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Nature’s Bakery ushers in a Healthy New Year

Happy 2016 my friends, I am so super glad that we are all still together in “the land of the living”.  As most of you know the 2nd half of 2015 got a bit rough for us after hubby was diagnosed with small intestinal cancer in March.  Although he had surgery and the tumor was removed, little did we know that in less than 3 months later two additional tumors would appear on his liver and a lymph node. 

This diagnosis came with the realization that he would have to undergo Chemo treatment every other week for 12 weeks and it was rough going for him.  The poison that is supposed to kill the cancer also takes a toll on an otherwise healthy body but he did great.  After his 6th chemo treatment the CAT Scan revealed that one of the tumors was undetectable and the other one had shrunk in size by 50%.  Needless to say, we were both extremely happy. 

I am not sure if you’ve ever had to endure a full day at a Cancer Treatment Center but it’s not fun and really boring, however, The Junior Board volunteers at this Helen Graham Cancer Center makes it better when they come around with a cart full of goodies all for .25 cents each.  Now you know, it’s rare to find any place that sells full size snacks for only a quarter. 

Nature's Bakery Fig Bars

Nature's Bakery Fig Bars

On our scheduled treatment days I would normally pack a lunch with a few snacks and we never really took notice of what was available on the cart.  However, after this 6th treatment we decided a special treat was in order so we checked it out and decided on a Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar with both of us choosing the Blueberry flavor. 

To my surprise they were really good and hubby and I were hooked, we even kept the wrapping as a reminder to locate stores that sold them when we would no longer be buying them at the Helen Graham Cancer Center.  

snacks sold at the Cancer Center

 

You know me, I even posted pics of the Fig Bars on Instagram #foodie and then the following two weeks instead of purchasing one for each of us, I purchased two including the Strawberry flavor which was equally good.  One evening after work I stopped in at Shoprite to pick up a few items for dinner and to my surprise there was a full display of the Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars in even more flavors.

Nature's Bakery Fig Bars sold at Shoprite

It’s funny how life works…with hubby having only two more treatments it was great to not only find a store that carried the Fig Bars but even more amazing was an Instagram Contest that I had entered which was sponsored by @bunniekins I actually won!

Figs Bars won in a contest I not only won one box of Fig Bars but five in my choice of flavors and you’ll never guess when they arrived – on a Monday, the final day of hubby’s chemo treatment and just a week before the New Year – a year that we pray will be cancer free and healthy!  

I love how this story ended – how about you?

Healthy Snacks for the new year

 


Superfoods for Seniors ~ Bowel Disease Basics

Superfoods for Seniors

Wow it seems like it has been forever since I last featured a chapter from the Superfoods for Seniors book, but it has been on my desk at work for the longest time so I guess it’s time to begin again.

Super Foods bowel disease basics

The last chapter we discussed was Tummy Tamers, and this week we will pick up with “Bowel Disease Basics”. As most of you know, my hubby was diagnosed with Small Intestinal Cancer and had surgery approximately one year ago in March. Although the cancerous cells were removed, they have since noticed a growth albeit small one in a lymph node and have been monitoring him closely. We are not claiming the possibility of it being cancerous, we are however, eating right as not aggravate the cells.

According to the book, the 17 Superfoods that help to cure intestinal ills are as follows:

Cooked Rice – the starch is tough enough to withstand stomach acids and encourages the growth of probiotics which is a valuable bacteria.

Oats – soluable fiber dissolves in water, forming a gel that slows food down in your intestines, giving your body the chance to make butyrate. Rolled oats are best and are great with blueberries, another soluble fiber.

Yogurt – packed with probiotic power, look for those labeled “active cultures”.   Activa Yogurt Yogurt is an easier calcium source to digest than milk.

Lentils – a great source of iron for people with anemia often found in people with IBS. If you prefer not to eat beans, try other iron rich foods like clams or chicken.

Artichokes High in magnesium which is hard to absorb if you have IBD or celiac disease. Try steaming and dipped lightly in mayo with lemon juice or plain yogurt with Dijon mustard. Other foods high in magnesium are green peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, okra, scallops and beans.

butterhead lettuce Butterhead Lettuce – switch from iceberg lettuce to butterhead lettuce to get 4x more vitamin K which helps the blood to clot properly. If you bruise easily, have excessive bleeding or nosebleeds you may be vitamin K deficient. Butterhead lettuce includes Bibb or Boston, try adding these to your salads instead.

Orange Juice – fortified with Vitamin D because people with IBD or celiac disease often absorb less Vitamin D than average, which is also a risk for osteoperois.

deli turkey Turkey – high fat foods can cause cramping and diarrhea so cut the fat with turkey which is lower in fat and can add zinc to your diet. Zinc had wound-healing powers which may be loss if you are taking steroids for IBD.

Chickpeas – add more folate-rich chickpeas to your diet to help control colon cancer risk. If they are too high in fiber for you, try eating raw spinach or canned condensed chicken noodle soup.

Pumpkin – just ½ cup of pumpkin will provide as much Vitamin A as a whole cup of carrots. Vitamin A helps to protect the lining of your intestines.

Lima Beans if on steroids which robs your body of potassium, then eating Lima Beans which are rich in potassium will help to replace it. Lack of potassium causes confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, kidney damage, paralysis and irregular heart beats.

marinara sauce Marinara Sauce & Olive Oil – both contain high levels of Vitamin E a powerful antioxidant.

Cranberry Juice Cocktail – contains higher amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin E and C. Helps to reduce the minimum steroid dosage needed to control ulcerative colitis symptoms.

