July 14, 2020 - My Unexpected Journey
What I Have Learned About Cancer & Your Diet (Part 1)
If you will notice the title says Part 1. What I have learned about diet and how it effects not only prevention but also the treatment of cancer is huge, and I am just beginning to scratch the surface. There is so much information out there that documents the importance of diet when it comes to cancer that it is hard to take it all in. What is even more amazing is that it is almost completely absent from the mainstream cancer industry as a whole. Like I said in an earlier blog, my Oncologist never mentioned it, and when I brought it up he acted as though it was not important. If I knew what I know now 15 or 20 years ago, I am convinced that if I did what I am doing now this would have never happened. I can’t begin to explain to you how important your diet and lifestyle is in determining your overall long-term health. The modern American diet (aka the Western diet) is so far from what our bodies actually need that it is pathetic. The sad news is most people have no clue just how bad it is. We have turned food into our main source of entertainment. We live to eat rather than eat to live. Now you have to admit, most of us know deep down inside that a dozen hot Krispy Krème donuts fresh off the conveyor belt is not what we should be putting in our bodies, but we do it anyway!
When I think about what I have shoved into my body over the past 65 years I can’t believe I made it this far. Let me see . . . I have consumed thousands of greasy hamburgers, thousands of donuts (hot Krispy Krème are my favorites if you haven’t noticed), more Reese Cups than I care to mention, thousands of gallons of soda (both regular and diet), cake and cookies galore, tons of fatty meats and very little veggies or fruit. God only knows how much Breyers Natural Mint Chocolate chip ice cream I have consumed (thanks a lot Gary Knowland), and the list goes on and on and on and on. Anybody seeing a connection here? Man is it painful to admit this to you guys, but if it will help just one person it is worth the complete humiliation of admitting this. But I would be willing to bet that a lot of you who are reading this are closet junk food junkies. Some of you have Twinkies hidden somewhere I can feel it!
One of the biggest mistakes we have made over the years is making meat the star of the show. Most people don’t realize we were never meant to eat meat. Boy I just ticked some people off (hello Colonel). But it is true. Remember I said, think Garden of Eden. Genesis 1:29 says ‘Then God said, Behold, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit contains seed. They will be yours for food.’ Fruits , veggies, nuts, seeds, and grains is what we were meant to eat. Notice he didn’t mention Famous Dave’s Barbecue (thanks Steve!), or Texas Roadhouse? Meat was not allowed until death came into the world. Dead meat equals dead body. So that means a plant based diet is what your body was designed to run on. I’m hearing a loud, but what about protein? Your body takes amino acids and turns them into protein. All this you can get from a plant based diet. Unfortunately, we have flipped this on it’s head and made meat the star of our plates with very little greens and fruits as a part of our diet. Burgers (and we are talking big ones), steaks, barbecued ribs, pork chops, meatloaf, turkey, lobster, shrimp, lamb chops, huge meat filled sandwiches, bacon and eggs, ham, it has all become the center of the American diet and the biggest portion on our plates.
In part two of this blog I will share with you some of the things I have learned about meat, fish, and poultry that will wake you up to what you are really putting in your bodies. A little hint here, what our ancestors ate is not what you are eating today. Not even close.
I love all of you and so does God,