Since October is my favorite month in the calendar, I hope to post pictures of the bold & beautiful plants and trees in my neighborhood and beyond. I am going to State College in about 10 days, coinciding with “Flaming Foliage” in Central PA, and I plan to take pictures of the trees on campus and around town to post here and in my blog: www.divorce-dayz.info.
While focusing on Fall is an important part of my October postings, I also plan to share the focus with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Having lost two good friends who died from breast cancer in their thirties, and currently supporting a good friend
who is facing cancer surgery next week, I feel a need to bring as much information as possible without overwhelming you, the reader.
I just called my naturapathic friend Hope to ask her which foods are most protective against cancer and she gave me two foods: Kale and Brussels sprouts. Since they are not necessarily the most popular plants on the planet or dinner plates, I hope to provide recipes that will reflect my motto, The Good Taste of Health. I may go back in the archives to find recipes I have already posted as well as new ones to give you a variety from which to choose. I actually have Brussels sprouts and kale in my ‘frig right now, so today is as good a day as any to make a recipe to post. (Below is a kale recipe photo from my archives, which I will repost.)
This week is also the start of Succoth, the Jewish Thanksgiving, and I hope to post some health-giving, colorful recipes to celebrate this harvest holiday. Boy, will I be busy!!!
A couple months ago I reviewed a poetry book by my Douglass classmate, Mary Lou Meyers. In our conversation, she told me she was a breast cancer survivor, so her story will appear. In addition, Cindy (the dietitian at MANNA where I chop veggies every week for critically ill people), introduced me to a book entitled A Dietitian’s Cancer Story by Diane Dyer. The subtitle is Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing and the subtitle lives up to its words. I read it with awe at how this woman survived three bouts of cancer!
Also, while there are many good organizations out there on breast cancer, I choose to support Breast Cancer Awareness, because this organization focuses on corporations that are creating carcinogenic products that hurt the environment and ultimately our health. More about that soon.
Last month I went to The Wellness Community to do a talk on sea vegetables. (In May I did a talk on sprouts, which I posted.) This non-profit organization provides free programs to cancer survivors, so I hope to put together some information on sea vegetables as part my Kitchen Nutrition with Recipes. The location of the center is lovely, and the workshop I did was outdoors under a canopy. Below is a photo of a sea salad wrap from the archives. More recipes will be posted this month.
Since the beauty & boldness of Fall is this month’s theme, I want to dedicate this month to the bold & beautiful women who have breast cancer and are struggling to survive. I also want to dedicate it to women who are survivors and deal with their illness every day. May every dawn of a new day bring you renewed hope and vigor, and as we say at Yom Kippor, which was earlier this week, “May you be inscribed in the Book of Life.”