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Fighting cancer with juice

12:00am. April 29th 2014. About to hit the hay. 

How I’m feeling: I’m feeling woozy, a little nauseous and my mouth is so dry no matter how much water I drink. I had my 3rd chemo treatment yesterday on April 28th (more on that later). I slept through the entire thing, had a 2 hour nap when I got home and I’m definitely ready to sleep again. I think this one knocked me out the most. 

Just a quickie post before I catch some much needed Zzzzzs.

I’m already excited for my morning veggie and fruit juice (it’s the little/simple things!) and so I thought I’d share a few of recipes with you.

Those of you whom are following me on Instagram may have seen some of my juicing photos. My family has been a big fan of juicing for a long while now – and I’ve also joined the bandwagon ever since I was released from the hospital. I love my veggies and fruits but let’s face it – it’s tough to get our daily serving of fruits and veggies in. There is only so much damn salad I can eat!

Juicing

I’ve always been a fan of veggie and fruit blended juices. Before this whole veggie and fruit juicing craze, everyone used to make fun of me for being obsessed with those not so yummy looking swampy looking bottled juices and smoothies I’d pick up at the grocery store or the coffee shops. The problem with some of those bottled juices and smoothes is that I find that there tends to be too much sugar in them.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve learned that cancer cells LOVE sugar? They feed off of it.

Especially while I’m going through my treatment (and beyond) – I’m cutting as much sugar out of my diet as I can. Particularly processed sugars. I’ve never been a big sugar freak (I have more of a salty tooth as opposed to a sweet tooth) but ever since I’ve cut down, there have been a few incidences where a couple bites of something sugary has triggered nausea or has completely wiped out my appetite. Interesting, eh?

I’m setting a rule to not exceed more than 2 fruits/day. And so, when it comes to juice, instead of purchasing bottled veggie and fruit juices, I’m making my own. I start my mornings off with one big refreshing cup. The roaring sound of my juicer helps wake me up as well 🙂

Below are some of my favourite recipes so far:

4 to 6 leaves of kale
1 whole orange
2 celery stalks
1 carrot
1/2 inch of ginger root

1 big handful of spinach
1 pear
1/2 cucumber
1/2 a lemon

3 carrots
1 pear
1 celery stalk
2 handfuls of spinach

2 stalks of celery
1 cucumber
1 apple
1/2 carrot
1 handful of spinach

Go ahead and get creative! It’s really tough to mess this one up. In general, I try to have a leafy green and one or two fruits max per juice. Also, sometimes I add coconut water. If you have any juice recipes that happen to have some cancer-fighting veggies and/or fruits in them, I’d love to hear ’em! Happy juicing.

Note: If you’re curious about juicing vs. blending check out this handy article from my friends at Naturally Savvy.

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P.S. Can I just mention that I’m so glad Google Image Search results for “Juicing” now pulls much more of these images:

GrownUpTruthas opposed to these steroid “juicing” ones?:

Juicing

Whoa. Wait a minute…am I?
Haha. Of course I am! 🙂

2 replies »

  1. BAHAHAHAHAHA! Love your last little comment about google images!

    Just wanted to say thanks for the post and updates. I’ve been making a lot of smoothies myself and pretty much love them. They’ve made a huge difference for me as I’m sure you are noticing for yourself.

    On another note, your blog is truly an inspiration. Hope you are doing well. Stay strong, lady!

  2. I jumped on the juice/smoothie wagon about 3 months ago and haven’t looked back. I’m happy to hear its been good to you as well.

    Stay strong! Your blog is amazing!

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