Monthly Archives: February 2013

Back to the Start

We live in a beautiful world. A world of such promise and overwhelming opportunity. However we seem to spend all of our time working towards a product. The newest this or that. Instead we should open our eyes and enjoy what we’ve been given.

We have an opportunity to experience life. Life, which is much greater than a consumer product, is brilliant, it is interactive, and it is enlightening and daunting all at once. Most of us don’t even know where our food comes from anymore. Most have never visited a farm, much less met a farmer. Our connection to life has been severed, for it is the food and companionship that comes with great food, that binds us to it. How else should you be connected to the world, than through the land that nourishes you, and those that you share that land with?

The animals that feed you and the plants that sustain us are the most important resources. They are what give us the opportunity to be alive, yet we refuse passion towards these necessities, instead looking out for the newest and greatest.

No thank you.

I say that we go back to the start. I say that we find and choose a life worth living. I say that we cultivate our land and friendships and relationships and find meaning in it all. There is such beauty in this world, the least you can do is have love and compassion for those creatures that give their lives for yours.

Lets go back to the start.

Nutritional Support for Cancer Patients

The dreaded diagnosis of cancer will strike 1,250,000 for invasive cancers and 1,500,000 for non invasive cancers each year. It has touched the lives of nearly every single person in the US. Cancer is damage to the genetic code of your body. Cancer is damage to your DNA. Cancer causes cells to grow uncontrollably and it will kill 50% of those that are diagnosed with it. Unfortunately the allopathic treatment for this disease is incredibly brutal. Flushing the system with poison. While it is certainly not my decision as to the treatment plan of an individual, as a Natural Chef with a focus on health and wellness, I do have the knowledge to assist one in the nutritional support for cancer. There is a lot of information on this subject, I’m bringing this information to you now from my Natural Chef (Health and Wellness) course as well as a trusted book titled “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods” by Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno who are Naturopathic Doctors, and Lara Pizzorno M.A., L.M.T.

One must support the immune system if you are going through cancer treatment. You must eat a highly nutrient dense diet. This is imperative. If you are lucky enough to have cancer and still have good energy levels then eating a nutrient dense diet of organic vegetables mostly and organic fruits and meats (very limited if at all) might be enough to maintain your immune system. However if you are dealing with low energy levels, a more advanced cancer or chemotherapy then you should be more aggressive with your diet. The suggestions that they make are listed here:

1. Eat small, frequent meals (every one to two hours)

2. Stay well hydrated and drink 18-24 ounces of fresh vegetable juice daily.

3. Drink a high-protein smoothie once or twice daily. Smoothies can replace breakfast or be a mid afternoon snack.

4. Try ginger – It is nature’s nausea and vomiting remedy. You can make a tea or juice (fresh ginger) or use it in rice.

5. Use extra seasonings, spices, and flavorings to improve food’s taste appeal, but avoid very sweet or bitter flavors.

6. Eat soft, moist foods such as smoothies, bananas, brown rice, yams, etc; avoid hard dry foods such as cereals, crackers, and hard candies.

7. Take small bites and chew completely

8. Be sure to get 6,000 to 9,000 milligrams of EPA and DHA daily from pharmaceutical grade fish oil product.

I would also suggest making nutrient dense soups and stocks. I always add a 2 inch strip of Kombu (seaweed) to my soup. I also use a very nutrient dense stock made from multiple vegetables and mushrooms as well as possible bones depending on what I have around. After I make the stock I boil it down until I can fit it into ice cube trays. This allows me to just grab a few ice cubes and add water in order to make the base for my soups. This is a very effective way of increasing the nutrient density of your soup or even your beans or rice when you are cooking them.

A high quality protein shake is very important to aid in recovery, maintain muscle mass, maintains a healthy GI tract, boosts blood counts heals tissues and boosts the immune system. It is recommended to take 20-30 grams of whey protein concentrate twice a day. This protein will include glutamine which is the most abundant amino acid in the body. When you make a protein shake you can just add it to water, milk or soy milk with some ice can make a tasty shake. However I would suggest adding 1/2 cup to 1 cup of fruit for taste and texture (bananas work well for a smooth texture) as well as some greens. I always add a handful of very healthy swiss chard or kale type green, wheat grass and even some chia seeds for omega 3. I try to put in more vegetables than fruits due to the sugars in the fruits. I usually add organic eggs for a very good source of protein too. Also, lately I have been adding Acai as the juice for my smoothie which is a very good antioxidant. I place it all into the blender, add a little bit of juice or water, start blending and then add more liquid until I get the texture that I am looking for.

If you don’t want to eat meat, which is not typically recommended, then you can replace it with soy. Fermented soy such as tofu is a great meat replacement and it has been shown to prevent new blood vessels from forming which will help strangle new cancer cells.

In the event that you are undergoing chemotherapy it is imperative that you remain hydrated. A properly hydrated body allows the body to detoxify itself as well as to decrease the risks for bladder infections, fatigue, muscle spasms and irregular heart rhythms.

Some suggestions for staying hydrated are as follows:

1. Prepare herbal iced tea and keep a glass sat your side throughout the day

2. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

3. Eat more soups, stews and other “watery” foods.

4. Freeze ice pops made with weak fruit juice or water or seltzer and suck on them when your mouth is sore.

5. Drink most of your fluids between meals to leave more room to take in nutritious food when you eat.

6. Avoid drinking large amounts of fluids at once.

7. Eat more fresh fruits, especially juicy ones. Watermelon is a particularly good choice.

8. Choose sorbets and ices for dessert.

9. If you are extremely tired, keep an ice chest by your chair or bedside to make it easier to reach fluids throughout the day.

You can also make your own electrolyte replacement drink if you have had a serious bout of vomiting and diarrhea. This is 1 quart of water, 4 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Fruit juices and teas will be effective for milder cases of dehydration.

While we haven’t quite yet figured out how to stop cancer in the first place we have figured out how to mitigate the effects of it as best one can. I hope these suggestions help you throughout your own experience with cancer. For much more information you should consult a medical professional such as a Naturopathic Doctor. There is also a lot more information in “How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine” by Michael Murray N.D.

As mentioned earlier, much of this post is taken directly from “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods” pages 687-693 by Michael Murray N.D. This is a fantastic book and a great resource.