Is There Any Hope?



If you’ve been diagnosed with a late stage cancer or if you have already completed all the surgery, chemo and radiation that you can endure, what’s next?  Do you just sit in your rocking chair full of anxiety and fear and wait to die?

No, of course not!  You start looking for ways to heal your body and strengthen your immune system.  You might even want to look at going to a healing spa such as the Gerson Institute or the Living Foods Institute.

If that’s not an option, you can plan your own “do-it-yourself” spa experience.

1.) Meet with a pallative care specialist to help you with any pain, emotional, practical or spiritual issues.

2.) Get out in the sunshine for at least 10 minutes every day.

3.) Take a walk, do yoga or move in any way you can.

4.) Stay involved with life.  Invite friends over for a bowl of soup or to go shopping with you.

5.) Change the Way You Eat

  • Eliminate all animal products from your diet. That includes meat, fish, chicken, eggs, milk and cheese.
  • Eat as many greens as you can.
  • Always eat “whole” foods – whole wheat pastas, whole wheat breads, sprouted wheat, organic rolled oats, etc.
  • Eat deep, colorful vegetables.
  • Eat organic as much as possible.
  • Eat at least half of your food raw (uncooked).
  • Eliminate all alcohol.
  • Eliminate processed junk foods.
  • Put a teaspoon of ground flaxseed on your food every day.  Keep it in the freezer so it won’t get rancid.
  • Drink water or unsweetened decaffeinated green tea for your beverage.  Don’t drink sweet beverages or beverages with caffeine.
  • Do not eat oils, including olive oil.
  • Don’t eat in restaurants very often because you cannot control the ingredients they use.
  • Juice or blend vegetables or fruits for snacks or supplementation.

You will know if you are making progress within a few weeks if your appetite returns, your pain diminishes, your sleep improves and/or your tumor recedes or vanishes.

Don’t be discouraged if you have a down day with low energy.  Just stay on course as the healing process has its ups and downs.

An Easy Sample Menu

  • Breakfast Ideas
    • Whole-wheat toast with no added oil
    • Fruit spread with no added sugar
    • A bowl of oatmeal (regular, not quick cooking) with unsweetened almond milk and fresh fruit.
    • A bowl of Grapenuts or Shredded Wheat with unsweetened almond milk and fresh fruit. 
    • Black beans with salsa on whole-wheat toast or in a corn tortilla.
  • Snack Ideas
    • Whole-wheat toast
    • Green juice with carrots, celery, apple and cabbage
  • Lunch Idea
    • Black bean and corn salad with lime dressing
  • Snack Ideas
    • Baked corn chips and salsa
    • Green smoothie with kale, spinach, flaxseed, apple and lemon juice
  • Dinner Ideas
    • Spinach salad topped with mandarin oranges and vinegar and fresh-squeezed orange juice
    • Wild rice salad with dried apricots, green onions and walnuts
    • Cream of cauliflower soup made with cauliflower, celery, onion, and vegetable broth
    • Buckwheat pasta with mushrooms, vegetable broth and soy sauce.

For more menu ideas and recipes purchase a vegan cook-book, such as Coco’s Healthy Cooking and find recipes which fit the above criteria.

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