It’s been a long journey………

July 2, 2018 at 9:03 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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Tough day yesterday. 17 years ago I went to Univ. Hospital for an operation to stop the spread of my Melanoma. 5 hours into the surgery it went bad. And on July 5th they had to amputate my left leg. My life really changed after that. But I pulled through and got involved in a Cancer Trial 2 years later. 93 people in the trial and I was the only one where the treatment worked. That and lot of prayer from a lot of people! 2018 still Cancer Free and at my last checkup they told me no more scans and x-rays, it’s time to relax a bit. To those out there fighting Cancer, NEVER GIVE UP AND ALWAYS STAY POSITIVE!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When storing a cucumber, keep it away from apples and tomatoes, which will shorten its life. Cucumbers stay fresh for up to a week, when the water content starts to drop.

Healthy Berry Recipes

July 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Enjoy the Berries! It’s all about the Berries in this article from the Eating Well web site. I’ve left the link to get all the tips and recipes at the end of the post, Berry Up!


Eating Well
Healthy Berry Recipes
Enjoy these sweet and savory healthy berry recipes with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
Berries have health benefits for the whole body—from your brain to your bones. Blueberries’ antioxidants may help keep your memory sharp as you age; raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties; and strawberries are high in vitamin C, which helps to maintain firm and younger-looking skin. Berries boast a healthy dose of fiber as well and recent research suggests that the polyphenols in berries keep bones strong and help your heart by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol.



Couscous & Fruit Salad
Try this fruit-and-nut-studded couscous salad alongside grilled salmon or chicken for supper or on its own for a fresh lunchbox treat…..



Summer Berry Pudding
A summer pudding is a British warm-weather wonder—not steamed like a sticky pudding but an easy dish that sets up thanks to the pectin in the berries. Be sure to use firm, bakery-quality bread…..



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Soybean Meal Peptides Could Stop Colon, Liver And Lung Cancer Growth

March 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM | Posted in vegetables | Leave a comment
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Soybean Meal Peptides Could Stop Colon, Liver And Lung Cancer Growth



The bean used to make tofu could also have powerful anti-cancer properties, according to a new study published in the journal Food Research International.

Researchers from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville found that peptides from soybean meal — the leftover product after oil is taken out of soybean seeds — are able to stop the growth of colon cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer cells in a lab setting.

“Dose response showed that the peptides had significant inhibitory effect at higher concentrations … and gradually decreased with decreased dosage,” the researchers wrote in the study, meaning that the higher the dose of the soybean seed peptides, the greater the effect on the cancer cells.

Researchers specifically reported that the peptides stopped colon cancer cell growth by 73 percent and liver cancer cell growth by 70 percent. And lung cancer cell growth was stopped by 68 percent.

Another natural compound that could potentially stop the growth of cancer? The red grape compound resveratrol, which was shown in a lab setting to stop breast cancer cell growth because of its effect on estrogen.

And a compound in broccoli, called sulforaphane, seems to kill leukemia cells in a lab setting without having any detrimental effects on healthy cells.

You Should Be Drinking Green Tea, Already (A New Study Says It Could Even Prevent Breast Cancer)

March 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM | Posted in green tea | 3 Comments
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You Should Be Drinking Green Tea, Already (A New Study Says It Could Even Prevent Breast Cancer)


A new study says green tea could lower breast cancer risk, because it can change the way we metabolize oestrogen. With about a million other research studies enumerating the health benefits of green tea (and conflicting information about whether coffee is really all that good for you), this is hardly the first report that makes us think green tea might be the better way to caffeinate. But for women, this could be a pretty big “pro” for team green tea.

Dr. Barbara Fuhrman of the National Cancer Instutute led the small-scale study, which was published in Nutrition Journal, and found that daily drinking lowered levels of oestrogen metabolites, both for pre- and post-menopausal women. In past studies, higher levels of oestrogen metabolites have been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, so the study suggests that regular consumption of green tea could lower risk of breast cancer.

