July 28th, 2014 · Recipes
My dad kicked chemo’s butt.
There’s no denying it, the man weathered chemotherapy (for bladder cancer) with fewer side effects and more energy than anyone I’ve ever heard of.
He had eight sessions of chemo, a six-hour infusion, then a two-hour infusion a week later, then a week off, repeating four times over twelve weeks.
On his last six-hour infusion, when he should have been down and out because chemo builds up in your system and can be worse and worse each time you go, he and my mom visited our family immediately after the appointment and stayed the weekend.
Rather than taking naps, sitting around watching TV and struggling to work up an appetite for meals, he sanded and put two coats of lacquer on our kids’ wooden picnic table, took our 35-pound 2-year-old for at least three walks in the wagon, and ate every meal with us.
It’s honestly more energy than he used to have during a visit to our house!
I wanted to make sure I served really clean, wholesome meals for them during that time to keep up with the great things my mom had been doing at home: reducing grains, including greens and probiotics in smoothies, keeping the fluid intake wayyyyyy up to protect his kidneys, and generally avoiding as many synthetic chemicals as possible in foods and personal products.
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Tags: artichokes·beef·beef stock·bok choy·broccoli·broth·cabbage·cancer·cauliflower·ginger·greens·onions·recipe·soup·soy·soy sauce·spinach·stock/broth·water chestnuts
July 26th, 2014 · Recipes
Whether you need a recipe for dinner from the garden or ideas for preserving the goodies in your CSA share, you’ll find it here (like the 8 large zucchini I bought yesterday when we’re going on vacation for two weeks tomorrow! What was I thinking?).
These are the top summer produce pins I’ve seen lately and hope some match up with the in-season produce you have at hand. Seasonal cooking is a great way to get a fresh taste and buying in bulk direct from the farmer is my favorite way to ease the food budget all year – but you gotta know how to make it last.
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Tags: in-season recipes·Pinterest round up·preserving·preserving fruit·preserving vegetables·Recipes·summer·summer foods·zucchini
July 24th, 2014 · Recipes
When we got my dad’s cancer diagnosis, I just had to do something.
As I mentioned back when I wrote about how we used food to naturally fight cancer, I traveled to see my parents, stocked their freezer with meals for those long chemo-treatment days, and helped incorporate some new cancer-fighting foods into my dad’s diet.
This easy cabbage dish was one of the recipes I created using the cancer-fighting foods list I compiled for my dad. It’s a spin-off of this cabbage salad but with substitutes that seemed to hold even more power for battling the Big C. Some might call it a slaw, others a salad, but I was just happy to use the organic red (purple) cabbage I had brought, among other powerhouse super foods.
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Tags: apple cider vinegar·artichokes·cabbage·cancer·dill·extra virgin olive oil·feta·goat cheese·lemons·salad·salads
Should babies under 6 months be in the sun at all? Should all the same rules apply to sunscreening their soft baby flesh like we do older children?
When I was a mother of one child nine years ago, the summer that he was 13-17 months, he got breakfast, clothing, and (chemical) sunscreen every morning. I cringe at the thought now that I know how sunscreen works, especially when applied so early before even getting into the sun (and we had a very shady yard! Ugh!).
How times have changed.
When baby number three was born in mid-August three years ago, we purposely took him outside to "lay out" in the sunshine without clothing on for about 10-15 minutes at a time to help get his mild jaundice out. With my big kids nowadays, we value a little sun and only use sunscreen when the duration and timing of their sun exposure calls for it (over 30 minutes, between 11a-3p or so).
I wouldn’t really bother with sunscreen for an infant – but if I couldn’t keep that baby skin out of the midday sun for whatever reason, maybe a boating trip, I’d like to know what my options are, since almost all sunscreen (definitely all chemical sunscreen) states on the bottle that it’s not meant for children under six months old.
What that really means is that the ingredients haven’t been tested on babies, since doing research on babies is pretty frowned upon.
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Tags: babies·safe sunscreen·safety·sunscreen·zinc oxide