Yep, you guessed it – Weight Loss. Why is it that of all the cancers, I got breast cancer (6 years ago) and my oncologist said, “Women don’t lose weight with this one – they gain weight!” “What?!?!”
You are what you think.
Maybe I should think like my husband, who often says, “Why are you listening to research that talks about what happens most of the time and then you believe it will happen to you?” “Because I am an experimental psychologist, Edward.” If something occurs, say 65% of the time (which is more than chance), wouldn’t you go with the odds that it would happen to you? Now, I am not taking cancer lightly, I do not wish to have had it nor do I want anyone else to have it. But, I’m just saying – no weight loss?!?
What do we have to lose or gain?
I’ve been trying to lose weight for several years or decades or maybe a score. During one of my “What-has-cancer-done-for-me, let-me-count-the-ways moments,” I really thought there might be at least one benefit – weight loss, possibly? I did lose some weight and firm up with the various activities suggested, weight training, Tai Chi, QiGong, mediation, etc. Additionally, these helped improve my mood and stamina.
Eat to live or live to eat?
Oh well, let’s stay on track, eat right – more veggies and real fats, less processed food, no soy, and very few sweets. The truth is we really know what to do, but stay on track about 2 weeks and then life interferes with what we were trying to do and we fall off the wagon. Oh, maybe that’s just me. Anyway, as Michael Pollan says –“Eat food, mostly plants, not too much.” Even if I can’t lose weight, I choose to be healthy! Right now I am positively, trying to stay on track with a plant-based diet. So, how are you doing this year? What one thing are you changing to move the needle?