What began as a very stringent diet plan has evolved and softened over the past months, according to how I feel from day to day and what I think my body needs. More than ever, I am very connected and in tune with myself so if I feel like cheating, then I allow myself a small indulgence, but for the most part I remain very committed to making the best decisions for my overall health and recovery. Healing is my first priority 🙂
“Every bite you eat has the potential to promote health in your body or disease, depending on choices.” – Author Unknown
Most of what I’ll share here is research provided by Chris Wark, who survived his own cancer diagnosis and has written a book called ‘Chris Beat Cancer.’ I highly recommend that you find his website or follow him on Facebook. He’s very passionate about all of this and prevention is everything when it comes to cancer, so he will be the best source of information and will show you the way.
From my perspective, the first thing I wanted to do was detox my body and cut out anything that would cause the cancer to grow.
I loved my coffee as most people do, but quitting caffeine was something I was prepared to do. Coffee and sugar go together for me so there was no question that I would let them both go and it’s a known fact that sugar feeds cancer. Sugar just doesn’t feature anywhere in my diet, unless it’s coconut sugar which is an ingredient in my organic dark chocolate.
Dairy and wheat were also tossed out and meat was never a part of my diet to begin with. I have been vegetarian for many years.
Raw organic fruit and vegetables were the best options and because I wanted a really strong detox, I researched what was acidic and what was alkaline, tossed out the acidic stuff and my new diet in the first couple of weeks was all alkaline foods only. Added to this was a 24 hour water fast once a week. Water fasts become easier the more you do them and I felt incredible the day after a fast. I highly recommend them. Paramahansa Yogananda says fasting recalibrates the body and therefore the mind.
I’ve made a list of some of the foods Chris recommends, but his recommendations are probably more thoroughly laid out in his book.
Garlic – most powerful anti cancer vegetable. It stops cancer growth
Leeks, onions, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, cabbage are all powerful anti cancer vegetables
Broccoli sprouts and oregano are potent for cancer
Mushrooms – significant anti cancer effects especially for breast cancer
Carrots – inhibits cancer growth
Celery, parsnips, parsley, coriander, cilantro, ginseng – all have anti cancer properties
Beets – high in antioxidants and carotenoids which protect from cancer
Ginger- powerful anti oxidant which shrinks tumors and blocks the formation of tumor blood vessels
Turmeric is one of the best anticancer spices
Curcumin has the ability to block every stage of cancer development
Cayenne pepper and hot spicy food is good for cancer
Bananas and grapefruit cut cancer growth by 40%
Red grapes, strawberries, lemons, cranberries and apples are also potent
These were from the notes I made while I was on tour. I hope they are accurate. The list goes on and on so I would suggest that you find Chris online or buy his book.
“Eat fruits and vegetables. Food from the earth. No meat, wheat, sweets or anything that comes from a teat.” – Chris Wark
Here is the basic diet I’ve been following. I have adapted it here and there according to how I’m feeling and what I’m able to put together. Most of my fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, powders and oils are organic.
My Green Smoothie (you need a blender for this)
Banana, strawberries, blueberries, apple, ginger, organic oats, linseeds, chai and hemp seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds, olive oil, organic protein powder, turmeric, chaga mushroom and chlorella powder. I add half water and half almond milk and top it off with watercress and spinach.
It’s delicious and filling! I have this every day if I can.
This is so beneficial and besides Chris recommending it, there is a lot of research and support out there for juicing. I was lucky enough to receive the best juicer on the market as a gift from someone very special. Thank you Ben!!
I juice, carrots, cucumber, ginger, celery, apple, pear, beetroot, oranges, kale, spinach, broccoli, red cabbage or pineapple. You can juice anything really. I choose a different combination each time and add olive oil into the mixture afterwards and I try to do this at least 3 times a week or more.
Chris has his Square One Juice Formula which you can probably find on line and of course there is also the Gerson Green Juice Formula and the Breuss Juice Formula.
My Salad is a basic green salad adding in avocado, olives, kimchi, sauerkraut, garlic, leeks, nuts, seeds and chickpeas. I drown it in olive oil, flaxseed oil, hemp oil or avocado oil and often add hummus into it. I make a massive salad 🙂
For dinner I would steam or cook a wide variety of vegetables and add quinoa, organic brown rice or lentils and lots of turmeric, hummus and olive oil into the mix.
Chris recommends his Giant Cancer Fighting Salad every day for lunch and dinner. He also says you can blend your salad and make a soup for variation.
In terms of alternatives, I use coconut and almond milk instead of milk. I don’t have any dairy.
My coffee alternative is Mindfuel which is basically roasted chicory root and maitake mushrooms which is naturally caffeine free and looks just like coffee.
I drink a variety of herbal teas, particularly Rooibos which has great healing properties and most importantly, I drink lots of water.
I allow myself a cheat every now and then. My idea of cheating is a decaf flat white with coconut milk and a piece of dark chocolate:)
As I’ve mentioned before, I listen to my body and go with the flow of everything so if I feel like a Spag Bowl, then that’s what I have … and it just so happens, that’s exactly what Jen’s making for us for dinner tonight. Thanks Jen!!
Happy place 🙂
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Interesting read Taz, with such discipline. You would be a dietitian’s dream patient.
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That’s funny ma 😛