Monday, January 30, 2012

My Cancer-Fighting Lifestyle

My fan and friend Nancy would love to know in a nutshell what my cancer-fighting lifestyle looks like on a day-to-day basis. Okay... here ya go.

The first thing I do when I get up is drink a cup of (reverse osmosis) water, have a banana, pour myself a cup of green tea and pop a fiber mini-cake (either blueberry or apple-cranberry from Trader Joe's) in the toaster oven. Finished consuming my wake-up meal, I go for a run with Brandy (my chocolate Lab).

After my run I make steel-cut oatmeal, millet, or quinoa (pronounced keen-wa). (Directions on how to cook grains and seeds). Scoop it into a bowl and add about a tablespoon of maple syrup, a splash of soy or almond milk, about 8 raw almonds and an assortment of dried or fresh fruit (raisons, cranberries, blueberries, etc.) and seeds (raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, etc.). It's a hearty breakfast when I get done and delicious!

By most people's standard you might say I have two breakfasts. Yeah! Not only would I never think of skipping breakfast, but I'd fall over if I didn't have something right away when I get up.

With breakfast I have a 1/4 cup of water with eight drops of Vitae Elixxir and take B17, a multi-vitamin, digestive enzymes, multi-anti-oxidant, omega fat complex and l-lysine.

My hearty breakfast holds me over very well until lunch, which I often have around 1PM. Lunch usually consists of my veggie salad—a variety of raw vegetables cut up, tossed with an olive oil dressing, adding beans and feta cheese.

By four I might have one or two cuties, an apple or I might make some guacamole and scoop it up with some blue corn with flaxseed chips.

I've posted a few of my favorite main course recipes, like Blackeyed Pea Soup, Butternut Squash Chili, and Green Curry with Quinoa. But a simple meal we have often is fish (either salmon, tuna, tilapia or mahi mahi —wild caught, of course) with several lightly steamed or roasted veggies. I rub the fish with some seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, onion, coriander, mustard, etc.) like Pappy's Choice combo spice. The fish is cooked in a little olive oil in a deep sauce pan on the stove or in the toaster oven. Fish cooks up fast—five minutes or so on a side. Be careful not to overcook or you'll have dry fish with less flavor.

Another variation I use, especially for the tilapia or mahi mahi, is a simmer sauce (Trader Joe's has several to choose from). Lightly cover the fish with the sauce and simmer on each side for about 5 minutes. The tilapia and mahi mahi take on the flavor of the sauces very nicely.

With dinner, I take B17, a multi-vitamin, digestive enzymes, multi-anti-oxidant and omega fat complex.

What do I drink with these meals? My husband has a glass of wine, but I drink only a small bit of water. I drink plenty of water between meals throughout the day. Drinking too much at a meal will dilute the digestive process—not a good idea.

About an hour after dinner I might indulge in one of two desserts. If not my homemade Oatmeal Cookies, I might have a small scoop of Organic Coconut Bliss frozen dessert or one Kashi TLC Soft-Baked Cookie.

Follow all that with a good night's sleep and top it off with an attitude of gratitude. That sums it up for my cancer-fighting lifestyle. Now it's not perfect, but my husband will attest that I am very disciplined about my diet. He has become my best supporter after seeing what affect it has on my health.

That's a lot coming at you. Any questions?


  1. Very healthy lifestyle. I think it is very important for cancer patience to eat healthy food. Having a healthy lifestyle will be a big help in battling cancer.

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  2. You're right, Harry. Too bad so many look to doctors for solutions rather than what they are putting into their bodies.