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Fighting Cancer With Nutrition

I’m slowly but surely making decisions everyday about attacking this cancer from a nutritional standpoint.  There are so many suggestions and so many things one could choose to do in this area, and it could be overwhelming.  I’VE DECIDED NOT TO LET IT BE.

 This is another area that I have had to just release to God and know that He will lead me to what He wants for me.  I’ve had an open mind to those I trust the most, and through them I feel like He is guiding me. It is a calm, imperfect, slow process and I LOVE IT:P

I will share with you the different things I am embracing and why, some may sound quacky, but when you have Stage 3 Invasive breast cancer, quacky is allowed!

If you think about it, putting chemicals in your body that are so harsh that they eat up your blood veins, kill good cells along with cancer cells, and make you bald, is pretty quacky, too, but that is what we are doing along with nutrition.  Makes granola and green stuff sound a bit more normal, huh?

My husband walked out the door this morning saying, “Babe, get what you need to get.”  His support and trust in my decisions in this area means the world and made me feel so loved and cared for.

I’ll start with what I am doing so far, it is just the beginning but its is something.  I am NO EXPERT, whatever I am doing is just me stumbling along choosing to do what makes the most sense, all the while knowing it is PRAYER that heals, and whether that is healing here on this earth or my ultimate healing in heaven, only God knows what His perfect plan for me is.

I so desire to be a good steward of my body, and a good steward of information that God has sent my way.  Prayers in this area would be so appreciated!

Chemo has to be one of the most dehydrating things known to man. I have drank so much water in the last week, and not much is coming out, so obviously my body needs it!  TMI?
I use an Eco Vessel water bottle and it is by my side 24/7.  Literally!
I love it.  It holds 17 oz, fits in most cup holders, has a lid that allows ice in (very important to me), and is insulated, which keeps my ice from melting for hours.  I wake up at least 2-3 times a night very thirsty, so it stays filled and cold on my headboard.  There were days when I was very nauseous and it was a chore to make myself drink, but I did.  I feared getting dehydrated, I know so many who have to be hospitalized during their cancer fight because of dehydration, and that can be very serious.

2. Very little sugar.
We have had amazing desserts delivered and I have had bits of each of them and enjoyed them, but for the most part I enjoy seeing my girls and Todd delight in them.  Chemo has done a weird thing to my taste buds.  It makes everything taste sweet.  Not a very good, sweet, either.  For example, a glass of juice can taste like I’m drinking a glass of sweet cough syrup.  Yea, ick.  It has been a great way to steer me away from the sweets, but I am ready for normal taste buds again.  I am not off sugar, but I am very aware of how much sugar I eat, and when possible I use Sucanat (like on the oatmeal I am eating right now:)

3. Lots of fruit
This one has been easy for me because I am so spoiled.  My Grandma and Grandpa Earl signed me up for Harry and David’s fruit of the month club. SUPER GREAT GIFT.  Nectarines are the fruit of September and they have been DELISH!  I have also been able to afford lots of good fruit thanks to meals that have been delivered by friends and family.  It saves our grocery budget, so I buy fruit, veggies and supplements with the extra money.  Every meal we have received has had some sort of fruit (or veggie) with it, so that is pretty awesome.  I am trying to pick lots of different colors of fruits.  My freezer is full of different types of frozen berries that I use for smoothies, to put on my oatmeal, or just eat slightly thawed. I recently found the best black, seedless grapes! I’m trying to get creative so it doesn’t get boring. Just this morning a dear friend dropped off some treats along with organic bananas and carrots–nourishing foods are such a great gift to me!!  Thanks, Johanna!!

4. Veggies
This one was harder for me when my tummy was not well.  Now it easier.  I have lots of frozen veggies to use in soups.  I keep spinach on hand and use it in my fruit smoothies or pile it high with other veggies and make a salad.  I bought a butternut squash that I can’t wait to bake.  I’m lucky that I like vegetables, as I know many do not.  I have an aunt (Hi, Ellen!) that is sending a recipe for a cleansing soup that I’m sure will have lots of veggies in it.  My chopping board and I are ready, I think it would be great to have on hand for lunch.

5. Odwalla Superfood Green Drink
This was just a simple way for me to get some greens like wheat grass, barley grass, wheat spouts in when everything was crazy and I was too tired to think. It is high in Manganese and Potassium. I know there are other, better and cheaper ways of doing it, but while I was sick this was easiest.  I just drank a cup every morning.  It was one of the only juices that didn’t taste too sweet for me, and I drank it through a straw so I wouldn’t have to look at the crazy dark green color.  I have plans for getting my greens in other ways, I will share when I actually implement them.

