Chemotherapy-friendly food from a cancer cookbook

by Tuesday, October 1st, 2013Breast Cancer5 comments

I took yesterday to make some staples to have on hand for the upcoming weeks. Mark and I are trying to figure out what I should and shouldn’t be eating. We were supposed to meet with a dietitian on my first day of chemotherapy treatment but for some reason, her schedule was backed up and she couldn’t meet with us. The doctor did give me a short list of things to eat but I wanted maybe some options and recipes as well.

When we got home from the hospital that night Mark started looking around on the internet for some kind of guidance as to what to eat while on chemo. He came across a post from The Salt blog on the NPR website which referred us to a cancer cookbook called The Cancer Fighting Kitchen. It seemed like something that I would like.

stock pot cooking Magic Mineral Broth recipe during chemotherapy
I looked through a few of the recipes and decided to give the Magic Mineral Broth a try along with the Ginger Syrup. There are a lot of ingredients in the broth, but once you get it together all it has to do is simmer on the stove for a couple of hours. This gives you time to wonder where you’re going to store it once it’s done. The one recipe made over 16 cups or so of broth. I was able to put half of that in the freezer for another use. I will be making the Chicken Vegetable Soup with Ginger Meatballs later today.
bowl of boiled root vegetables
I didn’t have the heart to throw away the boiled-to-death root vegetables, so I saved them and they actually made a nice little breakfast, all mashed up like my grandmother used to do for me when I was small and wouldn’t eat my carrots and potatoes. But this time just a little different from when grandma used lots butter. This time all the veggies were infused with garlic, leeks, juniper berries, bay leaf, and parsley — and I topped it off with cancer-preventing olive oil, ha ha!!!

Yum yum! It was very comforting this morning.

The ginger syrup looks like it is going to be wonderful. I had a sample last night as a warm beverage which made me feel good. It was very strong and sharp with ginger. I look forward to having my homemade ginger ale later today.
stock pot of mineral broth, ginger syrup
Yesterday was one of my more difficult days since my diagnosis. For some reason, I was very emotional and depressed. I am having a hard time with all the do’s and don’ts. It’s a little overwhelming. I know I will have these waves of feelings. I just have to keep coping and hope they don’t get more frequent. Today I am feeling happier and more on track.
This post is tagged: books, cancer, NPR, recipes, vegetables.
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