Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I was doing the 27 Fling Boogie, a quick procedure from Fly Lady to clear the clutter from your house. I was focusing on my master bedroom. I took care of everything in a huge packing carton living in my closet.
Then the top drawer yielded lots of old things: a coupon for Atkins Endulge Bar from 2004, a manual for my 2001 Corolla (Camry and Prius since that car), and various other things.
Then I emptied the top drawer in the chest of drawers. 3 sizes of underwear, all in a jumble. All purchased as I gained weight from 2007 - 2011 from the abdominal surgeries and 4 years of steroids during chemo.
Then on the drawer liner I noticed 4 round sticky radiation markers. You get those on your tattoos before each treatment so that they can be sure you're lined up properly to zap your wonky cells.
I wanted to think they had just stuck to underwear or something and 4 out of many wound up in my drawer. But I had to be honest with myself. I had probably kept them as a souvenir. At least I had forgotten about them, and now, they're in the trash where they belong.
So, a few tears fell for me, the one who felt she needed a souvenir of radiation. But they didn't last long when I saw the list of 35 things I had flung on my Boogie.
And that makes me wonder if somehow, I'm holding on to this extra weight as a souvenir of LIFE. I can't imagine what event it's a souvenir for, but I'd prefer a coconut from Hawaii or a hunk of wonderful cheese from Switzerland!
Tonight, after shining my sink, I'm going to redo my SP Visualization, add some pics of souvenirs from Hawaii and Switzerland and a trash can with symbols of the cancer journey in it because maybe some small part needs reminding that that is all behind me.
How about you? Are you holding on to an event for dear life, when your life would really be richer, happier, lighter, if you let it go?
I believe we are not meant to allow those emotional and physical booboos of the past go on hurting us.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
It was rainy, dreary. Unusual for Florida but I needed something to brighten my day.
Now that's what a Full Plate Diet of Fiber looks like!! And you were expecting tree bark and sawdust.
I'm calling it Sunny Coco-Fiber Bean Stew. Because I'm on the Coconut Oil AND Fiber band wagon. Very Awe-Inspiring, right?
Feast your eyes and travel around my plate: Pistachios in the center, then Coco-Fiber Bean Stew, oranges, tomatoes and onions, mini sweet pepper wheels, kale chips, and 7 Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Crackers and 2 Multigrain Flax Seeded Flatbread Crackers.
I know, I know. 479 nutritious calories and 17 grams of fiber. Just look at the plate. 1 serving of fruit. 3 servings of veggies, 1 serving of beans, and 1 serving of grains. And I left the grains for last, giving all the rest of the fiber a chance to make me feel full.
I wasn't doing too much focusing on how full I felt, however I DO feel full now. I am NOT interested in thinking about dessert.
And I wasn't too focused on whether the foods were anti-angiogenic, however the beans, broccoli, oranges, tomatoes, onions, peppers, kale, sweet potatoes and cinnamon in the crackers, and flax in the flatbread crackers are all on the anti-angiogenic foods list.
What was I focusing on?
All the color.
The different textures: crunch of pistachios and mini sweet peppers and crackers . . .
The different combinations and there were many possibilities. That would make a great math problem: How many different combinations could you make with 2 different ingredients on your fork? 3 combinations?
Salty vs. sweet, though there was very little added salt, and the beans had been drained and rinsed well.
Raw vs. cooked
And through it all, there was a slight . . . mellowness?? which I'm blaming on the coconut oil. I had put only 1 tablespoon in the bean stew which made 8 servings. So there wasn't much in my one serving, but it was noticeable and seemed to help everything combine in a tasty lunch that I plan to repeat.
It was easy, too. The Bean Stew was a leftover, count the pistachios, and measure out the chopped veggies.
Full Plate Diet www.fullplatediet.org/
You can download a free electronic copy of a book that outlines this diet, with lots of great visuals.
Dr. Li: Can we Eat to Starve Cancer? www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/william_li
Full Food List at Eat to Defeat:
Saturday, September 08, 2012
I am a 2 time cancer survivor: 10/2007, 11/2008. You become a survivor the minute you get the diagnosis.
Relay for LIFE honors and celebrates survivors. I find no fault in that. I AM one.
But I say, "NO MORE SURVIVORS!" When I do, everyone looks at me like I have 5 heads. But think what the world would be like if not one more child, mother, dog, horse, father, heard the words, "You have cancer."
I'd like to take that milestone experience out of the adventure of life for everyone.
To me, NO MORE SURVIVORS should be the goal.
Fly Lady has you shine your sink when you start following her program to declutter and organize your house and life. While having a shiny sink might seem silly to anyone who hasn't needed that activity to accomplish the goal of decluttering and organizing your house and life, it seems to have worked for me.
