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I’ll have to admit that as I have matured I’ve fallen in love with food. It never used to be. As a younger person I seldom ate deserts, didn’t go for the highly caloric foods like French Fries, ate beef only occasionally and of course I was very skinny.  But in the last couple of years that has changed. And this past summer, my food fetish was getting out of hand. Pies, cakes, brownies, cookies. And dairy, milk in the morning on my cereal (organic milk), yogurt smoothies for lunch, a cheese snack or chips and sour cream in the afternoon and ice cream for desert after dinner. I still ate reasonably healthy foods, salmon, broccoli, salads, whole wheat breads and cereals, but overall my diet was not good. I had gained fifteen pounds over the last five years and my blood pressure was becoming border line high. Me a person who had always had low blood pressure; 110/70 now up to 150/90.

Another factor here is that two years ago I injured my Achilles tendon on my right foot and was unable to run, in fact could barely walk at times.  I compensated by working out with free weights and attending water aerobics classes but it wasn’t enough.

Enter Cancer with a capitol C. A rather rude awakening. Time for a major diet change. I cut all sugar, all dairy products, I now put soy milk on my cereal. Oatmeal every morning with half a banana, juicing mid morning, and veges for dinner, although I am eating some fish and organic chicken. Was it difficult to make such drastic diet changes. No; my life depends on it. But I’ll have to say I sometimes drool when I see people walking around with ice cream cones and I have trouble walking past the cookies and pies in the grocery store. We as Americans are so accustomed to an abundance of rich foods and it is killing us. I read labels as never before and sugar is everywhere even in Campbell soup; the ever present fructose syrup, corn syrup.

I was a not that big on alcohol in recent years, but I have cut back on that as well. I do love good beer and treat myself on Saturday night occasionally. And a glass of wine once a week, but that is all. No more coffee, this is hard, I love good coffee. But I drink black and green tea, now. It’s okay. And I also make sure that the water that I drink is fluoride free.

I know this sounds austere, but I am reaping the benefits. My blood pressure has dropped to 130/80 and going down.  Much of this due to my exercise  program; Monday climb mountain, Tuesday run four, Wednesday work out at YMCA elliptical and weight machines, Friday and Saturday run four. And another bonus, I can feel my body tightening, my tummy is getting smaller and I am losing weight. But another benefit is that even though I have had no treatment for my cancer, it seems to be shrinking. I might be imagining this phenomena but there is no pain where there was before. At any rate I will keep to this regimen probably for the rest of my life.

I have to mention here that I am taking supplements, flax oil three times a day, COQ10, selenium, magnesium and some other vitamins.


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