Even though I have read numerous books, researched online endlessly, participated in seminars, and become quite knowledgable regarding the anti-cancer diet, I am NOT a nutritionist and certainly NOT an expert! Just like I have hired a cycling coach to optimize race performance, I decided it was time to bring in a nutritional expert. Not just any nutritionist would do. I wanted an expert in oncological nutrition. Through my research, I had heard of Jeanne Wallace and her Nutritional Solutions practice. When two people suggested I look into her program over the course of a week, I decided it was time to investigate further. What immediately attracted me to her program was her goal of working collaboratively with my medical treatment. Unlike many "alternative" practitioners, she is not against traditional medical treatment, chemotherapy and radiation. Her goal is to complement and maximize medical treatment while supporting a healthy environment within the body. It seemed like a perfect fit.
So, in order to take a little pressure off myself in trying to become an oncological nutrition expert, let alone the immense amount of time and energy my research was consuming when I would rather be out riding my bike, I have started working with the Nutritional Solutions group. So far, my expectations have been exceeded! I have been provided a 100-page packet on Dietary, Nutritional & Botanical Support for Breast Cancer (of which I have proudly read in its entirety!), packets on Nutritional & Botanical support to complement chemotherapy and radiation, handouts on agents that interfere with, boost efficacy, and reduce side effects for each of my chemotherapy drugs (did you know that Shallots are contraindicated with Epirubicin???) and two telephone consults to come up with a customized nutritional plan to complement my medical treatment. Thus far, I have been highly impressed with the team's professionalism, knowledge, thoroughness, and genuine concern for my well-being. I am confident in their recommendations, as they use research to guide their practice, and phew, it takes a lot of pressure off me!
Their plan focuses on six areas: reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, apoptosis & differentiation, anti-angiogenesis, impeding metastasis, and hormone modulation. Perhaps someday I will write in more detail about our nutritional approach, but in the meantime, since I have a little bit of extra time thanks to the super smart folks at Nutritional Solutions, I think I will go ride my bike!
I have just about completed my summer bucket list of high mountain rides
These old mines scatter the Park City mountains
Another day, another beautiful view.
Seriously, I need to pinch myself. I can't believe I live here and ride these mountains everyday!