This may sound strange, but until very recently B and I had given no thought to potential dietary changes that might aid him in the treatment and recovery process. None of his consultants have mentioned it at all. Why is that? It’s 2012 for god’s sake – are conventional and ‘alternative’ treatments still so rigidly separate? It seems so.
A few of our new ‘cancer friends’ have recommended the book Anticancer: A new way of life. This contains advice about foods to avoid and so-called cancer fighting ‘superfoods’ and can be followed to the letter or just used to improve certain aspects of one’s diet.
A more rigid approach is a ketogenic diet in conjunction with caloric restriction. This diet is very low in carbs and high in fat and aims to starve the cancer of its main food source, glucose. It’s Atkins, but more extreme.
I’m not sure about it. There are studies that show it has reduced the size of tumours in the brains of mice, but I’ve also read that cancer is smart enough to learn how to use alternative energy sources.
Plus, B already has a brain tumour to deal with. Does he need to add insult to injury by cutting out sugar and bringing on the side effects of a ketogenic diet – constipation, halitosis, fatigue, headaches, irritability? Let the man have a Twix.
The fact is that our diet is already pretty good. We eat plenty of fruit and veg, hardly any junk food or takeaways, and we always choose free range and organic meats. I don’t think B will be willing to make any drastic changes but we are going to bring in a few improvements.
- White bread, pasta, rice
- Cakes, biscuits, pastries (except Sunday breakfast croissants, of course)
- Green tea
- Dark chocolate
- Wholegrain bread, pasta, rice
- More kale, broccoli, cabbage (mmm, brassicas)
- Pinot Noir
Red wine is full of antioxidants, especially pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. So that’s a piece of good news.
Our evening earl grey & biscuit has been replaced by green tea and a few squares of dark chocolate. It’s ok. We dislike green tea but are getting used to it. We choke and grimace through each cup and tell each other ‘it’s really not so bad, is it?’
If all else fails we could import some green tea Kitkats from Japan. Just as good, surely?