Monday, April 16, 2012

My Cape Cod Garden

Our Square Foot Gardens in Full Bloom!

SPRING - A time to plant, a time to sow, a time to nourish, a time                to quiet the soul, and reflect upon and delight in the new growth that surrounds us! What do we need to plant within?

The Start of one of our Square Foot Gardens, Spring 2011

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. They're magical!    

     Spring is a time, not only to tend our gardens and plant some aromatic herbs, but an opportunity to grow and nourish something within. About now, as the warm, humid air blows across the waters and land of southwest Florida, my mind and  heart focus on home, Cape Cod. There the air is till crisp and cool, and the nights still call forth warm woollies and blankets. Anticipating my walks along the shore, I can almost feel the strong Spring winds nipping at my heels and the twirling sands smacking my cheeks with a hearty hello and wake-up call. I'm eager to say, "Hello, again, my beloved Cape Cod! " And as I think about planting my garden and deciding on which veggies which, again, will grace the square foot boxes,  I ponder, as well, on what I need to plant within. What new seeds need to take root in my heart? What do I need to do differently for my own health and well-being?  How do I create balance in my life?  What is my soul longing for?
    In the Food for Life classes I present for cancer prevention and survival, we discuss at length how foods and nutrition assist the healing process. Not only preventing disease, but enhancing survival. Cancer, however, is multi-faceted. The foods we feed our bodies are vital to health, but there is so much more when dealing with this disease. It's about stress, how we deal with it. It's about relationships, how do we love, and how do we accept and receive love. It's about being able to say to someone, 'I need you'.  It's about reflection, what do we do to silence the inner noise to make space for peace, solace, and gratitude. It's about putting on the brakes and breathing, about taking time for self. It's about seeing our connectedness with the greater Universe.

     I teach this, but,need to practice it, as well. As I soon return to Cape Cod after a busy and rewarding winter in Naples, FL, it's time to temporarily put the brakes on. Take a few weeks to plant, reflect, pray, and play before beginning the work which is so important to me - and that is sharing this life-giving and healing health information. Time to soak in the kids and grandchildren, time to play with the new family puppy, and time to feel the earth between my fingers. Those are healing moments; times that fill my own well so I can, once again, give and be present. There is a time for every purpose under heaven. I pray that you all find the times you need to fill your own wells so you'll be able to heal, love and tender your bodies and souls.  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Food for Life Classes

Food for Life Participants 

      March 2012 Series

Held at Cancer Alliance of Naples.

Food for Life series focused on Nutrition and Cooking for cancer prevention & survival.

Sunshine Burgers


Naples, FL: For Goodness Sake, 2464 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL
9118 Bonita Beach Rd., SE, Bonita Springs, FL
Sunsplash Market, 850 Neapolitan Way, Naples, FL

Cape Cod, MA: Dennisport Natural Marketplace, Rt. 28 & Telegraph Rd., Dennis, MA
Cape Cod Natural Foods, Bell Tower Plaza, Rt. 28, Centerville, MA
Sunshine Burgers - Check this out......gluten and soy free, and totally vegan.

One of our instructors in CA told us that, at a recent health fair, vegan products were displayed that contained no isolated soy protein. Many 'faux' meat products contain what's called 'soy protein isolate' or 'isolated soy protein'. Those products are processed. Research has shown that isolated soy protein raises what is called 'IGF-1, insulin like growth factor' levels. According to Dr. Neal Barnard, IGF-1 causes cancer cells to grow like crazy. At a Health Fair on Cape Cod back in '08, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn stated, "IGF- 1 is to cancer what cholesterol is to heart disease".
Thankfully, manufacturers like 'Sunshine Burger' are responding to plant based consumer's needs for products that are organic, pure and free of processed ingredients. Sunshine Burger is making a healthy burger, breakfast sandwich, and other products for folks on the go.
Check out their website and ask your local grocer to start carrying these products. Our voices can make a difference.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Skinny on Soy

The Skinny on Soy:

Dr. Michael Greger (M.D., Ph.D.): is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.
Dr. Greger's website is The information presented, all researched and peer reviewed, is priceless. Dr. Greger donates all proceeds from his DVD and books sales to charity.
His report on Soy. He cited 3 studies that evidence the health benefits of soy. Soy has been maligned by folks who, I believe, are threatened by the populace awakening to the health dangers imposed by animal and dairy consumption.
The LACE Study (Life After Cancer Epidemiology) noted that soy isoflavones cut breast cancer recurrence in post-menopausal women by 60%. These women were taking tamoxifen. The soy levels consumed were comparable to that of Asian societies: 1 -2 servings soy/daily.
The Shanhai Study, done with 6000 women, posted the same protective benefits of soy.
A recent 2011 study indicated that an increase in isoflavones resulted in decrease in breast cancer recurrence.
The soy consumed was whole, fermented soy - tofu, edamame, tempeh, miso; not processed 'fake' soy products.