Monday, October 29, 2012

" Rainbow ... "

We're the colours of the rainbow (yeah, yeah)
Let's share our pot of gold 
We're the colours of the rainbow (yeah, yeah) 
Everybody's on the yellow brick road 

But you feel blue sometimes 
And you're blood bleeds red like mine 
The grass is greener on the other side 
What I'm saying is we're all alike ...

There's enough for you, you, you 
There's enough for me, me, me 
We're the colours of the rainbow (yeah, yeah) 
We're the colours of the rainbow (yeah, yeah) 

~ Jesse J ~ Rainbow ~

This past weekend, my beautiful girlfriends and I, had the honour, privilege and blessing to experience a talk with Dr. Maya Angelou.  Yes THE Dr. Maya Angelou ... and if I had one word to describe it ... phenomenal.

She spoke of the importance of rainbows ... "When it looks like the sun isn't going to shine any more, God put a rainbow in the clouds. Each one of us has the possibility, the responsibility, the probability to be the rainbow in the clouds."

“Whose rainbow in the clouds are you?” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

At the age of 84, you could say that Dr. Angelou has lived a lot of life.  As she candidly shared her life story, we understood that her lack of formal schooling was made up by her continuous learned lessons about humankind.

At an early age, she was sent to her paternal grandparents.  And since her grandfather was one of a few black business owners during a difficult time, everyday was a lesson in his store.  She shared great stories of individuals who at a young age were influenced by her grandfather ... only to become influential in their own way ... thanks primarily to that influence.  Her loving grandmother raised her with the idea of never being a victim and to stand tall with the love poetry as poetry gave you “starch for you back”.  And her grandmother was the one that told her she would be a teacher one day and teach the world ... and so it is.

Dr. Angelou has great wit and a voice that resonates with all present.  You could listen to her for hours as she recites many of her poems, some in song, which enlightens and comforts your soul.  Her emphasis of laughter was present throughout her message as she shared many jokes ... resulting in those beautiful belly laughs.  Yes indeed, very good medicine.

“Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

And as she continued to share her story, you understood her sadness during the early years, specifically surrounding sexual abuse.  She led us through the events proceeding from that time to her life at the age of 16, standing in front of the UN in San Francisco, as a young black, 6 foot, unwed, uneducated pregnant girl.  Dr. Angelou told us of her teary wonderment of whether she would ever have the opportunity to be present in an important place like that.  And of course for those that follow her life, she was asked to recite a poem for the 50th anniversary of the UN.  Yes indeed, she was very present.

Her appreciation for those people who cared for her, who said “I believe you can do it” was more evident as she noted she had many rainbows ... many teachers, and they are always with her, pointing to the invisibly "crowded" stage in front of her.  And then just as we were about to thank her, she thanked the audience for letting her be a rainbow in our clouds ... one word to describe it ... phenomenal.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

" The Human Condition ... "

Why are we here? 
A question that no one will ever answer so think for your self
Don't believe something just because someone told you to and don't be scared into living someone else's way
Don't just say the things you're suppose to say speak for yourself and never give that right away ...

So save it for someone else
Never be afraid to open up your mind and look at the world through someone else's eyes
This is something you should never forget
If so then it's not really your life anymore
Don't just say the things you're suppose to say speak for yourself and never give that right away ...
Speak for yourself

~ Chelsea Grin ~ The Human Condition ~

Recently my mom was at a gathering where a friend asked how I was doing.  This prompted a discussion where those not knowing asked “whats wrong with her?”.  Quickly someone replied “oh she is sick”, and another corrected her and said “she isn’t sick, she has a condition”.  As I heard the details I found myself smiling.  It was so refreshing to not be called "sick" but with a condition.  

Maybe for some it doesn’t matter, for me it does.  It makes me cringe.  Tomato, tomatoe??  Does anyone really want to be known as being sick?  Honestly speaking there is a stigma attached to it, especially cancer.  But having a condition, well, this is something you can manage and live with ... just ask so many that are.

One of my doctors always talks to me about truly living life.  He asks me what I want to be remembered for ... and not because we feel the end is near.  Mainly because he wants me to really think about what is holding me back from living a life I am meant to live.  A life we are all meant to live.  

He has said to me “don’t let your struggle become your identity” ... yes, profound.

Living life on purpose is the key.  Yet this is soooooo hard on those really tough days of nasty physical symptoms and emotional turmoil.  But I tell myself that I don’t want the rest of my life to be consumed with my “condition”.  So as those rough times pass, and they do, I come back to the same idea, repeat after me .... living a purposeful life.  So whether it be starting a walk n book club, blogging, writing articles for health publications, or simply being a good, honest human being ... I strive to just do it on purpose.

