Friday, August 31, 2012

Have you heard of the website Purpose Fairy? They have a facebook page as well. I think thats where I found them. Anyway they have lots of good advice how to live a happy life. Actually lots of this stuff, in my opinion is stuff we already know, but I think its easily forgotten. Lets face it, the world is crazy these days. I think its always been that way - depending on who you ask,  but now more of us seem to be feeling the crazy vibes. Its easy to get depressed and fall into 'victim' mode.

Cancer made me realize that I am tougher than I ever thought I was. I refuse to call myself a victim, no matter what. I am a warrior. It also made me re-examine who I am. My core is the same, but I was hiding it alot of the time. These days I speak my mind, stand my ground, love openly and do the things I want to do now, instead of waiting for 'someday'  to do them.  None of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. None of us! I want to live my life with no regrets the best I can, and thats the topic of todays Purpose Fairy.

This is their website

don't forget to eat your fruits and veggies!    xo  Inge

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A patient told me about a delicious protein drink that she drinks daily. She is still getting chemo and has the same taste issues most people do who are in treatment. Meaning - everything tastes awful, except this drink. You can buy it online or at Mothers Market. If you don't live near a Mothers, ask the manager at your healthfood store and see if he can special order it. I will buy some for myself  as a fast meal when I am on the run. Oh and it was created by a doctor who is also a cancer survivor.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

How much processed food do you and your family eat? Do you believe that if its for sale in your local grocery store it good for you? Do you believe that our goverment agencies like the FDA have your best interest at heart? Think again! Buyer beware! The reason these foods can sit in your pantry for years is because they contain additives that may make food stay fresh longer, but they do nothing for your body. Meaning, there is little to zero nutrition. You are better off eating the box it comes in.

This is nothing new. I remember hearing Suzanne Sommers telling people to only shop the perimeter of grocery stores and stay away from the processed food section. That was back in the early 90s.

"Global diets are increasingly facing the dual challenge of undernourishment and obesity. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, has released a new report calling for a reassessment of unhealthy food systems in both rich and poor countries. Both are increasingly characterized by an abundance of low nutrition, high calorie, processed foods."

If you want to stay as healthy as possible you have to eat healthy. No ifs ands or buts! We live in a toxic environment and our immune systems work overtime to keep us healthy. The very least we can do is to feed it good food.

I talk with so many people everyday who are fighting cancer or have just completed treatment, eating food that is total crap! And don't get me started with the nurses! They should know better. I believe that alot of the diseases today are caused by mal-nutrition. All the good nutrients have been removed and replaced with chemicals made in a laboratory. If you can't pronounce the ingredients, put it back on the shelf.

My cancer diagnosis was a major wake up call for me. I considered myself mostly vegetarian although I did eat chicken about once a week. When I tried going strictly vegetarian my hair statred falling out after a few months. I was told at the time I needed protein. But I have been vegan for over a year and I haven't lost anymore hair. I believe its because I eat better. I was eating way too much processed food loaded with gmos, antibiotics and growth hormones; combine that with stress and bamm! I am the perfect for environment for cancer!

If you have been diagnosed or are in remmission, I strongly suggest you change your diet. For example, dieting. Most people regain all the weight they lost while dieting because when they lost the weight they wanted, they started eating the same foods that made them fat in the first place. They have to change their eating habits for life to keep the weight off.  Its the same with cancer patients. If they want to have the best chance of success (no more cancer) they have to change their lifestyle and eating habits for life.

Yes, serious illnesses can be pre-determined, but thats a small percentage. Studies show that most cancers are from the environment. Our environment isn't changing anytime soon but you can strengthen your immune system by eating healthy foods, getting plenty of rest and exercising.

Have you heard about Meatless Monday lately? Thats a good way to begin to eat more healthy.

 I changed my diet immediately but you can start slowly. Like I mentioned in an earlier blog, its all about keeping our bodies alkaline. Protein is acid, so are medications. Fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes are all alkaline. Change your diet, change your life for the better.

xo   Inge

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

These past ten days have been going non-stop but I finally came back up for air. I don't know if I mentioned
before that I have a slight case of OCD (my diagnosis) and when I get focused on something I am
passionate about, I think about it 24/7-even in my sleep. Being a cancer survivor, I know this is not good for me. I have to have balance and that goes for all of us, not just survivors. Maybe if we all
had more balance in our lives we wouldn't get sick or at least get well faster.

