There may be sometimes my blog lags a little. Please wait for me. I promise I'll be back. You can rest assured I'm trying to figure out how to tackle my next subject and this one is a hard one for me.
So that day that my birthmother's ex husband's wife came into the opticianry where I worked, she told me about how my birthsister worked 2 blocks away from where I was...and that was pretty amazing!!
But there was one other piece of information she gave me as well. My birthmother, Diane, had passed away from breast cancer.
It was a recurrence. And this time, it had metastasized into her body and her legs. This time, it took her life.
I went home early that day, because I couldn't stop crying.
I had spoken with her one day on the phone...she didn't say much only yes and no...I figured out later she had a son when she remarried and he knew nothing of the situation.
This meant I was never going to meet her. We had an open window and didn't use it.
Years later, my sister played me a video of her during an anti-cancer event and it shook me to the core. ALL I could do was cry.
You see, my birthmother, and all that she went thru, was an INCREDIBLE speaker! She stood up at that event and spread hope to all of those who were dealing with cancer in that room. AND SHE MADE PEOPLE LAUGH!!!
She was an amazing birthmother. I'm sad I never met her.
With all of the fad diets out there on the market, and with my credentials, you may be wondering who I get most of my information from. The student, after all, is not well educated unless his/her teachers are well educated, right?
During the course of my schooling with Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I have been taught over a hundred dietary theories, and honestly? A lot of them are bunk!
I won't call out exactly which ones I think are horrible (cough cough, Paleo, cough cough)
But I will tell you what I have found to be the diet that prevents and cures diseases and which doctors I know are fully behind the research.
This diet is actually a lifestyle- and it's called Whole Food Plant Based. Whole food plant based (or WFPB) eating is basically eating food in its true form. This includes fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes (beans)
It also includes minimally processed foods such as tofu, breads, and pasta. Personally, I believe that tofu is actually a highly processed food, and I don't recommend it. But that's me LOL
The doctors I follow are T Colin Campbell, Dr Michael Greger, Dr Neal Barnard, Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr John McDougall.
These doctors all advocate a WFPB diet, and they all say oil isn't supposed to be in the human body. Oil is a highly processed food, and when you put oil into your body, your blood vessels constrict for four hours and your endothelium is disrupted. See here:
This morning I had potatoes sauteed in vegetable broth with peppers, onions, mushrooms and jalapenos. YUMMY!!!
For lunch today I'll probably have a no-tuna salad...made with chickpeas and a white bean sauce with some crushed nori (sushi wrapper) to give it a little tuna flavor. I'll have that with onions and celery and some pickle relish on a couple of slices of ezekiel bread with a slice of tomato and some lettuce. (organic always on lettuce- they use 19 pesticides on each head)
For dinner, I'll make some penne pasta alfredo using a pumpkin seed/cashew sauce and adding chopped broccoli, spinach, and asparagus.
For snacks, I'll eat fruits...bananas, nectarines, apples, avocados, ....or veggies- raw carrots, celery w peanut butter (crushed peanuts only) and raisins, steamed broccoli with mustard powder...some Mary's Gone Crackers, some Ezekiel bread or Dave's killer bread with peanut butter and fruit spread....I love me some snacks LOL
Did you know that many of the meat dishes we make are really all about the spices we put in them? For instance, if you chop up celery, onion, and add some pickle relish, you're going to smell most of what you used to eat as a tuna sandwich. Add some nori and you have that umami flavor. (without the stench of fish)
Here's a great recipe for when that tuna salad craving hits. On a personal note, tuna salad was the HARDEST thing for me to give up when I went plant based. I was fully plant based except every month or so I'd break down and have some. Tuna itself is full of mercury, so I'm glad to say I broke that habit with this recipe: