#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.
We arrived home from the wild [and] oh so howling, windiness of Douglas, Wyoming. We had a fabulous time; it was truly a kick back, relax, it’s okay if you stay in your PJs all day kind of holiday.
[Queue: snow/sleet, here in metro Atlanta today!]
I digress, I found myself awake at 5am ET/3am MT every. single. day. because that’s the way I roll [and] I have this thing called ‘cocktail’ hour when I MUST take my anti-rejection medications.
Anyway, my crazy was hanging out as I found myself drinking a cup of coffee each morning under the light of the Christmas tree reading my non cancer books of choice for the holiday.
[My non cancer books: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown [and] The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: the Japanese Art of Decluttering]
Back to the coffee thing.
I am NOT a coffee drinker, so I went looking for some alternatives [and] I found one that I REALLY like to add to my ‘cup of warm’ options:
Turmeric Ginger Latte:
1 & 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2-1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ginger, freshly grated or ground
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
1 tsp sweetener of your choice [I use Manuka honey]
1/2 TBSP coconut oil
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan; bring to a boil, whisk the ingredients together, then cut the heat source, transfer to a cup, add sweetener [and] enjoy a cup of warm.
Alternatively, you could substitute 1/4 tsp cardamom for the cinnamon, add all ingredients to a mason jar, shake for a couple of minutes, [and] enjoy as a cold beverage as well.
Throughout this #FromScratch adventure, I have learned that WHY is a very important question.
A Golden Turmeric Latte is a healthy beverage because of its anti-inflammatory as well as the anti-cancer properties. By heating the milk and pepper, you draw out the curcumin extracts [and] the coconut oil provides a rich creaminess with the added bonus of its natural anti-bacterial properties.
Baby, it’s cold outside, so be warm, friends!
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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