.” Sampson holds a negative view of extremes in many arenas—politics, religion, diets—to name a few. “If you’re like me, extremes go against a deep internal need to avoid confrontation,” she comments. “By definition, extremes leave no room for compromise.”    

Sampson is a breast cancer survivor who credits a philosophy of “balance, not dogma” as central to her own healing. She points to diets as a prime example of the all-or-nothing philosophy she so dislikes. She is sharing some of her experiences and thoughts on extreme moderation in her blog this month. Created in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the blog features 31 entries under the banner “31 Days of Breast Cancer Prevention Tips.”

Vegans vs. Ultra-Carnivores, No One Wins
Sampson notes that the extreme approach to dieting often obliges people to turn into raw-vegans with no animal-sourced products at all in their diet, or ultra-carnivores whose diets are loaded with meat and dairy. There are experts on both sides of the debate – MDs, PhDs, and RDs. Claiming to have all the answers, they cite numerous studies that support their beliefs. “The problem,” says Sampson, “is that those studies contradict each other.”

So which extreme to choose? “Nutrition science is still in its infancy, uncovering more information every day about what’s healthy and what isn’t,” says Sampson. “That tells me that going ‘all-in’ with any extreme approach to health is a bad idea and that moderation provides the best answer for almost everyone.”

4 Peaks of Good Health with The Vail Diet
“The Vail Diet isn’t simply a diet,” explains Sampson. “It’s a lifestyle of moderation inspired by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.” The diet seeks to heal and maintain the body and spirit with activities based on Sampson’s four peaks of wellness:

  • “Nourish Your Body” – Sampson recommends eating more whole foods, more plants, less meat and dairy, and in a rare moment of extremes, NO PROCESSED FOODS. “Think about what you are eating. It sounds simple, but who actually does it?” she observes. “Whatever you do choose to eat, make it the best possible version you can find and afford.”
  • “Shake Your Booty” – Sampson encourages everyone to move his or her body every day, again urging moderation. “You don’t need to hit the gym to work up a sweat,” she says. “Walk, dance, do good old calisthenics. Just move!”
  • “Heed Your Habitat” – Sampson urges people to be mindful of the health-robbing pollutants that are everywhere in our environment. “You can reduce your body’s chemical load by switching to cleaner and greener products in your home, and filtering your drinking and bath water,” she says.
  • “Find Your Bliss” – Sampson believes that there is more to health than the physical workings of the body, so it is important to nurture our spiritual side. “Whether you prefer to attend religious services, meditate, do yoga or simply take a walk in the woods,” she suggests, “do something every day to feed your spirit.”

Sampson is quick to point out that The Vail Diet is not intended as a magic solution to every health issue imaginable. “The Vail Diet is not a cure-all,” she states emphatically. “But the diet and the philosophy at the heart of it can put you on a path where you can be assured you’ll make powerful discoveries about your health and wellness!”

To read the “31 Days of Breast Cancer Prevention Tips” blog posts, get more information about Kristina Sampson, and discover more about the Vail Diet – including healthful recipes and The Vail Diet’s Trail Map to Wellness – please visit

About Kristina Sampson and The Vail Diet
Kristina Sampson is the founder of, a just-launched informational website dedicated to the ideas that “extreme moderation” and “balance, not dogma” are the keys to health. Sampson, herself a breast cancer survivor, created The Vail Diet, which focuses on eating real, nutrient-dense, high-quality food as well as movement and spirituality, in whatever form best suits each individual. To learn more about The Vail Diet, receive free recipes and the Trail Map to Wellness, and to access “31 Days of Breast Cancer Prevention Tips,” please visit


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