These days we rush around like maniacs and for what? To be the first one to sit at a red light?  Sit at a computer all day and then rush home to fix dinner for the family, help the kids with homework, then stare at a computer at night to see whats happening on facebook, or play "words the friends" or watch housewives from (you name the city) fight and be rude to each other. Then spend the weekends catching up on housework, taking the kids to endless activities, and on and on.

Where is the "down" time. The quiet time where one can just de-stress. We were told these expensive electronic gadgets would make our lives better but in my opinion its made us more impatient and rushed. For example, I was at a party the other day. I watched some guests playing roulette and someone complained the ball took too long to go around the wheel! Can you imagine! Its a game and no one was going anywhere, but the ball was taking to long to go around the wheel!

All this impatience adds to stress and stress not only creates body fat but it creates DISEASE! Like cancer! We need to "chill out!" And that includes me. I was talking with a patient yesterday who is 77
years old, but looks around 60ish. He defintely looks better than alot of men in the 50s and he survived cancer. He was getting some fluids because of the intense heat we are experiencing (thats a whole other topic) but even with that he looked great.

He told me when he was diagnosed with cancer he changed his whole life. He thought he was living a healthy lifestyle since he was 19 but there was things in his diet that he could do without and that was meat. We agreed that today's meat is NOT the same as it was 20 years ago. He has been cancer free for one year just like me. He starts his day with stretches and lifts small weights. He told me that we really don't need to spend all that money at a gym because we have all we need right at home. We can walk for 20 minutes right around our neighborhood and as for weights we can use bottled waters or large canned goods. We can use chairs or counters to help us stretch. He also does some Tai Chi.

Our conversation really got me to thinking. I was meant to meet Phil. I am also guilty of falling off the "take care of Inge" wagon. I was not stretching as much as I should. I need to walk more everyday. I am not meditating a few minutes every day anymore. Yes, I am sticking to my vegan diet but food is not the only thing we need to be aware of to stay healthy. We are whole beings. My cats are good teachers. They know how to relax. I need to get back on track. And I am starting today. I have no excuse for not taking time out for me at least one hour  day.

How about you? What are you doing for you to feel healthy, to de-stress? If you have kids it's time to delegate. Have them load the dish washer, help fix dinner, help clean the house. They may not do as good a job as you, but that's where you need to "chillout". So the house is a little dusty, the floors
 aren't mopped exactly like you would do it. And get hubby involved, he can take the kids to soccer or ballet or swimming. Turn off the television a few nights a week. Read that book, meditate. Get a foot massge. In other words take care of yourself and get off the "crazy train" for a while! Your body will thank you.

and don't forget to eat your fruits and veggies!    xo  Inge

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cancer taught me:
To stop focusing on petty shit
be grateful
don't take things for granted
be a warrior not a victim
help those who can't speak for themselves
encourage others
listen to my body
eat healthy food
love myself warts and all

Thursday, August 9, 2012

It's been hot and humid lately in beautiful Southern California ( I know we live in a desert). My feet are definitely unhappy. (It's residual effects from the chemotherapy) They feel like I am wearing tight wool socks and my feet want me to take them off!

xo  Inge

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How many of you use Nutra Sweet or Equal? How many know Monsanto makes it?  Watch this video. All I got to say is "I knew it!"  I try to limit my sugar intake but when I do want something with sugar in it I always use natural sugar or unfiltered honey. NEVER artificial sweetners!

eat you fruits and veggies!   xo   Inge

Friday, August 3, 2012

Its summer and all the fresh 'good for you' foods are waiting for you at your local farmers markets.
I found this article about fruit that contain  vitamin B-17. Eatinng your vitamins is much cheaper than buying it in pill form, especial B-17.

eat your fruits and veggies!    xo   Inge

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I made myself a delicious smoothie today.  I threw together one banana, can of coconut water (I found coconut juice in the 99cents store...forget about paying 2.99 anymore), a handful of organic frozen raspberries, and 1/2 cup broccoli stems chopped. Yum!.