How Would Illness Change Your Diet?

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 12, 2010

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Not bad for juice pulp, eh?

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I decided to make a super quick chickpea salad using the leftover juice pulp!

Leftover Juice Pulp Chickpea Salad

Chickpea salad Ingredients:

  • 2 T EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • leftover juice pulp (I had 1 cup’s worth?)
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic (optional)
  • pinch sea salt
  • bit of water as needed

Directions: Throw above ingredients into a food processor and process just for a few seconds until chopped. Stir well. Throw about 1 cup of chickpea mixture on a romaine and cherry tomato salad. Sprinkle with paprika and black pepper. Top with favourite dressing (mine was homemade balsamic vinaigrette).

Perfecto!

I love big salads.

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My mother in law’s favourite joke when I make myself a salad is, ‘Are you going to eat all of that?!’ She’s super impressed by how many veggies I can pack down. ;) I eat ‘em like a champ.

The lemon in the pulp gave the salad a fresh ZING!

Dessert was a yet-to-be-named GLUTEN-FREE Glo Bar, which will be hitting Glo Bakery in upcoming weeks!!! Eric and I are obsessed with this bar. I am so proud of it and I know it will do you guys proud! After 6 trials, I almost gave up hope, but I am so glad I did the 7th trial for this bar. :)

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It is DA BOMB, my friends.

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How Would Illness Change Your Diet?

Remember when I told you that an immediate family member of ours was diagnosed with testicular cancer?

Well I have good news to report!!!!!!!!!

He had the surgery and the cancer was removed. The CT scan and blood work all came back normal, so he was given the thumbs up for being cancer free! :D He does not need chemo like we all feared.

We are so incredibly relieved, and obviously so is he. He realizes how lucky he is and is so happy to put this behind him.

However, I thought it was really interesting to note that his entire diet has changed since he received his diagnosis.

Before the diagnosis he was eating a meat-heavy diet, few vegetables, and he ate out for lunch every single day at work.

Since being diagnosed, he has done a complete 180 with respect to what he eats.

Here are some of the things he is now consuming:

  • Fresh juice from a juicer
  • Green Monsters 
  • Healthy packed lunch to work everyday now
  • New veggies like kale and avocados
  • Reduced meat consumption

It has totally impacted his life in a positive way! I am so proud of him for the changes he has made. :)

Do you think your diet would change if you were diagnosed with an illness? If so, what would you change?

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I’m off to clean up the kitchen after a long day on my feet. Totally zonked & hoping I can fall asleep earlier tonight! Sleep deprivation and baking all day do not mix. On a brighter note, I had a crazy good workout this morning. Love getting it done first thing. :) Oh, isn’t American Idol beginning tonight with Miss ELLEN!? Please say yes! LOVE HER.

PS- Blogging is SO much quicker now that my hyperlinks work! I may be able to squeeze out 2 posts a day on some days now. :) I didn’t realize how much it was slowing me down.

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Anna January 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

“How would illness change your diet?”
This question is so near and dear to my heart right now. This summer my dad had a heart attack that we consider the “best possible worst thing” to have happened. As a result of his heart attack an aneurysm was bypassed and because of one Dr. (none of the other cardio doctors he saw even mentioned this, but one did and he ran with it), my dad has switched to a vegan diet. Mr. Meat and Potatoes switched to a vegan, no nuts, low oil diet. My mom has joined him on the vegan diet (easier for her – we’re more vegetable happy people). It’s amazing to see the change this has made in his health, his recovery time, etc. The most important thing I witnessed was that he made that decision for himself, he wasn’t coaxed into it, and now he’s continually educating himself about it and what choices he can and should be making. Is there scientific evidence enough for everyone to do this? Maybe not – but for him the limited studies that Dr. Esselstyn has done showing that this can add 15 years for a heart patient are worth it. Because once you’re a heart patient you are always a heart patient.

I’ve also made changes in my diet and lifestyle to help treat migraines, not nearly the dramatic changes my father has made – but it’s worth it, it’s worth it to listen to what your body needs and to support it. To care for it as you would care for a loved one. On that note – give your body a hug if you haven’t already today, it does so much for you, support it and help it continue to support you!

Also – I’m another person excited about the GF bar coming out :-)

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Kimberly November 2, 2013 at 7:48 am

Hi, I just found your site, looks like wonderful recipes! I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years, albeit not a healthy eating one, but needless to say a vegetarian. Last year I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, 6 out of every million, mostly males over 65 but, I’m female and 47..go figure. The doctors having me in a holding pattern watching my blood values before starting treatment. Since then I’ve been on a rollercoaster of eating habits (my old ways vs juicing and actually trying to eat more nutritious organic, gluten free vegetarians meals!) It is really hard to do! I really feel my health depends on it though. Soo happy I found your site…making my grocery list now, can’t wait to try your pumpkin recipes!!!!

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