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Dear Diary: My Cancer Meal Plan

December 8, 2014

After my diagnosis, I met with my Naturopathic Doctor and went over a new dietary plan for my treatment regime. Carol (my amazing Naturopathic Doctor/ lifesaver/ ass-kicker) gave me a great article to read about a type of supplement called Curcumin that helps target cancer cells. Alongside that, she advised me to start using Vitamin D daily and designed a diet plan. I also decided, on my own (but will tell my Oncologist) to start using BioSil to help the growth and strengthening of hair, skin, nails and bones. I’m worried obviously about losing my hair and would like to keep as much as I can for my entire treatment. I can rock a hat. I cannot handle losing everything completely. Cutting my hair into a bob is also an option, as long as I can keep as much hair as possible.

I also have Fibromyalgia, which is a chronic muscular-skeletal pain disorder that has no cure. Eating well, and avoiding certain foods is the only way, for me, to combat this illness. I’m not a pill popper so nutrition is how I usually help myself feel better – alongside exercise. I am a fitness junkie. I love to swim, run, bike, skate, dance and walk. A usual week for me includes 3-4 days of cardio + strength training and a full day of swimming. I am also a lazy couch potato who loves nothing more than chomping on some chips and watching the Food Network.

So here is what my ND and I came up with for a food guideline of what to eat and avoid during my treatments. * means very important. 

Veggies: slightly cooked, sauteed with garlic/onions
Brussel Sprouts
Fruits: x2 per day max 
All berries in general

Lentils (mung beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc)

Fats: to be used alongside other foods

Liquids: 1-2 litres daily (4 cups = 1 L) 
Organic green tea*
Bone & soup broth

Exercise: only when able
Simple movements & stretches
Light Yoga
Light Swimming
No weights

NO: Not allowed
Deli meats
BBQ blackened meats
Artificial sweeteners
Sugar in general
Dairy (+ soy)

NO: Moves Lymph Nodes around exciting them
Hot tub
Hot pools

There we have it, my beat cancer plan. Many of these things are on my regular meal plan because of my dietary needs, however, this list is specifically made to help support your body's health and attack the bad cells. Take this plan as a guide on what foods to focus on during your cancer treatment. Now it's time to get ready for my PICC line...


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