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Jan 7, 2012 06:29AM
Jan 7, 2012 06:53AM
I changed my eating some years ago, before I (knew I) had breast cancer, and I stick to that: I avoid cereals – anything with wheat, oats, rice and so on. This said, there is a kind of rye crisps that I just won't be without, and I make exceptions when I feel like it ... but mostly, I don't. Not eating flour food cuts down carbs a lot, which minimizes my cravings for sweet things, so I don't even feel I have to avoid sugar actively.
Instead of pasta, rice et ctera I eat a lot of kale of different kinds, and other vegetables, which I now have learnt is good for preventing cancer. I also eat nuts every day.
Then there is the question of fruit – where the official truth is that fruit is good for you, the more the healthier, while some say that fruit should be cut out because it contains too much sugar. I also read that an alkaline condition in the body prevents cancer, and fruit does get alkaline in the body, so it should be good ... Well, I like fruit, so I eat it
I eat dairy and red meat, because I like it. I read somewhere (sorry, don't remember where) that cheese can protect against breast cancer. Also, I read that protein is extra important during and (I guess) right after radiation, to help the body build up again. But we have lamb and chicken more often than beef and pork, as we can often get it cheap and organic from a friend in the countryside.
Obviously, I don't go low-fat. When I looked into it, the argument for avoiding fat seems to be that you shouldn't be overweight, as that is a risk. But with the "diet" I am on, I have lost 20 kilos in two years without any struggle, so I think fat is OK.
Soy ... I don't use a lot of soy, because I don't eat rice. I eat tofu when invited, but it's not all that fun. I haven't felt the need to take a stand on soy, really.
About alcohol – I can't stand the taste, so it's out of the question, no matter how healthful some of it may be.
9/13/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-