I finished my chemotherapy in October of 2015 for stage IV breast cancer (IDC with mets to lungs) and declared free of disease in September 2015. Since then I’ve been on my own weird path of doing whatever I can to eat clean. That paired with some naturopathic maintenance treatments for the next 2 years is preventative to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back. I have a bi-lateral mastectomy scheduled for May 10th. I haven’t decided if I will do that yet. (update 8/25/2017: I didn’t do it).
After going back to work in December and slowly re-establishing myself in the community the number one comment made by anyone is “Wow you look so good! You look so healthy!” It’s true. I look and feel healthier than I ever have felt in my life.
One of the huge components in my Plan of Attack was treating my body like a temple, which I have been doing since May. The period of time between my first diagnosis and until I finished my chemotherapy I ate only whole foods from earth. That was a very strict regime that I did get used to and I truly believe is what got me through the disease and treatments strong and healthy. Today I still do my best to eat as clean as possible. Nothing my temple comes in contact with should have any chemicals, hormones, poision, added sugar or sweeteners, MSG, whatever. We are subject to so much of this no matter what, but I do what I can to control what I eat and the products I used around the house and in the shower. It’s not going to be 100% clean and I am cool with this. As long as I keep trying. Every day is a new day to keep trying.
I would say I’m at about 85% and my blood levels and how I look seems to prove that.
Trust me, I know that eating clean is much harder than it sounds. It’s been less than a year for me and I still have no idea what I’m doing. My receipe for any organic fruits and veggies I get: wash and eat them. Eating out I order the side dishes with all sauces on the side and drink as much filtered water as they will bring me. Going shopping I am usually standing there confused but these past few months I’ve developed a few habits I’m happy to share. I’m well on my way to a normal human’s blood levels. I’ve resolved to just do the best that I can. That’s all we ever really can do.
For those that are newly diagnosed or perhaps just looking for a new approach, my daily eating habits consist of the following:
First thing in morning:
Squeeze juice from a meyer lemon, half cup or so of warm filtered water and a few shakes of cayenne pepper
Mix whatever is in the fridge in my NutriBullet and drink alongside my supplements/meds – kale, frozen organic mango, berries, sliced frozen ice cream bananas, filtered water, chia seeds, goji berries and raw pressed chlorella tablets is my usual but play around until you have one you like. Remember to only use organic fruits and vegetables and wash them really good before you eat! Forget the soy milk almond milk any of that- it’s too processed- just use filtered water it works just fine. The organic frozen fruits at Cotsco are great so is the organic spinach, cucumber, and celery if you can find that. Make sure if you are eating the skin that it’s organic and washed thoroughly. I can’t stress this enough.
Free-range cage-free organic egg omelet – slice up some mushrooms (NOT white button anything but that kind) and greens and sauté in a pan w/coconut oil. Whip up the egg in a bowl with a fork and pour it in the hot pan w/veggies and flip it when it starts to pouf. Serve with a side of fermented vegetables (no MSG or added sugar) and boiled Okinawa sweet potatoes. I like to boil my sweet potatoes at one time then keep the slices in the fridge – then just fry em up in coconut oil when I’m going to eat them.
Snacks throughout the day:
Steel cut oatmeal with flaxseed and a spoonful of organic almond butter
Poi with local sea asparagus Macadamia nuts, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds (roasted in organic Tamari)
Lara Bars (my favorite is Pumpkin Pie, but all flavors are pretty good)
Sliced celery with sea salt (I call it “potato chips”)
Zucchini slices with sea salt
Ice cream banana slices with organic nut butter
Miso soup (make sure no added sugar or MSG)
Hot tea twice a day (ginger is really good, green tea is an antioxidant!)
Roasted vegetables: brussels spouts, cabbage, broccoli or sauté veggies: spinach, kale, arugula.
Taro chunks, quinoa, lu’au leaves, poi, kim chee or any fermented veggies that don’t have MSG or added sugar.
Don’t worry about meat or fish for your protein – protein is the roasted veggies believe it or not something like broccoli has like 4 grams of protein and the quinoa is close to 10.
I mean. This is really it. I am a creature of habit and like to eat the same things because this is basically all I really know so far. My favorite are the vegan chefs that create healthy grab and go food at the and Ai Love Nalo. The farmers markets all have options too that’s where I get my taro chunks, cold pressed juice and fruits and veggies. Make sure you ask if it’s organic. Saturday morning at Ward Warehouse, Wednesday afternoons at the Blaisdell, and Sunday morning in Kailua.
Feel free to ask any questions I am learning as I go as well.
Much love, you can do it. If you know anyone in treatment in Honolulu please share this event with them it’s our quarterly fellowship event. Think: support group for people who have a more positive outlook on their diagnosis. We will treat it like a chronic disease not a death sentence. We will make a commitment to living healthy for ourselves. We will be the best people we can possibly be and help each other do the same! Check us out
This website is not medical advice nor is meant to diagnose or treat anyone for any disease. Please always consult your doctor for any diet habits or changes and listen to your body. You can take control of your own health!