It's been a very long road since December; a road twisted and winding, but I feel I'm finding my way. Accepting a cancer diagnosis has been difficult, but not impossible. I also have the firm belief that everything in this life happens for a reason.
Since this news, which I now accept and embrace, I've managed to change my diet, mindset and focus. I know that diet alone will not cure cancer, but what a healthy diet will do, along with other positive life changes, is strengthen your immune system to fight whatever is thrown your way. I purchase organic food whenever I can, (especially meat and dairy products), and am extremely conscious of chemicals, additives, and anything artificial. I've become quite the "label reader". If I can't pronounce an ingredient, it goes back on the shelf.
From December till now, I've read just about every legitimate Google post, medical abstract and research paper I could get my hands on regarding the relationship between cancer, diseases and lifestyle. I've hidden myself in corners of bookstores scanning and purchasing paperbacks about food; what it is and what it should be. I'm by no means a dietician, but I want to share this experience and knowledge, hoping it may help others, cancer or not. The previous recipes I've posted in this little blog weren't always the best choices or the healthiest ones, but I also feel that anything in moderation is okay. Life is meant to be enjoyed after all. So if you make the Frozen Irish Cream and Cookie cupcakes, please have just one. :)
First and foremost, if following this blog, you'll be encouraged to eat only fresh fruits and veggies, certified organic or grown in your garden without pesticides. Since everyone usually has an abundance of zucchini by mid-summer, I thought I'd start with a healthy summer veggie dish.
Pasta With Tomatoes and Zucchini
While water is heating, coat the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil. Heat for a minute or two, then add tomatoes, zucchini and garlic. Season to taste with sea salt and more cracked pepper. Saute until tender, then add minced garlic.
Add broth, simmer on low for about 5 minutes.
Add pasta to mixture and continue cooking (about 2-3 minutes). Gently fold in basil leaves and grated cheese - serve hot. Enjoy!