Post-Cancer Nutrition Changes

When I met with my oncologist after my last treatment he told me that I now have three jobs:

1) Exercise Regularly
2) Eat Right
3) Keep my weight down

As he explained, lifestyle changes can make a difference in “turning on” the cancer cells in our body.  There’s nothing we can do that will 100% remove the cancer risk, but there are things we can do to lower the risk as much as possible.

So I’m changing the way I’m shopping, how we’re eating, and my exercise plan.  I’m determined to do what I can do to stay cancer-free.

The Cancer Center offers the services of a dietitian, so I’ve been taking advantage of that and meeting with her to discuss food choices and nutritional improvements.

Here are some things that are now appearing in the Savage household. I’d love to hear about any changes you are making to pursue healthy choices!

Berries...filled with antioxidants. We're eating alot of fresh fruits and veggies these days.

Berries…filled with antioxidants. We’re eating alot of fresh fruits and veggies these days.

Dried plantains have replaced chips in our house! They are so yummy!

Dried plantains have replaced chips in our house! They are so yummy!

I hesitated using coconut oil because I don't like the taste of coconut, but it doesn't taste like coconut at all!

I hesitated using coconut oil because I don’t like the taste of coconut, but it doesn’t taste like coconut at all!

Rather than fish oil capsules, I'm taking liquid fish oil as recommended by my doctor and my dietitian.

Rather than fish oil capsules, I’m taking liquid fish oil as recommended by my doctor and my dietitian.

We're trying to get more healthy oils into our bodies, so the dietitian recommended flax oil. I pour it over our salads. I like it as my only salad dressing.

We’re trying to get more healthy oils into our bodies, so the dietitian recommended flax oil. I pour it over our salads. I like it as my only salad dressing.

While I love me some Jif, I'm learning to like natural peanut butter, made with only peanuts. This brand is the creamiest I've found.

While I love me some Jif, I’m learning to like natural peanut butter, made with only peanuts. This brand is the creamiest I’ve found.

Aluminum Free Deodorant is all I'm using these days.

Aluminum Free Deodorant is all I’m using these days.

 

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5 Responses to Post-Cancer Nutrition Changes

  1. CAT says:

    We have made changes like this in our household as well. It has been a process though, over the last about 12 years. I knew I was having weird things going on in my body. I had been on the pill since I was 18 because I have PCOS. I went to the naturopath because I wanted to stop taking the pill and needed to try and get my body to work the way it was supposed to, on it’s own. Although I had to take supplements, nutrition was the biggest change to my life. We had a 13 year old at that time, who was conceived with the help of fertility drugs, and I was 39. After following the naturopath’s recommendations, I ended up pregnant and had my son just after I turned 40. I started having regular periods after that for the first time in my life, ever. My daughter was born shortly after I turned 43, so now I have an almost 25 year old, 10 year old and 7 year old. My PCOS is under control primarily due to diet. The only supplements I take are fish oil, vitamins, calcium (I don’t eat/drink dairy), probiotics and one to help with hormonal issues because I’m now at the peri-menopause time of my life 🙂

    The amazing thing is that basically, my diet changes have brought my PCOS under control. What they say about food being medicine is true. It is so difficult to stay away from the bad stuff – I understand. I think we sometimes need the motivation of an issue with our health to help us make the changes we need to do.

  2. Ali armstrong says:

    I healed my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis with diet. I eat mostly paleo, eliminating gluten, dairy, and sugar. My whe family now ears this way and we all feel so much better!

  3. Bonnie says:

    Why is the fish oil better in liquid form? How much do you take?

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