Good morning! I hope you had a nice weekend. Wow, can you believe it is October 1st? We are having a heat wave in California so it even harder to believe that fall is here.
The idea is that vegan bloggers post at least 20 times for the entire month of October, with food-related posts. I think last year I ended up posting 14 times, so I my goal this year is to beat that. I would say that I’m going to post 20 times, but given all that is happening in my life right now, I’m just going to take it one day at a time.
This year is the first time I’ll be picking a theme for the month, and it is going to be “Cancer-Fighting Foods.” I think it’s appropriate since, by the end of this month, I should be on the road to being cancer-free (the first step being having my thyroid removed on October 15th. By the way, if you are new to my blog and want to read the previous posts about being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, then click here). So, in the meantime, I am going to post about cancer-fighting research, the meals and recipes that I’m making and my progress with overcoming this disease.
To start, I wanted to share a few photos of the foods I ate this weekend. I have been inspired to eat more mushrooms, pomegranates and cruciferous vegetables after re-reading Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Super Immunity, that discusses the latest research on the issue of using foods to fight and prevent disease. I actually wrote a review of this book back in January of this year for the Our Hen House blog; you can check it out here.
On Friday afternoon, I made a version of my 20-Ingredient Antioxidant Soup. I started with a big bowl of vegetables to make juice for the soup base:
I gathered these ingredients:
It’s a lot of work to make this soup, but it is so worth it! I even froze two glass containers-full as part of my stock-piling for foods to eat after my surgery. It’s not super pretty, but it’s healthy and delicious:
Just to give you a quick mental health update, I’m doing pretty well. I had some ups and downs from Friday when I last posted through the weekend. I let myself get too tired on Friday and then I had a real issue controlling my emotions by the evening. I think I’ve also started the grieving process for losing my thyroid which may sound strange, but it’s something I’m feeling for sure. It’s kind of like being told that your arm (or another part of your body) that is working perfectly fine has something going on that you can’t even feel and so it must be removed and you’ll just have to live without your arm. Okay, that’s probably a little dramatic, but the only way I can describe it.
Other than that, I continue to gain strength and hope from your support and from my other friends and family. My mom is planning on visiting a few days after my surgery and I’m starting to make plans for life afterwards. In the midst of this uncertainty, I need to have things to look forward to.
I’ve also talked to a few people through e-mail who have had this surgery and I’m getting a more realistic idea of what is in store for me. I’m trying to manage my expectations for how I will feel and the complications that may arise. It scares the crap out of me, but it also helps to know what could happen so I can mentally prepare myself.
Have a wonderful first day of October and I will plan to post again tomorrow!