So if you ever find yourself in a situation where someone has stereotyped you into category, or slotted you into a box ... take a moment and remember you don’t have to believe something just because someone told you and you don’t need to be scared into living someone else’s way.  Because when you look at the world through someone else’s eyes, it’s not really your life anymore, just a borrowed one ... 

Friday, October 19, 2012

" Fly ... "

Praying but I think I'm still an angel away
Angel away, yeah strange in a way ...
They start coming and I start rising
Must be surprising, I'm just summising
I win, thrive, soar, higher, higher, higher

But I will remain where the top begins
Cause I am not a word, I am not a line
I am not a girl that can ever be defined
I am not fly, I am levitation
I represent an entire generation
I hear the criticism loud and clear
That is how I know that the time is near
So we become alive in a time of fear ...

I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive
I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise
To fly
To fly

~ Nicki Minaj ~ Fly ~

Feeling quite grateful as last weekend, we had planned a jam-packed, fun filled time with the family, of course with my juicer et al in tow!  

We started with a 3 hour drive north which we don’t mind as we have great conversation.  Upon arrival we made our way to my sister’s clinic and yes, even our dental check-up was good thanks to the wonderful and caring staff.

Next came a drive heading east to the Cooking Lake Airport, where our awesome brother-in-law aka our pilot, Karan, took us on a flight over his home city.  Whoooohooo ... Russell and I had the opportunity to FLY ... and it was absolutely amazing!

And I’ll admit, initially I was a bit taken back at the size of the plane, but once in that baby, we glided along the city skyline, overlooking the Parliament building, the football stadium, the university and even community where our family lives.  

Karan is a real pro, and we felt completely safe at all times ... even though I could have done with a little less orbiting around, but that just takes a bit of getting use to is what I am told!

Being at that altitude is so humbling, puts things in perspective and truly makes you feel alive.  Such a liberating experience.  Below is some great footage of our trip ... now we just can’t wait for our next trip over the Rocky Mountains!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

" Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah ... "

My oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way

Mister bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth
It's actual
Everything is satisfactual

Wonderful feeling
Wonderful day

~ Aly & AJ ~ Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah ~

Four words ... Zip line At The Park Yep, that is what we did on my birthday this year.  Russell said to me, “let’s make it memorable”.  Now to be honest, I didn’t really give it much thought.  At least not until the morning of ... which is when I realized what I was about to do and said to myself ... am I crazy?  Then I figured, well what’s the worst thing that could happen ...

So why not?  How else to experience turning 43 years old than zip lining from the top of Canada Olympic Park’s ski jump tower Consider North America’s fastest zip line, you can fly down the cable system reaching speeds between 120 and 140 km/h.  Now those that don’t know, this ski jump was popular in the 1988 Winter Olympics and is 500 metres long with a vertical drop of more than 100 metres.

Here is a play by play for you ....

As we approached the site, I remember looking way way up the hill and still thinking I had time to chicken out.  But I didn’t.  Inside the staff was great, super helpful and very young.  Most if not all had experienced the zip line and said it was a load of fun.  And they still had all their limbs to show for it!!  So we checked in, got our quick instructions, suited up and even got cameras on our helmet to capture our rides.  Speaking of rides, the first one is a trial, to show you all the positions ... to start, to fly and then to brace yourself at the end.  Looking around, there were all ages too, which was cool to see as upon meeting the restrictions, it can be a family event.

Once thru the trial line at the base of the hill, we all got into a school bus that drove us up the windy road.  And since we had to carry our harness et al, it wasn’t the most comfortable sitting down but the ride was short.  Next we made our way up the tower via an elevator to the zip line floor.  It was really cool realizing this was the very spot our Olympic athletes jumped from 24 years ago.  And ... this was also the most frightening moment for most of us.  Some had to excuse themselves to the loo ... others just froze ... and others were so keen, first in line, ready to go! ...

We made our way to the front, with Russell on one line and I on the other.  The staff chats you up, probably to ease your nerves, while asking how fast you wanna go.  This determines when your parachute is released, right away (me) or part way down the hill (of course, Russell).  Then your harness gets hooked in, three in all, and your trolley above is online.  That is pretty much it.  Yep, three hooks and a trolley.  

As you can see from the raw footage, after my initial scream, I was simply flying like a bird ... and it is simply awesome!! 

