There seems to be a timeless and universal appeal to a well stuffed gift basket. This particular basket is a side step from the traditional basket and has a value that extends beyond those intended here. It would be great for just about anyone looking to eat healthier. According to Frank Jasper, actor turned Acupuncturist and co-owner of Osani Holistic Health Care in Los Angeles, CA, there are certain foods and beverages that help to accelerate the body’s ongoing process of detoxification. Detoxing is a vital part of recouping after each chemo cycle and once the patient is finished with chemo.
Start off by getting a good sized basket and some colored cellophane wrap then stuff it full of any or all of these items:
• Sea salt—helps accelerate the detox process
• Reishi mushrooms
• Kelp—seaweed products
• Miso soup—as in a macrobiotic diet
• Brown rice
• Green tea or black tea
• High carotene vegetables: yams, squash, carrots, Swiss chard, or spinach; orange and dark green foods: sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, kale, collards, or chard
• Brassica vegetables (cabbage family): cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, arugula, turnips, radishes, mustard greens, or bok choy. These are particularly beneficial for their radio protective effects and ability to help repair radiation damage.
• High nucleotide content foods that assist in cellular repair: liver, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies
• Olive oil
• Beans and lentils
• Bananas—for potassium, if needed
• Water—Alkaline water and Mineral water are most effective.
Foods to Avoid:
• Sweets—candy, soda, pastries, etc.
• Wheat and wheat products
• Limit alcohol and coffee intake (tea tastes better right now anyway)
• Grapefruit – this fruit is totally taboo while going through chemo, because it interferes with the effectiveness of the drugs.
• Fresh ginger (for nausea) and lemons(to cut through the chemical taste/smell)
• A bottle or two of some favored hot sauces
• Peppermint and other soothing organic teas
• Some inspirational cancer survival stories like The C Card and Me or The Cancer Survivor’s Club
Whatever you pick from list and however you wrap it, this is definitely a unique and thoughtful gift sure to be appreciated by your loved one.
Go ahead and pat yourself on the back then pour yourself a nice mug of eggnog and put up your weary shopper’s feet. Be sure to head back tomorrow for Gift idea #2…