Monday, December 03, 2012
I have started a new team, Eat to Defeat Fat Cells, Cancer Cells, and More
I have become an expert on dealing with cancer, and its surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. My chemotherapy spanned 2 diagnoses and 4 years. I finally ended that in Nov. 2011 and started looking for ways to proactively do everything I could to prevent a third diagnosis.
I knew I needed to lose weight. I was obese when it all started, but I gained 65 pounds with the steroid shots that helped my body deal with the chemo. The doctors weren't worried about that. They saw so many who lost weight drastically.
So my Google search was always "cancer prevention." I found the video at Ted.com by Dr. William Li and must have watched it 50 times. It seemed to offer me something for cancer prevention AND weight loss. It was easy for me to include the anti-angiogenic foods in my diet. I worked to increase my physical activity, improve my basic health with my chiropractor. That step did away with my migraines, balance issues, and tinnitus.
Then I returned to Sparkdom in July to track my nutrition. Love the nutrition tracker. I have had 2 clear PET scans and all of my doctors just beam when they see me, my weight loss, and my blood counts.
At my November oncologist appointment, my anemia was finally gone. Great bloodwork.
So I've been sharing Dr. Li's "Eat to Starve Cancer" message and decided it was time to spread his spark by starting this team. Come visit if you'd like to learn more. You can learn about what he says without actually joining the team, but we'd love to have you!!
Sunday, December 02, 2012
Friday, I set up my craft fair booth.
Handkerchief angels on 3 trees, watercolor paintings, marquetry, knit scarves, and my book in print and on CD.
And Saturday it looked pretty much the same at the end of the fair.
Meet Mom. She sold three pieces of her hand painted china. So she splurged and bought one of my angels. Then one other lady bought the angel on the top of the tallest tree.
But nevertheless, it was a great day because the Relay for Life signs and my book became the conversation for many to talk about their own journey with cancer, or the tribulations of loved ones. It seemed everytime I turned around someone else was at my table asking about something or talking about a problem they were having with nutrition. I used that as the opportunity to share info about Dr. Li's Eat to Defeat video and full food list.
When I got home, I decided I needed to set up a Spark Team to put that information out there for other Sparkers. So here is your invite, notice, etc. I have started a new Spark People Team. It is still in the figuring out how to do it stages, but I DO have links up to the video and food list. If you would like a sneak peak, you are welcome to check them out. You can see the video and list without joining the team.
Friday, November 30, 2012
I have been buying truckloads of fruits and vegetables everyweek to have the requirements for the fruits and vegs for Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live and the fiber in the Full Plate Diet.
1 pound of raw veggies, 1 pound of cooked veggies, and 4 fruits, minimum. Now, many articles at SP talk about using coupons. I don't ever see a coupon for fresh produce.
So I started looking for ways to save money on what I needed.
First of all, I needed to be sure I was eating what I bought before it spoiled.
It just hasn't happened. I'm usually searching for more to meet the daily goal. So the wasted money, throwing away the spoils is done.
I started looking at ads to find the bargains and planning around them. But I was wasting a lot of time, making it tougher than it needed to be.
For example, I needed 4 fruits a day or 28 fruit servings. I made a list on a spreadsheet of all the fruits I liked. Everyday I wanted to eat a banana, apple, orange or grapefruit, and a berry (or other type of fruit that showed up as a good deal, usually as it came into season, or had been sitting in the store too long.) So that meant I needed a bunch of bananas, a bag of apples, pears, peaches, grapes, or melon if in season, and a bag of mixed citrus, and 7 servings of berries if possible. Berries have a very short season. And they are super for my health and adding color and sweetness to cereal and smoothies. So they became the object of my savings search.
I stumbled upon this video when I was learning more about the full plate diet:
The shelf price for the small container of raspberries was $3.99. That's what I usually pay here, but I did find those containers for $1.00 when they were about to be pulled. I bought the whole lot and put them right in my freezer.
I had smoothies for $1.50 every morning. Delicious!!
