It’s no secret that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is, well, pretty sad! It’s causing us all to be obese, unhealthy, dis-eased, cancerous, diabetic, autistic, nervous, mentally ill, …pill-poppers.
Sounds pretty bad, right? Well, there’s something you can do about it. You can start by making some good choices in your diet.
To help you do that, I’ve put together a list of replacements for common, far less healthy foods. If you make some of these substitutions, you’ll be on your way to better health.
The table below tells you what Healthy Alternatives to use. I’ve also linked many of them to some really great InfoGraphics that expand on each one for your edification and enjoyment.
Here’s to your improving health!
Last weeks post mentioned the 5 Keys to a Healthy, Cancer-Killing Immune system. This week, we’ll expand on each of the 5 keys. If you followed last weeks post, you know that you must choose to live, choose to change your lifestyle, and learn what that means in terms of the specifics. I.e., you need to know what to eat and what to not eat, for example.
1 Eat Organic, Natural Vegetarian Food
Before I even knew anything else, I knew that a vegetarian diet was best for us. Funny how I knew that, but didn’t act on it until I was diagnosed with cancer? It is said that most people only really change when they are too afraid not to.
People only really Change when they are too afraid not to.
Guilty as charged. Immediately after surgery, I started eating a vegetarian diet. I went vegan and cut out all meat and diary, and minimized all forms of sugar and glutenous flour. That means I eat mostly Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Legumes. You might think that’s boring. But there are some rather tasty spices that are also chock full of anti-cancer ingredients that makes it all taste great! Among the most important spices are Turmeric, Cumin, Oregano, and many others. Juicing of veggies is also a major part of most healthy diets. Alternative cancer treatments start with some form of vegetarian diet as a base and build on top of it. There is a wonderful website you can check to research this more called CancerTutor.com. Take a look and you’ll see just how essential it is to cut out the meat and diary.
Most important, avoid sugar – and the taste of sugar (sweet) – like the plague. Anything that metabolizes into
2 Alkalize your body
Most people eating a typically western diet suffer from acidosis. Acidosis is an acidic ph balance in the blood and throughout the body. It is widely recognized that disease and especially cancer likes to to live in an acidic body. The opposite is also true. Cancer can not live in an alkaline body. Take a look at the recently posted PH Food Chart and look at the right side columns to see what foods promote a healthy alkaline PH in your body. Acidic bodies are also lower in oxygen vs. Alkaline bodies which are higher in oxygen. Cancer cells are anaerobic and hate oxygen. This is why you don’t see “Heart Cancer” because the heart is the most oxygenated organ in the body getting oxygen directly from the lungs and then sending it to the rest of the body.
3 Lower your stress
Stress is more detrimental to your health than you think. Half of the US population suffers from stress related ailments. Psychological stress causes your body to generate chemicals that have adverse impact on your health overall. Cortisol is one of those chemicals that can cause all kinds of problems. Read about Cortisol it here.
Areas to look to reduce stress are:
- Your Environment. Look around you. Do you like your room? Is it a mess? How about your apartment or home? Is it conducive to relaxing and being safe and comfortable? Could you use aroma therapy like diffusing essential oils to help you relax?
- Your Job. Do you like your job? Is your job stressing you out? Can you get a job that you might enjoy more?
- Your Relationships. Surround yourself with people with positive attitudes. You don’t need to have people around you talking about negative or upsetting topics while you are recovering from cancer.
- The Nightly News. Do you really need to fill your mind with negative stories about the horrors of daily life? ‘nough said.
- Exercise. See below. Exercise is essential
- Spirituality. Whatever you believe, there are some essential concepts that you need to consider. Forgiveness is one. Grudges. Hating. Being Angry. Find a way to forgive and let it go. If you are holding onto a old offense or hurt, let it go. You don’t need it and it’s killing you, however slowly. If you pray, then speak to your God. If you don’t, then do what you need to do to find peace.
Overall, do whatever you can to reduce stress in every area of your life. Every little bit counts! Just do it.
4 Take Natural Supplements
Augment your immune system with the Immune System strengthening and supporting natural supplements that you need for your body. I know that there are literally thousands of supplements out there at the local vitamin shop or GNC store. But there are certain things that you simply must have and you may have to supplement to get it. For example, if you don’t get a lot of sun, you will need to take vitamin D. Many reportedly effective alternative cancer treatments make use of well chosen supplements to help you heal and boost your immune system.
Supplements simply can not be ignored in a cancer therapy. With Cancer, your immune system is compromised (or you would not have grown cancer). You need to mend your immune system as quickly as possible. You can only eat so much food at a time. No matter how good the food, you will need MORE nutrients than you can get from the food to initially stem the tide of cancer in your body.
I’m following the supplement regimen recommended by Bill Henderson in his book, Cancer-Free. All I can say is, it’s working for me. It’s cost effective and extremely potent.
