Tuesday, August 20, 2013
One of the very unexpected benefits of getting cancer is that now my skin is really starting to positively glow and I'm at what I consider to be my ideal weight without counting calories or tracking food. Wierd...who would have "thunk" that cancer would to that!
Well, actually, cancer didn't do it. It was the drastic change in my diet the day I found out that I had cancer that did it. I wasn't looking for glowing skin or perfect weight when I made the sudden change, but now, almost four weeks later, I have both!
When I found out I had cancer, I IMMEDIATELY cut out all refined sugar and salt and all processed foods. About a week later, I started doing lots of juicing with a heavy emphasis on vegetables...lots of them. I also immediately cut out coffee and now drink about 6-8 cups of green tea a day. I try to eat organic as much as possible, but that's not always feasible or available.
About a week ago, I happened to notice my skin on my legs was no longer flakey like it used to be. I looked in the mirror and noticed the dark circles under my eyes are almost completely gone. Even the veins on my hands don't stick out near as much a they used to. Additionally, my ankles which have been a little puffy for about 10 years (an early sign of inflammation/heart/circulatory issues) now look like the ankles I had at 18. Yesterday, out of curiousity, I checked for puffiness there....it's completely gone!
For the last couple years, I've been struggling (half heartedly) to lose 15 pounds I added while caring for my father and after he died. I lost about 5 of it through lots of bicycling early this summer. The other 10 pounds dropped off like magic when I changed my diet. No calories counting, no tracking food.....just eating really healthy. I feel i'm at an ideal weight now. Honestly, my weight is something I'm not concerned about now, or my skin for that matter. But....I'm just saying....even without trying to get these benefits, they came anyway.
Now, how ironic is that?
Seeing how nice my skin looks and the other good things that are visible externally makes me think that all this good eating is doing wonders for my immune system. I figure that the better my immune system is, the better it can naturally fight cancer and support me though chemo etc.
Life is unexpectedly good!