Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 20 Step 20 What to Eat

There are many ways to tackle eating during chemo and what has amazed me is that it really should be how we eat all the time. Sure I was taking supplements before my diagnosis, but what I was also eating made me realize they couldn't keep up. Maybe that is where vitamins and supplements get a bad rap. The old adage....."if it doesn't work take more". Well that certainly is not something I follow and would not suggest it. If you are not matching up your eating with what you are supplementing you are canceling out basically both. We have to get to a fundamental mindset in understanding how the body works, how it reacts to certain nutrients and how it responds to food and supplements. There are many references to eating and food in the Bible. It would be a fascinating study. I knew a doctor in Houston named Dr. Cherry and he wrote several books one called The Bible Cure. I have only read parts of this book, but Cherry spent a great deal of time researching and helping people discover their true potential nutritionally.
I learned that if I was to eat meat I should stick to wild game as much as possible. Thank heavens my HEB grocery store carries Buffalo and other types of wild game including a wonderful array of seafood as well as organic poultry. Red meat should be kept to a minimum about once every two weeks. Those weeks preparing for surgery and immediately following my diet predominately was vegetarian eating foods high in alkaline to help alkalinize my body. When we give our body what it needs to function properly it really can do what it is designed to do......fight off disease and illnesses. I stopped all dairy products consuming other foods rich in calcium such as spinach and kale. I was eating lots of dark green leafy veggies along with orange and red veggies which would include some squashes, peppers and roots. I kept fruit to a minimum remembering that fruit contains sugar remembering that sugar feeds cancer. Avoid or limit alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks which thankfully was not a problem. I snacked on nuts (walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds with at least 5 Brazil nuts a day for a daily selenium quota), kale chips (for recipe go to Madre's Kitchen), raw veggies and hummus. Ok the only thing I was not eating cause I just found out about them were the Brazil nuts....not my fav, but will work them in. I continued to eat onions for there anti-inflammatory value and quercitin. You can also place a cut in quarters onion in a bowl in the corner of your room and it will absorb any viruses or germs floating around. Of course for the first few hours your room does smell like a Rudy's BBQ but it is not that bad.
I think that hardest part about all this discovery is that I am getting all this info from someplace other than those giving me my treatments. I have done investigating on my own, asked others and sought out information from others who have treated people naturally. Is there really a diet for chemotherapy, I think so, and I think it is a good one that many and most should follow.

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