Sugary treats, Holidays, and Tips for Self-Care!

Chocolate: Super-Food or Health-Buster?
December 21, 2016
Save this date if you’ve completed radiation / chemotherapy!
December 25, 2016

With homemade Christmas cookies, yule cakes, gingerbread houses, eggnog, chocolate holiday gifts and cookie-making marathons with or for grandkids and family… it’s pretty hard not to indulge your sweet tooth during the holidays. And, of course, we need to balance nourishment for soul with that of the body. And that is what traditions provide.

Still, all of us pay a price if we over-indulge in the sugary richness of those holiday goodies and family traditions. And if you have cancer and/or are doing or have recently done chemotherapy and/or radiation, the price is far more costly.

Why is this so and what can we do to help offset it?

Hopefully that chemotherapy and/or radiation is generating or has created the desired results of tumor shrinkage or even disappearance. That is certainly something to celebrate. However, there are some considerations essential to keep results trending in the desired direction. You see, the unavoidable side effects of chemotherapy do raise a number of red flags.

Unavoidable Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy include:
  • Increasing inflammation all over your body
  • Lessening the potency of your immune system
  • Raising the toxic load in your body in several ways
  • Stressing (possibly damaging) your major organ systems

Therefore, engaging in some extra measures on your part can make a big difference. Remember, your body is designed to heal and regenerate. It just needs the right support.