Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
Episode 6 of the CafeMom Studio's mini-documentary webseries, It's Cancer, Baby, explores the notion of food as medicine.
When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I began what I suspect will be a lifelong journey of becoming healthier, and being more mindful about what I put into my body. There is evidence that an organic, plant-based diet, free of meat, dairy, processed foods, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, sugar, caffeine and alcohol, may actually reverse such conditions as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and cancer, among many others.
While for some the jury is out as to whether or not such a diet can actually cure disease, I don't know anyone who would take the position that such a diet could be harmful to one's health.
I decided to cover all of my bases and address my cancer with a two-pronged approach: Follow the recommendations of my oncologist and undergo surgery and aggressive chemotherapy in hopes of eradicating all signs of the disease, while at the same time attempting to make my body an unfriendly host for cancer. I wasn't taking any chances.
And even though it appears that the treatment has removed all evidence of disease in my body, I know that I am at high risk for recurrence. I have nothing to lose - and everything to gain - by choosing to live a healthier lifestyle, and also by making healthy choices on behalf of my daughter.
Being mindful about what goes into our bodies, and the chemicals and materials we allow on us and around us, is something we can all do to prevent all sorts of illness and disease. Again, what do we have to lose?
For me, a lifestyle change is something I need to do a little bit at a time rather than all at once if I want it to stick. And while I'm not there yet, I already feel better, look better and sleep better as a result of the changes I have made.
This new way of eating and living may be more labor-intensive, at least until I get the hang of it; but as the old hair color commercial used to say, I'm worth it.
And so are you.
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