I’ve always told myself that I need to do xyz, but I’ve always ended up making excuses for why it’s just not a good time, chanting I have plenty of time to make these changes. I know that my thyroid cancer is not my fault, but this journey has been a huge wake up call. Life can change so quickly. I want to be the best mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend I can be now, not tomorrow. In order to do this, I have to take better care of myself.
So, for the past few weeks I have had the time to read lots of books, listen (really listen) to my doctors at the cancer center, and examine my lifestyle. One of my first changes is the way I eat. Below defines my new food/eating rules. Some rules may seem odd, but it’s what I think will work with for me based on what I need to do help manage my thyroid hormones (after radiation) and to get healthy.
1. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, but eat none of these out of a can or box (except for pumpkin). Use lots of herbs and spices and not much salt.
2. Use only natural sweeteners – honey, 100% maple syrup, natural fruit juices. No refined sweeteners, such as, sugar, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners.
3. Eat meat in moderation. Treat meat as a flavoring/seasoning instead of a main component of the meal. Only eat meat that has lived and eaten well. Seafood/Fish that is wild caught, chicken that is free range, beef that is grass-feed. No hormones or perservatives.
4. Bread and Pasta in moderation, but only eaten if made from 100% whole-wheat and whole-grain.
5. No refined grains such as white flour or white rice.
6. Nothing out of a box or can that has more than 5 ingredients and these ingredients have to be something that could have been found in my great grandmother’s pantry. If I can’t pronounce it, I will not eat.
7. Milk, eggs, cheese, and butter okay in moderation, but only if not imitation (like margarine). Preferably organic and from a local farm. No hormones or preservatives added. Homemade yogurt only.
8. Legumes and beans eaten only if I prepare them from dried. No beans already soaked, cooked, and in a can at the supermarket. Can’t have soybeans.
9. Dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and natural popcorn okay. Can’t have soy nuts.
10. Drink water, milk, natural juices, naturally sweetened teas, and wine. Can’t have soy milk.
11. No deep fried foods.
12. No fast foods.
13. Eat a lot of color.
14. Cook with natural oils in moderation, except for soybean oil or any oils that contain soy.
15. Purchase local and organic where ever possible.
16. Break the rules once in a while.
I am going to use this blog to journal my way through this new way of eating. More to come.