The researchers believe this is a result of green tea’s polyphenols, which include flavonoids and the ECGC found in green tea extracts. According to, the researchers explained:

“Among postmenopausal Japanese American women, we observed that more frequent intake of green tea was associated with reduced urinary concentrations of oestrone. As a rich source of phytochemicals that can interact with and regulate xenobiotic metabolising enzymes, green tea may modify metabolism or conjugation of oestrogens and may thereby impact breast cancer risk.”

Incidentally, polyphenols are behind a long list of other green tea benefits, like:
Incidentally, polyphenols are behind a long list of other green tea benefits, like:

Alzheimer’s prevention
younger looking skin
reducing inflammation
weight loss, reducing belly fat, protecting your eyes, and even beating superbugs
In conclusion? You should be drinking green tea, already.

Photo: flickr user A Girl With Tea


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Why is Green Tea Good For You? Here Are 7 Reasons

January 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM | Posted in green tea | 1 Comment
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Why is Green Tea Good For You? Here Are 7 Reasons

Author: Kristjan Gunnarsson


Green tea is not just tasty, warm and energizing. It also happens to extremely good for you. In the last few decades, scientists have studied the effects of green tea on various health problems and their results have been nothing short of amazing.

Their findings have been so impressive that green tea is now considered among the healthiest beverages on the planet.

Why is Green Tea Good For You? 7 Proven Reasons

Drinking green tea has been associated with a lower risk of many diseases, some of which are common in the western society.
1. May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

A study in Japanese adults revealed that drinking several cups of green tea per day lowered the risk of diabetes by a whopping 33%.

2. May Make You Smarter, at Least in The Short Term

Green tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee, making it appropriate for those individuals who are sensitive to caffeine.

But tea also has a different combination of stimulants compared to coffee. While coffee has a lot more caffeine, tea also has a unique type of amino acid called L-Theanine which can help with relaxation and focus.

This is the reason green tea provides a more relaxed and focused “buzz” than coffee.

3. May Improve Cholesterol

Green tea has also been associated with improvements in risk factors for heart disease, leading to reductions in triglycerides and LDL (the bad) cholesterol, and increases in HDL (the good) cholesterol.

4. May Lower Your Risk of Cancer

There are many types of cancer that are common in western countries. Consumption of green tea appears to decrease the incidence of several types, including breast, prostate, ovarian and endometrial cancer.

5. May Help Prevent Parkinson’s Disease

Caffeine from all sources, including coffee and tea, may help prevent Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disease in humans.

6. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning

In two separate studies, green tea has been found to increase metabolism. In the first study, subjects who drank green tea had a 17% increase in fat burning in cells. In the other one, tea drinkers had a 4% increase in total energy expenditure.

A 4% increase would mean that instead of burning, for example, 2,000 calories per day, you would burn 2,080 per day. Not very much, but over the course of months or years that will amount to a whole lot of body fat.

7. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight

Given that green tea can enhance the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, it can also help you lose weight. Perhaps this is the reason almost every popular fat burning supplement on the market has green tea in it.

Take Home Message

At the end of the day, green tea is a warm and satisfying beverage. The reason it is so good for health is that it is rich in unique antioxidants and some essential nutrients.

If you’re sensitive to caffeine and don’t tolerate coffee very well, then green tea will probably be your best choice.

Even better would be to drink coffee in the morning, then after lunch switch to green tea. That way, most of the caffeine from the coffee will have left your system before you go to bed, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.

Another Birthday and Another Year Ahead of Cancer!

December 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Today is my Birthday, 54, and it’s always an extra personal celebration being a Cancer Survivor! To see another Birthday means I’m still here and staying ahead of cancer. It’s my dream before it’s my time to go to hear the Medical world announce that they have finally found a cure for Cancer! This coming July (2013), if all goes well, will be my 9 year anniversary of being Cancer Free. I still see my Oncologist BirthdayCakeevery 3 months, Scans and X-Rays every 6 months, and my dermatologist 2 times a year. Prevention, Prevention, Prevention! It’s huge for all Cancer Survivors to stay on top of it. I lost my left leg to Melanoma cancer back in 2001 and then had to fight again afterwards. Then I was involved in a Cancer Trial at University of Pittsburgh for one year along with 93 others. I was told sometime back that I was the only one to have survived due to the trial and whole lot of prayer from family and friends. A prosthetic leg, unfortunately, never worked due to the fact my leg was cut so short (Just under my left hip). But I have accepted being an amputee and life in a wheelchair. And through it all I feel very blessed! So Happy Birthday to me and very proud to say I’m a Cancer Survivor!

