Some of you may recognize the title of today’s blog as I documentary focused on taking control of your own health by taking control of what you eat. My thanks to Linda for bringing this documentary to my attention today! I have seen so many documentaries, and read so many books, but this one had escaped me. So I promptly watched it tonight after work, all while juicing and making a healthy dinner. I highly recommend this movie, which you can access on Netflix streaming.
Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food – Hippocrates.
As I continue to take the right steps, in the right direction, in terms of controlling my own health and my own diet, yesterday I started planting my garden! This is certainly a step in the right direction! I planted my four recently acquired Earthboxes and planted cucumbers, carrots, zucchini and pumpkins (the latter being a special request by Ethan… I guess we’re preparing for Halloween!). I still have tomatoes, green onions and lettuce to plant. I followed all my planting instructions and am really hoping I am successful in this endeavor. Growing up, my dad always had a huge garden, and we were required to spend an hour a day in that garden, pulling weeds and picking rocks. I’m hoping those years of garden work pay some dividends now (although the Earthboxes seem to be pretty “idiot-proof”!).
Today I was scheduled for a dexa scan. This is a bone density test to determine how strong my bones are. As I have mentioned, the Femara I am taking to mitigate against a recurrence of breast cancer reduces my estrogen levels, and can contribute to heart disease and osteoporosis. Today’s test was my “baseline” and I’m guessing we’ll monitor over the years somehow. Definitely a question for me to ask the doctor next week. Some of the questions the tech asked me were quite interesting: what color are your eyes (green), what color is your hair (not sure… brown, I think?), are you right or left-handed? I learned that the non-dominant side is used for the scan, so only my left arm, my left leg, and my lower spine were involved in the x-ray. They are looking for the lowest score in your bones, and that would likely be on your non-dominant side. As for the hair and eye color? I did have to ask why that was relevant… The tech said it was just part of the questionnaire and he suspected it was to look for trends (for example, fairer skinned women tend to have a higher occurrence of osteoporosis, he said).
Next up: blood work and MRI on Friday.