Top 3 Tips on Transitioning to an Organic Diet while Undergoing Cancer Treatment

My interest in organics began in my mid twenties. I was a cosmetology student at the acclaimed Aveda Institute early in 2001 that incorporated a holistic approach to integrating beauty, fashion, art and wellness into its curriculum. I was a student, like I mentioned, so eating a fully organic diet was an inconsistent endeavor. When I look back, I didn’t have the complete knowledge on what qualified food and products as organic to begin with. Fast forward to 2017, and my commitment to education and supporting organic farming and companies making safe products is unwavering.   We also live in a time that consumers can find organic food and products online or at a wide range of big brand stores.

My oncologist was the first to prescribe a complete organic diet to start immediately with chemotherapy treatments. I remember his intense dissection as to a probable cause for developing a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that then had called my body home. He stated that the type of Lymphoma that was taking over my body could very well be related and correlated to pesticide and insectide run off from near by farms. That was a horrifying thought layered with the initial trauma of going thru cancer. I did grasp the absolute importance of eating an organic diet from that moment on, and I have fully committed to the lifestyle change. I would love to share with you my top 3 tips to assist you and the ones you love on where to start.

  1. Fruits and Veggies
    If the skin of the fruit or the outside of a veggie is going to be eaten, it is best to buy organic. Berries, apples and peaches are sprayed with multiple herbicides
  2. Dairy
    The dairy industry can be a dirty one. Cattle are given antibiotics and growth hormones, not to mention, the cows are largely fed GMO foods. When purchasing dairy, look for the USDA seal and ideally if the cows are grass fed. The best source is raw milk from a local source or dairy in your area. The milk is not pasteurized, leaving all of the probiotics, enzymes and vitamins alive and ready for absorption.   
  3. Meats
    Grass fed, organic sources are the best. Pesticides and other toxics in an animal diet ends up in the meat that we eat. Keep in mind to buy meats free of sodium nitrate. Nitrates, when combined with meat, naturally form a carcinogenic compound. Limiting intake is a smart choice, according to the blog.

The three top tips that I have mentioned in this blog provide a simplified approach on buying organic foods. A few small changes can aid our health in a big way. Our bodies are already waging a war when we have a cancer diagnosis; we need to aid our healing with the support non-toxic diet.