• KarenG_WN's Avatar

    Have you started following a "natural" diet or more holistic lifestyle since finding out you've been affected by cancer?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Monday, January 16, 2012

    Have you started following a "natural" diet or more holistic lifestyle since finding out you've been affected by cancer?

    Would love to hear feedback on you have (or have not) changed your diet or changed any lifestyle habits (yoga? mediation? etc?) based on getting a cancer diagnosis (either you personally or a loved one). What changes did you make, why/why not and what has it meant for you since making these changes? Thanks!

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • akristine's Avatar

      I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian and have been for at least 10 years. I've been taking Coumadin, a blood thinner, since I had pulmonary emboli and was hospitalized again 10 days after arriving home from the tumor removal surgery. The Coumadin diet has a few no-no's like spinach, kale (foods with vitamin K), cranberry juice, etc, and I've been avoiding them. Now that I'm facing radiation, I've made sure to have a protein drink (whey protein, liquid B complex, flax oil, banana) every morning. My treatments are in the afternoon. No spicy foods on hand. I'll monitor the results of the diet every day and adjust accordingly.

      over 9 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      My doctor recommended the South Beach diet which is a low fat, high fiber diet. I did pretty good following it while I was in active treatment but started slacking off after my treatment and started to gain excess weight. Now, I am going back to it and eating fewer carbohydrates and more fresh fruits and vegetables daily. As a result, I am feeling more energetic and losing weight.

      over 9 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      I read "Anti Cancer: A New Way of Life" by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber. It's a great book that outlines diet, exercise, meditation and life style changes to combat cancer. His food list of anti cancer foods makes eating part of the fight. There's no real surprises- lots of vegetables, especially cruciferous ones, herbs and spices, the right kinds of meat (i.e. natural grass-fed), foods to avoid, especially refined sugar. It is easy to follow and full of great advice - written, BTW, by a doctor who survived brain cancer twice and lived 20 years - after being given only 8 months by his doctors! He died only this year. A great read, a great approach to holistic life style to beat cancer. I highly recommend it.

      over 9 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      I now avoid processed foods and lean toward organic. As to personal practices, I was developing a deeper faith before cancer struck. I have continued to work on that faith and devote even more time to contemplative prayer. I find life to be much more satisfying with cancer than it was before. Since receiving my diagnosis, I have never been happier.

      over 9 years ago
    • tjclaw1's Avatar

      I have avoided processed foods for years. I mill my own grains and bake all my own breads. I started blogging about it last year,and although I haven't blogged anything since last summer, I added the blog to my account and thought I'd also share it here in case anybody is interested. I'd be happy to help anybody or answer any questions. http://sustainablelvg.livejournal.com/

      over 9 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      I go back and forth. Some days I feel like I need to be really careful about what I eat and make sure that everything I put into my body is healthy. And some days I think that even people who have had healthy diets all of their life get cancer so I may as well eat what I want. I think there is a balance in there somewhere:)

      over 9 years ago
    • copland16's Avatar

      attypatty I read that book too. It was a suggested read from my nutritionist. I had started to eat more organic and natural choices 2 months before I was diagnosed. I saw a nutritionist after my first chemotherapy treatment and that's when I made the connection as food equals energy. I started to eat differently (more protein=more energy) it truly helped my energy levels during treatment. I went on a high protein diet. I finished up radiation in October, went on Tamoxifen and knew that I needed to make some changes but I had a 5 month old and I work full time in retail. I have heard survivors talk about being bloated and tired during Tamoxifen and I did not want that to happen to me. I had a friend ask me in November if I wanted to join a 6 week fitness challenge. I said why not? I made a commitment to work out 6 days a week, drink Shakeology ("healthiest meal of the day" with a huge list of nutrients), eat healthy and ended up losing 17 pounds and lost enough inches to go down 2 sizes in clothes. More importantly this commitment to eating healthy and making time for exercse (between 5-6am before my son gets up) has improved my energy levels and self confidence. And I know that I am setting a good, healthful example for my son and reducing my risk of recurrence through my diet and exercise.

      over 9 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar

      I thought I was eating healthy, then I found out there are so much more things we can do. I follow dirty dozen clean 15 from foodnews.org. I also joined Wellness club @ Whole Foods Market.

      over 9 years ago
    • bcwarrioragain's Avatar

      Hi- I have not adopted the healthy lifestyle I thought would be so easy to maintain after my first cancer treatment. In treatment my tastebuds hated everything sweet and diet coke- my favorite.
      Slowely I began adding these things back in, and gained weight I had lost during treatment. I think the weight loss had something to do with both not feeling well and eating so little- but when I did it was healthy.
      I am fighting cancer again and again I am trying to find a diet plan that makes sense and that I can stick with.
      I have looked into whole food and raw diets. I have recently added green smoothies to my diet on a regular basis. I have also read "Waking the Warrior Goddess" which sounds similar to "Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life".
      I need to get determined to follow a new plan. I need to loose weight and I need to teach my daughters to eat for a healthier life.

      over 9 years ago
    • RebeccaLynn25's Avatar

      I was diagnosed 2 weeks before I turned 30, with no cancer that runs in the family. The first thought that came in my head was, 'what am I putting in my body?' I've been asking questions about what people are doing to take care of themselves after cancer, and no one that I've talked to, seems to be doing much of anything. I finally found a book called "Master Your Metabolism" by Jillian Michael's, that talks about what to do, what to eat, and what to stay away from. There's chemicals in everything!! It makes you sick to realize what these companies are putting in the food we eat! It makes sense why every other person is getting cancer or another life-threatening disease at some point in their life. It almost feels like they want to get us sick and keep us sick. I'm still in treatment and am making the slow transition to eating cleaner. Buying organic food and meat that comes from grass-fed cows. Even some makeup has certain chemicals that are hazardous to your health and anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. There's a website listed in the book that tests these products and tells you what has high amounts of bad chemicals in it. There's another website that shows you how to make your own household cleaner with peroxide and vinegar. Products that don't have cancer causing agents. It's just digging to find this information and figuring out how you want to live your life. I want to live a happier, healthier life, and prevent the cancer from coming back, so I'm going to pay attention to what I'm putting in and on my body.

      over 9 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more cancer questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Cancer page.