The holidays have arrived! We’re two weeks away from Thanksgiving and all the expectations that come with this time of year.
The message we receive is, “There’s so much to do: shopping for presents, shopping for food, cooking the food, arranging to see lots of friends and family, spending time with friends and family, attending office parties, and more!” And through there is the additional message that you “should” smile and be happy.
Yet reality can fall far short of expectations. A woman in my office this week spoke about how she didn’t have the energy to cook the Thanksgiving meal as she always did and how badly she felt that she was letting her family down.
This is the hidden side of illness that is not talked about and so often misunderstood –the lack of energy that accompanies treatment.
If you’ve been in treatment for breast cancer, or if you’ve been struggling with a chronic disease such as fibromyalgia, PCOS, depression or anxiety, messages of holiday cheer may not resonate within you. And not being able to share in the festivities can trigger feelings of guilt, isolation, and depression.
I have some suggestions that I’ve seen work with the people in my practice, and I’d like to share them with you.
If attending dinner at someone else’s house isn’t an option, do much less and make it a potluck. Ask people to bring their favorite dish. Another option is to provide them with a recipe and ask them to make a dish of your choosing. It’s always a surprise to see how a dish tastes when someone else cooks it.
The holidays are soon upon us, and Thanksgiving menus are already being planned.
This is a time for eating more than usual and often indulging in special foods that are part of the holiday tradition. For example, you may not usually eat gluten or sugar, but may decide to eat some of your favorite pie or dessert.
But for today’s recipe, I’ve chosen something very simple, gluten and sugar free, that also provides your body with soluble fiber -applesauce.
Modified Citrus Pectin, or MCP, is found in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits as well as in the skin of apples. As you cook the apples, the temperature releases the active ingredient, a complex water-soluble indigestible polysaccharide. When the skin of the apples takes on a shiny quality, that indicates the MCP has been released.
Nutrigenomics is an emerging science which studies the interaction of genes with nutrition and lifestyle variables,
explains how food affects your genes and how genetic variations affect the way we react to the nutrients in foods. And there is no better example of this than what we find in MCP.
MCP affects several steps in cancer metastasis and does this through impacting a carbohydrate-binding protein known as Galectin-3. Galectin-3 is shed by tumor cells and this suppresses killer T-cell ability. Left unchecked, Galectin-3 contributes to tumor cell survival, growth of new blood vessels or angiogenesis, and metastasis.
Eating applesauce inhibits Galectin-3 and works to increase cell death or apoptotic response of tumor cells to chemotherapy.
Please use organic apples.