- The guidelines below still apply. I am not being strictly vegetarian but am not really eating fish either. It's more about the odd bowl of wonton soup. I have 20 or so grams of organic whey protein (powder) most days which mostly feels like enough.
Updated January 18, 2012
Guidelines – Some of the foods good for me that I like
- organic, unprocessed, unrefined ingredients
- congee* or broth based soups – gentle on the stomach and hydrating (I should have 64oz of liquid per day)
- gentle on the digestive system/stomach/liver
- lots of protein
- omega 3's – I am sometimes eating fish, especially tuna (check out seafoodwatch.org, or bi rite market [expensive! And recognized by Green Peace as one of the most sustainable seafood retailers in the USA. In California, second only to one store in Sacramento.])**
- sprouted anything (lightly cooked)
- vegetables, legumes, cruciferous vegetables
- cooked garlic, onions, ginger
- varied grains – brown rice, quinoa, wheat is ok.
- fruit: figs, coconut, avocado, berries, apples, watermelon +
- olive oil and coconut oil ok
- some dairy is ok, especially but not only milk products from goats and sheep
- THEMES: low glycemic index (foods that convert to glucose slowly) & non-inflammatory, alkalizing food, macrobiotic, not a lot of raw food (some is ok)
Foods bad for me
- processed, refined, foods like white sugar, white rice, white bread, fried foods
- hydrogenated, saturated and transfat oils
- added sugar
- caffeine, alcohol
- "Avoid pro‐inflammatory foods. Many people experience increased inflammation with refined sugar, dairy, wheat/gluten,...peanuts, corn, and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers). Another way to keep inflammation down is to focus on eating low glycemic foods. "
** Congee is a great food to eat, particularly when you have any kind of digestive problem. To avoid spikes (and then crashes) in your blood sugar, combine basmati rice with barley or quinoa instead of the traditional simple white rice as the base for your congee. You can add egg, aduki beans, or mung beans for protein. Try adding Qi and Blood tonifiers such as Huang Qi/Astragalus, Dang Shen, dates, Gou Qi Zi ...Goji?.
January 5, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/7jvufr3 (Life Over Cancer recipes on Facebook)
January 2, 2012
- Alan W strongly suggested a high alkaline diet, which is interesting. I would like to test my PH (I ordered a kit online.) Not sure what the best source is for info online but here is one. I went to Rainbow grocery and they had several books on acid-alkaline foods. The books didn't appear to be super scientific and sometimes contradict each other, however, I can't see any harm in it, as highly alkalizing foods all appear to be super healthy. I bought "Alkalize or Die" by Theodore Baroody. It not only recommends alkalizing foods and but also not combining radically different food groups in the same meal (and never eating melon with other food.) It's got a few recipes too. The recommendation for healing is to eat 80:20 alkaline to acid.
- Generally, alkaline forming foods include most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts: grapefruit, lemon, baking soda, all sprouted seeds, cayenne, garlic, wheat grass, carrots, watermelon, stevia, virtually all vegetables except canned, frozen etc.
- Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes: coffee, black tea, alcohol, most nuts, artificial sweeteners...all things canned, processed, or frozen.
- Well, it's too much to list here. I'm going to try it for a while...
- On the strong advice of my acupuncturist, I am eating 0 foods with added sugar, very few carbs. A common phrase I've heard is 'sugar feeds cancer'. I'm finding this easy to do so far. No caffeine.
- Lots of veg and protein, no processed food. I have some excellent pea protein powder which has 25g of protein, feel really good when I have it in the morning. I am also eating chicken and will probably start eating fish.
- Need to work on having lots of healthy snacks around.
- Lots of advice in: "Healing with Whole Foods"(Paul Pitchford).
- Kaiser has given me no dietary advice at all, though there is a nutritionist available. I think I'm happy for the acupuncturists and friends to cover that part.