Mixed Emotions

It seems like just yesterday that I talked with my Aunt Sue.  Today it will be 17 days since she passed and I still cannot wrap my head around it.  We spoke on the phone frequently, and in our conversations we talked about family but mostly about our cancer.  We had both been diagnosed with breast cancer (at different times) and although there were similarities in our journeys, there were also differences as every person has a unique relationship with this ‘meanie’.  I am going to miss our conversations but I made a decision.  My beautiful Aunt has left this life for somewhere greater so I can honor her by being the best I can be until I see her again.  This picture was taken a few years ago when my Aunt Patsy and I visited her in California.  Aunt Sue is on the left, Aunt Patsy in the middle and me on the right.  Sue patsy me

When it comes to battling, we must be at our best and lately I have been slacking having more carbohydrates than usual as well as more fruity, sugar-ridden cocktails.  Anyway, I decided it was time to get back on track.   It is astounding how one small step in the wrong direction can get a person totally detoured.  This past week I picked up a book written by Vani Hari called, The Food Babe Way which focuses on the food we eat and exactly what in it including GMO’s, antibiotics, preservatives and lotsa other gross stuff.  Vani is an advocate for all of us, fighting for us and fighting for us to be able to trust in the foods we purchase.  At first I thought it was food babe waygoing to mean getting rid of a lot of what was in the pantry but turns out I am doing a pretty darn good job at deciphering food labels.  Very few of the items in the pantry failed.  This morning and started planning my strategy and I think its going to be easier than I thought.  There are so many great resources out there.   A few that I have found useful are:

It is frustrating and disappointing that we as consumer must fight our way through the sea of processed food in order to find the products that are actually safe to put in our bodies.  As of right now I am starting Chapter 3 and have been unable to stop reading for very long.  Of course, I always investigate further and find out if the information is the same across the board….check and double check. We can never have too much information about the foods we eat.

This week I am attending a seminar/interactive class for people with cancer that covers nutrition, fitness, skin care and lots of other fun stuff so a post is coming regarding that.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day.  🙂

 

Make Hemp Hearts a Habit

Hemp hearts are basically shelled seeds from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa).  They have an excellent nutritional content and are considered one of natures ‘Perfect Super-Foods’.  The flavor could be described as nutty and they can easily be added to hemp heartsanything for added benefits.  It has become my newest habit, tossing a spoonful into almost everything.  The cost is a bit high if purchased in a retail store, however, considerably less online.  My store was selling an  8 oz. for $14, however, the same product can be found for $9 online, some companies advertising even lower prices.  The company I used is Manitoba Harvest.  Hemp hearts are also available in ‘organic’ but the skeptic in me has yet to become a believer in those claims.

My research always includes looking to see whether something has estrogenic properties.  So far, I have not been able to find anything stating whether hemp poses risk to people with hormone sensitive breast cancer like myself.  As always, I will continue to investigate the estrogen factor and also run it by my oncologist next time I see her.  What I did find was this:

hemp hearts 4The gamma-linoleic acid content of hemp seed works as a hormone regulator for the thyroid and pancreas, and it can reduce many of the symptoms that come from a hormonal imbalance, including severe menopausal symptoms, mood swings, depression, and anxiety. It also can help regulate the hormones that affect weight gain and hunger. Overall, by re-balancing your hormones, your body will work at its optimal, ideal level.

——Organicfacts.net 

Here’s a quick break down:

  • A complete plant protein
  • Contain essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 (balanced source)
  • Great source of insoluble and soluble fiber
  • Easily digestible
  • No phytic acid (this acid blocks digestive tract absorption of calcium and iron)
  • Safe for people with food intolerances
  • Gluten Free
  • Helps absorb vitamins and minerals from greens
  • The protein in hemp hearts is effective in reducing hunger.  Increases energy to aid in weight loss.
  • The high fiber content helps keep bowel movements regular.  Soluble fiber works in the intestines to lower levels of LDL cholesterol, and insoluble fiber has been linked to lower risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • The essential fatty acids along with the complete protein found in hemp hearts promotes cellular recovery and development. Cells use protein to repair DNA damage.
  • Hemp seeds also support the transportation of oxygen to cells of the body. When oxygen is present in cell membranes it helps to block viruses and bacteria.
  • Helps to lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and lower blood pressure

Hemps Hearts Nutrition (4 Tablespoons)

  • 15g Protein
  • hemp hearts 215g Omega 6 (11.4g) and Omega 3 (3.6g)
  • 2.5 Fiber
  • 2.7 Monounsaturated Fat
  • 2.1 Saturated Fat
  • 4.5 Carbohydrate
  • NO CHOLESTEROL
  • Vitamin A – Hair, skin, eyes, immune system
  • Vitamin B1 – Nervous system and brain development
  • Vitamin B2 – Skin and eyes
  • Vitamin B3 – Improves digestion
  • Vitamin B5 – Helps metabolize toxins in liver
  • Vitamin B6 – Formation of red blood cells
  • Vitamin D – Strengthens bones and helps with calcium absorption
  • Vitamin E – Increases metabolism/hair, nails, and skin
  • Calcium – Healthy bone development
  • Iron – Helps blood carry oxygen
  • Magnesium – Muscles function and carbohydrate metabolism
  • Manganese – Sugar metabolism
  • Phosphorus – Balances acid, helps build bones
  • Potassium – Balances sodium, helps regulate fluids
  • Zinc – Nerve/muscle function

Add Them To Anything

Salads  *  Yogurt  *  Smoothies  *  Nutrition Bars  *  Cookies  *  Breads  *  Muffins  *  Pancakes

Soups  *  Chili  *  Wraps  *  Cereals  *  Oatmeal  *  Meatballs  *  Burgers  *  Hummus  *  Dips

Sandwiches  *  Wraps  *  Rice  *  Pasta  *  Stuffing  *  Hemp Milk

I would love to hear how you use them as well.  Please send me your ideas.  

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY 🙂

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Broccoli Sprouts are like Tiny Miracles

thYQCFB7CQSprouting is my new favorite thing to do.  Not only are sprouts super healthy but it’s so much fun watching them grow.

It is well-known that broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are good for us but sprouts are even better.  The health benefits of this food comes from sulforaphane and broccoli sprouts are the main source.   The best thing I read was that sulforaphane does not concentrate on any particular organ – it fights at a cellular level and protects against all forms of cancer.  How awesome is that.

Growing sprouts at home from organic seeds was my only option really because they can no longer be found in supermarkets due to past problems with e coli and salmonella.  Broccoli sprouts came first since they seem to have the most cancer fighting benefits.  I ordered the seeds from True Leaf Market .  Super simple and in 5 days I had a beautiful jar of fresh broccoli sprouts.  They have a similar flavor to radishes.  First batch is rinsed and in the frig – second batch already started.

bob rossMung beans and wheatgrass are next.  And…. for my inner artist, a Bob Ross chia pet if I can find one – apparently they are selling like hotcakes this Christmas.  🙂

The Nutrition of Broccoli Sprouts  is a great read if you would like some general easy to understand information.

Have a great day 🙂