Six healthy holiday party foods and recipes

December 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Came across this article from the West Hartford News on some healthy holiday party foods. I left the web link at the end of the post.
Six healthy holiday party foods and recipes

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

BOSTON – The holidays are here and so is all the festive food. Some of it is naughty but much of it can be nice.

“When party planning during the holidays, it’s important to have variety,” says Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. “Many of the foods we enjoy around the holidays are not only delicious to eat, but they may also contain cancer-fighting nutrients.” Kennedy says it’s easy to include them in any menu when you know what to look for. Here is a list of foods and recipes from Kennedy and her colleagues that belong on anyone’s “nice list.”

Ho-ho hummus

Skip those holiday dips that are buried in excess fat and calories. Kennedy says lighten up by substituting with an easy-to-prepare hummus. This recipe calls for pine nuts, which are rich in protein, zinc, copper and manganese, which are important for a healthy immune system. Legumes, like chickpeas, are a great source of protein and dietary fiber, which can help reduce the risk of cancer and help lower cholesterol.

Go nuts

Dust off that family nutcracker. Recent research finds that walnuts may help prevent kidney and colon cancers. In addition, the study suggests that walnuts are a rich source of antioxidants that may help protect cells from oxidative damage. Walnuts contain essential fatty acids, or the so-called “good fats,” which are known to help reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. So go nuts with this simple pesto recipe.

Merry mango

Mangoes are naturally sweet and rich in a variety of antioxidants. One of them, lupeol, is thought to rid the body of harmful molecules known as free radicals, which can damage a cell’s DNA, triggering some forms of cancer and other diseases. Studies have indicated that mango pulp may lower the risk of prostate cancer, inflammation, arthritis, and diabetes. This colorful and refreshing mousse recipe will delight dinner guests.

Positively pomegranate

Pomegranates have definitely moved to the top of many people’s “nice list.” They are now found in everything from drinks to desserts and for good reason. Recent research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a delicious way to help prevent prostate cancer, as well as prevent the metastasis and spread of prostate cancer cells. Try this good-for-you dessert that is layered with flavonoids, vitamin C, and other antioxidants.

Magical mixture

Want something magical this holiday? Try making a dip with fresh roasted pumpkin. Pumpkin can spice up many recipes, from muffins to ravioli. “It’s also one of the tastiest ways to enhance the body’s own natural cancer-fighting ability,” says Kennedy. Pumpkins are packed with nutrients called carotenoids, which have been linked to the prevention of colon, prostate, breast, and lung cancer. It’s actually the bright orange color that makes pumpkin rich in nutrients.

Here’s a twist on a classic party-size recipe.

Festive finger food

This appetizer (or snack) is made with winter squash. It’s not only delicious but also a good source of carotenoids. They act to clean out the dangerous free radicals that enter your body from stress or the environment.

Kennedy says don’t be afraid to experiment. Other tips to make this a healthy season – in dips, try substituting sour cream with low-fat plain Greek yogurt, go raw with crudités, add as many colorful foods as possible, get plenty of exercise, and remember, it’s a time for celebration so it’s OK to indulge a little.


More nutritious cancer-fighting recipes can be found at



Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM | Posted in baking, Food | Leave a comment
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To easily remove a ham bone, slit the uncooked ham lengthwise down to the bone before placing it in the pan – but leave the bone in place. While the ham is baking, the meat will pull away and the bone will come out easily after the ham is cooked. Leaving the bone in will also lead to moister meat.

9 reason why you should drink green tea

November 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM | Posted in green tea | 2 Comments
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Came across this article yesterday and wanted to pass it along. It’s all about one of my favorite drinks, Green Tea! I left the web link so you can read the entire article.


9 reason why you should drink green tea


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It’s official that tea is good for your health. So go ahead and relish that hot cup of green tea to realize its power and enjoy its numerous health benefits.

Helps you lose weight

If you want to cut those extra inches around your tummy, switching to green tea could be a….


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