Please be gentle with yourself. "
It’s a wonderful thing. The feeling you get when you feel you may have made a difference. Ive said it before, but I do believe it’s the purpose of us being here together. On this planet. We all have something to give. What is your offering?
When I was working in the hospitals during my career, I was constantly helping people/patients. It’s was the job.
But it wasn’t too long before the job turned into much more for me. A part of the job I loved. Making connections with people. Helping in sometimes, I felt, the smallest ways, but that meant so much to that patient.
Soon I began to realize this world is about way more…than me! How many people do you know, that don’t even get that? I think when a person can look past their own needs, they awaken. Awaken to see beyond themselves. Seeing beyond the “stuff” everyone thinks they need to make them happy.
Ive seen countless patients so sick or even dying. People of every color and race. We are ALL THE SAME. We all have people that love us and people that will miss us one day.
I simply felt the need to make a difference. It was through my career I began to feel a deeper sense of belonging. Like I had something more to offer. My “offering”
I’m talking from the smallest gesture to going out of your way to help someone in need. Its what fires me up to find a new path for helping. The Cancer Coaching is that path for me. But it will never stop there.
Since last weeks post “Food for thought”, I have had several people asking me about the “diet” or as I say “lifestyle” I go by now to keep my mind and body strong.
Ive said it before, there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff out there on the internet. You must do your do diligence in researching the proper sites.
When I began to heal after failed chemo, I was at the library reading and photocopying info. It was all so much to take in. As well as the internet, I found lots of great info. I also found many documents on research trials from the 50’s and onward regarding sugar and cancer cells. Many of these trials were shut down, even after they had positive findings. They were concealed because of the negative financial impact it would have on health care and pharmaceutical companies.
Slowly we are all waking up. Time for a change I say! Doctors are now going in different directions. With their extensive medical training, they are now taking that into the direction of alternative treatments.
I myself, had even been sent to a centre in my home town that had Doctors and alternative therapies. They are out there. But they are having growing pains. And it aint cheap!
You can get chemo and radiation in Canada for free! Crazy expensive drugs and tons of expensive hospital time paid by our government. Our tax dollars. BUT, the less costly and in my opinion, possibly more effective alternative OR adjuvant therapies must come out of your wallet!!
I believe there will come a day when the alternative therapies will replace the current. Why do people still use herbs and Chinese medicines? There’s a reason after thousands of years..and that’s cause they work!
But Big Pharma won’t make a dime off it. Hospitals won’t receive funding for these therapies (yet) like they do for chemo drugs.
Doctors in the U.S get a nice big cheque every time they refer a patient for Chemo. That’s not corrupt?!
Out of this frustration, came the will to relearn what I needed to do to heal, and survive. FOOD IS MEDICINE. MEDICINE IS FOOD
Easy to read, harder to instill. But I was in a fight for my life. There was no way I was leaving my kids, a 10-year-old without a mom.
So now food is my therapy. Making sure daily I give my body what it needs to continue this fight. From supplements to eating the right cancer fighting foods.
I don’t think you should eat this way when you get cancer, I think you should eat this way to keep it as far away as possible.
So as promised for a reader that has reached out to me, this is a list of some of the things I take DAILY:
I cup of cruciferous vegetable twice a day (usually more cuz I love them)
I take curcumin with piperine
Dandelion root in supplement form
A good multi V
I eat 5 or 6 Apricot kernels (This is also known as B17 or Laetrile
I DO NOT eat refined sugars
Berries such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
I take a drop or two of Frankincense oil
I also try and buy organic when I can
I buy Non-GMO certified
All my herbs and teas were replaced with organic brands
That’s the short list 😊
My offering, for today!
So Along with this new life, came a healthier way of feeding my body. I have always been aware of what my body needs. But its a whole new way of learning when you have to eat to SURVIVE. Wait a minute... rephrase that, "when you WANT to eat to survive"
I guess you have to start with the basics. AND a whole lot of research. I LOVE food.. I mean ...LOVE!! So its not only about feeding your cells and starving that cancer. Its about loving what you're eating as well. This does take time. Especially if you have lived you life till now, not paying attention to what you eat and what it is doing to your body.
Your body has told you if you're eating wrong! You know it! Indigestion, heart burn, tiredness, lack of energy, bad skin, brain fog, inflammation...the list goes on and on!
Over the past 2 years , I have seen and felt the benefits of what good food really does for your body! My weight is more stable, hunger is controlled better, my energy is always up and most importantly for me...I have no or little inflammation.
Inflammation in the body is HUGE. Its not always something you can feel. But it affects you on a cellular level. Adding certain supplements ,and regular yoga has done my body a great service. I never have pain from my arthritis anymore. My arthritis came from about 20 years of on and off again running. Too much on my hips.
I had about 4 cortisone injections before I took charge!! Now its daily supplements of Curcumin with added piperine (and many more daily supplements) As well... no sugar. especial no REFINED sugar!! Ya, that's a big one for most people.
If a recipe calls for sugar , its substituted with RAW honey or maple syrup. The above Kale salad has one tbsp of maple syrup. This can feed me for a week!
You can also sweeten things by adding dates or dried figs. These also have minerals and vitamins we need. They do have their own natural sugars, but its a healthier option.
Remember, when your body is breaking down "sugar" it doesnt know the difference between white (extremely refined and bleached) sugar (Iv'e always called this the "white devil" ) and natural sugars. Like RAW unpasteurized honey. You still require insulin for this. So remember ...moderation.
As cliche as it may be, modertaion really is the key.
Getting back to the inflammation, this is where it has an affect on the environment you are providing for your cells. Sugar is one of the number one things that feed cancer cells.
Trust me, youre gonna come upon this in some websites as a MYTH. But this all comes down from Big PHARMA.
If you're unsure about what that is exactly, let me know and Ill clarify. There are so many covered up research trials on sugar from the 50's. Just remember to really dig deep to make sure you are getting facts.
So this isn't to say I never have a piece of fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie in the summer, but I literally will have one all summer! And because I have eliminated sugars from my diet, I cant tolerate it anymore. I feel terrible within minutes of eating that pie. I am so tired I feel like I need a nap..we call this the "carb coma", and my stomach is upset. So was it worth it?
Learning to eat good, whole and mostly raw foods is something I love to do. I do believe this is why I feel so great everyday ! I have actually reached a point in my life, with this cancer, that its NOT hard to say NO to foods that do me no service.
I'm a 48 year old mother of 3 amazing boys. 27, 23 and 12 . I have discovered many passions, one of which is photography. All photos on my site are my own and hopefully they give you a glimpse of me and what makes me love life! I'm Living with Cancer... and loving everyday!
Please be gentle with yourself. "