Juicing

Juicing has been part of my daily diet for nearly six years. I bought a juicer after reading Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer blog. She has been living thriving with inoperable cancer for over ten years and when I found her blog, I was going through cancer treatment. When it came to my diet, my doctors weren’t giving me answers that made sense to me. They kept telling me to eat whatever I wanted but my intuitively I knew they were wrong, so I went on the Internet to find other rectal cancer survivors.To be honest, I didn’t find any. That didn’t mean there weren’t any, it’s just they weren’t sharing their stories on social media. I decided to expand my search and that’s how I found Kris. She is a huge advocate for juicing so I bought a Breville juicer and after tasting my first glass of fresh juice, I was hooked.

After only six months of treatment, I was told I was cancer free! I’m sure juicing played a huge part in my speedy recovery. I had two doses of chemotherapy and thirty radiation treatments. Drinking my food was easier on my intestines (since that’s where the cancer was) and my immune system rebounded quickly. If I had eaten whatever I wanted I doubt I’d be typing this right now. Eating whatever I wanted got me into trouble in the first place!

I do have side effects from the radiation which affects my balance but other than that I feel better than ever! Eating a plant based diet (vegan), juicing and drinking green smoothies gives my body the nourishment it needs to stay healthy.

Getting cancer completely changed my life– for the better.

Before cancer I loved food and worked in restaurants for twenty years, mostly diners and what do diners serve? Not healthy food, that’s for sure, but at the time I liked the taste– like millions of other Americans. I did eat a garden burgers when I decided to become vegetarian but what was missing from my vegetarian diet was the fresh vegetables and fruit. 99% of my diet came from processed foods. I didn’t understand what processed meant and that packaged food has no nutritional value. I figured if it was for sale, then it was good to eat.

Wrong!

After cancer I found recipes to make meals from fresh foods for myself that were healthy and tasted great!

Last night I watched the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly dead on Netflix. The star and producer, by the name of Joe Cross, documented his experience of drinking only fresh juice for sixty days and how he inspired a truck driver he interviewed, named Chris to do the same. Both of them suffered from the same autoimmune disease. Their transformations were amazing!  Just watching it got me all excited again about eating healthy. Since I do eat a balanced diet, I wanted to share the trailer to the documentary with you. If you have Netflix, I recommend watching it, it could save your life. Yes, It’s that good!

Joe has a website and Face Book Page, if you want to take a look.

Be well!

Ingebird

 

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3 thoughts on “Juicing

  1. My 88 year old grandmother-in-law is having lots of pain, gas, her bag leaks about everyday, and other complications after about 7 years with her colostomy bag. She’s basically refusing to eat due to everything, which is leading to other problems (rapid weight loss, dehydration, weakness). We are hoping juicing will be gentle on her system and give her energy. I’m very nervous to make a juice that makes her feel worse as I’m pretty sure she’ll never try it again. I’m assuming juicing will mean no blockages, but what about gases? Do you have any recipes you can recommend?

    More info – I’m in a Spanish speaking country and grandma speaks Spanish and I’m not in her inner circle, but I’ve been asked to help investigate this option. So, I apologise for my general ignorance and lack of correct vocab.

    The section of her intestines that the bag attaches doesn’t completely come out of her body. She uses a dimple ring so she can attach her bag. She is struggling with blockages and internal adhesions.

    The surgeon wants to reverse the colostomy and two doctors don’t. The colostomy was done because her intestines tied themselves in a knot. She’s 88 and scared of surgery… She’d like to find ways to manage.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Hello Robyn,

      It sounds like the stoma is inside and that will be a problem. Did she lose or gain weight before her problem started? My stoma sticks out now but when I first got it I my bag leaked too. I have no suggestions for that. She is already using the dimple ring for support. Maybe try juicing an apple and cucumber to start. Drink several glasses a day. I have gas too but its not painful. I don’t know what to suggest about painful gas. Hopefully a couple days of juicing will get her system back in balance. Let me know how it goes.
      Inge

      • She’s been loosing weight. She’s pretty sickly looking now. Thanks for the juice suggestion.

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