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Apr 22, 2011 11:49AM
HI AJ. You are just like me! I love my pasta and I love my sweets! The thought of life without pasta, and chocolate makes me very sad. I am Italian and we have a love affair with food! You really cannot tell an Italian to NOT eat pasta, or bread. But since I am a BC survivor, I've made some modifications to my diet. In the beginning, I was fanatical and was afraid to eat a lot of food, but now I've relaxed a bit.
I've become very frustrated with everything I am reading. There is so much conflicting information out there, that I am starting to feel like nobody has a clue. But the general consensus is lots of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. So I try to work these into my diet. I also heard that "ANYTHING IN EXCESS IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU". This makes sense to me.
I've tried the following pastas: whole wheat, whole grain, spelt, and rice. I did not like any of them. I even tried spaghetti squash. Poor substitution for the real thing. I started to feel discouraged when I couldn't find anything to replace the white pasta. Then I just gave up and decided to keep eating my pasta. I don't eat it everyday, just a few times per week, and when I do, I try to eat a vegetable or salad with it. I limit the amount of red meat which I consume.
If you keep reading, it gets very frustrating because you can't eat anything but fruit, veggies, and whole grains. Supposedly, everything else is bad for you for one reason or another. I've chosen to NOT eat anything in excess, to vary what I eat, keep veggies in my diet, exercise, do yoga, and thank God every day for a second chance.
As BC survivors, we need to be prudent. This is true. But as BC survivors, don't we also need to live each day and enjoy life? And part of this is eating what we enjoy!
I try to eat more fruits and vegetables and whole grains on a daily basis, but I don't go crazy with the fruit since I am fructose intolerant, and it does not agree with me.
Diagnosed 11/26/07 with IDC; Stage 1, Grade 2, Lumpectomy, then 37 rads, Onctotype was 12 thus no chemo; Tamox for five years