A retreat for women dealing with cancer

My cousin, Mary, is an amazing lady and a cancer survivor.  You can read her story here.  We both enjoy talking about nutrition and spending several evenings every month cooking fresh beautiful meals together.  We are fully convinced of the critical role food plays in our quality of life and in avoiding degenerative diseases such as cancer and diabetes. 

Recently, she hosted a wellness retreat here in Charlotte, for ladies who were dealing with cancer.  We played chef and sous chef, and taught the ladies how to increase their gut health by making their own probiotic foods.  We made naturally cultured butter, crème fraiche, kefir, kvass, and sauerkraut.  It was such a fun time preparing and eating all those yummy creations.  These ladies were all amazed at how easy it is to include tasty cultured/fermented foods in your diet! 

Retreat women

The keynote speaker for the retreat was Dr. Nasha Winters with Optimal Terrain Consulting.  She guides her patients to support a healthy body (terrain).  A healthy body increases the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatments and can help patients stay on schedule with their treatment, by treating the awful side effects of chemo.  She investigates the underlying cause of the cancer, and implements a diet and lifestyle that aim to prevent reoccurrence.  While Mary and I were playing chef and sous chef with fermented foods, one of Dr. Winters’ topics was gut health and the importance of keeping your “microbiome” healthy.

I was honored to be a part of this group of courageous and super cool ladies.  Although I do not have cancer, I felt a strong comradery with these women, because we are all in a fight for our health, with good nutrition at the center of it.  Shouldn’t we all be?


Eat your veggies! And add some fermented ones. 

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2 Responses to A retreat for women dealing with cancer

  1. Sarah Tatum says:

    Robin, Every time one email comes from you, another of the same comes. Maybe you could erase one of them? Thanks! Sarah

  2. Mary says:

    Thank you Robin for providing an amazing class on fermenting! It was the highlight of the week end for several woman attending. And may I say that I was one of four woman hosting this event, each with our own areas of expertise to pull this together! It was a huge success due to the hard work of Carmela, Kim, Erica & myself as well as our speakers! Thanks to all-not to mention those attending!

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