Estrogen effects… phytoestrogen – you are what you eat

estrogen

I’ve always said you are what you eat! And now I live by it.

My cancer had a hormonal aspect – it was sensitive to both estrogen and progesterone. I like to think of it as knowing what feeds the beast so I can starve it. Many cancer treatments including Tamoxifen are based on this.

It first came to light that certain foods can have an estrogen promoting effect on the body – soybeans being the most commonly known.  Then with my medical marijuana prescription I learned that smoking weed has a higher estrogenic effect on the body when compared to eating it. Lungs vs liver makes a difference! Mind blown!

Now I avoid estrogen promoting foods, and have extended it to avoid foods that are known to have inflammatory effects including grains and nightshades (like tomatoes & potatoes).  I’m not one for labels, however my diet resides somewhere between Keto and Paleo.  With no refined sugars and limited natural sugars, no grains, minimal dairy, and nothing that has a high phytoestrogen effect. It would feel wrong to eat differently – to feed the beast. Just nope!

So… what do I eat? Organic meat, including elk, bison, chicken, turkey, eggs, and occasionally old 2+yr cheese (old cheese has significantly less lactose).  Green leafy vegetables mostly cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, brussel sprouts, kale, collard greens, turnips), and limited root vegetables like carrots and beets, but all the onions and garlic! Mushrooms, avocado, squash, cucumbers, and limited nuts and fruit including cashews, almonds, red grapes, and apples are all good choices.

I found that sugar, soy, and gluten are hidden in so many pre-preparted foods! It became very challenging to eat anywhere but at home, and I learned to cook from scratch and pre-prepare my meals.  There were also situations were I couldn’t follow my diet as closely, as they are the exception – I give myself permission to cheat.  Everything in moderation, and sometimes this includes moderation.

This is my way, and every cancer is different… a great resource on foods for cancer can be found: http://foodforbreastcancer.com/food-list.php

 

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