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!
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.