New Online Course: Cancer Nutrition

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Hello Dear Reader!

An online friend of mine, Dr. Homer Lim has put together an informative, easy to understand online course about the importance of nutrition when going through cancer treatment. When I was sick, I had to do my own research on the Internet for hours and hours, looking for ways to rebuild my immune system, not only from the cancer but from all the toxic drugs I was taking. If I knew about Dr. Lim, it would have saved me a lot of time and energy.

My team of oncology doctors were great BUT none of them told me the importance of eating healthy, nutritional foods. I did meet with a so-called hospital dietician but she told me to eat the same junk food that made me sick in the first place! I was polite to her but I didn’t listen to her advice. I knew intuitively, the food she recommended was toxic and would make me sicker by “feeding ” the cancer.

Now that I’m well, I am a HUGE advocate for eating healthy, phytonutrient foods. Many of these are included in the course. So what’s in this course, you ask?
This course is about how cancer can be controlled, stopped or prevented using proper nutrition. Cancer can be a formidable diagnosis, but it is not a death sentence.
This course will take about 1-2 hours and contains PDFs that can be printed. This course is structured for people to be able to recall and understand with ease.
Course includes tips on:
• Foods that feed or fight cancer
• Foods that boost the immune system
• What to take before, during and after surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy
• What supplements would be the ideal for cancer prevention, recurrence
• What is detoxification and fasting good for
What are the requirements?
• need an open mind
• PDf reader
What am I going to get from this course?
• Over 12 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
• Get the best nutrition tips for cancer
• Discuss the different nutrients needed by cancer survivors
• Learn different diets and techniques for different cancer treatments
What is the target audience?
• This course is for cancer survivors as well as the those who wishes to help or support their loved ones diagnosed with cancer

It includes a PDF file you can download to reference later. Even though I eat healthy now, I still learned some new stuff from Dr. Lim.

If this interests you (and I hope it does), click here to sign up.

Knowledge is power!  And you don’t have to have cancer to learn how to eat healthier, in fact eating healthy foods will help your immune systems attack diseased cells before they have a chance to proliferate in your body.

Be well!

Inge

I am Worth It!

The day I heard “You have cancer,” my life completely changed. I knew I would not only beat the dreaded C-word, I would also do anything, to make sure it never came back.

When I was admitted to the hospital, I had to have four pints of blood immediately. The emergency room doctor told me, she was amazed I had not stroked out because I lost so much blood. She even had a nurse sit with me in the exam room while arrangements were made to admit me. I was in that bad of shape!

The next couple days was a whirlwind of tests before they found the cancer in my rectum. The news was bad, it had spread to my liver. Time was not on my side and I didn’t have time to look for options, as far as less invasive treatments. I decided to trust my doctors and go with conventional medicine until I was at least out-of-the-woods. I knew I would eventually look for holistic options to rebuild my immune system.

A month after my diagnosis, I was on the Internet looking for survivors of stage four rectal cancer. There weren’t any, so I looked for other stage four cancer survivors and it didn’t matter what kind they had. I found a few, even one who is living with cancer for over ten years now. I read how they changed their diets and lifestyle and decided I would do what they did. At the time, I was still in conventional treatment but was determined to beat the C-word, no matter how long it took.

Five months later, to the amazement of my doctors, I was cancer free and still am. My medical team was awesome and I am grateful they worked hard to save my life. I told them to give me the most aggressive treatments they had and they sure did. My job was to keep my mind straight and eat healthy. I think if I had just ate whatever I wanted, like my doctors suggested, I wouldn’t have made it. The radiation treatments would have destroyed my immune system.

My doctors knew what I was doing; eating vegan, organic foods, juicing and drinking green smoothies; drinking a shot of Noni juice daily, meditating and keeping a positive attitude — oh, and eating marijuana cookies for nausea. The majority of western medicine doctors don’t get much training about the importance of nutrition. If you saw what they eat, you would be shocked! They eat the same processed junk foods we do.

I no longer eat that crap and yes — it’s crap! The food being sold today isn’t food, it’s created in labs. Yes, packaged foods are convenient and preparing meals from scratch takes a bit more time, but you know what takes a lot of your time too? Going through cancer treatments! Once your diagnosed expect to devote 40 hours a week going to endless doctor appointments, getting blood work, hospital stays, tests and more tests, surgery/chemo/radiation treatments. Expect to feel like shit. I did, but I got well faster than most and it is because I was an active participant in my medical care. I was determined to do what ever it took to get well and it worked.

In a couple weeks I will celebrate four years living cancer free. I will eat some organic dark chocolate to celebrate. I still eat a vegan diet and I eat 80% raw organic foods. If there aren’t organic choices, the only conventional foods I will eat are those with a peel; cucumbers, bananas, oranges and mangoes. Berries, apples, spinach, kale, carrots, red peppers, cilantro, broccoli and lettuce are always organic. Yes, they cost more and I am worth every penny.

My number one job is to stay healthy and I can honestly say, I am healthier than I ever was, even before the cancer diagnosis. For years I was plagued with digestive issues. Several times a year I had boils in my groin area that had to be lanced. All those problems went away.

Lately, I have listened to cancer patients complain that making fresh juice is just to time consuming. They would rather drink Odwalla or other fake health drinks. It’s too much work to make fresh foods.

Make a salad? Who has the time? It’s easier to open a can or microwave dinner in a box. I listen and don’t say much. After all its their life. Its their choice. But my mind is thinking, What the fuck is wrong with you! It’s food for Christ sake! You have cancer! You are fighting for your life! Don’t you want to do whatever it takes to at least try to beat this?

