Ultimate Diet & Nutrition While Undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation

Ultimate Diet & Nutrition While Undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation

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Today I’m sharing with you the ultimate diet and nutrition to help you while you are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

It is really important to keep your energy and nutrition levels high while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.  Try to drink plenty of filtered water throughout your day – it helps to flush toxins from your body and cleanses and protects your kidneys.

Wherever a fresh  juice is mentioned below, include any combination of carrot, kale, celery, beet, garlic (if you can stand it!), ginger, apple, pineapple, lemon, broccoli, lettuce, and wheat grass, made with your own juicer.

Always use organic produce whenever you possibly can, but if you live in an area where organics are not readily available, just make sure to wash everything thoroughly to remove any traces of pesticide residue.

Upon Rising

Every morning drink 2 glasses of filtered water with juice from a lemon half squeezed in

Glass of fresh juice

Breakfast

A second glass of fresh juice

AND

Cereal made from a combination of oat bran or quinoa, lecithin granules, psyllium, LSA mix (combination of linseed, soy and almond), dried apricots, prunes, chopped figs or chopped banana.  Use almond, coconut or soy milk with it.

OR

Grilled or baked fish, preferably mackerel, tuna, cod, sea perch, dory or salmon

OR

Whole grain or rye bread with a thin layer of avocado, chopped tomato, sprouts and lemon juice for flavoring

OR

Energy/protein shake

Mid-morning

Any of the following:

Fresh juice diluted 50/50 with filtered water

Fruit if you feel especially hungry

Herbal teas including echinacea, red clover, chamomile, essiac tea, pau d’arco, chaparral, burdock root or dandelion

Lunch

Vegetable or miso soup (not canned) made with onions, garlic, ginger and vegetables of your choice

OR

Fresh vegetable salad (good ones to include: lettuce, carrot, bell pepper, tomatoes, celery, spinach, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, green beans and cabbage)

AND/OR

Whole grain bread, rye bread or yeast-free pita bread with avocado spread onto it.  Add sun-dried tomatoes, lettuce, cottage cheese, grated carrot, grated beet and either salmon, tuna or tofu

Mid-Afternoon

Any of the following:

Fresh juice diluted 50/50 with filtered water

Fruit if you feel especially hungry

Herbal teas including echinacea, red clover, chamomile, essiac tea, pau d’arco, chaparral, burdock root or dandelion

Dinner

One source of protein, either organic chicken breast, turkey breast, fish (especially cod, mackerel, salmon, tuna, halibut or sardines), tofu or tempeh, or organic red meat (no more than 3 x week for red meat). Add protein source to steamed or raw vegetables (good ones to include: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, spinach, brussel sprouts, turnips)

OR

Fresh vegetable soup

OR

Wild or brown rice with fresh vegetables and shiitake mushrooms

After Dinner

Fresh chopped fruit such as apple, banana, papaya, pineapple, berries, strawberries, kiwi, grapes, melon.  Sprinkle with LSA mix and lecithin granules.

Herbal teas including echinacea, red clover, chamomile, essiac tea, pau d’arco, chaparral, burdock root or dandelion

After chemotherapy or radiation treatment has ended, it is important for you to detoxify your body – see a naturopath for help with this.

Source:  Naturopath Katrina Ellis, in her book “Shattering the Cancer Myth” (which I admit is a somewhat inflammatory title, but I found this book to be an invaluable source of information while I was going through breast cancer and I highly recommend it and the author.)

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Gary Null Videos: How To Eat the Best Health Diet

 

Gary Null Videos How To Eat the Best Health Diet

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Gary Null Videos: How to Eat the Best Health Diet

Gary Null is one of my thought leaders.  I love the way he shares his knowledge, he has such a calm (but authoritative) voice!

I’m sharing four of Gary’s You Tube videos with you today and I would urge you to take the time to watch them!

In these videos, he discusses how to eat the very best for your health.  Each video is about 10 minutes long so you can “digest them” in small pieces.

Click on the links and enjoy!

Power Foods – Part One

Power Foods – Part Two

Power Foods – Part Three

Power Foods – Part Four

 
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What is Pink Slime and Why You Should Care

 

What is Pink Slime and Why You Should Care

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What Is Pink Slime and Why You Should Care

The term “pink slime” was coined by a former microbiologist at the USDA, Gerald Zirnstein.  He could have called it “pink paste” or “pink goo” but he chose a rather more incendiary term for obvious reasons.  It raised the public’s awareness that we have a big problem.

Pink slime is a filler made from supposedly lean beef trimmings which sound harmless enough, but celebrity chef Jamie Oliver disagrees.  In his televised program “Food Revolution” he raised awareness of what pink slime really is and you can see what he had to say in this You Tube video.

The problem for us as consumers of ground beef is that pink slime is actually the trimmed beef by-products (the junk nobody else wants), heated and treated with ammonium to kill bacteria.  Then these supposedly “lean beef trimmings” are sold to companies who manufacture and sell lots of hamburger.

According to Wikipedia, the USDA allows up to 15% of ground beef to constitute pink slime without additional labeling.  Click here for the link to the Wikipedia article.  This article is comprehensive and will tell you everything you ever needed to know about pink slime!

According to the Wikipedia article, McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell announced they would stop using pink slime in their food.  Kudos to Wendy’s, Five Guys and Red Robin who stated they have never used pink slime in their food.

Some companies are doing the right thing by refusing to use pink slime – I found a good article by Ben Forer at ABC News on where you can get pink-slime-free beef.  It was written on 3/21/12 so it’s relatively recent information.   Currently in the United States, only if a USDA Organic label is affixed to ground beef can we absolutely know that the beef contains no pink slime.

Pink slime is not permitted in Canada – they won’t permit ammonia to be used in ground beef or meats.  Pink slime is also not allowed in the United Kingdom, and the European Union has banned it and other mechanically-separated meats. So why are we so behind the times?

The main manufacturer of this filler, Beef Products Inc, had to close 3 of their meat plants this month due to public outcry and declining sales.  YAY Jamie Oliver and all those who did their bit to raise awareness of this problem.

Pink slime is not the only problem with our beef industry, however.  Please see my page Diet and Cancer and scroll down the page to the heading “Red Meat” to see the 4 major risk factors associated with consumption of non-organic red meat.  Always buy organic!  And be sure to check out Jamie Oliver’s site where you’ll get lots of great recipes and information on diet and nutrition.

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