Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Anti-cancer diet

My first post since returning to work four days a week. Statutory sick pay doesn't extend very far in London, so the only practical option is to go back to work.  The blog posts have taken a hit, but I'm back! 

I've talked about the chemo and the radio, and about outlook in life and how important that is in the fight against cancer. You’re probably all wondering“but what about diet?”.  Vegan?  No.  Vegetarian?  No.  Organic?  Not strictly.  Well, after 14 years of a variation of vegan/vegetarian/pescetarian diet, I’ve decided to turn my back on the old three veg and embrace a new anti-cancer diet.  


It involves eating more meat and cheese than I ever have before in my life.  People keep asking me if I’m enjoying it after so many years of being vegetarian and pescetarian, and the honest answer is “some parts I do and some parts I don’t”.  The smoked bacon part I enjoy, the pork chops I don’t.  The idea behind the diet is that cancer is supposed to be a metabolic disease and that it feeds on blood sugar, so starving it of sugars/carbohydrates is meant to deprive it of the nutrients it needs to grow.  The most critical thing is the absence of processed sugar and carbs.  

It has been about a month now and while I've lost a little bit of weight it’s not going too badly.  Nikki is getting pretty creative with desserts, including the recent purchase of an ice cream maker which I'm looking forward to sampling the produce of.  It turns out that she also has a knack for haggling with the vendors at Smithfield Meat Market in the wee hours of the morning, coming home with 5kgs of smoked bacon at a cut price.  

Here are a couple of snaps of our recent creations: 

Three-meat pizza with a cauliflower base 

Delicious salmon grilled in paprika, coconut oil and ginger
There are a lot of books out there that emphasise the role of diet in fighting cancer - identifying every type of diet from a diet of only Japanese cuisine to juice cleanses. It is tough deciding what diet is right - they all seem to make sense in one way or another. The most interesting developments in research are the are dozens of trials into the effect of the ketogenic diet on brain cancers. But, like everything else that I've learnt through this journey, diet is only one part of the equation. Your treatment plan, your state of mind, exercise and a wonderful wife are all just as important.