The day before yesterday was chemo day number 32. Afterwards, we always go to the Turkish vegetable shop almost next door. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of amazing fruit and veggies, I literally take a shopping basket and go bananas.
- Fresh bunches of herbs; mint, coriander, chives and flat leaved parsley. Perfect for making salads, juices, and curries.
- Fresh spices, ginger and garlic, that boost immunity and tackle inflammation.
- Massive bunches of celery with dark leaves, bright orange carrots bursting with beta carotene and antioxidants and tender-leaved spinach, a veritable superfood. These to juice and dip into hummus.
- Salad-greens abound and even salad-purples like raddischio, the latter with 5 B vitamins as well as antioxidants.
- Super-fresh and beautifully fragrant fruit; melons, strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears and bananas. Great for adding to muesli, juice and snacking on.
- Tinned beans and chickpeas for salads and stews and we’re nearing a good daily dozen in the basket and Dr Greger would be proud.
Dr Michael Greger is a nutritional super-hero, a medical doctor who’s made it a life mission to read medical papers and reports, digest the information and turn them into bite-sized videos, articles, talks and books to educate the public. His website https://nutritionfacts.org/ is an easily searchable database of insights into beating and preventing lifestyle related diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The information is available for free and the organization a nonprofit one. The earnings from his award winning book “How not to die” go to charity and his easy to follow checklist “ the daily dozen” https://nutritionfacts.org/video/dr-gregers-daily-dozen-checklist/ is also a free app. It’s great to know as well as feel how beneficial all the veggies are.
So I’m keeping up the self-care work through the next 9 months and beyond; heavy on fruit and veggies, enough sleep, abundant fluids, daily stress reducing yoga and meditation and love, fun and connecting with friends and family.