6. Barlean’s Total Omega 3.6.9 Swirl
This product has fascinated me.  It was another super easy way to know I am getting my Omegas without having to think too much.  It was on sale at my health food store and the Orange Creme Swirl flavor sounded good.  It is made with Organic Flax Oil and Pure Borage Oil. There is no crazy taste, it is delish.  I take 1 Tbls a day.  It is very digestible, which was great for my sensitive stomach.  The lady that recommended it for me has no gall bladder and she said this product is the only one she can find that she is able to digest well.

7. Protein
All of the great meals we have been getting have made this one easy. I love chicken and one of my most favorite meals that was delivered was simple grilled chicken with an INCREDIBLE smoky bbq sauce.  I am working on getting more protein from non- meat sources, like lentils, beans and nuts.  In fact, today it is lentils and rice for lunch…yum!:)
 There were days when all I could get down was a protein bar, they came in handy, but are high in sugar, so not my favorite method of getting protein.
Eggs, cheese and yogurt are all high in protein.  I am a bit confused with what to do with these as my cancer type is estrogen fed and depending on what you believe, there are concerns with eggs and milk products and estrogen.  I won’t get into that because there are many different opinions out there, and I don’t want my comment section to become a debate 🙂 but it is something that I am processing…

8.  Fiber
This is pretty easy when I am eating all the fruits and vegetables that I should be.  We had some incredible flax seed rolls delivered with a meal that I am sure had a good amount of fiber in them.  I love dipping hearty breads in my soups.  I have been eating lots of oatmeal and nuts that have fiber, too.

9. Vitamins and Supplements
The only thing I have been doing so far is a multi-vitamin and 2,000 i.u of Vitamin D.  I am waiting to hear back from a blood test taken to check my Vit. D levels, I am a strong believer that Vitamin D is CRUCIAL to my healing.

I have a great plan for all my vitamins and supplements in the very near future.  I am going with the Shaklee brand, and will become a representative for them so I can get them at a good cost, and offer them to any of my blog readers if they are interested.  It was a process I was embracing before my cancer diagnosis, so it feels natural to continue on in that process. Here are the products from Shaklee that I have decided to take so far:

~Shaklee Vitalizer + Iron

 There are a few others I would love, but we will see how the budget is doing and maybe add slowly.  I will go into more detail with these products and why I am taking them sometime soon.

I  will continue to let you know what I am adding and what I feel is working for me.  I know this stuff is not for everyone, but it is through others sharing their journey that I have found some answers, so I will share mine.

***If you are a meal provider for our family in the future, I don’t want you an ANY way to feel like it has to be organic and crazy healthy.  My breakfast, lunch and snacks are extremely healthy and I know now more than ever that LIVING and enjoying gifts is so very important, so know that I will enjoy yours. This post makes it sound like I am an”all organic, won’t- eat- anything- that- is -not- good -for me” person. Not true.  I am taking a balanced approach, so please do not feel pressure to bring an out- of- this- world, healthy meal.  We are so very thankful for whatever you provide, even if it is pizza or takeout (another one of my most favorite meals that was provided was a Chinese takeout feast!:))

Today’s food:
BreakfastOatmeal with Sucanat, cinnamon & a handful of frozen rasberries; yogurt
LunchSalmon burger from my health food store +lentil rice salad
DinnerChili, Spinach salad, and bread from the bread makerSnacks-Homemade apple pie from a friend, smoothies, fruits/veggies, crackers, etc. 

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  • Diana Anthony
    August 21, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Hi i live in Zimbabwe and have been told i have triple neg stage 3 breast cancer i have had chemo it did not really work for me just had my mastectomy and am now due to start radiation any help and advice on vitamins etc please.

  • Helen BC
    October 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Hi Amy … I was also diagnosed in 2010 at age 37 with Triple Negative BC, fast growing tumor (growing about 1/2″ per month) in the time of Surgery (on Valentine’s day) it was over 5cm, another 2cm Sentential Note in my Arm pit…. Doctor gave me 6 months …. Well I was rushed to Lumpectomy with all Left side Lymph Nodes Removal (with very close margins) and after 6 moths of chemo I had 2 separate Mastectomies (my body could not handle surgery – both removal at the same time) I also ended up with 2 additional emergency surgeries due to severe infections (Cocci) and I contained in hospital as well MRSA and Mole removal (suspect of Melanoma) … well 6 major surgeries within 2 years …. I am alive, but sicker more then before diagnosis … as a “side-effect” I ended up with Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fatigue, Brain Fog, Dyslexia, Neuropathy, Hearing lost, damaged teeth, PTSD etc …. however I changed my life stile, dietary options, more vitamins/nutrition’s and lots of Detox …. even I still have about 45% chances of Reoccurrence in next 8 years …. well I ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF MY LIFE and value every friend who stay around :o) …. I wish you Good Luck

  • Deb Hemphill
    July 4, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I am praying for you, Amy! I came across this information the other day and thought that I would share. It is volume 1 of several videos. I particularly liked the video on “#1 Anticancer vegetable”

    Hope this helps! God bless and much peace!