Collard Greens leafy greens such as collards, kale, and turnip greens can help you add calcium without milk’s consequences.

sardines Sardines – rich in calcium, vitamin D and omega-3 fish oils sardines also contain selenium which help lower the increased colon cancer risk associated with IBD.

Rainbow Trout contains omega-3 fish oils which can help prevent relapses of Crohn’s disease but limit your consumption to 12 oz or less per week because some may contain mercury with PCB’s.

Pineapple – has been linked to the improvement of ulcerative colitis symptoms in older adults. Fresh pineapple is better than canned or in a gelatin.

 

cooking tip with shrimp

Disclosure: I am not in the medical field so please check with your own physician before making any changes to your diet.


Super Foods for Seniors | Cancer Fighters

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter/Resurrection Sunday. This week’s chapter of Super Foods is near and dear to my heart, especially since hubby just had surgery to remove the cancer from his small intestines.

Super Foods Cancer Fighters

Many believe as I do that we all have cancerous cells but it’s not known what triggers them in some and not in others.  It is also believed that there are foods that contain natural compounds that defend your body against cancer.  These are just a few of them:

  • Blueberries – the antioxidants in these berries are tough on cancer and it’s development

  • Mushrooms – contains ergothioneine which is a cell-protecting antioxidant

  • Broccoli Sprouts – these baby bloomers are more potent than the adult version, broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, a cancer fighter

Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli Sprouts

  • Cereal – cereal fortified with Vitamin D can cut risk of colon, breast and ovarian cancer

  • Pomegranate Juice – the extract helps to prevent prostate cancer

  • Garlicallicin and sulfur compounds can rev up your immune system

  • Tomatoes – rich in lycopene which contain anti-cancer powers, which is also found in watermelon, pink and red grapefruit, sweet red pepper, cooked asparagus and red cabbage

tomatoes and garlic

  • Brazil Nuts -helps your body resist cancers of the esophagus, lung, stomach, colon and rectum.  They contain selenium, which is an anti-cancer nutrient

  • Walnuts – a few walnuts a day may help prevent prostate cancer

  • Cantaloupe – beta carotene and other carotenoids helps to lower the risk of head, neck, mouth, uterus, prostate and blood cancers.

  • Lima Beansinositol pentakisphoshate may inhibit growth of cancer and may even make anti-cancer drugs more effective

  • Cabbage – eating cabbage at least once per week provides extra lung cancer protection, it can also help to prevent colon, brain, breast, stomach, and bladder cancers.

  • Sweet Peppers – antioxidant powers of vitamin C can save you from cancers of the stomach, throat, lung, bladder and pancreas.  Other foods rich is Vitamin C are strawberries, broccoli, cantaloupe and brussels sprouts.

Sweet Peppers

  • Broccoliindole-3-carbinol is a natural cancer foe found in broccoli

  • Tumeric – curcumin is an antioxidant that helps to prevent eight types of cancers – lung, blood, breast, stomach, colon, mouth, skin and liver

  • Olive Oil – monounsaturated fatty acid found in olive oil targets the main gene that promotes breast cancer

  • Turnip Greens – lowers the risk of colon cancer

  • Barley – cuts risk by 40% if you raise your daily fiber intake to 35 grams

  • Black Beans – eating beans 3 times per week may lower your risk of colon cancer especially for red meat lovers

  • Sauerkraut – eating three servings a week lowers your chance for breast cancer, make sure to rinse and drain before eating to cut down on the sodium

Turnip Greens and Beans

  • Black Raspberries – the ellagic acid may prevent 4 kinds of cancer, lung, liver, skin and esophagus

  • Strawberries – a good source of pectin, a cancer foe

  • Cranberriesproanthocyanidins in these berries fights leukemia, colon cancer and lung cancer cells

  • Peanuts – resveratrol in nuts is a cancer fighting antioxidant

  • Green Tea – drinking green tea regularly could cut your risk of esophageal cancer by up to 50%

  • Apricots – beta carotene in this fruit could cut your odds of some stomach and intestinal cancers

berries

  • Asparagus – antioxidant glutathione may help defend against disease and cell damage which is an effective cancer fighter

  • Beets – just a half of cup of beets in a salad gives you almost a fifth of the daily folate that your body needs which is needed especially if you smoke

Cancer is a disease of abnormal, out-of-control cell growth.  If not held in check, cancer can spread through the body, destroying other organs and tissues.  Breast cancer is most common in women, and for men it’s prostate cancer.  

However, as written in my previous post “Cancer Don’t Care” it can effect anyone despite the foods you eat or don’t eat, whether you smoke or not, sunbathe or not, please be vigilant in getting your physical exams and check early and often if cancer is prevalent in your family.

Today I’m hanging out with Tough Cookie Mommy for Monday Mingle, so come on over.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Thankful Thursday | Featured OWNer

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday

I am writing this post Saturday night a few days before hubby’s surgery, and deep in my heart I know that he will do well and all the cancer will be removed. #InJesusName and for that I will forever be THANKFUL.

(UPDATE – CANCEROUS TUMOR WAS REMOVED WEDNESDAY MORNING AND THERE IS NO SIGN THAT IT SPREAD!!!!!)

I am also thankful for being chosen as a Featured OWNer for the Oprah Winfrey Network, you can read the entire feature here and I would appreciate a comment as well.

I love most of the shows on the OWN Network and The Haves and Have Not is currently my favorite, I even wrote a post about it when it first debuted, remember this (click here).

 

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This week as always, I  am thankful for my family, friends and faith.  I am also truly thankful for all of you and for your well wishes and prayers!  Being a blogger with followers and friends such as yourselves is truly something to be thankful for.  

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

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