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Are you eating enough calories – raw food day 4

Are you eating enough calories – raw food day 4

It’s my fourth day of eating only raw food and all people keep asking me is ‘can you eat enough calories on a raw diet?”

Well, this is my take on it. If I was just eating carrot sticks then no! However, by eating a well balanced diet of a range of fruit, veg, greens, nuts and seeds then yes!

The idea behind a raw diet isn’t to cut calories…it’s to replace the calories from cooked food with calories from raw food. The most awesome part of this is you get to eat even more than before!

It may only be day four but I have loads of energy and I am feeling unstoppable. Today I’ve done an ashtanga yoga session and two walks and normally I’d spend a Friday resting after 5+hrs of teaching yoga on a Thursday. Not today!

Also, despite being told about the many ‘detox side affects’ of going raw all I have experienced is a slight headache and I’ve noticed I’m not sleeping as well but that it doesn’t matter because I don’t feel like I need as much sleep anyway. However, maybe the side affects will start tomorrow?

Happy eating.

Love and light, Fi xx

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Be Prepared – Raw Food Day 2

So it’s only day two of eating raw as a means of boosting my health and getting as many lovely live nutrients into my system and I’ve already got some advice to share. Prepare, prepare, prepare!
This morning I spent about 20-30 mins creating some awesome raw dishes for my breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that I then popped in my fridge ready to enjoy throughout the day. It was no hassle and no big deal – just 30 mins and that it, job done! No food prep needed later tonight.

This was especially important today as, like many days, I’m out and about teaching lots of yoga classes and tonight I’m going to my mid week evening yoga class as a participant. Namaste! The last thing I want when I get home late after class is to be starving and wondering what to eat. Instead I just need to open my fridge and serve it up. Delicious!

One thing that’s being brought to my attention is the misconception that ‘going raw’ is just about eating carrot sticks. Eh no!

There are now so many raw gourmet chefs out there and it is incredible what you can now make and eat raw!

Today I made rawslaw, ‘pickled’ cucumber, courgetti and pink beetroot humous. Ok, I know humous isn’t raw as chickpeas are pre cooked, however I am more about optimal health than following a strict or pressured diet that is bad for my emotional health!

Apparently this is known as being a ‘nutritarian’ – someone who picks the most nutritious food available to them at any given time. 

I also discovered that black beans can be used to make a DELICIOUS chocolate spread that’s sugar free, and vegan. Even my hubby, ever the sceptic, was impressed! (Recipe in my video).

So, all in all, I’m loving learning new recipes, exploring food and learning how to to ‘uncook’. Here’s to what food discoveries tomorrow will bring!

Happy eating!

Love and light, Fi xx

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The winner receives a prize of £600 and if I win then I pledge to use it all for my random act of kindness to help spread more joy and raise awareness for ovarian cancer!

With your help I can reach more people and help to spread awareness of ovarian cancer; living with stage four cancer; invisible disabilities and so much more! 💜

In August 2017 I published a book about my story and how I strive to live an incredible life with ‘terminal’ cancer — Love, Light and Mermaid Tails: One Woman’s Healing Journey Back to Wholeness Through Stage Four Cancer 

New to my page? In Jan 2016 , at the age of just 30, I was diagnosed with non-genetic, stage four ovarian cancer. There is no stage five. Since then I’ve been campaigning to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in the hope that my diagnosis will help save lives. I have been handing out random acts of kindness to strangers as envelopes containing £20 and a card with the symptoms of ovarian cancer. I do this in the hope of spreading kindness and joy whilst also helping to get people to take about ovarian cancer! 🌈

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Raw Food for Post Cancer Holistic Health – Day One

Hello and happy Tuesday!
I’ve been thinking over my health lately and realised that it’s not quite where I want it to be…it’s been nearly 18months since I was diagnosed with stage four cancer and after months of being sugar free, vegan (except for occasional fish) and not eating processed food (plus 8 years of being gluten free) I still feel my diet isn’t optimal.

This weekend I went away with my family and found myself slipping easily into old habits of sugar and processed food. Not where I want to be at all!

The result? Today I woke feeling sluggish, tired and all in all a bit ‘meh’. And my skin has broken out again too! Eeek!

