January 03, 2012


I said on Facebook that my new year's resolution would again be to eat fewer carbs and less sugar*. Despite my good intentions, I am still addicted to both. So as a way to keep myself honest, every so often I will post about what I ate. And since Rik teaches on Tuesday nights this quarter, we eat dinner very early, making this is a good opportunity to share (tattle).

Breakfast One egg scrambled in the microwave, a slice of rye toast with soy margarine, some of a decaf "mocha" made with one piece of 88% chocolate and the daily half water/half tart cherry juice mixed with L-glutamine powder. (Tart cherry juice is supposed to help with the neuropathy. I do so much that is supposed to help with the neuropathy that I don't know what works and what doesn't.)

Lunch (I was a bad girl but there was no time to eat anything healthier) Fast food burger but no bun, small fries, glass of water.

Afternoon snack The rest of the morning's decaf mocha, one spoonful of peanut butter.

Dinner (I think I excelled here) Six Brussels sprouts roasted with olive oil and salt until crunchy, a quarter of a baked sweet potato spread with the soy margarine, halibut spread with mustard and mayonnaise to keep it tender, a glass of viognier.

Then I couldn't help myself. The Graeter's ice cream a friend brought over was calling to me. The other day I accidentally left the freezer door ajar for a few hours, and I just had to do a quality control test. After ten or twelve tiny bites of the chocolate-chocolate chip, I'd had enough.

So much for new year's resolutions. Still, I try to keep everything in moderation. I have so much going on that I can only control and limit my diet to a certain degree before my frustration level escalates. And a daily dose of vitamin CH helps me a lot.

* About two years ago Dr G told me he'd been thinking about PET scans and cancer.  24 hours before a PET scan one stops eating carbohydrates, then fasts for 12 hours before the scan. The glucose and radioactive dye injections measure activity -- the more active the cancer, the more it "lights up" on the scan. Dr G said this made him believe that carbohydrates fuel cancer cells, and so he recommended I eat fewer carbs and less sugar. Note he said "fewer," not none.


  1. I have replaced the sugar in my diet (well, mostly, I still am a chocaholic) with stevia. It's been over a year and it works pretty well. You might want to give it a try.

  2. Jill, It is great to see how hard you are working to heal your nueropothy. Way to go. I too suffer from it in my right are and my feet because of the cancer in my bone and the stupid taxol. The doc may give me a taxol break after my next pet scan sometime this month, but I would still be on Avastin. But having treatment once a month is better than 3 weeks in a row.
    I have a couple of questions and a suggestion for you. First question is - What suppliments do you take to fight the neuropothy? The second question is ' what type of headphones do you use to cancel noise while having chemo? My headphones went awal on the move from Tx to Colo. I have been looking for them since Oct. Everything is unpacked, so I can only assume I lost them.
    Oh and the suggestion is to try sprinkling a tbsp of chia (yes chia) seeds on your food through out the day. Either all at once in oatmeal in the morning (yum) or a tspn hear and there. They increase your protein and your roughage. I've shared with you in the past that I eat vegetarian. My protein really really dropped in my blood work and using these seeds daily brought up to normal and helps me feel full and just better.

  3. Hi Leslie,

    My naturopath and oncologist both recommend vitamin B6 (I take 35 mg daily), L-glutamine powder (2 teaspoons three times a day dissolved in cold water or juice), and gabapentin (this is by prescription only, the doc determines the dosage). I only follow my docs' suggestions, but hope the chia seeds work for you.

    I don't always listen to music while getting chemo, but try to have friends visit. I use the ear buds that came with my iPod.

    All the best,

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