I didn’t quite get through all of my to-do list yesterday, but I did pretty well. I managed to get almost 3 movies in while resting on the couch. I’ve noted two of those movies below and they influence today’s discussion:
As some of you know, this second dance with cancer has prompted me to re-examine how well I take care of my body. I’ve always considered myself physically strong, even though I’m a bit overweight and don’t exercise nearly enough. But enough is enough on the cancer front. It’s time to get serious and time to make some changes.
I’ll deal with the exercise piece down the road, when I am further along the healing process, but for now, I’m taking a very serious look at what I put into my body. I’ve come to the conclusion, after much reading and watching of documentaries, that I need to start working towards a whole foods, plant-based way of eating (note: I did not use the word “diet” due to the negative associations with that word!). I had started increasing fruits and vegetables, while decreasing meats, a while back to a certain degree, but I definitely need to do more. The green drinks I mentioned in a prior blog have done wonders, and I see a difference in my skin and hair. If those drinks can have that impact on my outward appearance, they have to be doing something good inside as well.
I know this isn’t going to be an easy task since it’s counter to what we’ve learned growing up, and how we’ve eaten our whole lives, but when you consider the evidence, it’s almost a no-brainer. We have been conditioned to believe that meat = protein and milk = calcium. We live off a diet of fast and/or processed foods that never make us feel satiated because of the make up of those foods, so we literally become addicted to the fats and sugars, always hungry for more. These foods lead to weight gain and inflammation, which lead to a plethora of diseases.
Some resources I’ve been checking out, and highly recommend, include:
- Crazy, Sexy Diet by Kris Carr (I also recommend her documentary: Crazy, Sexy Cancer)
I love this book! In her own fun and uniquely descriptive way, Kris explains, chapter by chapter, how dairy, sugar, meats, etc. damage our bodies. This includes connecting those food choices to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. You’ll never quite look at these foods the same way, and even if you can’t totally eliminate (I have no delusions that I can do this 100%), every step or choice in the right direction will help.
It’s because of this book that I started doing a 21-day sugar fast. I managed to make it 11 days before a cooking contest at work, and surgery, derailed me. So I’m back on track, starting again at Day 1 yesterday.
- Forks Over Knives
This documentary reinforced a lot of what I read in Crazy, Sexy Diet. Scientific data and case studies were reviewed, and when you see the impacts of a diet based in veggies, fruit and whole grains on cholesterol, weight loss, heart rate, blood pressure, and a whole host of measurements, it’s just amazing. This movie is available for streaming on Netflix. For those of you who are Dr. Oz fans, here’s his recap: http://www.drozfans.com/dr-ozs-advice/dr-oz-plant-based-diet-the-china-study-forks-over-knives/
- Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
I also watched this documentary on Netflix. This one centers around Joe Cross, an Aussie, who traverses the United States talking to people about juicing. While I can’t imagine ever doing a 60 day juice fast (or a 7 day fast, even), there are major benefits to juicing, including detox and putting heaps of nutrients into your body. I didn’t get around to juicing yesterday, but today, it’s top of the list. I’m going to start with something mild, using this cucumber-based juice: http://myjuicecleanse.com/benefits-of-juicing/benefits-of-cucumber-juice/
I hope this doesn’t sound preachy, because I’m very much at the beginning of this change of eating habits. My intent was just to share some of what I’ve learned and if anyone wants to join this journey with me, let me know! For those of you who are already well down this path, I’m looking for recipes!!