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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Beyond Treatment for Cancer: Taking an Active Role in Survival

On Survive and Live Well, we talk about surviving, thriving and living well.  Part of that comes from the successful treatment of cancer; part of that involves never having the cancer return.  Over the next eight weeks, we will hear from a variety of health experts….people who strongly believe that we can and should be active participants in our health; that diet, exercise and passion are all part of healing and thriving.  Cancer treatment can include conventional alone, conventional mixed with commentary therapies, or through the use of more natural means.
Yesterday I spoke about eating real food.  Food; is it Good for Our Health or Our Cancer?  I’d like to stress again the importance of staying close to nature.  When you reach for a cheese substitute, take a look at the ingredients…do you recognize all or even most of them?  Did your great grandmother eat them?  If not, put it back; same for eggs, milk and other real foods.  Try to avoid packaged food.  Like quinoa? Sure, if often comes in a package; read the label. If it says quinoa, buy it. If it says quinoa and nine other ingredients, think again and be sure you know what they are.  Make better choices.  Take for example, almond milk.  The boxed versions come with carrageenan, but the refrigerated cartons do not.  The boxed versions also lack healthful enzymes.  So while not every choice is the perfect choice for health, we can make better choices. 

Eat passionately—eat real food for real health.  As you develop a passion for real food, you will notice you feel better and have more energy. Good food gives you energy. Eating well improves your mood. You will become someone who eats well because you love good food, not because your doctor or coach tells you to do it.

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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. Find Elyn at To tune into the Survive and Live Well show, visit, Tuesdays at 1pm, EST.

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  1. Lots of great practical advice on how to know if what we're eating is good for us or could work against us. I did a bit of cheating this week, but reading this, well I think I'll cook me up some quinoa tomorrow.


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