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.
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.
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 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
If making green juice at home seems daunting then try one of the resources below (full disclosure, my sweet husband makes my green juice):
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.
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Our retreats are taking a big turn in a new direction. We are restructuring our attention towards opening up the week to create space for radical healing in response to people’s desire to get answers and discover what is happening to them in these shifting times.
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We’ll be fueling our bodies with organic living foods. Yes!
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We’ll also be incorporating our new love-affair with the movement practice of Qi Gong and going deeper on bridging our connection to our center.
We’ll focus on bringing everything back to ourselves. There will be sessions in self healing, releasing unserving habits and looking into the control settings of patterns to ultimately come closer to restoring our factory settings. Freedom!
This is the perfect opportunity for those wanting to make real change in their lives, to resolve the unresolved. We’ll create a space to cultivate energy and then apply it to deepen our intuition and connection, to be who we really are. The feeling is fantastic.
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30th April – 5th May 2016
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Our retreats are taking a big turn in a new direction. We are restructuring our attention towards opening up the week to create radical healing in response to people’s desire to get answers and discover what is happening to them in these shifting times.
We are coming together to create our own mastery. We want to bring our attention to being in charge of our own shifting. Pausing and ultimately releasing the constant reliance on asking anything / anyone from outside of us to always help us.
The aim being is to stop living in a cycle of needing to constantly better ourselves in a world that wants to constantly distract us into believing that we’re not either good enough or were not ready.
What if you knew of your own entirety ~ and you knew you could not fail? What would you do, who would you be?
We want to deepen into the teachings of bringing everything back to ourselves. There will be sessions in self-healing, releasing unserving habits, deprogramming conditioning, looking into the control settings of patterns, behaviors and genetic traits to ultimately come closer to restoring our factory settings.
Each person has varied levels of different emotions that will tend to govern their lives. Deep seeded thoughts of fear, anxiety, guilt, shame, doubt, grief, etc. will vary, but are present in all of us. What if your emotions were set to an automated setting and we were not in control of them as we are led to believe? And what if we were able to completely neutralize them from having any ill effect on us, forever? How would this feel? Who would we be without them?
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