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
One of the key things to do when treating cancer is to reduce stress on your immune system. What this means is that you need to stop giving yourself things to stress about. Things like this…
- Worrying about the wrong people
- Focusing all your attention on future events instead of present moments
- Delaying decisions
- Saying “yes” when you really mean “no”
- Buying stuff you don’t need
- Stop Gossiping
- Filling every waking moment with activity