Lack of energy following cancer treatment can be frustrating as h*ll! You just wish you could somehow “shake it off” so you can get back to life.
The truth is, it takes time for your body to rebuild itself.
But there is one easy way to know that you’re giving your body loads of nutrients in order to heal and get a boost of energy.
Eating more vegetables. Eww (can I hear you groaning from here?).
Yes, vegetables have been proven to be good for you – your mum was right. Plus, they are packed to the tips with antioxidants and cancer fighting properties.
Eating as many vegetables as humanly possible was one of the biggest changes I decided to make after I finished cancer treatment.
The problem was where to start? I hated vegetables, I also hated cooking and I used to eat ham sandwiches every day and sometimes muesli for dinner. The idea of cooking loads of vegetables from scratch seemed a lot of effort, and a little bit gross.
How was I going to increase my vegetable intake from 1.5 servings a day (and that was on a good day), to up to 10?! I had just been through cancer treatment, I wanted to enjoy my life. I didn’t want to eat raw broccoli crudités.
It was a bit overwhelming until I discovered “the secret”!
And the secret is in the glass!
And exactly what is in the glass? Smoothies and juices.
Yes, the fastest way to hook yourself up to some top-grade nutrients and immune boosting health is by drinking them. Daily if possible. If that sounds too off the wall crazy then make it weekly.
If you do nothing else, do this one thing.
It’s easy. It’s incredibly healthy. And it’s tasty. What more do you want? I mean really.
You don’t need to know how to cook. Or buy 50 recipe books. Or try and make bland foods taste good.
You just need to know how to plug in an appliance and press a button.
If you don’t like vegetables - juice them. Blend them. It makes them tasty and you feel great when you realise how many you just consumed. Even smug and chuffed I’d say.
When you juice and blend your veg the digestion starts in the machine. This means the nutrients are ready to go - you get the hit straight from your stomach into your bloodstream. Boom. No digestion effort required. This is great if you’re recovering from being ill, or like me, just plain lazy.
And your body will love you for it, by healing quicker, and feeling more energetic.
Try it first thing in the morning…a morning vegetable juice or smoothie will have you buzzing. No need for coffee I swear!
No time for healthy eating? You can whip up a smoothie in the time it takes to boil a jug of water. Just make sure there is a wad of green leafy veg in there, and not too much fruit.
It’s all a slippery slope from there. Over time your taste buds actually start changing, and before you know it you will be craving salad for lunch, and broccoli crudités for afters! Now I actually get excited when I even see kale. No lie! And if I can do it, you can too!
If following cancer treatment, you’re considering a dietary overhaul but you’re a health newbie, still skirting around the edges, considering whether to poke a finger into some daal or beetroot humus for the first time. Not too sure you have the commitment, or stamina, or interest…then juicing and smoothie making is for you!
When you’re feeling tired and overwhelmed it’s the fastest way to get some life-changing goodness in under 5 mins.
How does that sound for an energetic healing kick in the backside?
If you’d like some no-fail easy recipes to get you started then get my Beginners Guide to Juicing and Smoothie Making - just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Get the guide in the subject heading.
Remember I offer one-on-one coaching on getting back to feeling good again after cancer treatment, plus the next group Life 2.0 course is starting soon! Contact me if you’d like to know more.