Ever since Brad’s cancer diagnosis, I’ve been constantly consuming information. There’s a sense of helplessness and fear that come with not knowing what will happen. Instead of allowing myself to be totally consumed by that fear, I’ve decided to control what we can control.
In order to do that, I need information, and I’ve been choosing to get it from lots of different resources. So I thought I would share some of those with you, in case you need the empowerment, too.
Resource No. 1: People
You need to find other people who have been through what you are going through. Maybe it’s not the same cancer or symptoms or whatever, but walking the journey is easier with other people.
Finding people who have faced the fear of doctors, follow-ups, surgery, chemo, radiation and all the things in-between gives you an advantage on what questions to ask, doctors to find (or avoid), clinic etiquette, parking and where to find coffee or snacks.
Lean on those people. Let them help you and comfort you in your time of need. Then, pay it forward. Because I promise you, you will learn lots of tips and tricks that will help someone else in the future.
Resource No. 2: Books
This has been my sweet spot. I’ve got books upon books upon books. I’m reading anything I can get my hands on about nutrition. Some books are competing theories on nutrition. Some are diet-specific. Some are cookbooks. Some are personal stories of cancer survivors.
I can tell you a couple key things I’ve learned from all the reading.
- Added sugars and artificial sugars are MEGA bad for you, as in they ping the same place in the brain as heroine and cocaine.
- Processed foods are linked to all kinds of health issues i.e. cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease, diabetes, autism, etc.
- Dark leafy greens are the superheros of the vegetable world.
- Berries are the best fruits because they are high in antioxidants and have a lower glycemic index than other fruits.
- Fats are not the enemy. Your brain runs on good fats like avocado, coconut oil, MTC oil, olive oil.
- What you eat affects the microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. This is part of emerging science, but studying the gut will become mainstream in the very near future because gut health is linked to your immune system.
- Knowing where your food comes from let’s you have more control over what goes into it.
- Diet is a loaded word, in my opinion. Keto, paleo, vegetarian, whatever. It’s about how you feel. Once you’ve done your research and gain some understand of how food is sourced, processed, etc., you should use different diets as guidelines, not the word. Each body is different. It needs different things based on each person’s genetic makeup, microbiome, stressors and disease. Experiment until you find what works for you.
Books I’ve loved so far:
Books in the queue:
It’s not a fine science. It’s just research. What makes sense to us might not make sense to you. It may not be for you, and that’s ok. You can find what is for you.
Resource No. 3: Weekly Grocery Shopping
“Let food be thy medicine.”
It’s an ancient proverb. Food is powerful. It can build you up or tear you down. What you put in is a direct reflection of what you get out. So I challenge you to make good choices each week.
Cook at home.
Eat those veggies.
Cut back on the starch.
Please, please limit your added sugar intake. It really is in everything so read your labels. Check those ingredient lists.
Be an advocate for yourself. Vote with your dollars on the products that fuel your health. On the brands that are transparent.
Companies and brands I trust as of right now:
- Thrive Market
- Grassroots Coop (I can get you a discount code, if you are interested.)
- The Farm at Barefoot Bend
- Me and McGee Market
- Vital Proteins
- Simple Mills
- Organic Valley
Resource No. 4: Overhaul Your Products
I wrote about this once before, but it’s just so important I had to say it again. What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. There is very little regulation on what chemicals can be used in the products you use every day.
Go watch Stink! on Netflix. Then, let’s talk. Because, girl, I’ll tell you what is happening ain’t right. No, ma’am.
Companies and Brands I trust with what I know/research/info available right now:
- Beautycounter (Shop with me as your consultant)
- Seventh Generation
- Better Life
- Lola (Save $5 on your order)
- Phlur (Get 25 percent off a sample kit)
- Garden of Life
Note: None of these companies, brands, authors, etc. asked me to endorse their products or work. I did not get compensated for this post. These are the things that have worked for us so far, and I hope you find it helpful.