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How To Survive Cancer: Eat Well Part V
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.
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.
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.
UC Berekley Wellness Letter
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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