When you’re faced with some adversary in life, especially as taxing as undergoing cancer treatment, your whole body goes into this kind of a “war mode” where every little cell and every energy byte is geared towards attacking the disease and preserving the life by any means possible.
A lot of things suddenly become unimportant and really just unnecessary, what matters is that you survive and preserve not only your body but soul too along with your personality and character, enhanced and enriched by the whole fighting experience.
When you battle for your life, you need to go back to the basics. Just like a computer, in order to preserve all functions and to ensure uninterrupted future work, needs to be rebooted and go into default mode, a body needs to concentrate on what’s truly important to continue operating all basic life processes while viciously attacking cancer cells. And basics really mean basics, clean water, unpolluted air, nutritious and unprocessed food.
And of course, don’t forget the soul, laugh, meditate, read, spend time with family and friends, listen to music, head outdoors or visit a museum. Feed the body and nourish the soul, those are the only two warriors you have to fight the war of your life!
To learn more about some foods that help fight and prevent breast cancer, visit http://www.everydayhealth.com/breast-cancer-pictures/foods-for-breast-cancer-prevention.aspx#/slide-1
What’s Cooking This Week
I think when you go through physically and emotionally difficult experience, it’s important to comfort yourself and maybe even indulge a little. An extra helping of endorphins will help you stay positive and concentrate on some good things in your life. But try to have the right balance of nutrient-dense and indulgent foods in your diet, concentration should still be on energy and vitamins with a little sweet sprinkle on top. 🙂 I think this recipe beautifully combines the two, with berries being one of the most potent cancer-fighting foods and when topped with some dark chocolate, nutrition and indulgence meet in a perfect union.
Pink Series: Recipe # 3
1 cup of cut strawberries, plus more for garnish
1 6 oz container of yogurt (I used Almond Dream almond milk yogurt)
1/2 to 1 cup of self-rising pancake mix (I used Cravings Place gluten free pancake mix)
1 Tbspoon of powdered sugar (easier to blend) or regular sugar
1 tspoon of lemon juice
1 tspoon of vanilla
vegetable oil for cooking
(optional) melted dark chocolate for topping
Blend strawberries with lemon juice and powdered sugar in a food processor or blender.
In a bowl, beat together egg, yogurt, vanilla. Add the strawberry mixture and combine well. Then gradually start adding the pancake mix, depending how much liquid you have from the strawberries and how thick you want the batter, you can use as little as 1/4 to as much as 1 cup of pancake mix. Looking pretty already. 🙂
Heat up some vegetable oil and drop spoonfuls of batter, cook about 1-2 minutes on each side. Garnish with fresh strawberries, melted chocolate, chopped nuts or whatever else you desire. Pretty indulgent yet full of good nutrients!