Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Who's Buying the Groceries?

I was drinking soy milk and eating soy healthy stuff thinking I was doing the right thing. Turns out the "right thing" may have been the wrong thing. 

The problem is that no one can agree. Should a person with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer avoid straight or concentrated soy? By eating and drinking the stuff was I feeding my tumor? 

There is the Anti-Inflammatory diet (from Dr. Andrew Weil) which was strongly recommended to me as a cancer person. This diet gives you no dairy, no this, no that, etc. OK, I cut cheeses out of my diet in Nov 2010 (because it was a "belly fat" food). I love skim milk! There is nothing better than a tall glass of "cow water" on the rocks with or without cookies. Now, I am not supposed to have that? But, wait wasn't I told that Vitamin D deficiencies are linked to breast cancer? So, what's the amount of vitamins or sunshine am I suppose to have? Oops, careful with the sunshine that pesky skin cancer risk is there. 

Then there is the Mediterranean Diet (from Mayo Clinic) also said to be good for cancer folks and a good healthy diet in general. Eggplant and tomatoes are on the "good list" for this diet, but they are considered a nightshade veggie which makes them a no-no on the Anti-Inflammatory diet. Can't win for loosing....

And let's not forget the organic food debate. Should I risk the blueberry or not? It's a great antioxidant, but unless I get organic ones some pesticide may or may not have leeched through the delicate blueberries' skin....and I may or may not be eating a pesticide. Let's face it organic foods are pricey. You definitely have to decide which things to buy or not to buy organic when you are on a budget. Give me a plain ole apple and I'll take my chances with the blueberries. I think it's more important that I am eating these foods than not eating them because of pesticide fear and organic prices. 

As if I don't have enough on my mind already  - going to the grocery store is not what it used to be. It's gone from planning a menu and making a list to a strategic trip planned by committee. Everyone wants to put their 2 cents in about what I am and am not suppose to eat and drink. 
But wait all this food and diet information could be contradicted in a news report tomorrow! 
Stay tuned....

Mark Twain said it best, "Be careful of reading health books. You may die of a misprint".  


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