That’s right, Exercise…and do it for the rest of your life! I read a great book called, “Younger Next Year,” by Chris Crowley. In Younger Next Year, the authors assert that you need to do something aerobic 4 times a week and strength training like [preferably] lift free weights twice a week – for the rest of your life.
That may sound brash, but it’s true. Remember the old adage, “Use it or lose it.” If you don’t exercise, you will soon BE an “old adage.” Seriously, though, cancer cells are “anaerobic.” That means a cancer cell’s metabolism does not require oxygen, nor do they like it. Cancer cells “eat” glucose. The more sugar you consume, the better your cancer cells like it. This is exactly why I suggested above that you avoid sugar and sweeteners like the plague, unless you want to feed your cancer.
What we are talking about is not just a few minor changes in your life, but a complete overhaul of your lifestyle. But it means you have a choice. You can choose to change your life and live happily for a long, long time, or do the standard chemo/radiation and be on the 2-5 year “cure” plan?
That is the question, as Hamlet put it so concisely. In my next article, I’ll expand on the 5 Keys to a Healthy, Cancer-Killing Immune System.
Again, I ask you, What are you going to do?
For all those that love you. For yourself. For all the people in your life whose lives you can be part of, I implore you to Choose Life! Carpe Diem. Seize the day.
It’s clear. You are the cure to your own cancer. It’s all you.
That may be scary. You might rather that there really was a magic pill. But there is not. You simply must choose to nurture and cure yourself.
This is what it really means to change your mindset and your lifestyle. As I said previously, I’m here to help you. I’ll publish as much as I can to help you find your own healing path. Living with cancer requires you start making better choices right now, and every now for the rest of your life.
Remember… To be or not to be. It’s your choice. Start by making one better choice for life, today!
Alkalizing the body is probably the best thing that a person can do to ensure good health and well being. There is a direct relationship between a person’s pH and the oxygen content of his blood, and a tiny change in pH can have dramatic effects upon a person’s oxygen intake. An alkaline body pH will prevent diseases, and will cure existing ones by exponentially boosting a body’s oxygen intake. As a general rule, pathogens and cancers cannot survive in an oxygen-rich, alkaline environment.
This post is excerpted from an excellent post on the ph Food Chart from the Health Wyze report
||Strong Acid (least healthy)
||Strong Alkaline (healthiest)
||Blueberries, Cranberries, Prunes, Sweetened Fruit Juice
||Sour Cherries, Rhubarb, Canned Fruit
||Plums, Processed, Fruit Juices
||Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Peaches, Avocados
||Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Raisins, Alfalfa
||Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Pineapple, Papayas
|Vegetables, Beans, Legumes
||Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans
||Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans
||Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Brussel Sprouts
||Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob
||Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic
||Pork, Shellfish, Rabbit
||Turkey, Lamb, Beef
||Venison, Cold Water Fish
|Eggs and Dairy
||Cheese, Custard, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream
||Butter, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese, Raw Milk
||Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey, Yogurt, Eggs
|Grains and Cereals
||Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta
||White Rice, Cornmeal, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye
||Sprouted or Whole Wheat Bread, Brown Rice
||Millet, Wild Rice
||Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil
||Flax Seed Oil
||Liquor, Beer, Soft Drinks
||Tea, Cocoa, White wine
||Ginger Tea, Red wine, Distilled water
||Herb Teas, Lemon Water, Spring/Mineral Water
||NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet ‘N Low
||White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Molasses
||Raw Honey, Raw Sugar
||Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup
||Stevia, Agar, Ki Sweet
|Nuts and Seeds
||Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios
||Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds
||Jam, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, and Vinegar
||Sodium, Potassium, Apple Cider Vinegar
Over the years, I’ve had several of those moments where I realized that I needed to buy the next larger waist size in pants, and the next larger jacket size. If that wasn’t insult enough, those damned dress shirts with a tie where strangling me!
Don’t you just hate that? I hate that. Why does this keep happening!
“It Won’t Kill You…Today” ~ Lizard
- I’ve always known that some things are better to eat than other things.
- I’ve always known that eating less is better than eating more.
- I’ve always known that exercising is required for good health.
So what happened?
When faced with making the healthiest possible choice for me vs. eating something a little tastier or having seconds or dessert, my Lizard Brain speaks up and tries to seduce my good senses.
But my good senses don’t give up without a fight. My good senses speak up and remind me of what I know to be good for me. But my Lizard Brain pipes up and says, “don’t worry, it won’t kill you…today. And you can make a better choice… tomorrow.”
I don’t know about you, but my Lizard Brain speaks with forked tongue. You see, Lizard Brain is slicker than snot on a glass door knob. Lizard wants to see the dessert tray. Lizard wants the creme sauce. Lizard wants to add bacon. Lizard wants the one pound super burger with extra blue cheese, double bacon and curly cheese fries. Lizard can wait until tomorrow to have a Salad.