~ (me)
~  (Russell)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

" Your Approval ... "

I wouldn't have compromised so much
so much of myself for fear of
having you hating me ...
I became self-conscious
of anything exuberant
I wouldn't have sold myself short

I wouldn't have kept my eyes
glued to the ground
if I had've known my invisibility
would not make a difference
I would've run around screaming proudly

at the top of my voice
I wouldn't have feigned needlessness
I would not have discredited
every one of their compliments
it was your approval I wanted
your congratulations

~ Alanis Morissette ~ Your Approval ~

We spend a great deal of time seeking approval ... from our parents, spouses, children, co-workers and even neighbours.  The approval seeking business, which takes a whole lot of effort and may not give you the approval you want.
Seeking approval of others and listening to the opinions that don’t resonate with you is detrimental to your happiness.  Why?  because when we ignore our own intuition and instead choose to act on the advice of other people, we never find our true calling.
Simple in theory yet difficult to practice ... I have struggled with this for my whole life yet I know I am in good company and not alone in this battle.
Hmmm ... where does it all begin?  Well, we are taught to seek approval.  And it really starts from childhood.  If we behave well, our parents are happy with us.  If we do what the teacher tells us to, we get good grades.  If we work hard, our boss is happy with us.  Everything seems to be based on the obedience model.
So when there is no defined model to follow, we start seeking approval to “check in” and see if we “measure up”.  We ask ourselves if we are we doing okay?  if we are we on track?  if we fit in?  if we are accepted? ... 

Yet are we not really asking if we are good enough?

Approval is the acceptance as satisfactory.  The act of giving validity as we seek approval to satisfy OUR desire to be loved.  We crave the feeling of appreciation in hopes to tell ourselves “I did something and they are pleased”.
Yet what I have realized is that acknowledgement is different from approval.  Where seeking approval can paralyze your life because you become dependent on others to tell you whether you are doing the right thing at the right time, acknowledgement does not change who you are nor your spirit.
Asking yourself the following questions can put things into perspective:
  • Do I know what I know now because someone gave me the knowledge or his approval?
  • Why would I seek another’s approval when he/she is on a path of life that may not be the same as my own?
I have noticed that the more unique you are, the more disapproval you will you receive.  And even if people wish you the best, they don’t know you to the degree that they would be able to advise you of which direction to take.  Blindly following others will never make you happy. 

The soul never seeks approval, only man

Remember the people who criticize you are probably the most inhibited, sad souls that fear to express themselves.  Hence, if you do what feels right to you, you will reveal YOUR true expression.  

Trust your inner guidance

By releasing yourself from the approval-seeking mode, you hold no one but your authentic self responsible. So instead of relinquishing personal responsibility to others, own your life.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

" Finish Unfinished Business ... "

Tonight, sealing off our hot yoga practice, 
I was thankful for the following thoughtful words recited by our teacher ... 

Finish Unfinished Business

Finish your business with people.
Unfinished business with others is the biggest block to an open heart, the biggest block to peace and joy.

The tangled cords that bind us to the past are easy to find. All we need do is become quiet and listen to the voice of our heart. 
Who do we resent? Who are we angry with? Hurt by? 
Who are the people we aren't at peace with? 
That's our unfinished business, the unfinished business of the heart.

Look deep inside. Find your secrets. 
Find your not-quite-finished pieces. 
Then discover what you need to finish. 
Often, the answer is only a breath away ... 
a breath of fresh air, a breath of forgiveness, a breath of love. 
Take that breath. Let the past go. 
Let it go in peace, thankful for all you've learned along the way.

Tie up your loose ends. 
Heal your connections to others ... 
and your heart by finishing unfinished business. 
Then you'll be free to move on. 
And you can go forward in peace.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

" What About Now ... "

Shadows fill an empty heart
As love is fading
From all the things that we are
Are not saying
Can we see beyond the scars
And make it to the dawn? ...

The sun is breaking in your eyes
To start a new day
This broken heart can still survive
With a touch of your grace
Shadows fade into the light
I am by your side ...

Now that we're here
Now that we've come this far
Just hold on ...

What about now?
What about today?
What if it's lost behind words we could never find?
What about now?

~ Daughtry ~ What About Now ~ 

With cancer diagnoses on the rise there is a good chance you or someone you know in your lifetime will hear these dreaded words ... “ I’m sorry, it’s cancer”.  

