Happy Cancer Girl

A Happy Girls Journey with Cancer

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

on January 16, 2013

I want to say thank you for the amazing support and response I received yesterday! So many people shared my blog and I had more views that I would have even dreamed of.

When I first got my diagnoses all I could think about was how to fix this. Sure the doctors gave me options and yes we are in modern times so I will have surgery and I will let chemo poison the rest of the cancer cell’s, but what else can I do? I went to Chapters and I bought books (I will review the books in later posts), and I searched the internet.

Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We live in a world where it is acceptable to engineer foods and modify them so that they grow in all weather and strange conditions. The animals that we eat are treated horribly and are given medicine and hormones to keep them alive. When Hippocrates was talking about food as medicine, food was good and home grown and not likely chemical ridden.

I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I don’t think being over weight has given me cancer, but it does put a strain on one’s health. So with my tail tucked between my legs I went to see Bruce Sweeney at Simply for Life. I told Bruce that I have cancer and that between cancer, chemo and menopause, I have no idea what my body is going to go through. I need nutritional help and he’s just the man to help me.

I have been eating a plant based diet for about a year and a half now. One would think that I would be healthy because of that, but it’s really easy to be a junk food vegan who eats way too much pasta! With Bruce’s expertise I will make my plant based diet better for my body and I will let food be my medicine. This for me means buying more organic and staying away from genetically modified foods. I will share with you what types of foods I am eating in future posts, but in the meantime if you are foodie (or just interested) you should check out my pinterest board, I have a ton of recipes that I have found on the internet: http://pinterest.com/reneebuerkle/

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6 responses to “Let Food Be Thy Medicine

  1. Katie Andreou says:

    Can’t wait to hear what you learn from Bruce! I have started eating more organic and mostly vegetarian (but still eating some meat, both red and poultry) in order to help the symptoms of my endometriosis. I will check out your Pinterest board as well as we are always looking for good veg recipes!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Again another great story!! I would really like to know what changes you are going to be making!! I’m on a weight loss journey myself so I’m always looking for new ideas!! I actually have a nutritionist coming over today at 3:30 so that might be something you want to look into as well:)) xo

    • Good luck Steph! My biggest thing is cutting back on comfort foods such as pasta and eating more veggies. I often start my day with a smoothie that has kale or spinach in it…sounds gross but it’s really very good! I will share more and will hopefully take pictures of food to share also…a picture’s worth a thousand words after all! 🙂

  3. Amanda says:

    Renee I love reading your posts 🙂 I think its a great way to talk about your feeling and thoughts and concerns as well as all the life challenges that are being thrown at you right now. You are strong and will fight this! See you soon!!

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