I should have been eating even healthier after my first bout with cancer but I’ve really made an effort to eat very clean since my brain surgery in April. I’ve been focusing on both cancer-fighting foods and brain healthy foods.
I’m focusing on a lot of fruits and vegetables and lots of colors. Each morning I’ve been making fruit/veggie bowls. My recent concoctions have included: celery, cucumber, mint, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, mangoes, canteloupe, lime, lemon and kiwi. I blend these with unsweetened almond milk and pour over unsweetened oatmeal. I add chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, cocoa nibs (unsweetened) and high protein (low sugar) granola. It’s delicious. A lot of prep work but very healthy and filling. And no sweeteners which bowl stores often add.
I snack on nuts, yogurt, cottage cheese and other sources of high protein. I’m limiting sugar as much as possible and focusing on whole wheat and multigrain sources of carbs. I have tumeric tea (good for brain health and inflammation) each evening and add olive oil to many of my meals to get another healthy (and brain healthy) source of fat.
I will have whole wheat toast with guacamole (another healthy fat) or almond butter (another healthy fat) which I’ll sprinkle with chia and flax seeds. I’ve added eggs, specifically omelettes several times a week. I’ll add mushrooms to salads, omelettes and pizza. I’ll add spinach and fresh garlic to pizza.
I also drink kombucha twice a day which has significantly helped my digestion and with bloating.
I’m trying and made a lot of changes since my surgery. I regret not making these changes to my diet sooner but I’m glad I’ve started and hope they help.
I figure it can’t hurt and it tastes a lot better than I thought. I’ve also had a lot of fun planning all these new meals and snacks. It is a bit more costly to keep fresh produce but thankfully we can get Whole Foods through Prime and often delivered same day.
It’s been a change and adjustment and one I should have made sooner than I did. It’s a lot of work and costs more but there’s no price on your health.
So eat lots of veggies and fruits and colors, find sources of healthy fats, limit sugar and eat whole grains. Small changes can go a long way and can taste good too!
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