Gloria Meltzer writes:
I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast in September 2011. I had a lumpectomy followed by 25 sessions of radiotherapy. The margins were clear, the one lymph node taken was clear, so no chemo required.
I am so fortunate to have a very loving, supportive partner. That makes a world of difference to coping with a cancer diagnosis. One of my strongest motivations to keep well is to live to see my four beautiful young grandchildren grow up.
At the time, I read everything I could lay my hands on – searching for a recipe for future cancer prevention. I followed a naturopath’s advice and he obtained some high quality supplements for me. I began taking 5 drops a day of iodine diluted in water, from a compounding pharmacy. I read and decided to rigorously follow Professor Jane Plant’s book ‘Your Life In Your Hands’ and have now been on a completely dairy-free diet for 12 months. There are also many good recipes to be found in Jane Plant’s book ‘Eating for Better Health’. My partner and I grow many of our organic vegetables ourselves. Nowadays I eat and cook a sensationally healthy diet.
I live in central Victoria on a bush block, so I do regular bush walks – weather permitting. I attend a yoga class weekly and practise yoga at home every morning.
I have long been interested in health foods and healthy cooking, but cancer gave me the incentive to do this daily and much more rigorously. The result has been that this has been the healthiest year of my life: my first winter with no sore throat nor cold or flu bug. Now I want to share a few of my simple recipes. Continue reading
Red and blue berries are stuffed with phytochemicals, flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They’re like tiny health bombs. Right now berries are in season and at their cheapest, so fill your freezer.
Here is a recipe: Continue reading
Soba noodles are extremely healthy and delicious. Look for noodles that are organic and 100% buckwheat, either in a health food shop or a Japanese grocer’s. This dish takes no more than 10 minutes from tummy-rumble to table. Continue reading
In the spirit of sharing we’ve nicked this delicious and easy-peasy recipe from Riverford Organics.
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- juice of ½ a lemon, more to taste
- 4 tbsp good olive oil
- 8 mint leaves, shredded
- 400g courgettes, very finely sliced on a mandolin, or with a sharp knife
- 200g ricotta cheese Continue reading
After being diagnosed with cancer we are often inundated with a small avalanche of dietary advice. Everyone, it seems, is keen to offer opinions about what we should or should not eat. I read books on macrobiotics, juicing, raw food, the dangers of dairy and the importance of iodine until I felt the need to go and lie downin a darkened room with a chocolate éclair over my eyes.
I instinctively felt that eating the right things would play a very important part in my recovery. But I have to say, I did become fearful, overwhelmed and a little bit paranoid about Continue reading
You may remember my one-woman investigation into the fact that those of us who eat food out of tins (and who doesn’t – apart from me?) are being bombarded with an oestrogenic substance called Bisphenol-A.
Spurred on by the Breast Cancer Fund’s Kick the Can campaign, I have pledged to eat no tinned food in July. For me, it was easy: no BPA infested tinned food has passed my lips for over a year now. But for most of us, avoiding tinned food falls into the ‘too-hard basket’ of life. Don’t despair, Continue reading
I went to see the nurse for a routine check-up this morning. She weighed me – you have to put on some weight for me – and took my blood pressure – low, you have to drink more water or you will pass out!
Want to have glowing skin? Want to relieve constipation? Want to lose weight? Want to think more clearly? Want to play at Wembley? The answer, it would seem, is always the same – drink more water! But mineral water is expensive and environmentally problematic. Tap water often just seems a bit blah. How do we force all this lovely, life enhancing H2O down our throats? Continue reading