Category Archives: Food

Bucket’s of Saturated Fat for the Cure

A few days ago I noticed a tweet that gave me a reason to pause and think.  It bothered me to say the least.  It reminded me of a game you play with your kids….what two things don’t go together.

See for yourself.  Can you pick out TWO things that should not go together?

If you said a breast cancer research foundation and fried chicken, you were right!  Here’s why…

Current research says that obesity is linked to cancer.   As much as I don’t like it, it just is.  We know estrogen is stored in fat and cancer grows on estrogen.  I’ve known plenty of thin people with cancer so this isn’t saying this is the ONLY way to get breast cancer, but it’s a sure link.  The more estrogen you have in your body in your life span, the higher your risk. 

Then there’s that recurrence risk.  Obesity is a clear risk for recurrence of many kinds of cancer, not just breast cancer.

So here I am, two years out from breast cancer, running 4-5 miles 4 times a week and trying to do yoga and weight lifting 1-2 times a week.  I eat as healthy as I possibly can.  I’ve never been super thin, in fact, I regret the weight gain that I allowed to sneak up on me during my pregnancy years.  I’ve got three kids under 9 and a life I want to live fully, so I watch the research and I try to do what I can to keep from recurrence.  It is very clear that a healthy diet and exercise are key. 

So I have to say as a breast cancer survivor, it was like a slap in the face, it was a blow to everything we work for as a breast cancer warriors to see the premiere breast cancer research foundation teaming up with the premiere fat-laden fast food restaurant (see announcement for double-down sandwich).   It just seems to me if I work hard to do the best I can do, Komen would consider the current research as well.  Ummm…..they are a “research foundation” now aren’t they?  Hmmmm.

This was a sell-out Komen.  Did you ask anyone with breast cancer how they would feel seeing that big pink greasy bucket of chicken?  Was someone going to lose their job if you didn’t raise cash quick?  I really don’t get it?  Research also shows smoking and alcohol consumption are clear links to cancer, so why not team up with Marlboro or Bud Beer?  It’s not just about money, and quite frankly, don’t raise money on the backs of research that is clearly linking to cancer promotion.  Please!

So I was excited to run in my local Race for the Cure coming up in April.  This is the first year I’ve been healthy enough to do it since my diagnosis in 2008.  But now I question my support of Komen. 

Now you know how I feel, how do YOU feel about it?

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Sigh…..

Do I really need to know this?

Watch-out kids, post-cancer mama is now going to be even more anti-candy!

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Clergygirl Cancer Counsel #4

Food for Thought:

You are what you eat.  Not totally, but almost.  Cancer can happen to anyone.  You are not immune.  There are some totally fit, amazingly healthy people out there who have had or currently have cancer.  1 out of 3 people will get cancer in the US in their lifetime.  So to say that eating and staying fit is the answer is probably not the case, but I certainly think it helps.  I want to think my cancer was completely gone after chemo not just because of chemo but because I ate healthy and did other naturopathic options along the way.

Let me introduce you to a word if you don’t know it:  Nutraceuticals

It’s basically the use of foods to keep from cancer and fight cancer, as well as other health issues. 

I’m not a raw foodie yet, but I’m getting closer every day.  The best nutraceuticals of course fruits and vegetables.  All of them have benefits but certain ones are extra beneficial.  Like the cabbage family.  I have something from the cabbage family every day.  This includes broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and the best of the best: brussel sprouts. 

In the book: Foods to Fight Cancer  they discuss a study that involved looking at people who had died….not of cancer….but of other natural causes and they found that some people have cancer and don’t even know it!  The way they had eaten had effected the blood supply to the tumor.  The tumor could not thrive because it didn’t have an adequate blood supply.

So for all my friends who don’t like fruits and vegetables….let me share some ideas that I use on my children.  EAT THEM OR YOU DON”T GET DESSERT!  No really.  We do say that but I also sneak.  There’s a book out there that is called the Sneaky Chef that maybe you should buy so you and your children can put vegetables into your diet. 

Here’s some sneaky things I do:

Shakes:  We have replaced ice cream with shakes.  Now I do sometimes put a scoop in the shake to make it creamier…..but this is a lot less than 2-3 scoops in a bowl!  Considering we divide the blender full between the 5 of us.  I also throw in plain or vanilla yogurt sometimes.  Whatever fruit I have around.  Peanut butter, chocolate syrup, be creative.  And I sweeten with honey or real maple syrup…and even natural sugar sometimes.  The ticket is tasting it FIRST before adding more sweetness.  Some of the things I’ve listed will add plenty of sweetness.  Now here’s what’s hidden inside:  A small handful of spinach, a few pieces of broccoli, a few leaves of kale.  I’m not kidding you!  They don’t know and they can’t tell!  A dessert and nutraceuticals all at the same time!  Can’t beat that!

Now if you’re really daring…..here is a “green smoothie” recipe.  They are so easy.  No cream…..just some water, ice if you like it cold, a handful of leafy greens and fruit of your choice.  Yum….truly….don’t believe me try it!  It might be green but it is very refreshing….and loaded with good things for your body!

I also put a scoop of tomato sauce in the blender with zucchini, carrots or whatever vegi might work and spin it up so my kids don’t know “green peppers” are in the sauce.  Since they will pick them out if they see them.

And one more thing…..I try to always put a tray of a few vegetables out for the kids before dinner with dip.  Then they fill up on vegi’s before dinner.  And quite often I choose one they like and one they don’t as much or one they’ve never tried so they get used to it.

So my counsel here is that your mama was right about eating your fruits and vegetables and if you’re lacking it may catch up to you.  At least if you do get cancer you’ll be healthy enough for the battle.