Part of my journey as a "cancer conqueress" has been changing my diet. I've been amazed, over these last months since my diagnosis and surgery, at what I have learned about nutrition and the role our pH level plays in eliminating cancer from our bodies forever.
So I'm starting a discussion group here to talk about what we eat, why we eat it, and share great recipes. Please jump in!
The first thing I learned is that cancer cannot survive or grow in an alkaline environment. Most of us, particularly those of us in the United States, are highly acidic - and I'm not talkin' about our ability to be sassy.
pH levels range from 0 -14. Everything below 7.0 is acid, everything above 7.0 is alkaline.... so 7.0 is the neutral point, and we want to get our bodies up in the 7.1 - 7.5 range.
I've discovered three really great cookbooks focused on an 80/20 percent alkaline/acid balance, and am having a blast cooking my way through them - - a get me healthy version of "Julie and Julia"! And by the way, if you haven't seen that film yet, do go right away. Meryl Streep IS Julia Childs, and this film is a totally delightful get-away from everything.
OK - so the three books are:
Hungry for Health
by Susan Silberstein, PhD
The Alkaline Cookbook
by Dr. Annie Guillett, DC, Bs.Sc ... this book was published in Australia and does not appear to be available other than through the website. (Dr. Guillett is an American expat living in Oz these days). It is pricey, but worth it... and if you order the hardcover version, they give you an instantly downloadable PDF of the entire book to tide you over for the weeks it takes for the book to get to you via slow boat from Australia...
The third book is not specifically alkaline/acid based... it is all about raw foods. In the Alkaline/Acid balance, we should also strive to eat 80% raw, 20% cooked. If, like me, you are single, the quantities in many cookbooks just make too much food! So this book has really come in handy for me:
Raw Food Made Easy
for 1 or 2 people, by Jennifer Cornbleet
I'm loving all three books! The first recipe I am sharing is Acorn Squash with Quinoa Pilaf - see the attached Word doc.
Make sure you buy ORGANIC produce - this is particularly important in terms of fruits. More about that later.