#FromScratch chronicles Stephie’s nutrition [r]evolution as she switches her thought process from “where should I eat” to “what should I eat”. Follow her series as she braves the supermarket, starts to cook and explore a new way of eating.
I am amidst what I am calling a ‘from scratch’ nutrition expedition to change my eating habits.
So, why am I sharing?
Because I suspect that I am not alone in needing to clean up my diet.
February brought news of kidney stones [plural]. I made a decision to watch and wait [and] so I did until August 9th when the stones were surgically removed. When the pathology along with some other diagnostics, I found myself facing a new reality; a reality that could impact my health and wellness depending on my response.
In order to prevent more from forming in the future, I need to tighten up my diet.
This reality demands a rock-my-world kind of change that has become my Everest, so to speak [think Sean Swarner: #KeepClimbing].
You see, my diet went from what to eat to where to eat [and] a take out habit became entrenched following my heart transplant.
So, where do I begin?
If you know me, then you know that I begin and end with friends [and] my foodie friends who are health bent on supporting my effort.
Specifically, Stefanie Sacks, author of ‘What the Fork Are You Eating?’, culinary nutritionist and friend developed a nutritional meal plan for me. Almost simultaneous with Stef’s consultation, Pat told me about Rebecca Katz and her Cancer Fighting Kitchen Online Course.
Then, as if my friends aren’t compelling enough, #CancerBookClub selected Anticancer A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber as the November book. The need for change simply will not relent, it will not be denied [and] I am taking charge and mobilizing my friends.
I want you to know that I am starting from scratch as a primarily plant-based diet goes against this petite, give me a petite filet, red meat loving carnivore’s grain. My kitchen may have some cancer fighting elements, but it is a far cry from packing the punch that my body needs.
So, let the culinary adventure begin. I invite you to follow me as I remake my eating habits #FromScratch.
She has been a cancer patient, survivor, heart transplant recipient and documentary film producer.
As a child, she was successfully treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma. Her experience led her to become a nurse serving the physical, psychosocial, and educational needs of children, adolescents, and their families along the cancer trajectory.
Stephanie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Furman University, and a B.S., and M.S in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida. At Dartmouth, Stephanie helped establish the Survivorship Clinic with Eric Larsen, MD and Sara Chaffee, MD. This clinic provided ongoing personal support and education for childhood cancer survivors and their families.
In April 2008, Stephanie’s heart failed as a result of the radiation and Doxorubicin used to cure her Ewing’s Sarcoma as a child. She received a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.
As a result of this experience, she co-produced an award winning documentary ‘Resilient: the Story of Late Effects of Cancer Treatment’, highlighting the challenges faced by survivors, families, and friends.
Stephanie resides in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and their 12-year-old-son. The Zimmermans enjoy everything from Formula One Racing and college & NFL football to go carting, ziplining, and cycling.
Please feel free to contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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