It’s one of those days where I find myself actively thinking about something and then suddenly find all sorts of related media crossing my path, as I read my emails and check up on interesting twitter and news updates online.
This morning I received a comment on my last D-tox January post from a fellow blogging friend who, in turn, has a friend who just came out of remission for ovarian cancer and will therefore be facing another battle with this dreaded disease as I scribe. I’d be lying if I said that the recurrence of cancer in my body had never crossed my mind. In fact that would be a really big fat hairy lie. Luckily, it’s not a thought that I’m plagued with every waking moment of my day and gone are the days where it’s the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing that I contemplate before I go to sleep. That doesn’t mean to say that I’ve become complacent about the whole thing. Oh no! It takes 10 years of being cancer-free before you are decreed cured. I still have a way to go.
What I do firmly believe is that I am pretty much responsible for making sure that I don’t find myself back in that chemotherapy ward again. There are no hard and fast answers as to why I got cancer, as to why it was so aggressive and as to why I got it at such an early age (in cancer terms). If we had that answer, we’d most likely be much further down the line of eradicating this disease. There are also no hard and fast answers when it comes to prevention. There are a ton of theories, some hard and fast clinical trials when it comes to the treatment plan I have had so far and the pills that I continue to pop every day. There are thoughts about fish oil and Vitamin D3, some knowledge about genetics – but still not enough and so the list goes on. The bottom line is that we all just need to do the best we can and the more education there is about potential prevention the better.
My approach is a fusion of western and eastern medicine. I believe that good nutrition is paramount, that exercise is really important and that doing what is possible to take stress out of daily life is a big thing too. I drink my 3 cups of green tea a day, I try to eat red meat no more than once a week max, we eat a ton of fish and – as you know – I am now focused on consuming 27 different fruits and vegetables per week. Yoga has become a big part of my weekly life. It helps keep me centered and it helps keep stress at bay. There are a ton of other things too, like learning to do things for myself, remembering to laugh and avoid taking a lot of things too seriously. I self examine the breast that was spared – almost obsessively – and and and… There really is no one thing. One of the approaches that I have been able to relate to best – not saying it’s for everyone – is the ‘Anticancer’ book by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber. If you don’t have it in you to read the book, fear not – he has a great website and an easy one page list of basic Anticancer rules. These rules make sense to me. They help make me feel empowered that I can take my health into my own hands. I’m so exited about this book that I will have 2 copies of it to give away at the end of the month, courtesy of the publishers – thank you.
Today’s D-tox January post is from Nancy at The Sensitive Pantry. Nancy hast posted a fantastic hot pomegranate cider with a white tea kicker. Wow. This easy recipe incorporates three antioxidant powerhouses—pomegranate, apple cider and white tea. Now here’s a drink that I will definitely be adding to my repertoire. What better than to be sipping something that tastes great and soothing and is giving your bodies immune system a big boost all at the same time. Thanks Nancy! Nancy has this great menu item on her blog called ‘yummy pics’. You get to drool over lots of tasty food and then click on to some great recipes. I love it. Enjoy!