Gardening for a Cure

Linda’s mother was 86 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors wanted to perform experimental radiation therapy, rather than go in and biopsy and try to take out anything. Because of her age, they were afraid she wouldn’t make it through the experimental surgery. Linda and her sisters told their mother she didn’t have to go through with it.

“Are you kidding?” her mother responded. “Even if it doesn’t do anything for me, I will do this for you, I will do this for your daughters and their daughters.”

After her mother died, Linda wanted to do something to honor her, something concrete. “I wanted to do something to help her, something concrete. Then she had an epiphany that truly changed her life.

Rather than become paralyzed, Linda was able to keep the memory of her mother alive and share her process of healing with others. Visit Personal Sanctuaries blog to find out more about taking a garden tour.

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How I cured myself with food

Every food that we eat impacts our bodies. Think about how different you feel after eating a huge piece of cold watermelon versus eating a doughnut… it effects your energy level, your digestion, even your creativity.

Understanding how food functions within your body can completely change your life. For Shira it started with an allergic reaction to medication… Her digestion was a mess, and no matter what she did, she couldn’t get back to normal again. Something wasn’t right.

“Doctors didn’t know what to do. They said they could put me on medication, but it was just going to remedy the symptoms, not fix the problem.”

Unsatisfied with her doctors’ suggestions, she decided to correct the health problem herself. A friend suggested seeing a naturopath, and pretty soon the answer to her problems was served up on a silver platter. Our bodies respond to what they are given. If they don’t get what they need to properly function, at some point they will protest.

Shira began to diversify her diet, hanging out at her favorite farmer’s markets and experimenting with new foods.

“A diverse diet is very important,” she said. “The more different types of fruits and vegetables you put in your diet, the healthier you are going to be. When you are eating the same things over and over, you are probably missing some important vitamins and nutrients.” Likewise, it is important to eat what is in season and local to your environment. What grows around you is there for a reason, most likely it can provide your body with nutrients that are specific to the climate and other environmental factors.

Shira loves shopping at the farmer’s market for this very reason, when you are “Eating what is growing that season, nature works inline with the body so what grows in the summer is best for you body to eat, and same in the winter.”

Today, Shira has successfully adapted to her new diet, but knows she cannot live without an occasional indulgence.

“Even when I cheat and go out and have French fries or ice cream, I know my body has gotten to a certain level of health and it doesn’t bother me like it would have before,” she said. “It takes consciousness and time to get well from food, but it also takes time to get sick from it. You just have to learn to make choices.”

As Shira learned the hard way, it’s important to make everyday colorful and incorporate your environment. Eating to nourish your body and soul is not just for special occasions or “being good.” Find a farmer’s market near you to put your money and your mind where your mouth is… there is no better time to start than today!

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Challenging the Diet Dictocrats
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Join the Slow Food Movement!
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