BY DANNY PARKER
Over the last five years, I’ve examined many facets of diet and myeloma, which I shared with our late friend, Pat Killingsworth. Last year, Jenny with the Myeloma Crowd graciously invited me to share this information with you once more.
Rather than send you looking for each segment that I previously composed, I thought it would be useful to summarize what we’ve learned in one place. We can then add each of the sections that describe why the conclusions are as shown below:
So what are our recommendations for helpful diet from these various sources I’ve covered?
* Particularly important on Dex days; simple carbohydrate includes refined flours and potatoes.
And if you are going to have a carbohydrate or sugar rich portion of your meal, it is better to take these after consuming the salad or protein base so that digestion proceeds slowly and blood glucose levels rise slowly.
But remember, that we not only eat to help fight the cancer, we also eat to nourish our body and cultivate appreciation for our life.
Regardless of your religious persuasion, I believe a simple grace-- shared or even silent-- before a meal will help to bring appreciation and nourishment. This is the blessing I use, but find whatever seems appropriate and sincere for you and yours.
“We give thanks for this food,
the work of many people,
the offering of other forms of life.
May it nourish us body, mind and spirit…”
Chew slowly and completely, paying attention to tongue and taste. Mindful eating is paying attention to each morsel you put in your mouth. Why not enjoy it?
Consider your good fortune to be here today. Enjoy each bite.
about the author
Myeloma survivor, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by weighing in and participating in clinical research. Founder of Myeloma Crowd by HealthTree and the HealthTree Foundation.