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How To Survive Cancer: Eat Well Part V

Updated on November 2, 2015
Eating out is fun, but a steady diet of eating out or eating processed food reduces your ability to fight illness.
Eating out is fun, but a steady diet of eating out or eating processed food reduces your ability to fight illness. | Source

Changing My LifeStyle

I faced each day sluggish and tired . My confession, I had gained 20 pounds in the 15 years since my first cancer diagnosis. Gaining weight when you have had estrogen receptive breast cancer is never good. Fat produces its own estrogen, I trained at my local gym 4 days a week, but I wasn't losing weight. My trainer was constantly reminding me to eat and hydrate. I was certainly eating. I was always hungry. I tried to drink lots of water. Listening to the radio one day I heard a guy named Joseph Christiano talking about eating for your blood type. I ordered the books and was very excited to start the new way of eating. I have serious food allergies and was really excited that dairy products were excluded from my "O" blood type diet. The only problem was my "A" blood type husband, shouldn't eat the meat essential for my "O" type diet. My kids don't like vegetables and lots of stuff on the "O" diet.

Good Beginning

I did start eating according to my blood type. I liked almost all the foods and was relieved to have a guide for foods to avoid. As with a lot of good ideas I adopted some of the ideas and not others. As an type "O" person I was happy to learn that grains weren't as good for me as they were for my type "A" husband. It was surprising that I was already an instinctive eater. That is I eat things that make me feel better and don't like things that don't make me feel good. Dairy for instance has always been something I avoided unless it was a chocolate milkshake.

Red Chard

Home grown chard
Home grown chard | Source

Accidental Gold Mine

The first line of cancer survival is what you eat. A couple of years ago my doctor had me tested for vitamin D. I was low. Then I forgot what it was I was low in and thought for some reason vitamin K was the vitamin. I looked up foods with vitamin K. Chard had vitamin K and lots of it.. I had childhood memories of the spinach like stuff in my Dad's garden.So into the garden went Swiss Chard. I got some rainbow colored Chard seeds and planted them. When the plants were a good size I thought," Lets see what this tastes like sauteed with eggs". I read somewhere Chard needed to be wilted because it was fibrous. I put olive oil in a cast iron skillet added some garlic and then the Chard. When the Chard was wilted I added a couple of beaten eggs. I seasoned the mixture with salt. "Oh so yummy".

From the first bite I was hooked. It was just what my body seemed to need. I started walking to the garden to harvest Chard every morning. A nice start to the day. Now I don't particularly like cooking, but something about using food from your garden awakens the gourmet cook. I would add tomatoes, rosemary and thyme from the yard if the mood stuck my fancy. I noticed right away I wasn't starving at 10am when I ate eggs with Chard. Then I noticed that I was losing weight, because I wasn't hungry all the time. For a girl who never liked eggs or breakfast for that matter, to find myself eating eggs every morning was novel. I tend to eat instinctively and eggs with chard made me feel full and satisfies. If I were a researcher I would study the effect of vitamin K on cancer. After a summer of eating chard I felt better than I had in some time. One day I felt a tingling throughout my chest as though something was being removed. I am not saying that my cancer got better from eating chard, but chard is an anti-inflammatory with tons of vitiamines like A and K not to mention trace minerals like potassium. A whole cup of chard has only ten calories and tons of fiber.

If my cancer shrunk that would explain the way my cancer presented itself five months later. A lump near the original scar. The P.E.T scan later indicated cancer in the sternum, but none in the fatty tissue. Chard regardless of your illness is a healthy food.

Where to get Cancer Fighting ideas

The clinical trial I was restricted me from using most vitamins. But I wasn't restricted from eating food and using herbs as long as I reported them. I went to books like Alternative Cures for ideas when my blood work indicated my liver was slowing down. There was the boost I needed. Thyme from my backyard made into a tea several nights in a row increased my liver functions. I also confess that after the eighth person sent me the asparagus supplement for fighting cancer diet I tried it. After I had been on it for about a month I got my doctor to do the regular routine fasting blood work you would have for a physical. My cholesterol total was 167 down from 187 three years prior. When there is nothing else in your cancerous controlled life you can always control what you eat.

Many of these books have been published by Rodel Press. Prevention's Healing with Vitamins and Alternative Cures are examples. My all time favorite is the Cancer Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz and published in 2009 by Ten Speed Press. Her research is current and the book is full of recipes and ideas on coping with cancer.

Most recently we discovered the Miracle Broth (page fifty-four) in The Cancer Fighting Kitchen is good when you have the flu. Eating well helps your immune system and is so good for you. Won't you give it a try?


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    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Deb are you doing O.K. ? Just noticed I never replied to your comment and decided to check in, all be it a little tardy.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Blessings Minnetonka Twin- stay healthy. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi tireless and thanks for the great information. I am a eight year cancer survivor and know that our diet is huge is battling this disease. I hit many buttons and thank you for sharing your knowledge. P.S. I too am on many supplements to keep the cancer from coming back.

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      Deb Welch 

      6 years ago

      Tireless - Voted Up - Useful and Ineresting. I have had - now - two Cancer scares - one just recently and the other over 5 years ago. Thank God they were only Scares. I have been taking Alternative Medicines and using their products for over 20 years - I swear by them. I was a Vegetarian for almost 15 years but have gone back to meat products when my work & exercise load got very heavy. Kale is another wonderful Green - Spices of Tumeric and Cumin are also helpful. I have been given a Script for Vitamin B-12 - I was for a long while taking Vitamin D in a Huge Dosage - I am off of that. Everything works out eventually. Stay well - keep on - keeping on. God Bless.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      justmesuzanne- Thanks you for stopping and voting. Encouraging others makes my life so much better.

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      6 years ago from Texas

      Many thanks for sharing this excellent first-hand information! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      eye say 

      6 years ago from Canada

      fresh food and water are wonderful for all kinds of healing, I believe processed food is meant to harm us.

      Thanks you for sharing this insightful hub... a definite vote up

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Delighted to hear your family member is doing so well. A balanced approach to eating is helpful in improving life.

      Thank you for your good wishes.

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      6 years ago

      Wow...I hope that you are well. Cancer...I can't imagine. Eating well helps a wide variety of very troublesome ailments; a family member was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes and a wholesale change in diet got him down from 200 lbs to 165, and he's far better for it. In fact, many of the symptoms are gone completely...although much less serious than cancer, we can all learn a lot from survivors who've changed or modified their diets for the better. One of the most important hubs on hubpages.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Sannel, So glad you stopped by and voted, Love to help when I can.

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      6 years ago from Sweden

      What a great hub!

      You are absolutely right! What we eat matters to our health!

      I'm so glad that you found a way to eat healthy, which made you feel better.

      Useful and Voted up.

      Thank you for sharing!

      Take Care,


    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      WD Curry 111, Thank you for stopping in. Totally agree, what we eat matters.

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      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      I appreciate your campaign. The biggest causes are toxins in the environment and those collected or produced in our body by the food we eat.

      If we lived the way the Native Americans did, we wouldn't have to worry about it. Columbus was astounded by their robust health, according to his log.


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