Pass the Cheeze Please… Or don’t.

Cheese – a dairy based food made with milk curds.

Have you ever heard yourself or someone say “I could never give up cheese”? That was me at the beginning. When I first began to read about the impacts of cheese to our body, I wanted to close the book. Devastated. That the ‘Got Milk?’ Ploy and the milk mustaches were really started because of the lack of truth behind milk being all that good for you.  Just false claims and the FDA turning their head to one of the largest money making industries.  I mean, that’s all it really comes down to I guess, money and taxes.  (As an accountant, I can honestly say that’s all it comes down to… taxes)

Food for thought: humans are the only species that drink another mammal’s milk. Not that we should still be drinking breast milk. But maybe we shouldn’t be eating dairy from our hormone-injected cows.

In other countries, milk is not a main dinner drink and their cows are not super-sized by shots. 2 things they have going for them. But instead, their milk can come in a cardboard box and doesn’t need to be refrigerated – which is why it is not a main source of calcium.

Back to milk and my health… Milk has been found to have a chemical, morphine, that is highly addictive, giving you a similar high and satisfaction that makes your mind feel as though it needs it on everything. Thinking about the substantial growth that comes from a calf drinking it’s mother’s milk – think about the impact of the milk on our small bodies. We’re not trying to go from 90-1,500 pounds. So then what super hormone growth did we just make our body intake only to allow inflammation? As the glands and the organs in our body inflame, our immune system suppresses down. And hence, our body’s become vulnerable to diseases, like cancer, chrone’s disease, diabetes and even ADD and ADHD.

So instead… Almond Milk (Baking, smoothies) – cancer concerns? Avoid ALL nuts… including almond milk.  Coconut milk, Rice Milk (makes cereal taste like cake), and the limited-use of soy milk (only in coffee).

The difference a Year makes

366.

That’s how many days its been since they removed the Cancer. 366 days of learning, days of healing, days of falling back into mistakes I used to make and days that I try to catch myself and strive to be better. 366 days of survival. At the very start of these 366 days, I began with a 7″ incision on my left shoulder, and a tiny little poke under my left arm to get my sentinel lymph node. 366 days later, I have a larger scar under my arm where they removed more lymph nodes, and my feeling is slowly, but surely coming back in my left upper arm.

366 days that have changed my life forever. As my 1 year anniversaries begin to surface, I think back to where I was a year and a day before… had I known what was to come. The surgeries, though they’re crippling on the body, in my mind I was still me, still determined. With treatment, I’ve become someone I can’t recognize. My thoughts are no longer mine and my brain’s turned to mush, attempting to decipher between dreams and reality. I find myself reteaching the simple things in life, like how to hold a conversation and taking notes in my head as I observe my close friends talking. Relearning. Step by step. Healthy to Whole. And I wonder, in 52 days, when treatment ends, will I still be re-teaching, or will I remember what I knew 366 days ago?

A year ago this week I watched the fireworks light the sky with my best friend. As we sat there, we daydreamed of what was to come in the year ahead, and where we would be when we watched the fireworks again. Looking back, I don’t think anyone could have anticipated what was to come in the year ahead. My results, my mom’s diagnosis, my career change, my love life – all of it – unpredictable. This year, I watched the fireworks with the same friend. But this time, without expectations of the future, this year was just filled with excitement of what is to come. Knowing that whatever comes next is better than what I’m leaving behind. Next year, when I put my toes in the sand once more, life will be different. This storm will have passed.

The difference a year makes!

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