For anyone starting, undergoing, finishing breast cancer treatment, this beautiful warrior goddess has written a site on what helped her during her treatment. As Green as it can be. Believe in it.

 

What was the single most helpful thing I did during breast cancer treatment?

 

Drink Green Juice.

 

Organic Green Juice as much as possible.

 

I don’t mean like that disgusting green Kool-Aid I drank during grade school. I mean a raw juice made from organic cucumbers, celery, green apples, lemons, kale and ginger and sometimes turmeric.

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So many cancer survivors tout drinking the stuff. From Kris Karr, Crazy, Sexy Cancer, to Shauna Martin of Daily Greens, a breast cancer survivor.

 

Why Do People Drink Green Juice?

 

In my experience, because it works.

 

I like to think of it this way, if my body is in balance it means that it is alkaline or not acidic. Another way to say this is it’s not inflamed. (Read up on Dr. Mark Hyman)

 

In general, day-to-day, I eat and expose myself to things that make my body acidic like drinking alcohol, eating cheese or being stressed.

 

Cortisol, the stress hormone, if left unchecked at chronically high levels suppresses the immune system. This will reduce the body’s ability to defend or repair itself  against things like cancer. More info here.

 

When I thought about putting my body through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, I knew it would be out of balance big time. I think during my two rounds of chemo, I took 5-6 medications on top of the chemo doses for breast cancer treatment.

My body was in acidic breakdown.

 

Green Juice to The Rescue

 

By delivering raw juice goodness to my body, I gave it the nutrients it needed to not only stay in balance, but to heal. (Read to the end of post for resources.)

 

Now, I drink green juice on average five days a week.

 

Nutrients, sometimes a forgotten word in our day-to-day vocabulary, are vital for health and healing. At least that is my way of thinking.

I realize now, there was another benefit too. By creating a daily practice, I gave myself a little piece of control in an almost uncontrollable situation.

 

When people ask, “How was treatment?”  I want to scream, “F!*!*!* hard!”

 

Instead if I dig past the anger and pain, I see what lies beneath. Fear.

 

The diagnosis and subsequent treatment felt like it came out of nowhere. A slap in the face I didn’t see coming. A loss of control.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that I have control over my life, but I sure as hell believed that breast cancer wasn’t something that would grow inside me.

 

But it did.

 

Creating a daily practice that I know delivers pure plant goodness to my cells feels good. It’s like I’m lovin’ on my body in a way I never did before.

 

self love

In some ways cancer grows because cells are weakened. I want to give my cells all the nutrients and love I can so they’re strong and can stand up for themselves.

 

The Proof

 

The proof that Green Juice works is in my recovery periods and energy levels.

 

For surgery, my drain came out in a week. Unheard of at the hospital. The nurse asked how I’d recovered so well. I told her Green Juice.

For chemo, when I saw my care team, they were always surprised by my complexion and energy. “It’s the Green Juice” I’d say.

And when my radiation burn healed after two days instead of two weeks, I was made a devout Green Juice worshiper.

Juice it up people!

 

Hope this blog helps you or someone you love through breast cancer treatment.

 

GREEN JUICE RESOURCES

 

Manuela Scalini is a dear friend and raw food chef. If you want to make Green Juice at home, follow her recipe here.

If making green juice at home seems daunting then try one of the resources below (full disclosure, my sweet husband makes my green juice):

Green Vibrance

I use this when traveling. Has a lot of good stuff in it. I only use half of the package in water or a smoothie. Mostly in smoothies.

 

 

Travis Elizabeth Brady documents her extraordinary healing journey and continues to inspire many on her blog page Grace & Ease  www.graceease.com

 


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Sometimes you meet a person that so inspires you that they become an intricate part of your life!
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Every week I go to the little carpark in Penestanan Ubud where everyone patiently waits for the blue van to arrive from the mountains.
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As the van is unloaded with boxes, there is a mini frenzy as everyone dives in to grab bunches of the freshest spinach, lettuces, rocket and kale. Boxes of all sorts of varieties of vegetables like the sweetest turnips, kohlrabi and beets, and juicy cucumbers, and peas and whatever is in season is brought out and is instantly snatched up by the keen shopper.
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Joko is an organic farmer who lives in the mountains of Bedugal where the soil is rich in nutrients and the air and water is clean.
Joko and market
I met him 5 years ago when he had started a little market stall on Tuesdays in Ubud. His Greens were so vibrant unlike anything I had seen before, I was eager to introduce myself and get to know him – anyone who has a passion for organic veggies is a sure friend of mine.
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One of the dilemmas of growing ‘organic’ in developing countries is that the farmers general only have access to tampered seeds, potentially even genetically modified seeds. There is just no way to know. So even though growing vegetables and using organic practices might be their intention – their access to organic & heirloom seeds is limited
 joko and the market
 Luckily a few years back I’d visited Eden Seeds, a seed famer in NSW, Australia and so I knew were to source the best seeds. I ordered their ‘Self Sufficient Seed Collection” which literally covered every vegetable group and their different varieties (just under $300) and gifted this to Joko. This was the beginning of our flourishing friendship.
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Not only was Joko excited to grow so many more varieties of vegetables but my desire for healthy clean veggies would also have a ripple effect through the community too. I knew it would touch anyone who would ever eat a cucumber, kale or radish from him. And it was this part that excited me most: With a small gesture from my part I could help a farmer and his family become self sufficient and make an impact on the greater community. It was an opportunity I couldn’t resist!
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Going to the markets to get my lovingly pre-packed bag of fresh greens & veggies from Joko is one of my weekly delights. We have such a great connection. Im always so eager to see him and I get to hear the latest news from the farm – what’s new to sprout and what’s coming into season.
 Joko and Komang
But the best part is I get to bring a big bag full of the freshest produce home.
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Its just amazing to see what comes out of the bag from the farm directly to my table. This video shows it all
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Oksana facilitates the Art of Life Retreats in Bali
You can find out more about Oksana here
And follow her life observations and inspirations on instagram@oksysox
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Photo credit to Daniel Nekvasil at Bali Is Healing

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