Basic banana body builder

basic-banana-body-builderIf your appetite is suppressed, if you need to build up muscle, if you need to put weight on, or if you are worried about insufficient protein.

4ozs (100g) plain tofu (silken tofu makes a smoother drink)

1 pink (500ml, generous 2 cups) soya milk

2 bananas

2 tablespoons organic maple syrup

1 tablespoon slippery elm powder

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

Whizz together in a goblet blender or food processor until smooth and creamy

If you have difficult drinking from a glass, use a teaspoon and eat it from a small bowl like dessert, or add more soya milk to thin it and use a pretty straw.

 

Try any of these additions or flavour variations

2 tablespoons ground almonds

2 tablespoons cooked brown rice/millet/oats

Any fresh fruit – try mangoes for a real treat

Soaked or cooked dried fruits

1 teaspoon honey or concentrated apple juice

1 tablespoon organic, sugar-free preserves

THANKS TO DR ROSY DANIEL, WHO HAS GENEROUSLY SHARED THE CANCER LIFELINE RECIPES WITH US. THIS RECIPE IS FOR THE TOUGH TIMES, FOR USE WHEN YOU ARE VERY ILL, DURING TREATMENT, WHILE THE APPETITE IS POOR AND THE WEIGHT LOW.

 

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Immune support soup

immune soup

10 fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced (if you can only get dried ones, then soak in warm water for 10 minutes before slicing)

10cm piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated

4 big cloves of garlic, grated

1500ml water

Simmer together for 30 minutes then stir 6 teaspoons miso paste and 6 thinly sliced spring onions into the soup until miso melts (do not boil)

Serve hot.

THANKS TO DR ROSY DANIEL, WHO HAS GENEROUSLY SHARED THE CANCER LIFELINE RECIPES WITH US. THIS RECIPE IS FOR THE TOUGH TIMES, FOR USE WHEN YOU ARE VERY ILL, DURING TREATMENT, WHILE THE APPETITE IS POOR AND THE WEIGHT LOW.

Jumping the hurdles

hrdshpsWhat if my treatment is not available or my medical scheme turns me down or my treatment is not available at a public hospital?

For the last couple of weeks we have focused on the treatment aspect of your breast cancer journey.

Just as your diagnosis was a major hiccough in your life, you may again face a couple of issues before you actually can commence your prescribed treatment plan.

  • Your medical scheme may refuse to fund your treatment
  • Your medical scheme may ask for a co- payment
  • You do not belong to a medical scheme and do not know where to go
  • You do not know if the public sector will be able to provide the same treatment
  • You have been denied treatment

ALL of these are linked to your right to access healthcare that is enshrined in our South African Constitution (We discussed this here)

DO NOT DESPAIR – Campaigning for Cancer NPC, one of the dedicated cancer NPO’s can assist you in this aspect of your journey

Visit their webpage http://www.campaign4cancer.co.za/D_PASK.asp for a comprehensive guide of what to do – irrespective whether you are a patient in the public sector or the private sector.

If all else fails … make contact with us Advocates for Breast Cancer (email abcadvocacy@canceralliance.co.za) and we will redirect your specific issue to the appropriate authorities.

 

Radiotherapy support soup

radiosoup

1/2 cup cooked brown rice
100g fresh, organic tofu, cut into small bite-sized pieces
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried seaweed
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
1 litre spring or filtered water
Handful of chopped, fresh spinach leaves

Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add into the soup and stir until melted 4 teaspoons miso paste (or to your taste).

Finally, add plenty of fresh, chopped coriander leaves.

 

THANKS TO DR ROSY DANIEL, WHO HAS GENEROUSLY SHARED THE CANCER LIFELINE RECIPES WITH US. THIS RECIPE IS FOR THE TOUGH TIMES, FOR USE WHEN YOU ARE VERY ILL, DURING TREATMENT, WHILE THE APPETITE IS POOR AND THE WEIGHT LOW.

Some inspiration…

This 16-year -old ovarian cancer survivor reminds us that this life is worth fighting for!

Another yummy chill-beater

barley soup

225g barley grain
1 medium onion, chopped
1 litre or a generous 4 cups water
2 tablespoons low salt stock powder

bring to the boil, lower heat, cover and simmer gently for 40 minutes.

Add:

4 cups fresh watercress, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon (optional)
Pinch of ground black pepper

Boil for two minutes and serve hot.

If you like creamed soups, allow to cool slightly and whizz in a blender.

THANKS TO DR ROSY DANIEL, WHO HAS GENEROUSLY SHARED THE CANCER LIFELINE RECIPES WITH US. THIS RECIPE IS FOR THE TOUGH TIMES, FOR USE WHEN YOU ARE VERY ILL, DURING TREATMENT, WHILE THE APPETITE IS POOR AND THE WEIGHT LOW.

 

 

Keep warm!

With the icy weather that we are experiencing in South Africa, this is just what you need to warm you up from the inside out!

soup

 

Ginger zinger soup

A light and sweet soup that can help if you have nausea and lack of appetite.

2 large carrots, scrubbed, peeled and grated

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and grated

1 small onion, finely chopped (optional)

2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated

2 pints (1 litre, generous  4 cups) spring or filtered water

1 tablespoon low salt bouillon powder (or to your taste)

Bring to the boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 35 minutes.

Cool a little and whizz in a goblet blender or with a hand blender until smooth and golden.

Serve hot with snipped chives or fresh parsley.