Sorry to disappoint you dear reader of my agreeable blog, but although in my previous post I implied this week I would show you scans with my tumors, I have none yet. Scans I mean. I spent the last week trying to find a suitable general practitioner, a necessary step to receive the benefits of the health insurance I have recently procured to avoid illness-driven penury, and handling various other legal affairs appertaining to my grandfather’s death. Yes, I’m procrastinating, but can you blame me for not being eager to learn I have lymphoma at 22?
To tell you the truth, I don’t feel that bad at present. I’ve lost a lot of weight this year and have infrequent bouts of tiredness as well as several tiny lymph nodes swollen in my neck, but otherwise I’m good. The blood tests are normal, so it’s not like I’m going to die anytime soon. Anyway, it’s the middle of the summer in Romania and it’s sweltering hot. Traveling from my little town to the capital to visit doctors now doesn’t sound to me like a good idea. Sunstroke? Heart-attack? I happen to have a heart murmur as well, a side-effect of unrequited love no doubt. In other words, I’ll do the tests gradually this month and then if cancer is indeed discovered, probably begin the treatment in early autumn.
In the meantime, I’ve been nurturing several healthy habits which I hope will not only strengthen my short and frail body, but also boost my health, improve my immune system, and help me attain serenity. I wholeheartedly recommend them:
- Going for a light walk early every morning to breathe some fresh air, stretch the legs, and soak up some sunshine. No headphones! The birds are singing their symphony.
- Eating a few spoonfuls of raw peanuts or hazelnuts and good omega seeds (flaxseed, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin) every morning. Nuts and seeds are most nutritious and good sources of healthy oils.
- Eating at least three different fruits every day. Fruits have good sugars and plenty of vitamins. I’ve been eating at least an apple every day for months now!
- Eating as many vegetables and legumes as my wallet affords.
- Eating yummy broccoli! (I really love it. It has probably become my second favorite food, after lentils!)
- Giving up on meat of any kind, fish included. It isn’t that hard and gets rid of the feeling of heaviness in your stomach. Besides, it minimizes the number of animal deaths you are responsible for, which is good for your conscience. Not to mention that people who eat meat are more prone to developing cancer than vegetarians.
- Eating little to no sugar, white breath, pasta, white rice, cookies, and other processed foods with a high glycemic index, which can encourage the development of all manner of diseases, including cancer.
- Taking natural supplements and vitamins, including Vitamin D and plant pills for relieving stress and strengthening the body’s immune system.
- Eating low fat dairy products. Fat is known to promote inflammation and can aggravate cancer.
- Eating one or two squares of dark chocolate (>70%) every day. Dark chocolate has several health benefits but should not be mixed with milk or other dairy products, which can lessen its effect.
- Writing upright rather than sitting at a desk. Easily achieved by stacking up several dictionaries on your desk and placing your computer on top of them. Straightens the spine it does!
I’ll keep you posted about any new developments in my woeful life. Until then,
Got any healthy living tips for me?