Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ―Hippocrates
What you eat affects the way you show up on a day-to-day basis. Whatever you digest turns into energy for your body to use. Food is supposed to nourish you, and when your gut is not absorbing the right nutrients, you will not be able to perform and function at your greatest potential.
Finding a balance with food was something I battled with during my cancer journey. During treatment I lost all sense of taste and the foods I used to enjoy, and I was unable to eat any raw vegetables and fruits, foods that I usually opted for to give me energy. Everything made me nauseous, and between the bottles of steroids I had taken on a daily basis and my infusion cocktail, my gut biome was imbalanced and my body was unable to absorb the nutrients it needed.
It was not until I ended all treatment that I was able to reclaim my health and vitality through FRESH FOOD! Eating clean, organic food has been the best proponent in changing the way I show up every day. You are what you eat, and if you are eating well, then you are fueling the cells that fuel you.
In Power to Persevere, I share a story about how a fellow childhood cancer survivor and friend, Nicole Foster, used food to fuel her after she was done with chemotherapy. She was able to find the strengths in diet, transition her daily intake of food, and reclaim her health and well-being.
Nicole began to eat real, nourishing, whole, plant-based foods and began to incorporate exercise, such as yoga and running, into her daily routine. She started to feel more alive and comfortable in her own skin. With her daily practices of prayer, creative engagement, and positive affirmations, adding this lifestyle change was the missing ingredient to the recipe. She was able to finally persevere. Because of this, she was inspired to use this fuel to help share her grace with others.
“I was given the gift of survival, and two-years post-cancer treatment, I realized I wasn’t living up to my potential. I lost sixty pounds, and my healthier diet made me more…..”
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