Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My New Way of Living....join me!

So, here is a bit of a cancer update. A couple of weeks ago, I had my first appointment with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and before we left, Morgan asked the doctor if there was anything we could do to help our chances with the cancer. He told us to go get the book "Anti-Cancer: A new way of life" by Dr. David Serven-Schreiber.  Here is the thing about cancer books. I have read a lot of them! I have a whole shelf dedicated to them and although they were a bit helpful here and there, I wasn't too impressed with them on the whole.
  This book is TOTALLY different than any of the other cancer books I have read. First of all, it inspires you that you can take control of the things you can control, like your diet, lifestyle, etc. Then, unlike all other hollistic ideas out there, he also tells you to use these tactics in conjunction with the medical world. I finally feel like I HAVE CONTROL over something!! For a year and a half I have felt like I haven't had control over ANYTHING in my life. Now the tables have turned, so WATCH OUT CANCER!!!!
  p.s. I just found out this week that I qualified for a study they are doing at Mayo Clinic over the summer that has NO SIDE EFFECTS!!! Wahoooooooo! I was a bit nervous because you had to have the exactly right proteins on your tumors to qualify. But, it turns out... I do!
  Since I have started this new lifestyle and diet, I have lost 12 lbs (it was just steriod weight though) and I feel good. The hard thing is..... finding recipes that go along with the diet. I will just keep learning as I go....

Here are the Rules in case you were wondering........

20 New Anticancer Rules

By Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D.


1. Go retro: Your main course should be 80 percent vegetables, 20 percent animal protein, like it was in the old days. Opt for the opposite of the quarter pounder topped with a token leaf of iceberg lettuce and an anemic tomato slice. Meat should be used sparingly for taste, as when it used to be scarce, and should not be the focus of the meal.

2. Mix and match your vegetables: Vary the vegetables you eat from one meal to the next, or mix them together -- broccoli is an effective anticancer food, and is even more effective when combined with tomato sauce, onions or garlic. Get in the habit of adding onions, garlic or leeks to all your dishes as you cook.

3. Go organic: Choose organic foods whenever possible, but remember it's always better to eat broccoli that's been exposed to pesticide than to not eat broccoli at all (the same applies to any other anticancer vegetable).

4. Spice it up: Add turmeric (with black pepper) when cooking (delicious in salad dressings!). This yellow spice is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent. Remember to add Mediterranean herbs to your food: thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, marjoram, mint, etc. They don't just add flavor, they can also help reduce the growth of cancer cells.

5. Skip the potato: Potatoes raise blood sugar, which can feed inflammation and cancer growth. They also contain high levels of pesticide residue (to the point that most potato farmers I know don't eat their own grown potatoes).

6. Go fish: Eat fish two or three times a week - sardines, mackerel, and anchovies have less mercury and PCBs than bigger fish like tuna. Avoid swordfish and shark, which the FDA says pregnant women should not eat because they contain a high concentration of contaminants.

7. Remember not all eggs are created equal: Choose only omega-3 eggs, or don't eat the yolks. Hens are now fed on mostly corn and soybeans, and their eggs contain 20 times more pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids than cell-growth regulating omega-3s.

8. Change your oil: Use only olive and canola oil in cooking and salad dressings. Go through your kitchen cabinets and throw out your soybean, corn and sunflower oils. (And no, you can't give them to your neighbors or your relatives... They're much too rich in omega-6 fatty acids!)

9. Say "Brown is beautiful": Eat your grains whole and mixed (wheat with oats, barley, spelt, flax, etc.) and favor organic whole grains when possible since pesticides tend to accumulate on whole grains. Avoid refined, white flour (used in bagels, muffins, sandwich bread, buns, etc.) whenever possible, and eat white pasta only al dente.

10. Keep sweets down to fruits: Cut down on sugar by avoiding sweetened sodas and fruit juices, and skipping dessert or replacing it with fruit (especially stone fruits and berries) after most meals. Read the labels carefully, and steer clear of products that list any type of sugar (including brown sugar, corn syrup, etc.) in the first three ingredients. If you have an incorrigible sweet tooth, try a few squares of dark chocolate containing more than 70% cocoa.

11. Go green: Instead of coffee or black tea, drink three cups of green tea per day. Use decaffeinated green tea if it gets you too wired. Regular consumption of green tea has been linked to a significant reduction in the risk for developing cancer.  (I am not doing this step.... Word of Wisdom comes first)

12. Make room for exceptions. What matters is what you do on a daily basis, not the occasional treat.


1. Get physical: Make time to exercise, be it walking, dancing or running. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week. This can be as easy as just walking part of the way to the office, or the grocery store. A dog is often a better walking partner than an exercise buddy. Choose an activity you enjoy; if you're having fun, you're more likely to stick with it.

2. Let the sun shine in: Try to get at least 20 minutes of daily sun exposure (torso, arms and legs) without sunscreen, preferably at noon in the summer (but take care to avoid sunburns!). This will boost your body's natural production of Vitamin D. As an alternative: discuss the option of taking a Vitamin D3 supplement with your doctor.

3. Banish bad chemicals: Avoid exposure to common household contaminants. You should air out your dry-cleaning for two hours before storing or wearing it; use organic cleaning products (or wear gloves); don't heat liquids or food in hard plastics; avoid cosmetics with parabens and phthalates; don't use chemical pesticides in your house or garden; replace your scratched Teflon pans; filter your tap water (or used bottled water) if you live in a contaminated area; don't keep your cell phone close to you when it is turned on.

