Perk # 51: Cancer Motivated Me To Eat Healthier

Well, here we are in the middle of January, the time to make or break those New Year’s resolutions.  I am happy to report that I am making EXCELLENT progress with my resolution to live a healthier lifestyle.  I am a complete pillar of willpower! Well, I actually only started today because I just got back from my Florida vacation, but all the same, it is nearly 9:00 and I have not consumed one piece of junk food.

Before getting cancer, I wasn’t really motivated to eat healthy.  I ate “healthy-ish” but indulged in junky foods and beverages whenever I felt like it.  Most people eat a healthy diet in order to control their weight, but the truth is, I am just not prone to weight gain.  Like my Aunt Marlene, I can pretty much eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and still wear the same size jeans I did in grade 7.  Hey, don’t hate me because I am thin!  However, now that I am in cancer fighting mode, I realize that I will have to trade in my diet cokes for green teas, and my cheesy Doritos for carrot sticks.

In keeping with my resolution, I started the day with a trip to the supermarket to stock up on nutritious foods.  I am obviously not the only person going in to 2012 with a promise to eat healthier.  I snickered to myself at my fellow shoppers pushing carts laden with fruits and veggies, while  hungrily eyeing bins of marked down Christmas goodies.  I noticed one  woman greedily fondling a half price gingerbread house, then throwing it back in the bin and making a hasty retreat with her cart full of green beans and broccoli.  I felt quite proud of myself as I checked in my groceries: sweet potatoes, zucchini, celery, tofu, and even a bag of lentils.  I do have a question, though: what the heck are lentils anyway and what am I supposed to do with them?

Tip:  You are what you eat!  Start your day with a healthy fruit smoothie.  Just blend one cup of frozen mixed berries, a half a cup of  low fat yogurt, one tablespoon of ground flax seed, and half a cup of cranberry juice (or other fruit juice).  Cheers!

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7 thoughts on “Perk # 51: Cancer Motivated Me To Eat Healthier

  1. Balance by Susan Mannion Macdonald, Power Foods by Gary Null and Anti-Cancer, A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber are all great books to find healthy foods. Gary Null lists the 15 best foods for your health:almonds, oranges, bananas, blueberries, onions, garlic,ginger, legumes, carrots,peppers, shiitake mushrooms,tomatoes, leafy greens, soy and whole grains. He also includes 300 recipes in his book. Beliveau, in David’s book, lists foods that fight cancer :various kinds of cabbage, broccoli, garlic, soy, green tea, tumeric, raspberries, blueberries and dark chocolate(page 107). Even if we don’t believe the research and writings of these people, it can’t do us any harm! Green tea is advised for men and woman but how many cups a day is debated.

  2. So proud of you! Go to vegweb.com for some great recipes. You can even search “lentils” and it will pull all the recipes related. Eating healthy is a process, but find the right recipes and it’s a damn tasty one 🙂

  3. LOL, “What the heck are lentils and what am I supposed to do with them?” I cook them in veggie broth and add curcumin and onions and garlic and maybe a lil cinnamon. (if you have the time you can make your own veggie broth and freeze it; just sauté leeks, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, whatever you like, then boil it down a few hours.) I confess, I still had a can of salty veggie broth to mine to kick it up.

    Oh, and I love your write up on turbans and hats and other cool head toppers. I had fun with mine. Actually came downstairs wearing one of my bandannas a couple months ago (a year plus after finishing treatment) and my husband looked at me and said, “What are you doing?” Glad you’re having fun with yours, too. You have a great spirit. Keep on girl!

    Oh by the way, I’ve been seeing you on Marie’s site and on Twitter so had to hobble on over and check your writing out. I’m glad I did. 🙂

    Best,
    Rachel

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