I explain to the person I am talking to, that it takes me less than seven minutes to juice seven to ten carrots and that includes taking them out of the bag, rinsing them, juicing and clean up. I don’t cut or peel them. I don’t need to. My Breville juicer 106650_fpxhas a wide mouth and I just stick in the carrots and go. It couldn’t be any easier. making salads are just as easy. I can make a green smoothie in less than five minutes and I use a regular Black and Decker blender_jpg, not a Vitamix. Both my juicer and blender cost me less than $150.00 total. I am on my second blender. The original one died this year after working daily, sometimes twice a day for almost five years.

I am a thrifty person, and always have been. I look for sales. Thrift shops and estate sales are my best friends. Since I don’t buy expensive clothes from a mall, own a Smartphone, etc. I have money to buy healthy food, and even then I look for sales and stock up.

Every day I get up and say thank you for being alive. I say thank you to my body for putting up with my past abuses. In my defense, I didn’t know the food I was eating was making me sick, but now I know. I have no excuse. It’s up to me to make better choices. Just because it sits on a grocery store shelf, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

I show my gratitude, by treating my body with the love it deserves, and feeding it healthy food.

Yes, preparing healthy meals takes time and I am grateful to have the time (as in being alive) to do it.

Be well and eat healthy!
ingebird

Here’s What I Eat

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People ask me what I eat since I became vegan, so I decided to share that information today,  but first a little back story…

First of all, I LOVE food! I worked in restaurants for over twenty years because I enjoy food AND the camaraderie that is shared when dining with friends and loved ones. I never worked for fancy establishments. I enjoy the feel of a family restaurant instead.

Getting cancer changed my thoughts about that.

Hubby and I do not eat out nearly as often as we used to because, too be honest, I am more educated about what is “hiding” in the foods we eat; the additives, hormones, preservatives, antibiotics and most recently, genetically altered ingredients. The majority of restaurants get their food “ready” made because it’s cheaper and faster to prepare. Those premade foods contain the same additives you find on your grocery store shelves. I prefer to make food at home, from scratch, that way I know exactly what I’m eating. For the most part it doesn’t take any longer than it did when I opened a jar, can or box of processed foods to make a meal. If I do buy something processed, I read the label and you can bet it will be organic. The name “natural” means absolutely nothing. It is not regulated by the FDA like the word “organic.”

These days there are so many wonderful websites dedicated to healthy recipes, I cannot keep up with them all. Pinterest is another great place where I go to. Betty Crocker move over, the Internet is the place to go for the latest, healthiest and tastiest recipes, most of them from regular people like you and me. Many are easy to make, so you have no excuse, you don’t have time to cook or prepare something, if you’re a raw food enthusiast, it’s even easier (no cooking involved).

When my son was tall enough to reach the stove, I taught him to cook. It’s so important to teach our kids to be self sufficient. It’s  cheaper to cook from scratch than eat fast food three times a day, not to mention, that “junk” has zero nutritional value! Preparing food as a family is a good way to bond and catch up with what’s going on in your kids lives. If you would like know why eating together is beneficial and how to make it happen, you can visit the Family Dinner Project.

I decided to go vegan because I was vegetarian eight years before that and I use that term loosely. I claimed to be vegetarian but one important thing was missing from my diet… the vegetables! Canned corn, refried beans, salsa and chips don’t cut it and that’s what I was eating. Now my diet consists of eighty-percent raw fruits and vegetables. I don’t worry about how many servings I’m eating, it’s the ratio that matters to me. My diet varies but not by much. For the most part I am a creature of habit. I  want nutritious meals that are easy to prepare and don’t take more than thirty minutes to fix.

This is a typical meal I have throughout the day. Oh, and another thing I almost forgot to mention; I am a grazer, meaning I eat several small meals throughout the day.

Breakfast:

1 cup of organic coffee with a tsp. sucant, organic soy milk
1 slice Ezekiel raisin toast with raw almond or peanut butter

Snack:

Handful organic Medjool dates or
1 banana or
handful raw trail mix

 

Lunch:

Large salad: organic spring salad mix, sliced tomatoes, cucumber, black beans (if on sale, avocado) drizzled with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing or

Lettuce or broccoli slaw, tomato, hummus sandwich in a wrap (I like to add a smear of Veganese dressing) If its on sale, I add avocado.

Snack:

Seasonal fruit, apple dipped in nut butter (peanut or almond)

 

Dinner:

I switch off sautéing or steaming: veggies (broccoli, sweet onions, red peppers, yams, brussel sprouts, sugar snap peas) I don’t cook all those ingredients for one meal. I rotate them, maybe using four types of veggies at a time. If I sauté, I cook them on medium high heat for five minutes, turn off the heat and let them sit covered for another ten. In order to get the most nutritional benefit from your veggies, they should have a slight crunch when you eat them. I also use either olive oil or coconut oil to cook them in. Sometimes, I put the veggies over brown rice and drizzle organic soy sauce over them. If I have hummus left over, I dip my veggies in it.

Late snacks are similar to what I eat during the day. If its cold outside, I make myself a small bowl of oatmeal with soy milk and raisins.

Now for my daily green smoothie. I make it right after breakfast and drink it throughout the day, along with my eight glasses of spring water. I do not have a water purifier because, to be honest, its not in our budget at the moment. I buy spring water in gallon jugs and refill them four times at the water purifier station at my grocer before buying new ones. I know someone will freak out if they read this but we all have to do the best we can with the resources we have. I don’t have an expensive juicer or blender either. I bought a Breville Fountain over three years ago and it’s going strong. My blender is Black and Decker 700 watts, it doesn’t purify the ingredients as much as a Vitamix, but I am happy with the results. My digestive tract can do the rest.

That’s it. Now you know what I eat. I do have dark chocolate, cupcakes, and cookies on occasion but I make sure I know what’s in them before I indulge myself.

Be Well and Be Happy!

Ingebird