Road Warrior (spokesman in the video) talks about the full plate diet book. You can purchase the printed copy or download the free E-book at
And if you need more reason to look at the Full Plate Diet, then watch this video:
And one more way to save for this blog because I need to get to bed,
Winn Dixie, a grocery store, now gives you a store card. When I bought all my produce and the turkey for Thanksgiving, the clerk said I had $.40 off a gallon at the Shell station. I finally needed fuel today. I bought 9.5 gallons and instead of paying $3.31 a gallon, I paid $2.91. To my mind, that's a savings on produce, because I already received a sale price on the turkey.
More in another blog.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Today wasn't errand day, but I was out of fruit and veggies so I had to go shopping after the podiatrist appointment. Picked up organic salad greens at the Health Food Store. $2.18 for a large box of mixed lettuce and the same for a large box of spinach. I wanted Lundberg Christmas Rice but they didn't have it.
I thought I'd take you to my produce market right outside the gate of my community. They don't always have lettuce, but the tomatoes and carrots ALWAYS beat out those anywhere else I've ever bought them. Florida tomatoes are famous for having no taste. NOT these. And the carrots taste like you bought them from Cracker Barrel, they are so sweet.
$14 for 1 watermelon, 1 cantaloupe, 1 basket of grape tomatoes, 2 boxes green beans, 1 cucumber, 1 zucchini, 1 spaghetti squash, 2 heads romaine lettuce. What it lacks in variety, it makes up for in convenience. I can walk there and back! as long as I don't plan to buy a watermelon.
5K training program week 1
Day 1: 85 minutes, 2.75 miles
Day 2: 25 minutes, 1 mile 2.3 mph
Day 3: 36 minutes, 1.5 miles 2.5 mph
And my feet don't hurt!!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Last October, I spent 3 weeks in the mountains hoping to get to see fall color, which I had never seen. I'm a native Floridian, and had taught for 42 years. Taking an early retirement, I was able to go north in the fall for the first time. Friends had driven me around the Nantahala Forest in hopes I'd see the color I wanted. But all I saw was what I didn't see. My wallet and keys. We frantically retraced our voyage, but the wallet and key were nowhere.
I had to wait for my extra Keyless key to be sent from Florida, and in the meantime the key was turned in to Franklin Sheriff's office. I went to pick it up once the other key arrived.
It was a gray drizzling day. I drove up into the mountain pass and all of a sudden there was no road noise, no wind whistling around the car. I thought I had stopped driving. I looked up and saw the blaze of color between the tall black walls on either side of the road. Here was the color I had been trying to see for 3 weeks.
It had been a difficult period. I was wrestling with whether or not to stop chemotherapy which I had been going for from 2007 - 2011. Seeing the blaze of color between the 2 high walls of black made me realize that that was what my life was supposed to be like. Not defined by my recliner, fatigue, neuropathy, weight gain, and always worrying if the cancer would return a third time, etc.
I picked up my key, wrote the poem, and returned to FL, painted the picture which wound up in the book I wrote after Christmas, and told my oncologist I wanted to quit treatments if he was in agreement. He was, and I've had clear PET scans since. It has been a long road getting all the problems fixed which might have been a result of the cancer and the long course of treatment.
I don't know how to help you "get" the poem. Perhaps the story explains it enough. But if not, the first line of the WRART forms the rock walls, and the Haiku attempts to share the profound experience I had there on the mountain.
If it were written in regular Haiku notation instead of as a WRART, it would read
Black rock walls. Rain shines
Silent except for shouting
Hues that bleed from trees.
So why have I posted the painting and poem?
1. It represents why I am here, working to bring back the vitality in my life. I am starting to remember what that used to be like. It is a representation of my visualization of what I want my life to be like.
2. A SP friend shared about orange being a special color with meaning for her and her family. I thought this might be a good time to post my visualization, especially if she is surrounding herself with orange. She can see another splash of orange when she visits.
Hope this explanation helps.
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