  • Anonymous
    February 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Make sure your Vitamin D is the same kind our bodies make naturally from the sun(Vitamin D3). Unfortunately the Vitamin D prescribed by most doctors is Vitamin D2 or Cholecalciferol. According to the latest research, D3 is approximately 87 percent more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2- to 3-fold greater storage of vitamin D than does D2. Regardless of which form you use, your body must convert it into a more active form, and vitamin D3 is converted 500 percent faster than vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 also has a shorter shelf life, and its metabolites bind poorly with proteins, further hampering its effectiveness.
    While Vitamin D3 decreases mortality rates, Vitamin D2 increases mortality rates. Also proper levels of Vitamin D in the blood reduced getting the flu by 42%.

  • Anonymous
    February 28, 2012 at 5:11 am

    God Bless you, Amy. I am so happy to see you are doing well. You are truly an inspiration and a good witness to Gods healing power through Natural cure.

  • Amy Bowman
    January 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Yes, very familiar with Gerson. If my cancer ever came back, I would go with Gerson. I do bits of it now, juicing, eating some raw, etc. Thanks for the comment!

  • Megan
    January 20, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Have you looked into the Gerson diet?

  • Anonymous
    November 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I dont know you, neither have we met, today was the first time visiting your page (through PINTEREST) As soon as I read you had stage 3 breast cancer my heart dropped! Im sorry 🙁 I will be praying for you….

    The troubles of these present time are not worthy to be compared to the GLORY that shall be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

  • Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm


    Have you considered a vegetarian/raw diet?

  • Amanda
    September 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I appreciate your blog, as I have followed it for awhile, and I can tell you my heart sank the day I read your post about the cancer:(, I am so sorry for you and my heart hurts when I think of how life can change for us and our families in a instant. Anyways this may sound silly because I honestly hope you have heard/read of this book already but I highly recommend, Kevin Trudeau’s book, Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About. Praying for you and your family.

  • Nicole Handfield
    September 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Amy – I’ve been following your blog for awhile. I am praying for you and your family. I just wanted to mention fermented cod liver oil. It is a good source of vitamins a and d (and in the perfect ratio since it is a whole food created by God not human scientists) and lots of other things that they can’t even measure. I think it might be better to take that than a multivitamin. My family takes the Blue Ice liquid in the cinnamon tingle flavor and it’s really yummy! I am sure that YOU know what is best for you, your body and your family in this fight. I just want to let you know since I haven’t heard you mention cod liver oil and you might not be familiar with it.

  • Courtney
    September 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I cant imagine anything you are doing is wacky…you are doing what is best for your body right now and really eating like that is great for anyone.

    even though we never met you are in mt thoughts often

  • Rachel
    September 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Sarah, from @OrdinarySarah sent me over here.
    Sending you tons of prayers.
    Your attitude is simply wonderful and it’s such a blessing that you have a supportive husband, family and friends.

    I’m a new follower. Prayers and blessings

    I’m working on a project Saving2ndBase.. you can read about it on my blog, I’d love to have you contribute, if you’d like to.

  • LambAround
    September 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    In addition to becoming a new follower, I just bookmarked this wonderful post! 🙂

  • Beth
    September 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    This was my prayer for you, that you are able to build up your body while battling this disease. I love the omega 3 product- it is very good, and the Odwalla; a staple in my car. My kids think I’m weird for eating the bars. They are very satisfying. I like the beverage, too. When you get your water, make sure you are keeping your potassium up so you are not flushing your system of all these good things you are putting into your body. Those emergenC packets are great to add to your water every now and then. This is great you have the desire to do this for the health of your body. Even though you need to attack the cancer head on with the chemo, you will be so much better for building up your defenses along the way. Of course trusting the creator of all things is always the right way to go! God bless you. Thanks for the update.

  • Barb
    September 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Have you ever heard of Kangen alkaline water? It is created by a machine that ionizes your tap or well water, making it alkaline and full of natural antioxidants. Most disease thrives in an acidic environment. If you can locate any Enagic owners they would be glad to share water with you to supplement your healthy eating plan; it’s the company mindset to share.
    Read about it here:

  • jeana
    September 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Great list of stuff Amy.I’m thankful you have tons of support. Praying you are doing well daily.

  • Samantha
    September 23, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Hi Amy- Nutrition will be very important on your road to recovery. check out I have the recipe book and it is chock full of recipes to help you get better and feel better. It has TONS of nutrition information in it. Keep on fighting!

  • Why Not Sew?
    September 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I’m still praying for you and I wanted to let you know a little thing about the sugar. When my dad was fighting colon cancer he had surgery to remove part of the colon, the surgeon told me that she knew he was run down but would NOT give him the glucose drip because it would only feed the cancer. So I do believe that cutting that down or out is probably a great choice. I use succant sometimes and it is supposed to be full of nutrients as compared to white sugar. I’m praying that you are lead where God wants you.

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