4. Reach out (and touch someone!): Reach out to at least two friends for support (logistical and emotional) during times of stress, even if it's through the internet. But if they're within arms reach, go ahead and hug them, often!

5. Remember to breathe: Learn a basic breathing relaxation technique to let out some steam whenever you start to feel stressed.

6. Get involved: Find out how you can best give something back to your local community, then give it.

7. Cultivate happiness like a garden: Make sure you do one thing you love for yourself on most days (it doesn't have to take long!).

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, my new lifestyle. If ya' want to join me, and help me find some good recipes, I would be VERY excited!!!! you can either buy the book or just go to the website


Cheeri said...

This is such great information! I'm going to have to put those rules to use in my life. I bet I'd have more energy. I'm so glad you've found a way to take control over your life again. Cancer had better gosh darn watch out!!

Despain Family said...

Thank you for sharing this link. I just put the book in our budget for next week and I'm excited to read it.

Carmita said...

Thanks for the great info Christa! It's great to feel like you can do something, rather than just suffer through it. I hope this helps you a bunch. After reading The Inflamation Syndrome, I follow most of the same food rules - sometimes more strictly than others :-). I feel great when I do it right. Summer is a great time to start with all of the yummy fresh fruits and veggies available. Morgan's garden will sure come in handy. It would be easier for me to follow faithfully with better recipes. I do it very it simply by steaming, baking, grilling, and sauteeing veggies and add some basic meat to that. Raw veggies cut up and on hand are helpful. I'd love to hear about any recipes that you find. I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!

Grama Karen and Papa Lund said...

WOW that is quite a list and an healthy one too. It must have taken you hours to type all that in, but worth it. Now you hands (typing) eyes (see the words and writing them) brain ( processing the words to type)and heart know and believe. Thanks for taking the time and passing this along. I bought 10 pounds of dark chocolate for our year supply --

KaNdRa and JaReD said...

Hey I just stumbled on your blog(out of bordom...sorry;) My dad has cancer and my mom has done research, that is very similar to what you have read. My dad has kind of refused to do the lifestyle change, but my mom has changed(even though she doesn't have cancer). Anyway, I wanted to tell you to also look up curcumin. It has done wonders for my dad and his compormised immune system. You can check out her blog and see what she has done for him. Look in the history to find her regemine for him
On the right side are also some sights that you may have not seen. I'm rootin' for ya.

Carmita said...

Hi Christa,
I hope these recipes help. You may have to modify some.

Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper and Mushroom Quinoa
Added by HowSweetEats
• Prep Time 10 Minutes
• Cook Time 15 Minutes
• Difficulty Easy
• Servings
• 1 whole Head Garlic
• 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Plus More To Drizzle On Garlic For Roasting
• 2 cups Uncooked Quinoa
• ½ cups Chopped Red Pepper
• ½ cups Chopped Mushrooms
• Salt And Pepper, to taste
Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the top off the garlic and peel away the loose outside paper. Drizzle some olive oil on the cloves, wrap in foil, and roast for 20-30 minutes, or until golden. Let cool.
Cook quinoa according to directions on package. While quinoa is cooking, heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add red pepper and mushrooms and saute until soft, about 6-8 minutes. When quinoa is done, fluff with a fork and add peppers and mushrooms. Squeeze the entire head of garlic cloves into the quinoa, mashing some with a fork and leaving others whole. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Simple, Hearty, Chicken and Rice Soup
Added by Ree 5.00 Mitt(s) | 8 Rating(s) This soup won’t win any international prizes for culinary genius. But it’ll warm your home, your family, and make you smile.

• Prep Time 30 Minutes Cook Time 1 Hour Difficulty Easy Servings 6

• 1 cup (before Cooking) White Rice
• 2 whole Chicken Breasts
• 8 pieces (to 10) Chicken Bouillon Cubes
• 2 quarts (plus 2 Cups) Water
• ¼ cups Onion
• ¼ cups Green Bell Pepper
• ¼ cups Pimento (drained)
• ¼ cups Celery
• 6 Tablespoons Butter

Preparation Instructions
Cook up some rice. Wash two whole chicken breasts (skin, bones and all) and place them in a pot; cover with 2 quarts of water. Add 8-10 bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium and cook until chicken is done, about twenty minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and let cool for a few minutes. Cut all the meat from the bones and chop into bite-sized pieces.
Drain the can of pimentos. Finely dice the vegetables. In a skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. When it is all melted, make a roux by adding 4 tablespoons of flour. Stir until thickened and then add it to the pot of chicken broth. Stir well.
In a skillet, melt another few tablespoons of butter and throw in all of the diced veggies. Stir, then add the chicken. Sprinkle with a dash or two of salt. Cook for a couple of minutes and then add the chicken mixture to the broth.
Add in the cooked rice. (You can vary the amount of rice based on your preferences). Add in 2 to 3 drops of yellow food coloring.
Ladle into a bowl. Enjoy!

Sara said...

Hi Christa -- I applaud the idea of creating a safer home, and because there's so much misinformation out there about the Teflon® brand, I'm not surprised that you are concerned. I'm a representative of DuPont though, and hope you'll let me share some information with you and your readers so that everyone can make truly informed decisions.

Regulatory agencies, consumer groups and health associations all have taken a close look at the Teflon® brand. This article highlights what they found -- the bottom line is that you can use Teflon® non-stick without worry.

I'd truly be glad to share additional information about it if you are interested, and appreciate your consideration of this comment. Cheers, Sara.

Payne Family said...

That is great! Those sounds like such healthy things to do. Thanks for the information. I have started to clean with essential oils and love it, if you want to know more about that let me know. You are such an inspiration to all who know you!!