There’s so much information on the many anti-cancer dietary protocols on the market that it often seems overwhelming and makes it really difficult to decide which one(s) to choose. Some diets and therapies claim to be more suited to particular cancers over others, some tend to be recommended for later stage patients than those diagnosed early, and almost all claim varying degrees of success in healing cancer. One thing’s for sure: your dietary protocol will inevitably evolve over time and you’ll add to it as you come across new natural and alternative therapies which point to the cancer-healing qualities of a particular fruit or vegetable, health supplement, tea, essential oil etc. That’s certainly what happened to me when I came out of Hamad Hospital in Doha, Qatar after my lymph node surgery in February 2016 and started off with just a vegan diet and juicing. Two and a half years on, those two critical elements of my therapy, of course, remain but my goodness what have I added to it since then! So, I thought I’d write this particular blog to take you through what I put into my body on one typical day and, as you’ll see, I have a balanced diet which includes the essential fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that my body needs for optimum health, but is also one which is plant-based and maintains an alkaline state overall. This is not to say that I avoid acidic foods which metabolise in the body at a range of pH5-pH6, BUT I do avoid anything which metabolises at a highly acidic range of pH3-pH4 as it’s harder to get the body back into an alkaline state thereafter.
Breakfast: Organic muesli topped with slices of green apple. As the raisins make the cereal naturally sweet, I don’t need to add any sugar to it. In fact, I restrict my sugar intake hugely throughout the day as cancer cells thrive on glucose, consuming around 15 times more than normal oxygen-respirating cells. Since dairy products are not part of my vegan diet as they tend to acidify the body, I don’t have milk which metabolises at a mildly acidic pH6.5, but instead pour an oat, almond, hazelnut or coconut beverage over the muesli. As I don’t like black tea, I drink one of many tasty herbal teas (e.g. turmeric, cranberry & blood orange, wild berry, blackcurrant & blueberry etc.) sweetened with a teaspoon of raw organic honey.
After breakfast, I take vitamins C, D3 and E; the essential mineral potassium; the amino acid lysine; the superfood spirulina; and the flowering plants ginger root and milk thistle which all have anti-cancer properties. I also take 10 apricot kernels which contain vitamin B17. This vitamin, also known as laetrile, contains one molecule of Hydrogen Cyanide which kills cancer cells. I also prepare 1.5 litres of fresh juice from carrots (metabolising at pH8.5 in the body), ginger (also at pH8.5) and beetroot (at pH7.5) which I’ll drink during the day.
Lunch: Wholemeal wrap, crisped up in the oven, and filled with a multitude of vegetables which metabolise in the body at or above pH7.5 and include avocado, tomato, lettuce, green pepper, coriander and spring onion. I usually dress them with the juice of a half a lemon mixed in with some organic olive oil, sea salt and course black pepper. A drink almost always comes in the form of the juice from a fresh lemon added to water and sweetened with stevia. The Guarani Indians in Paraguay and Brazil named the plant from which the natural sweetener, stevia, is derived as Kaa-he-e or ‘sweet herb’. Stevia has no calories and is 200 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration: an excellent alternative to table sugar and the toxic aspartame found in most artificial sweeteners.
In the late afternoon or early evening, I take my daily exercise with the family dog, Yogi. Fortunately for both of us, we live in one of the many beautiful parts of England, down on the south coast. From the front door, we have access to many different scenic walks and since Yogi is still a puppy, he’s incredibly energetic which is also good for me. Exercise is a key part of overall wellness and a stress-buster too. WebMd is one of the top healthcare websites in the United States by unique visitors and their page, Exercise For Cancer Patients: Fitness After Treatment, makes for interesting reading. According to Professor Kerry Courneya, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, ‘Several recent studies suggest that higher levels of physical activity are associated with a reduced risk of the cancer coming back, and a longer survival after a cancer diagnosis.’
Dinner: Roasted aubergine, courgettes and butternut with mint and pine nuts. This is an incredibly tasty and healthy meal for 3-4 people and takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook. The aubergine (x 4), courgettes (x 4) and butternut (x 1 lge) are lightly sprayed with extra virgin olive oil and roasted in the oven on a setting of 180C until done. They are then removed from the oven and tossed in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil (2 tbsp), balsamic vinegar (2 tbsp), mint (10g shredded) and black pepper. The pine nuts (1 tbsp) are then toasted in a dry pan over a medium heat. Finally, the aubergines, courgettes and butternut are plated, topped with rocket (80g), and sprinkled with cannellini beans or chick peas (1 x 400g tin), red onion (1 x 120g) and the toasted pine nuts.
Supper: I don’t eat much for supper because, being a type 2 diabetic, I don’t want high glucose levels in my body during the night when it can’t be metabolised through exercise. So, it’ll usually be a slice of rye bread with some organic unsweetened peanut butter on it and another cup of herbal tea with stevia.
I’ll finish the day with some more of my vitamin and mineral tablets including vitamin D3; the essential minerals selenium, magnesium, iron and potassium; the superfood spirulina; and the flowering plants ginger root and milk thistle. I’ll take another 10 apricot kernels and, just before I go to bed, a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in raw organic honey. This, for me, is a vital protocol as it alkalises my body tissues throughout the night so that when I awake, my urine pH is 7.5-8.0, and, as we know, cancer cells don’t do well at all in an alkaline state.
OK. That’s a typical day’s diet for me, supplemented by my other anti-cancer protocols. I know that some people think that the plant-based vegan diet is limited and tasteless, I know that I did before I went on it, but nothing could be further from the truth. If there’s one book that I would recommend to convince you of the variety and tastiness in a vegan diet, it’s The New York Times Bestseller, ‘The Fork Over Knives Plan: A 4 Week Meal-By-Meal Makeover.’ Go get it and change your eating habits for a healthy future.