“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” Deepak Chopra
Cancer has a way of changing your perspective. Many of us are more aware of the need to make better choices about the food we eat. Two young cancer survivors, Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott, took it a step further to become certified holistic health coaches using nutrition to fight cancer and regain control over their lives.
Their book, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer, offers real-world advice to women facing a cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, and anyone looking to reduce their risk of cancer.
I love that the book is written in two parts. Part One, “The Girlfriend’s Guide,” makes this book so much more than a cookbook. Imagine having a friend who has been where you are and is willing to take you through the process. Annette and Kendall share their personal stories and talk honestly about alternative medicine, creating a cancer team, losing your hair, the loneliness of cancer, scars, friends, and the healing power of real foods.
Part Two, “The Recipes,” features over 100 recipes from smoothies to leafy greens. The recipes are simple, clear and make your mouth water. Under each recipe name, Kendall and Annette share specific benefits of the recipe, such as Blood Boosting, Brain Boosting, Fatigue Fighting and Adrenal Support, Detoxifying, Mood Balancing and the like.
This is a book I wish I had read when I was facing diagnosis and treatment. It’s a sensitive, honest, real guide to getting through cancer and a lifelong kitchen companion for anyone looking to reduce their risk of cancer in the future.
Below are two recipes I tried and enjoyed:
Fennel String Bean Salad
Gingerly Carrot Soup
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