Right after I was diagnosed, I remember my husband Aaron researching like crazy on eating habits, and natural ways to help. Within the week he had a sheet up showing alkaline vs acidic eating. Hip hip hooray for me – NOT!
I was a carnivore at heart. I ate meat, meat, meat and more meat and maybe some white rice and sometimes some spinach (which I pronounce spin-ah-chay). I rarely ate veggies or sweets, for dessert, I would opt for more meat – TRUE STORY! I am lactose intolerant so I didn’t have much dairy either, so my diet was made up of all meat, with white rice as my main starch, fruits and some spinach! I had held the same weight for EVER, so I seemed healthy, what’s wrong with that?
LOTS its seemed! Almost every thing I ate was acidic…….apparently when you eat foods that are more alkaline, then cancer can’t live in your body, as cancer thrives in an “acidic” body. That was me, Mrs. Acidic Body 2014! So, it was time to just change the way I eat. It wasn’t like I was going to just eat only alkaline, it was just that I should be eating MORE of the good then the bad……..yep, I did cry…..I love my meat.
I was trying to follow the sheets and it was okay, but I’m a list follower. I like someone to give me what I have to eat and I will follow it. So, again, God is so amazing that he put another person in front of me….Jen Morris. My mentor, Amy Applebaum had a training call going on one night and one of the guest speakers was Jen Morris from Urban Detox Club, Healthy Jenny Wellness. I had asked her a question and she asked me to follow up with her via email. I did…….so thankful I did.
Jen Morris gave me a two week menu, breakfast, lunch and dinner and recipes. What is turmeric? What is tempeh? quinoa? Really? I was so lost, you have no idea! I didn’t know what ANYTHING was and I’m pretty sure I gave her a few good laughs at my ignorance! She walked me through everything and made the unknown seem safe and okay – that meant a lot to me. Having her guidance and her recipes and her email help for any questions I had made this seems so much easier and I knew I could do it. I would recommend her to anyone facing any illness and looking to detox their body.
Those first two weeks were hard, I’m not going to fib. I was having meat withdrawls like crazy and I was craving it. I was allowed fresh caught fish and all those crazy grains and veggies galore……and???? I felt hungry a lot, even though I ate five times a day. Once I finally detoxed from the meat (yes, I said that!) it made it easier.
I now stay on a pretty good diet. I have another surgery coming up September 9th, so I will probably go very strict with the diet a month before as I saw how healthy it made me and how well I recovered. I still eat almost every thing, in moderation. I have red meat maybe once or twice a month and chicken maybe once a week and the rest of the time, I eat wild caught fish and turkey. I will still have chips once in awhile and go out to eat, I just make sure I make good choices 91% of the time……because I still have to live!
Does the way you eat affect your health? I don’t know any scientific information as I’m not a doctor. I can tell you that I could and can feel in the way my hair is, my skin, my nails and my body that eating healthy has made an amazing impact on me and if it’s just that one small thing that you can control, then why not take control of your eating and make an environment where cancer can’t survive.