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!!
Improve you WHOLE life. Eat the WHOLE THINGS!
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