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As I was preparing to share breast health and healthy eating information to a Mom’s in Motion group this last Saturday morning, I thought I would share the same information here on my blog.

I’m often asked if I have changed my diet since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. The answer of course is “Yes” and since I’m such a wordy and open person, I can’t just stop with a simple “Yes”.  I want to share what I’m learning about healthy nutrition, food and supplements.

I find that people are very interested in what kind of “diet” I’m eating. When I say that I have given up eating red meat and concentrate of plant based eating it is easy to assume I am a vegetarian or vegan.  I’m not though.

For me it’s not so much about what I don’t eat as it is about what I DO eat.  I am strategic about what I put in my body.

There are amazing disease fighting, cell generating, and cancer fighting foods God has put on this earth for us to eat.   Those are the foods I feast on.  These days such foods are referred to as “Superfoods.”

So what’s my diet?  I choose Superfoods.

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I found a great Facebook page called  Superfoods Cuisine with  Julie Morris and ordered her cookbooks, “Superfoods Kitchen” and “Superfoods Smoothies.”  These books are chalked full of information and recipes, not to mention beautiful photos, on Superfoods.

In her book, Julie shared a definition for Superfoods, “Nutrient rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”

I’ve also heard Superfoods defined as “Nutrient dense foods or foods high in micronutrients.  Micronutrients?  Another term for me to look up and I found  Micronutrients are defined as “substances such as vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy growth and development.”   Additionally, while micronutrients are required only in tiny quantities by the body, a micronutrient deficiency can cause serious problems.  Yes, I want to eat food full of micronutrients- Superfoods!

Julie’s list of Superfoods includes many unfamiliar and somewhat difficult to find foods like maca, sacha inchi and lucuma powder. Huh?  So, I’ve kept my list below to familiar and easy to find foods, which are keeping me quite full of nutrient dense foods.

Once again, I’m concentrating on what I’m putting in my body and less about what I’m keeping out.  Yes, I’ve given up my diet coke habit and I only eat red meat on Christmas when my husband has slaved over prime rib dinner or we’ve specifically gone to a resturant known for their killer hamburgers.

But, I’m not making extreme demands on my diet (like NO sugar or No alcohol) that will keep me from living while I’m on this quest to live.

But I am most certainly making deliberate and strategic choices.  And what I choose are Superfoods.

What Makes A Superfood Super?

Nutrient Dense Foods that are Essential to Health

  • Nutrient Dense-high micronutrient to calorie ratio. A diet without micronutrients equals disease
  • Antioxidants- Protect cells against the effects of free radicals, strengthen body’s ability to fight disease
  • EGCG- Inhibits cancer cell growth and kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue
  • Healthy Fats- helps nutrient absorption, are anti inflammatory
  • Fiber- High fiber foods help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and bowel health
  • High Alkaline- Body’s positive pH (7 or higher) from plant based foods help maintain overall health
  • Anti Inflammatory- disease is rooted in chronic inflammation of the body


Ten Superfoods To Choose For Healthy Living

1. Berries-low in calories, high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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  • Blueberry
  • Acia Berry
  • Goji Berry

2. Seeds- rich in healthy fats, provide protein and fiber.

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  • Chia
  • Flax
  • Hemp

3. Green Leafy Vegetables – powerfully high in antioxidants and fiber.

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  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Collard
  • Chard

4. Cruciferous Vegetables- high in vitamins, fiber, antioxidants

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  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel  Sprouts
  • Cauliflower

5. Quinoa –  A nutritious seed of a vegetable, high protein, fiber and minerals, gluten free
6.Coconut Oil- Healthy saturated fat with no cholesterol and high in omega-3s (healthy fat).
7. Coconut Water- a natural electrolyte, high alkaline, hydrating beverage rich in salts and minerals
8. Green Tea-  Non fermented green tea leaves are rich in the powerful antioxidant EGCG
9. Herbs & Spices- Anti inflammatory, high antioxidants

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  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Basil
  • Cilantro

10. Lemon and Limes- Highly alkaline and high in antioxidants.

Happy Superfoods Eating!

In Service and Hope,



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