The shiny sink, the house blessing, the idea that anyone can do anything for 5 minutes or 15 minutes, and baby steps; all of these activities put a new spin on old habits and help you to move toward your goals.
As long as the world thinks surviving cancer is cause for celebration, we can't get to a world where we can celebrate living without the threat of cancer.
In my SP signature, I include a link to a video talk by Dr. William Li, "Can we eat to starve cancer?" He changes the spin from what can be done to cure cancer. He changes the spin from what we shouldn't do.
You know all those things like don't smoke, don't be obese, don't get too much sun, . . .
He changes the spin to "Eat these foods." I can do that. Is it possible it could be as simple as adding those foods into my diet?
And then he puts in the final spin, that they NOT ONLY have an effect on the growth of cancer cells. THEY ALSO have an affect on fat cells.
For me, that list has become my shiny sink for my healthy diet. A diet that will help my body fight off cancer tumors. A diet which will help my body shrink fat cells.
And it has been pretty easy to put the list into my nutrition tracker in my favorites, and when I plan for the day, I open the favorites and check off the fruits, veggies, beans nuts, and other delicious items, and assign them to my meals and snacks.
And I've looked into issues like "organic" www.youtube.com/watch?v= F7Id9caYw-Y&feature=endscreen and I'm trying to eat more whole foods.
And I've looked into adding More fiber in the Full Plate Diet www.fullplatediet.org and I'm working to add more fiber into my diet.
And I asked my chiropractor to please explain about oil choices for cooking, I had been using olive oil and canola oil. Canola oil concerned me because I didn't know of any canolas that could be squeezed for their oil. He told me to continue with olive oil, but I could add coconut oil.
I've done research into that, found some at the health food store and have started using it.
I also decided to be more focused in my fitness activities and signed up to train for some walk.
So many things have come of changing the spin on my dieting, just by saying, Eat These foods.
Results? too soon to say, but 4 more pounds have disappeared from my scale. I'm scared to add them to the weight tracker. Because I just had to replace the lithium battery. If they stay off till next weigh in, then I'll record and celebrate with a spin around the neighborhood on my bike.
Oh yeah, I'm also getting my bike fixed. Should be here Monday. After sitting in the shed for 3 years, needing to be fixed.
Come ride with me and change your spin on things.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Birke Baehr, gotta love the kid. I taught middle school students 2001 - 2011 when I retired. And I never taught a student who could hold a candle to this kid.
It makes me worry about if my rants about big food manufacturers and the state of my food supply are childish. But I don't think so, because there's not a childish bone in this child's body.
How in the world do you make baked kale chips? I haven't ever heard of them.
I think he missed the mark by limiting his views to kids and their food. Because the same things are being done to our food.
You're still here? What. Had you already seen this video? It has been out there on Ted Talks since 2010. But really, you gotta watch this kid!!
I bet he could get me fired up to do some other exercise besides walking the dog and treading water in the pool!! I HAVE sworn off of processed foods.
And this doctor's video is very inspirational:
And while I don't want my brain to shrink while everything else does, I will need to get to the store before I can start to sustain her recommendations for an eating plan of 3 cups of green leaves, 3 cups of colorful fruits and veggies, and 3 cups of sulphur veggies along with daily organ meats . . . and seaweed weekly.
Both of these videos weigh the cost of eating in a healthy way against the medical bills resulting from the alternative.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
I go there when I need something. Today, I wanted to pick up a book I was reading in the Chiropractor's office about sun and diet. So I left with $180 of grains, aromatic brown rice, nut butters, seeds to sprout, coconut oil, stevia, and a couple of books. 2 full bags and no book on sun and diet. I think the total was a shock to the clerk, too, because she checked the ticket to be sure she hadn't duplicated something or made some other error.
And while the total was a shock to the budget, I left knowing I had real food minus all the processing. That I had whole grains with the original nutrients, not everything taken out and maybe put back in through enrichment.
The coconut oil was a new purchase. I hadn't ever heard of it before this summer, except in shampoo and suntan lotion. My chiropractor recommended it when I mentioned I was very confused about what oils to choose for my whole foods cooking. It was pricey, but I used a tablespoon for a dressing along with some basalmic vinegar and fresh herbs and garlic. It was delicious on spinach and fresh peach salad.
If it truly is as much of a health benefit as the literature reports at this time, it will be interesting to see what big business does with its production. And if the scalawags in the black market in the Philippines take over the industry. I guess they could already have done that, though there was a very encouraging story on the label about what is happening there. Forgive me if I'm not so ready to believe everything that is put on a label anymore.
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