Friday, February 11, 2011


As I predicted, the last 2 days were not all that great for my diet.Wakes and funerals will do that to you expecially those of an Italian family.  The one positive is that I did start my day off yesterday with a green smoothie, pretty awesome if you ask me.  As there should be nothing that should get in my way, I am off to get back on the wagon with my diet and do the right thing!

I found out today that my mother was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  This means, my great grandmotehr, my grandmother, and now my mother have all had breast cancer (my grandmother's twin sister also had breast cancer).  My grandmother died from metastesized breast cancer after having a double mastectomy (each mastectomy was a few years apart form the other).  The positive, if there ever is a positive with cancer, is that every one of them got breast cancer post menopausal, which is a better time to get breast cancer if you are going to get it.

I had already decided that I was going to change my eating habits, lose weight and exercise and be healthier all around.  This diagnosis confirms my need to do this.  My next goal is to research what is the best diet to prevent cancer in general, as well as breast cancer specifically.  I know that you should maintain a healthy weight with a BMI of 25 or below, exercise regularly, eat cruciferous veggies and good carbs, eat hormone free meat, and I'm sure there is more, I just need to find out what it is!

It pretty much has me totally freaked out that 3 generations of females in a row in my family have had breast cancer.  The fact that my grandmother died of breast cancer and now that my mother has it really scares me.  My mother is getting tested for the breast cancer gene.  I will be very surprised if she doesn't have it since there is obviously a pretty significant family history, or at least it's significant to me!  There is way too much cancer in my family for me not to take this seriously as well as other issues.  My uncle dies of heart disease and he was only 5 years older than I am now.  My farther died of suicide, again at the age I will be in 5 years.  I really need to watch my diet and my mood and make sure that I keep myself as healthy (all around)as I can be!

There will be more on my diet changes as the days progress and I get more research done.  I'm sure that I am over reacting to a certain extent as this news is just so new.  I just need to do everything in my power to keep myself healthy especially since I have little ones!  The one change that I have made is I have had 2 mornings where I had a green smoothie for breakfast.  I was really impressed that I was able to only have that for breakfast.  Now I just need to maintain this and add on more changes to my diet! 

I am also now even happier that I am making my own deodorant, my own creams, and using shampoo (when I actually shampoo my hair) that doesn't have chemicals in it, as well as using good soap without chemicals (and I will be learning how to make my own soap!), and just basically using good prodcuts that go on our largest organ, our skin!



  1. I'm very sorry to hear about your mom's diagnosis. I wish her all the best during treatment. As for you, I think you have the right attitude: do as much as you can to stay healthy without making yourself miserable.

    Enjoy Wool Day!

  2. I'm so sorry that you are having to deal with all of this right now. I send you lots of supportive thoughts and a cyber hug :)

  3. So sorry to hear about your mom..

    I am going to have to come to your house and get some lessons from you! Do you make your own cleaners? (if so wanna send me some recipes??) I sooooo want to get away from the chemical cleaners and such in the house.

    Much love to you and the family!

  4. Thanks tammy, T.J., and Lola P. I think this was the push I needed to really follow through with some of my goals.

    Lola P-I don't know that i have any recipes. I have been trying to use white vinegar, castile soap, and essential oils. I usually check out the web for recipe when I need them and I have a few aromatherapy books that give the benefits of certain oils. HTH