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  • Clare Reed CBT Therapist

Top 10 Alkaline Plant Foods For Cancer

Updated: Jun 28, 2018

When you have Cancer you don't want to feed the Cancer cells do you? Switching your diet to 80% alkaline foods at the minimum will help starve the Cancer cells and give you loads of energy!

Top 10 Alkaline Plant Foods for Cancer
Top 10 Alkaline Plant Foods for Cancer

Alkaline diets are in fashion these days but I can't stress enough how important an alkaline diet is for those with Cancer. Personally, I wish they would just call it the plant diet as I can't stand fad diets! As soon as I learnt my regular healthy diet was feeding my Cancer tumor I went cold turkey and immediately cut out the majority of acidic foods from my diet.

Do you have what it takes to go cold turkey on acidic foods. If you are unsure read on!

How do acidic foods feed Cancer?

"high-intakes of acidic foods such as meat and animal-based proteins, have been linked to inflammation, insulin insensitivity, and increased cancer cell division". source

The American Institute for Cancer Research advocates a plant based diet for Cancer patients. Alkaline foods are predominantly plants - vegetables and some fruits. Lemons are included as they are treated as alkaline in the digestive system.

Dr. Otto Warburg, who dedicated his life to researching cancer cells, won a Nobel prize for proving that cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment

The aim of increasing alkaline foods in your diet is to reduce inflammation and cut off nutrients which cancer cells thrive on and they really love glucose!

Here are my favourite top 10 alkaline/plant foods to increase in your meal plans

  1. Spinach

  2. Kale

  3. Swiss Chard

  4. Bananas

  5. Cauliflower

  6. Cherries

  7. Sweet Potato

  8. Celery

  9. Carrots

  10. Aubergine

Just to be clear the main culprits on the acidic list that are best cut out or reduced are:

  1. Red meat

  2. White meat

  3. Fish

  4. Sugar

  5. Glucose Syrup

  6. Dairy foods

  7. Wheat

  8. Potatoes

  9. Fructose corn syrup

  10. Alcohol

"Yikes, what will that do to my lifestyle! I can't cut all these out! I'm not a vegan hippy!"

Yes, all these thoughts were mine for about an hour after completing my research (I knew my nutrition diploma would come in handy!) I got seriously downbeat in mood. I loved BBQ's, red wine, cheddar cheese and the occasional cake. My partner blanched in front of me when I told him about my lifestyle plan. We had just moved to a warmer climate the year before my Cancer diagnosis and we had been living the good life with a little bit of wine with dinner and a bit too much bread. It was a challenge to change. But I did - straight away. The results were staggering.

I immediately started losing weight, after 3 months I had dropped 2 stone. I had been trying for a good few years to exercise my way back to my mid thirties weight of 8.5 stone. Switching my diet - the weight loss took just 3 months! I felt fantastic and the weight stayed off - even throughout the onslaught of chemo steroids!

During the middle of this weight loss I had my partial mastectomy and drains were used to drain my removed lymph glands. In all my checkups with my surgeon he said I was a miracle, he couldn't believe that he didn't need to drain me at any of my checkups, which for him was standard practice.

My scar healed fast and is fading fast, again my surgeon was impressed.

I had more energy at 42 during my Cancer treatment than I had as a 32 year old.

My bloods came back at good levels throughout my chemotherapy so I didn't need to pause treatment at any stage.

I had no side effects on Paclitaxel chemo except that all my hair disappeared. (I still got nausea with FEC - boo!) I also fasted during chemo - more on that in another post!

I had no chemo brain of any note - no more than in any recent years anyway :)

I am a year on from diagnosis and I feel great.

You will read a lot of harrumphing and snorting of disdain online from some (not all) MD's and Oncologists saying this alkaline food stuff is all a nonsense. I am sure we can forgive them if they haven't had cancer themselves. It is important to know that most MD's and Oncologists have had very little training in nutrition! I opted for staying cautious and fixing my lifestyle 'just in case' and never once have I had any regrets. What's not to love about eating healthily anyway.

Added Bonus after cutting back on Acidic Food

Removing most acidic food from you diet will help with these other conditions too:

  • Low energy

  • Exhaustion

  • Confusion

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Eczema

  • Frequent headaches

  • Frequent colds

  • Joint pain

  • Muscle weakness

  • Bloating

If you think you will struggle with adapting your diet, in any way you want, I can help you with some great motivational techniques, tips and tools. Mostly it requires a mindset shift and some powerful willpower techniques, that is what CBT is great at. Book in a session and let's get started on this.

#alkalinediet #cbtforcancerlifestyle

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