Hi and welcome and congratulations on being up and around after colo-rectal cancer. I lost my dad 8 years ago and so I know how horrible that struggle is -- you go!! Welcome to the team. It is generally pretty quiet around here but maybe your questions will get some people more involved. Let me know if I can be of help.
I guess I didn't tell enough. I have been a member of Spark People since 2008. I joined after my first bout with cancer, I was still doing chemotherapy and was looking for a nutrition tracker to try to eat in the most healthy way possible. Even though I didn't feel like eating, I set that as MY job to do since I felt helpless about what radiation and chemotherapy were doing.
April gave me a clean remission so I started trying to build up my stamina with fitness. Then November at work, I realized I had a problem again. I went directly to the doctor, another colonoscopy, and it was back. This time, major surgery, chemotherapy rounds for a week every 5 weeks, the neulasta shots, major surgery again when the first colostomy closed up. Then maintenance chemotherapy every Monday afternoon, so I could go back to work teaching, I had to retire in June 2011 because of fatigue. I stopped maintenance chemotherapy in Nov. 2011 after 28 months. And I've worked to recover from all of that ever since.
Last July, I remembered about Spark People when Mom, my care giver, got her diagnosis for diabetes, and I set up as a diabetic for a month to learn how to plan her meals and snacks. Then in mid August 2011, I switched the tracker back to me, and started really looking at what I was eating, or wasn't eating.
I have incorporated the tenets of Dr. William Li, Can We Eat to Starve Cancer, (and fat cells and more) into my menu plans and started a team to put that information out to fellow sparkers. I learned about the full plate diet which was very helpful. Steroids at every chemotherapy session had made me feel I was hungry and gotten me into a habit of always eating. The full plate diet and the e-book at fullplatediet.org moved me away from my "always eating" habit to always feeling satisfied until the next regular mealtime came around. And then I took the plunge and really studied Eat to Live and have followed the 6 week plan 3 times since last November. I am now doing a modified approach with the Life plan.
So, when I say I am here, I mean I have joined this team to continue on my learning journey. I am at the point where when I choose my food for menus, I am thinking whole and clean, for the most part. And if I purchase manufactured food, it needs to be whole and clean.
Now, I still consider myself a novice at this. I am an expert label reader and have learned that just because I found 10 things at Trader Joes that are combined into a whole, clean, prepared meal, it doesn't mean that everything will be like that. (they might be, I'm still exploring)
I have gotten myself up and out of the recliner where I spent a lot of time during treatment. I do at least 45 minutes of fitness daily. When it is warm enough to go to the pool, I do 90 minutes for cardio because that reduces leg swelling and eliminates foot pain that developed after surgery and all the chemotherapy.
I blog often, have a couple of recipe collections, and make my trackers available if that would benefit anyone. I don't like to advertise my team while on another team, but the links to the anti-angiogenesis information are available in "Awesome Resources" on our team page, and you can access them without joining the team.
I plan to share here on the Whole Foods for Health Team, if I feel I have anything to offer, but you will mainly find me asking questions of you and hoping someone will have a suggestion. And I'm off now to do just that!!
Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.
Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!
Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.
This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.
Katrina Saskatchewan Time Zone
You can not change yesterday - it's done. You can only dream of tomorrow. The only day you can change is today. What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
Hi, I am here because I realized I was not only changing over to eating clean, but also whole and healthy. I thought this might be the place for ideas, resources, and a bunch of sharing like minded people who could teach me so I don't have to go through the painful process o leaning from my mistakes.
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