When we were at the Gerson clinic, we were told the statistic of 1 in 3 is actually 1 in 2.  Yet the positive side is that more of us are surviving our initial diagnosis and treatment ... going on to live full and vibrant lives.  

Some of the hardest moments are often between diagnosis and the beginning of treatment for a person battling cancer ... mainly because it is easier to deal when you are doing something about it.  You have a plan of action.  

So when the news is raw, and you mind takes over, there are some things you can do in what I call the “meantime”.  And by the way, this “meantime” feels like forever as your whole world as you know it has just collapsed.  What you knew doesn’t exist anymore ... and you are left trying to make sense of what appears to be a death sentence but is truly an opportunity for change.  

I can only speak from experience and since I am obviously not a doctor, this is by no means medical advice.  So this is not to “convince” anyone as to what treatment to pursue.

Realization ... 
One of the first things I realized was to have grace for myself.  Practice compassion and kindness towards me.  Contrary to what I was “heard” about breast cancer, this is not the end of the world.  So when my imagination started to head towards worst case scenarios, I had to reel it back in.  Our bodies are ALWAYS listening to our thoughts and feeling our emotions and the extra stress is un-necessary.  So I had to stop torturing myself as to what will go wrong and start focusing on what would go right.  I practice this daily.

Realization ... 
Next was to share my burden and get support.  Yeah no, that doesn’t mean updating your facebook status but tell someone.  Know this is a heavy burden, so carrying it alone is not wise.  I am blessed with my amazing husband, family and few awesome friends aka angels ... yet not everyone has that option.  So reach out and find support services that will help you will your diagnosis and how to cope.  

Realization ... 
Understand your diagnosis.  We all have cancer cells in our bodies and therefore they are not foreign invaders.  Healthy immune systems are always fighting them, seeking them out and destroying them.  Yet when cells grow beyond the capability of our immune systems and they can't handle it ... we "get" cancer.  Good, efficient cellular environment ensures we don't "get" sick ... it is important to understand that cancers have four characteristics: weak immune system, low oxygen uptake by the cells, excess acidity & excess toxins.

Realization ... 
Probably the most important is to get educated when it comes to your treatment.  Learning about options ...  your best defence is making a decision from a place of knowledge NOT fear plays a vital role in your survival.  If you don’t understand, ask questions ... and then ask again.  You have a right to know.  (And when doing online research, beware of Dr. Goggle ... there is a  great deal of mis-information so check the legitimacy of the site.  Also, avoid worst case scenarios as they do absolutely nothing for you.  Trust me, I know).

Realization ...  
Do yourself a favour and make it easy for others to help you.  I found that people want to help, but they just don’t know what to say or do.  So tell them what you need.  Loved ones may be afraid to offer help for fear of offending you, so give them the opportunity by openly communicating.  Once you let them in your world, they will take cues from you and can be an integral part of your healing journey.

Realization ... 
Finally recognize that there are and will be rough days and amazing days.  I tell myself often to hang in there even after being in therapy for 20 months.  Does it get easier ... well depends on what time or day you ask me.  But what I do know is I am still here ... and that you can have cancer and a good life.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

" Too Busy For Me ... "

Slow down the sound of the everyday rush
Turn down the noise
Stop for a minute ...

There's a beautiful place right under your feet
The grass has never been greener
The sky has never been so blue
The sun has never felt so warm on your face

Oh that was a beautiful view
But don't think that I don't see
Everything that makes you too busy for me
Too busy for me

Sit down by the water take a load of your feet
And dream for awhile
Listen to the music
There's a symphony playing ...

The birds have never sung sweeter
The river never ran so true
The wind up on the willow is for soothing your soul

~ Kelita ~ Too Busy For Me ~

Pre-diagnosis, my life was similar to others, busy.  Maybe too busy for me.  I dreaded being bored and would do almost anything to keep busy.  I think this boredom also contributed to my eating disorder.  Yet reflecting back, keeping busy really didn’t keep me happy.

It is a habit as much of modern civilization can be credited to our very human behaviour of keeping busy.  Invention not only stems from necessity but from boredom as well.  Just think of the latest gadget on the market and the hype around it.

But are we “wired” for the pace we are living?  

Mentally we can transfer information quickly ... but emotionally, we do need time to process experiences.  No thanks to rapid communication pressures, most of us don’t have the luxury of time.  Simply put, life can become so fast, busy and pressured.  Leading to stress, anxiety and depression ... resulting in deprivation of pleasure.

You know you are too busy when ... 
a balancing act becomes a juggling act.