So what to do?

Well, after months of researching I’ve decided to embrace a raw food diet under the belief that live food is best for our health.

Now, let’s get one things clear, I’m not doing this for weight loss! I am a happy and healthy size 10/12 and I walk/practice yoga/run ever day. This is about achieving optimal health and helping my body to heal from the inside out.

So, today begins my journey with raw food. I’m under no illusions that it will be easy but hey, it can’t be as bad as high dose chemotherapy and major surgery can it?

I’m a complete novice so I’ve decided to share my story with you all in a ‘video diary’. If you have any advice or tips please let me know!

Here goes!

Love and light, Fi xx
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The winner receives a prize of £600 and if I win then I pledge to use it all for my random act of kindness to help spread more joy and raise awareness for ovarian cancer!
With your help I can reach more people and help to spread awareness of ovarian cancer; living with stage four cancer; invisible disabilities and so much more! 💜💜💜

New to my page? In Jan 2016 , at the age of just 30, I was diagnosed with non-genetic, stage four ovarian cancer. There is no stage five. Since then I’ve been campaigning to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in the hope that my diagnosis will help save lives. I have been handing out random acts of kindness to strangers as envelopes containing £20 and a card with the symptoms of ovarian cancer. I do this in the hope of spreading kindness and joy whilst also helping to get people to take about ovarian cancer! 💜⭐️🌈

In August 2017 I published a book entitled “Love, Light and Mermaid Tails” about my story and how I strive to live an incredible life with ‘terminal’ cancer. Get it here.

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Love Organic

I’m not going to be one of those people who preaches that everyone should be vegan…even I LOVE meat…

However(!)…I do preach that people should eat with a responsibility for the source of their food and the treatment of the animals before they become meat AND the treatment of the farmers.


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I only eat organic not only because of all of the toxic chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides (and so on) added to non organic food but also because it makes it easier to trace the source of my food and, in doing so, allows me to take responsibility for its impact on the environment.

Similarly I only eat whole foods and make everything from fresh ingredients so that I know, without any doubt, the source of everything that I eat.

I am dairy and gluten free due to allergies and, although I follow a plant based diet I am only 99% vegan. When I do eat meat I ensure it is organic, and when I eat fish I ensure it is wild (never farmed).

I could probably write a book on the research I have done into food in the last year as it is an area I am extremely passionate about, however I won’t go on and on in this post (although questions are welcome). What I will say is that I know organic is more expensive and yes our household food bill has risen this past year HOWEVER is it a small price to pay for health? ABSOLUTELY!

For me it’s just about priorities and I prioritise knowing exactly what is in the food I eat. We live in a society where we find it acceptable to spend £3 on a takeaway coffee but won’t pay £2 for organic eggs. Seriously!?

It is my firm belief that the food you eat defines your health.

This is why, this year, hubby and I will begin growing as much of our own food as possible using our existing greenhouse and also installing a mini polly tunnel.

Join me in choosing organic food, taking responsibility for your impact on the environment and having consideration for the animals and farmers involved in the food industry.

It doesn’t need to mean your outgoings each month are any more…it just might mean one less takeaway coffee or one less glass of wine (for example)…

Could you go organic?

Love and light, Fi xx

You can read more about Fi Munro on her website and public Facebook page.

She is also on twitter, instagram and youtube.

She is currently writing a book due for release in 2017.

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What does ‘sugar free’ mean?

The trouble with being a researcher with a cancer diagnosis is that I want to read everything I can to create a holistic treatment plan.

Something of a controversy in the literature is opposing views on sugar consumption following a cancer diagnosis.

The literature all confirms that being overweight increases your likeliness of getting cancer but what if you were a healthy weight when you got diagnosed?…could limiting your sugar consumption aid your treatment and reduce your chance a relapse?

Well the answers aren’t that straight forward.


The books I’ve read all agree that limiting sugar consumption should be a lifelong commitment following a cancer diagnosis. In particular ‘radical remissions‘, ‘anti-cancer‘ and the ‘cancer whisperer‘ all talk about this at length as do many academic articles. However, Macmillan and Cancer Research UK both state that there is not enough evidence to support the need to limit sugar consumption and that during treatment cancer patients should eat whatever they want to maintain strength and weight.