And the irony is that my Lizard Brain always sounds so reasonable. Lizard is right, it won’t kill me today. Of course it won’t! Lizard is right!
Over time, I continued to listen to my ever-more-reasonable Lizard Brain, because…,well,… I kept not dying the next day!
Oh, Good, I’m Not Alone
I started to notice that other people appeared to be acquainted with their Lizard Brains, too. Of course, I was relieved to know that I was not the only one. Clearly, Lizard must know what he’s doing.
My Lizard Brain was telling me not to worry, it was just a belly ache from some bad buffet food…all the way into the Emergency Room. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that on January 10th, 2014, I had a cancerous tumor that was blocking my colon removed and then got a diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer.
My Lizard Brain was WRONG. On January 10th, I got the message, it WILL kill me…TODAY!
THAT was the wake up call. That smooth talking, sickly sweet, soothing, slithering Lizard Brain had me lulled into a sleepy stupor. But the pain that day woke me up with a shocking realization!
I COULD HAVE DIED, TODAY!
My Lizard Brain, that miserable, lying, slithering sycophant was trying to KILL ME! But I have to sadly admit, I was his willing fool for following his advice over and over, year after year.
Well, not any more.
Today, I can make a better choice. Just one better choice each time I sit down to eat. One better choice at a time.
It’s payback time, Lizard Brain. You’ve had your 15 minutes, now it’s my turn to be healthy and heal myself from the damage we did to our body. Enough of you, Lizard Brain, Be Gone!
The basis for an Anti-Cancer diet is going Raw Vegetarian with no meat and no diary. Sounds scary, but really, every salad (sans Chicken or Salmon) is RAW food. So, it’s not really that big of a deal.
When I got home from the hospital, I knew I had to make some changes immediately. So I stopped eating meat and dairy. The problem was, I did not know how to be a pure vegetarian. I needed to learn more about it. Getting vegetarian cookbooks was pretty confusing and really not helpful. They didn’t tell me what I needed to know about “cancer treatment.”
Then, I started reading Chris Wark’s blog called, “Chris Beat Cancer.” He’s been down this road too and he has a number of great posts including one on his own Cancer Fighting Salad. He even did a video where he demonstrated building one of these amazing creations. I was completely enrolled and decided start doing these type of salads every day.
My Cancer Fighting Salad
My version of the cancer-fighting salad starts with a layer of salad greens followed by, but not limited to, any/many of the following items:
- Chopped Carrots
- Chopped Radishes
- Sliced Red Onion
- Sprouted stuff
- Green, Red and Yellow Peppers as available
- Chick Peas, Black Beans or other Legumes (great sources of Protein)
- Sliced Tomatoes
- Sliced Cabbage
- Sliced Cucumbers
- Chopped Nuts or Seeds (Almonds, Walnuts)
- Bubbies Sauerkraut
For dressing, keep it simple with Olive Oil and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Sometimes, I keep it even simpler than that. I just pour the water from the Bubbies Sauerkraut over the salad. So my dressing is Olive Oil and Bubbies.
Bubbies Sauerkraut is totally consistent with Doctor Budwig’s observations about the benefits of fermented foods. Lactic-acid-fermented foods are a cornerstone of Dr. Budwig’s protocol. For more information on the Budwig protocol, see this post.
Of course, you can add your own favorite ingredients to the salad. Finally, though, you MUST top it off with some super cancer-fighting spices!
Cancer Fighting Spices
There are some wonderful spices that are extremely cancer-fighting in their own right that I add to my salad and the other food that I eat. There are MUST haves if you are serious about fighting cancer.
The four organic spices you want for your salad are: Oregano, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper, and Turmeric.
Turmeric has been used in indian food and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Turmeric contains the powerful cancer-fighting polyphenol Curcumin. Curcumin has been clinically shown to inhibit growth of all kinds of cancer cells while, at the same time, inducing apoptosis (natural cell death) in cancer cells.
Oregano is full of antioxidants and antimicrobials. One teaspoon of oregano has the same antioxidant power (ORAC) of two cups of red grapes because of the phytochemical Quercetin, which slows cancer growth and promotes apoptosis.
Garlic is a very powerful anti-cancer spice. Studies have shown it lowers the risk of developing all types of cancers. It has strong antibacterial properties, enhances DNA repair, slows cell reproduction and induces apoptosis.
Cayenne Pepper’s active ingredient is Capsaicin. That’s the stuff that sets your mouth on fire when you eat it. Capsaicin also kills cancer cells by causing Apoptosis.
I recommend you use all four of these cancer-fighting spices in a salad dressing or by simply sprinkling them on your salad when you make it – that’s what I do.
There are other spices that have varying importance in fighting cancer and you can find out more about them yourself. But these four are the must haves.
There is one more must have that I include in my juicing: Ginger. It’s related to Tumeric and it’s also very important in a cancer fighting diet.