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I’m B-A-C-K!

As you can see, I’ve been completely slack about blogging!  I’m not sure why?!  But…all I can say is…I’m B-A-C-K!  Thank you to my sweet cousin for giving me that little extra push 🙂

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First Official Guest Blog – The Right Diet for Cancer Patients by Jillian McKee

I’m SO excited to introduce you to my first guest blog!  Jillian McKee contacted me a couple of weeks ago after she stumbled upon my blog, and asked if I would post a health blog.  I did NOT hesitate…YES, YES, YES!  I’m so honored, Jillian!  Please read her blog on proper nutrition for cancer patients…

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The Right Diet for Cancer Patients

Healthy eating is so important when it comes to the health and vitality of a person’s body. As a cancer patient, your immune system is compromised and does not protect you from illness like it once did. Because of this, healthy eating is so important and can really help to improve the overall quality of life on a daily basis. To begin, it is important that you understand what a healthy diet can do for you and what to ask your doctor the next time you go for a visit. Proper nutrition can make a huge difference to you and your health.

The very first benefit of proper nutrition and a healthy diet is that it can greatly improve your level of energy throughout the day.  Healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, contain a myriad of vitamins and minerals that can do amazing things for the body.  After traditional cancer therapy, you are probably left exhausted and in pain.  Healthy foods and the proper diet will help to ease you back into your normal daily routine so that you do not have to feel tired simply because of the type of treatment you are going for.

Healthy eating is also great because it helps in the healing process of the body.  The same vitamins and nutrients that give you energy are also working to improve wellbeing and the body’s ability to heal itself. While nutrition is not a cure for cancer, it can definitely aid in the healing that traditional therapy provides.  Healthy eating will help you to feel more energetic and vibrant throughout the day so that you are not so tired all the time.  

If you would like to begin incorporating healthy eating into your life, it is first essential that you speak with your doctor.  Only your doctor knows what is best for you depending on your current state of health and your past.  Discuss with your healthcare provider how you would like to start eating more healthily and if they can help you to devise a meal plan according to your recommended daily calorie intake.  Your doctor will more than likely be happy to work with you to better your health and complement your traditional treatment using a healthy and nutritious diet.

After you begin to incorporate the right foods into your diet, you will find that you have an increase of energy and feel more vibrant each day.  Whether you have mesothelioma or are in remission for another type of cancer, it is important to see the benefits that the proper nutrition can do for you.  As with anything that is relating to your health, you will want to speak with your doctor to ensure that a healthy diet is right for you.

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For more information on Jillian McKee and her posts, please visit:

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance’s Google + page.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog at http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog

 

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Product Review – Oster MyBlend

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Most Americans don’t incorporate enough fruits and vegetables into their diet…including ME!  Yup!  So, a couple of months ago, I purchased an OSTER MYBLEND.  I LOVE it!  It is VERY easy to use, which is a huge plus for me!  Basically, I purchased a few bags of unsweetened fruit and/or fresh fruit and threw it in the freezer.  I try to have a supply of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries.  I usually make my smoothies with orange juice, but you can choose whatever you’d like.  So far, my favorite mix is orange juice, blueberries, and strawberries.  Sometimes I’ll throw a banana in.  Basically, the sky is the limit with what you can make!  (Recipes from Oster.) Definitely worth it…highly recommend!

Please note:  I was not paid to review this product.  This is my personal opinion. 

Here is USDA’s MyPlate daily fruit recommendations – click on this link.

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My two favorite healthy living blogs!

Sorry I’ve been missing in action lately.  In January, we moved from the west coast to the east coast…so I’ve been a wee-bit busy 🙂

I wanted to share two healthy living blogs I’ve been reading for almost two years.  These girls – Tina and Courtney – keep it real!  I really enjoy reading how they incorporate fitness and nutrition into their daily lives.  Plus, they like to nibble on goodies, and have an adult beverage now and then.  Recently, they’ve both earned their personal trainer certifications!  So, if you need a little fitness pick-me-up, or like to learn different exercises, they definitely have some good info!  I hope you enjoy reading their blogs as much as I do!

Tina @ Carrots ‘N’ Cake

Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Curry, recipes, Shrimp, Sunset Magazine

Coconut Shrimp Curry

I am ALWAYS looking for new recipes to make.   Here’s one from the February 2010 issue – page 102 – of  Sunset Magazine.  If you like shrimp and curry, this one is for YOU!  

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp each cumin seeds, ground turmeric, garam masala, and paprika
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb peeled, deveined shrimp
  • 1 can coconut milk – 13.5 oz can
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Cook onion until softened, about 2 minutes.  Add spices, garlic, and shrimp and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Add coconut milk and salt; simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Spoon curry over rice.  Garnish with cilantro.

Serves: 4

Per Serving: 511 cal, 53%/272 cal from fat, 29 g protein, 30 g fat, 35 g carb, 2.5 g fiber, 666 mg sodium, 172 mg chol. 

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Two Moms in the Raw

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When reading the title of my post, did you happen to wonder what “Two Moms in the Raw” was?  Quite catchy, huh?  The January 4th edition of the TODAY show had a segment about a Colorado woman who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  In 2006, her journey of  alternative healing turned into a success story with the creation of Two Moms in the Raw.  The natural products consist of cereal, chia bars, granola, nut bars, sea crackers, and truffles.  They are 100% organic, no added oils, 100% vegan, handmade, 100% raw, and no refined sugars.  She stated that, “We believe, based on significant investigation and research, food cooked to an internal temperature above 115 degrees loses much of its nutritional benefit.”    For more information, please see the links below! 

Simple lesson:  You CAN turn something negative into something positive 🙂

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Please visit:

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Official website – Two Moms in the Raw

Disclaimer:  I have no affiliation with Two Moms in the Raw, and was not paid to write about their products.

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NEW Year = NEW Attitude :)

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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” — Dr. Charles R. Swindoll