1. Changing your diet can change your life.
I believe that my old diet – dairy, animal products,
sugar, junk foods and processed foods – was the biggest
contributor to my cancer. That’s the bad news. The
good news is that changing my diet to organic whole grains,
beans and lots of vegetables was the most healing thing
I could do for myself. Americans will change almost anything
besides their diet. But for many people, eating better
is the missing piece of the health puzzle.
2. Trust yourself.
Deep down inside, we know what is and isn’t right
for us. I knew that conventional medicine would not be
enough to save me. I knew, deep inside, that a macrobiotic
lifestyle was my only, and last, chance. And I was right.
3. Be open to whatever might work to make you healthier.
I am not anti-conventional medicine. I had chemotherapy
and radiation, and that worked ... for a while. I support
people in what feels right for them – conventional
medicine, alternative medicine ... or both. Embrace whatever
feels right for you, but be open to other options. Adding
a macrobiotic diet will help your body in ways you can’t
imagine. Try the recipes in my book for a month, and
see how you feel!
4. Understand just how much diet
affects a person’s
quality of life.
I hope people consider macrobiotics and understand that
it can dramatically increase their quality of life. I believe
people, especially people with cancer, need this information.
I want to raise awareness of the fact that there are real – sometimes
deadly – consequences for putting overly processed
and chemically treated food into our bodies.
5. Discover your own ways of Becoming Whole.
I hope my book encourages people to, at the least, add
some good whole grains and vegetables to their diet and
eliminate lots of sugars and fats. Beyond that important
message, I want readers to find courage, like I did,
and realize that life can get better. I’ve been
through a lot, but I’m not bitter. I’m grateful
to be here, healthy and happy. And the same can hold
true for anyone willing to make some changes.