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Brazil

22 Jun

Brazil

So delicious and full of vitamin c.

Exercise and Eating Healthy

11 Feb

So I am finally able to get out of bed and start trying to get my life back to normal.  I only have 3 treatments of perception left.  I get infused once every three weeks and can’t wait for the final poke. As a result of treatment, I have gained 30 pounds.  Now I am working on not necessarily loosing all of the weight but making sure that I exercise, and eat as healthy as possible.  I make my green smoothies to keep my blood rich with cancer fighting nutrients.  I am also working on recipes which use as many alkaline foods as possible.  Now that I have taken the scientific approach to ridding my body of cancer.  I am using the holistic approach to get myself healthy.  

I started off my day yesterday by trying to exercise.  It was discouraging even trying to find something to wear to the gym because nothing fit.  Finally I found something. I take a quick subway ride to my beloved equinox in downtown Brooklyn.  I took a class called Tabata. And yes, It was as difficult to do as it is to pronounce.  I though I was going to either throw up or drop dead  of a heart attack.  I started fighting back the tears and focused on finishing the high intensity workout.  After the class I bumped into the instructor in the equipment room.  “I said sorry for not keeping up with the class, I am not lazy, I had cancer and my body is not the same.  It is going to take me a while to get everything functioning the way it used to.”  He was so nice.  Asked me to give him a hug.  And said he looked forward to seeing me next week.  He told me not to give up.

So I leave the gym inspired walking past the Shake Shack., (a famous shake and burger joint).  Instead of concentrating on those delicious smelling burgers, I decided what alkaline food could I make from all of the wonderful veggies in my fridge.  

I decided on a Leek and Cauliflower soup inspired by the great Chef Franklin Becker.  He does this soup at his restaurant, “The Little Beet.”  It is absolutely delicious creamy and you don have to use milk.  Hope you enjoy this recipe.  Thanks for the inspiration Franklin

Leek and Cauliflower Soup

Tablespoon and a half of Olive Oil

2 Leeks

Half of Large Spanish Onion

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 Head of Cauliflower

3 sprigs of Tyme 

A quarter Lemon.  

Add olive oil to very large Frying pan or soup pot.  Sautee onions add a little salt to keep onions from Browning.  Add leeks cook till almost tender then add garlic, cook until fragrant but make sure not to burn the garlic.  then add cauliflower, give it a couple of stirs then add a box of vegetable stock.  Add the three sprigs of tyme cover pot and cook until cauliflower is tender.  Fork should go through very easily.  When done to your texture and thickness, remove tyme stems and let cool a little.  Then just throw in a blender squeeze a couple of drops fresh squeezed quarter lemon, puree and you will have the most delicious soup ever without feeling like you are on a diet.  

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What A Difference A Year Makes

1 Jan

I never thought I would get here.  A little over a year ago I was clinically diagnosed with breast cancer.  I have completed my chemotherapy and radiation.  The radiation was tough.  I felt so tired, drained and depressed.  Sometimes I couldn’t get out of bed for days.  I had to dig back into my positive energy books, get back to eating healthy, and I am feeling much better.  

For my birthday on December 6th I returned to the Cayman Islands.  If you have been following my journey, you know that I went there before starting my treatments.  I find it to be a very healing, soothing place for me.  I went with my boyfriend, and joining us on the airplane were his daughter, her boyfriend, his mother and his brother.  Strange, I didn’t know they were coming but okay. 

Later that night I found out why they were there.  Later that evening my boyfriend proposed to me.  I am now engaged, and very happy.  I plan to continue sharing my story throughout 2014 on how I will remain a cancerfreecutie.  This is a brand new year and a brand new me.  Please feel free to share this blog with others.  www.cancerfreecutie.com

 

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3 Mushroom Lasagna

10 Nov

3 Mushroom Lasagna

Mushrooms are believed to have anticancer fighting properties

10 Nov

So what does a girl do who never used to like mushrooms?  

Make Mushroom Lasagna

 

In the mist of getting my nails done

5 Oct

I am on the phone with one of my besties and a call comes in on the other line.  I tell bestie, “It is a strange number I am not clicking over its probably a bill collector.  She is like, “Oh just take the call, your new life is about facing things head on.”

So I click over and am told that I have a special delivery that I must sign for in person, and that it is urgent.  Now ladies you know what it is like trying to get your nails done on a Friday night.  I look at the lady before me, can see that I have at least 7 minutes before my turn and make a made dash back to the building to pick up this “special package.”

Bestie starts laughing so I know it is from her.  

To my college mate, my confidant and one of my very best friends thank you so much for being their for me day in and day out.  I appreciate it more than you know.  

P.S.  I didn’t lose my place in the nail line.

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Radiation Therapy, A Therapist, and a diet????????

25 Sep

Well my week started off rocky.  Monday I had my radiation therapy.  I was just done.  Didn’t want to get on that gurney and be lifted up into the air anymore.  I was also told that  that on Thursday, meaning tomorrow I needed to be prepared to be on the gurney for about 20 minutes or more.  The reason was because they had to reconfigure the machine so that the radiation would just be treating the incision site.

Now I don’t like being on the machine for 2 minutes let alone 20.  The technician suggested that I speak to the nurse to get some aid in the form of a pharmaceutical nature.  Something to decrease the anxiety.  My drug of choice, Valium.  Relax everyone.  They only gave me two.

After getting my “gold,” to help me through the reconfiguration process, I figured there was no time to the present to see the therapist.  As I was nearing the end of radiation, I found people, including my boyfriend saying things like, “you are almost done or, One week to go.”

I know that people mean well and they want to keep me in good spirits, but the thing is I am never done.

The fact of the matter is I have to take Herceptin for another 7 months via IV once every three weeks.  I have to take Tamoxifin, once daily, (which can cause weight gain) for the next 10 years.

To top it all off I was told by my doctor that I have gained a significant amount of weight, (AKA I am fat) and I need to go on a diet.  Pizza, out, fried chicken out, root beer floats forget about it.  Basically all of the things that I became addicted to from taking the steroids – I could no longer have…. if I wanted to “decrease my chances for reoccurrence.”

She told me to have apples and vegetables as if that is the same thing as a slice of hot cheesey gooey pizza.  I have to go now the doctor is calling me, anyone who thinks that an apple tastes the same as a bag of Lays potato chips is lying.

To be continued…….