Now some would argue that the secret to a happy life is to keep busy.  So are YOU torn between activity and inactivity?  Personally I feel being busy isn’t enough.  Mainly because my mind can wander just as easily, busy or idle ... and I often struggle with staying present due to this wandering mind.

"...a human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost."

So can you keep busy staying present then?  Well paying attention to whatever you are doing NOW is likely to make you happier than letting your mind wander off to unpleasant, negative and worrying thoughts.  

Being mindful is a good thing.

So mentally if you feel you are “just trying to get by”, “keep your head above water” and “barely making it”, just ask yourself how satisfied are you with your busy life.  Restoring your energy is vital to reducing stress and increasing satisfaction.  

Burn-out can happen even in a good life.  

Most people don't regret spending too much time with their loved ones.  So if you are too busy to integrate the good times you are suppose to be having, you may not be having a good time at all.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

" Belief ... "

Everyone believes
In how they think it ought to be
Everyone believes
And they're not going easily

Belief is a beautiful armor
But makes for the heaviest sword
Like punching under water
You never can hit who you're trying for

Some need the exhibition
And some have to know they tried
It's the chemical weapon
For the war that's raging on inside

Everyone believes
From emptiness to everything
Everyone believes
And no one's going quietly ...

~ John Mayer ~ Belief ~

This past Monday, Russell and I had an opportunity to take a guided tour of the new Calgary Alberta Temple.  Being a very large and prominent building which can be seen for miles, the local Mormon congregation has opened it doors for the general public.  This open house event last for about a month and after our visit, we highly recommend a peek.  

No, we have not converted nor is there pressure to.  On the contrary, they told us they will NOT contact us unless we state otherwise.  And, I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was quite curious as their seems to be a whole lot of historical secrecy around the religion.  This seemed like the right opportunity to find out why.

As we drove into the NW neighbourhood, there were easy signs posted, directed us to the temple entrance.  Approaching the main drive way, we were greeted by happy parking attendants.  We entered the smaller chapel where we were constantly met with kind volunteers, ushering us to a video room.  There we were introduced to our tour guides and shown a 10 minute video, mainly about the religion and the hows and whys the temple was built.  Next we were led outside towards the new temple which was connected with sidewalks and protected with tents just in case the weather turned.  Outside of the grand building we were given white booties to place over our shoes, protecting the newly placed floors.  Inside the environment was beautiful and serene where we were consistently greeted by members of the congregation.  All in all, the tour lasted about 40 minutes.

Instead of sharing with you further “details” of the temple ... I thought I would address the question that may be circulating in your mind.  Why?  My reply ... why not?  

For me, visiting a mosque, temple, church or synagogue does not challenge my religious beliefs.  On the contrary, it allows me to seek further enlightenment.  It inspires me and this latest visit reminded me of our past trip to India were we had an opportunity to explore the Baha'i Temple.  The Baha'i faith believes in the spiritual unity of all humankind or the oneness of humanity ... believing that all humans have been created equal and there is no distinction between people.  

IF we truly believe this and stand for equality, then we would believe that the human race is one unified organic unit.   That people have the same basic capacities,  and our physical differences are superficial.  Unfortunately, ignorance, prejudice and power-seeking prove otherwise.

Personally speaking, I believe that regardless of what you believe and whom you follow, our intentions are similar.  So instead of “segregation” why not “integration”.  We are all connected.  I am glad I relinquished my fear and instead opened my heart and my mind.  I feel fortunate for the opportunity as it allowed me to step closer towards recognizing the oneness of humanity.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

" Give It Back ... "

Give it back
You need to give it back ...
I let you in and showed you all of me ...
Give it back ...
You need to give it back ...
My time and devotion ...
Give it back ...
The love that I gave ...
Give it back ...
Give it back ...
You need to give it back ...

~ Hoobastank ~ Give It Back ~
Keep the cycle going, Pay It Forward, Give it Back ... 
Most of us have heard these phrases but do we understand and regularly put it into practice?  And I think most of us have expectations of receiving something in return ... getting something back.
Yet perhaps for a moment, visualize the wide-spread effect this movement could have ... at any time, by any age, gender or culture group, it can be implemented in anyone’s life.  All we have to do is something nice for someone else ... the catch? with no strings attached.
Yes we can because the wonderful thing is that we do this more often than we think we.  How so?  Well these acts of kindness don’t have to be big.  You see, the act of sharing daily gratitude doesn’t cost a lot or take up very much time, but does have an everlasting effect on the person who receives it.

