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Topic: Cancer is an opportunity to change the way you eat

Forum: Recipe Swap for Healthy Living —

A place to share our "healthier" recipes and food tips for everyday life.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 05:41PM - edited Apr 4, 2013 05:45PM by JillC12

JillC12 wrote:

The best thing I did during my "year of cancer" in 2012 was to visit a nutritionist {who works in the same medical group as my oncologist}.

I had become a pescatarian in 2004 following my bout with cervical cancer at age 38.  When invasive breast cancer hit me in 2012, I decided to further take the reigns of one of the few precious things I could control: diet. 

So many questions. No sugar or little sugar?  A lemon a day?  Which foods should I load up on? What about organic? What about carbs? What about soy? What about dairy? What about seafood? What about vegetarianism or veganism?

The reality is no one is 100% sure today about the exact link between diet and breast cancer. I was told the best thing to do was to gather the opinions of an oncolgogist and a nutritionist and follow the ongoing advice of Dr Weil and Dr Oz. I was told the single most important thing to do is buy organic.  I was told a moderate dose of whole soy foods may prevent breast cancer {tofu, tempeh, soy milk, edamame}.  But highly processed foods with soy protein isolates and concentrates are probably best avoided {most vegan meats}.  I was told cancer can't live without sugar.  I was told yogurt is a good thing to eat daily. I was told my pescatarian diet, newly tweaked by eschewing processed foods, and focusing on whole foods, yes even whole grains, was very good. I was told to focus on anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory foods. I was told the alkalyze theory is bunk yet consuming a lemon a day is a very good thing. I was told to take all this information and create a diet that I can be personally comfortable with and at peace with.

Despite how frightening and brutal cancer is, I have decided to find a silver lining:  cancer is an opportunity to change the way you eat.  Whatever that personally means to you. I have started a food blog - documenting all the recipes I am making as part of my new "cooking-from-scratch" way of life. I hope you'll check it out and even more importantly, I hope if you are reading this and are newly facing cancer or like me, afraid of a recurrence, you'll see a qualified nutritionist.

xoxo - Jill {}

Diagnosed: 2-4-12; Age: 46; Diagnosis: Rt-collision tumor lobular+ductal Stage 1B, Lft- DCIS, ER+PR+; Surgery: bi-lateral mastectomy 4-6-12; 2 nodes=clear; Exchange surgery: 7-3-12
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Sep 28, 2013 04:00AM zogo wrote:

Jill, you have a lovely blog. But, I was surprised to find so much sugar. flour, corn syrup. grain, brown sugar. in the recipes. As a cancer survivor, I have committed to a ketogenic diet and I'm always looking for great low carb recipes. I will have to look through your blog some more, but I wanted to share these articles with you.

~Jane~ "Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them" ......"You'll never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option"
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Oct 11, 2013 05:34AM - edited Oct 11, 2013 05:37AM by Momine

Those recipes look really good. Beautiful blog. I am not doing a ketogenic diet, but I do limit sugar, white carbs and high-fat dairy, so unfortunately most of your recipes are not really good for me either.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)

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