Sugar in your diet doesn’t directly increase the risk of cancer, or encourage it to grow. But sugar contains no useful nutrients, apart from energy, and we can get all the energy we need from healthier sources. So it’s best to limit the amount of sugar in your diet. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/

However when cancer patients are given a PET scan they are injected with a glucose based radioactive dye because it goes to the cancer cells first, thus highlighting them on the scan results. This is because, whilst all cells require glucose, cancerous cells ‘feed’ on glucose faster than ‘normal’ cells.

So there lies the controversy. On the one hand we are told that sugar is of no harm to someone with cancer and, often, encouraged to eat it in order to gain or maintain weight. However, on the other hand, research shows that cancerous cells will feed on sugar faster than other cells.

So what’s my conclusion?

I know that whilst recovering from surgery, when I ate sugar I felt more pain in the following hours than I did on a normal basis.

I know I craved sugar on a ridiculous level in the months before my diagnosis – we are talking a couple of bars of chocolate, a can of fizzy juice, a bag of sweets AND several large spoonfuls of Nutella each day! This is a common factor in most cancer journeys, with people often reporting similar abnormal sugar cravings prior to their diagnosis.

Finally I know that my CA125 levels reduced the most rapidly during the chemo cycles I consumed the least sugar.

So, whether it’s a placebo affect or not, I still made the decision to cease all sugar consumption and I tell you what – I feeling awesome for it!

But what about ‘natural’ sugars?

Now…let’s get one thing straight…all food we consume is turned into glucose for our cells. When I say I’ve cut out sugar I’m talking refined, processed sugar and ‘white’ foods.

Fruit

I still consume fruit – yes it contains fructose but it is in a form that my body has to work to convert it. Also the nutrients it provides are essential to maintaining a healthy immune system – this is essential during chemotherapy treatment. I do however ensure I eat a larger amount of vegetables that fruit: about a 80-20% ratio.

Also, I very rarely juice…that’s a whole other story!…

Honey

I rarely eat honey. It is essentially glucose and has the same effect as eating sugar. When I do use it it’s just a teaspoon in a cup of hot water when I feel a cold coming as it usually stops it in its tracks.

Agave syrup v agave nectar

If you are in a particular need of something sweet you can use agave nectar which can be bought in most health food shops. A word of warning though…agave nectar is not to be confused with agave syrup which is made in the same way as processed corn syrup and just as bad for your health.

Personally I don’t use either as I now find them too sweet.

White bread, flour, rice and potatoes

I have a gluten allergy and so haven’t eaten white bread or flour for years however now I am also limiting my intake of white potatoes (favouring sweet potatoes) and white rice (favouring brown or red rice or lentils).

Dark chocolate

I thought dark chocolate was a ‘safe’ option but many of the packs I’ve looked at contain at least 25g of sugar per 100g. That means they are made up of a quarter of sugar! Just picture that! I even found one that was 42g of sugar!

Instead I now use raw cacao chips which are 100% sugar free and taste great. I like them over sliced pear with some grated ginger. Amazing!

Satisfying my sweet tooth

There is still lots(!) of puddings available once you’ve gone sugar free. “I quit sugar” is a great place to start.  Here I’ve learnt how to make sugar free Nutella, sugar free ginger biscuits and sugar free avocado and chocolate mouse. They all tasted amazing and were super quick and easy to make!

A word of warning…
Cutting out refined sugar is hard. It’s one of the most addictive substances we consume. However, the less of it you eat, the less of it you crave. Also your taste buds change…you start to find that other natural food tastes much sweeter than before.

A final note…

All of this could be nonsense in terms of helping my body to heal from cancer. I could stand just as good a chance whilst eating cake every day. I just don’t know.

What I do now is that I come through my chemo reasonably well compared to some other people. My cancer markers are down. I no longer take painkillers. I was diagnosed with stage four cancer and yet just seven months later I was told I was in remission and today, all things considered, I’m very well!

All that really matters is that you eat what feels right for you and your treatment plan.

Love and light, Fi xx

I originally published this post on 29th April 2016 x