We live in a world that recycles the gift of positive energy ... 
what you give out you will receive back.  
It just happens.  
Gratitude and abundance are intricately intertwined ... 
one cannot exist without the other.

So need some cool ideas on how to give it back?
  • pay for a stranger at the drive thru
  • put a quarter in the next parking meter you pass
  • downsize your closet or furniture and donate to charity
  • share your youthful self by helping the elderly
    • carry their groceries, run an errand, or clean their yard
  • SMILE and greet the next random person you meet
  • dedicate your yoga practice to someone else
  • pray for someone who may be in need
  • let someone else take the “best” parking spot this time
  • donate your old books to the local library
  • tell someone how much they mean to you
  • let go of your own self-worries and celebrate courage
    • someone else is ALWAYS fighting a bigger battle than you

Now either this sounds too easy or you may be skeptical.  Can we all really coordinate, communicate and cooperate?  Well we all have the capacity to experience gratitude ... and the true benefit from the power of gratitude is understanding it's about paying it forward instead of paying it back.  It is not about evening the score or owing someone something.  It is just about gratefully receiving.

When we pay it forward, nobody gets left out.  Unconditional deeds mean that regardless of what someone might have done to you or might not have done for you, the kind act will always exist.  You still may think this is too idealistic, but why not give it a go?... You may be surprised at the emotion you experience ~ LOVE ~ the best emotion of all.

Monday, October 1, 2012

" Seeing things ... "

A hundred years will never ease
Hearing things I won't believe
I saw it with my own two eyes ...

I used to dream
Of better days that never came
Sorry ain't nothin' to me ...
So please I've done my time ...

'Cause I'm seeing things for the first time
I"m seeing things for the first time
Oh I'm seeing things for the first time
Yeah, seeing things for the first time
In my life, in my life ...

Black Crowes ~ Seeing Things ~

doctor: “well, this is a perfect check-up ... I don’t say it often but your eyesight has actually gotten better”

me: “oh wow, that’s great! ... do you think it might be all the carrots I juice?”

doctor: “no, no ... that would only help with your eye health, but not with vision”

me: “ oh okay ... well I guess it can’t hurt right?”

doctor: “sure all those vegetables are probably a good thing”


Yes, this is actually a real conversation.  One I had last week with my eye doctor during my annual check-up.  Mixed emotions as I was relieved to hear that all was good, yet disappointed that he didn’t feel my current lifestyle & diet had anything to do with it.  Just once, wouldn’t it be nice to have a believer ... open to the possibility that maybe just maybe it could play a part good health?

Now that is not to say that I haven’t met wonderful, supportive health practitioners on my current health journey ... I just remember growing up and hearing “eat your carrots, they are good for your eyes”.  So you’d think juicing 50lbs a week “can’t hurt”?

Let’s see, perhaps a recap of the benefits carrots and juicing them ...

  • juicing carrots allows you to take in more vegetables at one time than you would by eating raw or cooked vegetables
  • carrots have two obvious nutrients vitamin A and beta carotene
    • beta-carotene is also a major antioxidant
    • vitamin A and beta-carotene help maintain vision along with the carrots' fair share of lutein 
    • beta-carotene also maintains epithelial tissue, the tissue surrounding internal organs ... (epithelial tissues are susceptible to cancerous growths)
  • carrots are also rich in poly-acetylene anti-oxidant falcarinol
    • research at the University of Newcastle has shown carrot falcarinol destroys pre-cancerous cells in tumors
    • carrots do help keep cancer away
  • carrots are also rich in B vitamins and folate
    • folate is the natural and safe provider of folic acid
  • carrots help restore the liver - our body’s master cleanser
  • carrot juice has been called the "golden juice of healing"

Again ...
doctor: “no, no ... that would only help with your eye health, but not with vision”
me: “ oh okay ... well I guess it can’t hurt right?”


Thankfully, over the weekend I shared this story at a neighbours gathering with a friend who is a dietitian.  She seemed about as confused as I did.  She understands the benefits of good nutrition.  I appreciated her openness to this and my health journey.  Not many are and that is okay.  I have learned to pick and choose who to share with ... no need to open yourself up to negativity and fear as I take care of that on my own during my dark times.  And who knows, maybe it was a fluke check-up ... but I heard of another lady, upon successfully completing Gerson, with improved vision.

Nonetheless, it was nice to hear the word “perfect”, as I realized how many conversations are played over and over again in my mind, and how they affect me subconsciously.  What perfection is doesn’t really matter ... just knowing that this path is heading in a positive direction is the key.