How I help myself reduce the risk of another recurrence

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I never thought I’d be in this position.  Fourteen years in, and I continue to have chronic breast cancer. I’m much better now and stronger than I was when my journey first began, yet I still see my oncologist for a maintenance dose of a targeted chemotherapy every three weeks.

I’ve built my new life around my breast cancer to keep moving forward. One of the best things I’ve learned is to never look back at what might have been. I try to live in the moment and I know that I can only control certain aspects of the future.

In addition to my maintenance chemo, I spend a lot of my week taking care of myself and doing what I can to improve my health and prevent another recurrence. I eat a healthy diet, exercise almost every day, get enough sleep, and try to live mindfully and as stress-free as I can manage, given the nature of my medical history. Read more… “How I help myself reduce the risk of another recurrence”

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    New England Gingerbread Pudding, A Classic Holiday Dessert

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    As someone who considers herself handy in the kitchen, this has been one of the most interesting (unusual?) recipes I’ve ever followed. Mostly because until yesterday I had never heard of cornmeal pudding. In fact, when I was approached by the moderators of this blog to see if I would be interested in evaluating the recipe, my first response after glancing at the ingredient list was “Oh no, they wrote cornmeal, not corn starch!” As you can imagine, I was initially apprehensive about the success of this dish.

    But I’m willing to be proven wrong, and I consider myself a bit of a savant when it comes to homemade puddings, thanks in large part to the wisdom of Maya Angelou’s cookbook, The Welcome Kitchen. There are few things more comforting than a nice, warm pudding on a rainy afternoon, so I set to work.

    image001I  first preheated the oven to 300 degrees, and then began the pudding by scalding 5 cups of milk in a medium saucepan, a step designed to help to milk mix smoothly with the cornmeal. Because I don’t have a double boiler, I worked over a low heat to avoid burning the pudding. Read more… “New England Gingerbread Pudding, A Classic Holiday Dessert”

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      Mindfully Eating Your Way to a Healthy Weight

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      Has this ever happened? You’re watching TV, you’ve finished your meal and you don’t remember eating it?  Or you took those last few bites even though you were already too full?

      These are examples of mindless eating.

      Becoming mindful of our eating habits can help us reduce how much we eat and get more satisfaction from what we do eat.

      Three tips for more mindful eating:

      1.            Identify external triggers that influence your eating

      Common triggers for overeating are large meal plates and readily available high calorie snacks. Both can lead to eating more calories than you need to be satisfied. Try this:

      • Eating from plates 10” or less in diameter
      • Replace junk food in your home and office with fruit, whole grain crackers or other low calorie snacks

      Read more… “Mindfully Eating Your Way to a Healthy Weight”

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