Throughout our journey, we have learned how diet and nutrition effects the blood work. We have worked with several different diets from Ketogenic to Veganism, fasting to and we followed closely The Gerson Therapy. All the while, researching more. We realized early on, the importance of a high protein-low carb/glucose diet. The morning shake is loaded with nutrients. What a great way to start the day! The Green drink is loaded with enzymes to help break down the disease.
Meals are cooked with mostly olive oil, sometimes butter. We usually sprinkle papaya leaf, with turmeric to every meal possible. Put it on chicken as part of the rub, on eggs, on veggies. There's not much taste so it an easy addition to most meals. Pop in a shake, too. We use a wok for most meals. We steam or microwave veggies. This way, the nutrients are saved. Boiling is the worst, most nutrients end up in the water, so Soup is fine.
Everything goes back in the fridge asap to keep bacteria down and we use as much organic food as possible. There's no need to be trying to deal with pesticides and hormones on top of the disease. Brad doesn’t even want sugar or carbs, anymore. Once in a while he’ll point at something and go mmmmm. Just today, he said he can just meditate on a burger and it’s just as good as if he actually ate one, made me smile. We limit the amount of red meat because it takes longer for the enzymes to break down red meat than fish or chicken and we want the enzymes to be busy with breaking down the disease. We found a great substitute thickener that we are happy with. It’s called Konjac Root Powder. We use this for sauces, instead of corn starch or flour. A little Konjack goes a long way.
Instead of rice, we use cauliflower and add an egg, just like fried rice. That helps get the extra protein in. Instead of pasta, we us squash. We have a Veggie Bullet. It comes with several different blades, a spiral maker, chip maker, pasta and spaghetti maker. I would recommend to everyone. It’s so fast and easy to clean up. We have learned how to put all the nutrients Brad needs into groups so it doesn’t feel like he’s downing something, all day long.
He has a couple of cups of green tea, every day. Super anti-oxidant and tasty. Before a meal, he usually sips on warm tea to warm up his esophagus. It helps and he eats normally, for the most part. Blueberries and strawberries work great to help with swallowing. We figured out that a lot of the back-up in Brad's esophagus during mealtime was especially the first bites. The saliva glands would kick in and mixed with the food, it would all back up. So, instead a strawberry or blueberry to start gets the saliva running like nuts. Once the saliva glands slow down (after a few minutes), the esophagus is lubed. Every time we've done this, Brad has swallowed without a spit up.
Although nothing can replace fresh veggies, frozen veggies actually have more nutrients than fresh veggies because they are frozen immediately after picking so nutrition is at it's maximum, plus they are already cooked so that helps when there's already have so much else to do. We use fresh when possible. Frozen blueberries are great to pop right into the shake. We also make sure Brad gets a leaf of basil a day. The cheapest way for us was to buy a $3 plant. We google whatever ingredients we have in the fridge and see what recipe pops up in the search. We have yet to get bored of our diet!