Did your doctor tell you to eat more produce to help you resist cancer (or heart disease or diabetes)? Now what? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you fearing it will all taste like dirt and twigs? Get the book to learn why eating more fresh produce can boost your wellness and how to make it easy, not overwhelming. Plenty of info, shortcuts and tips, farm imagery to pique your cravings for freshness, and lots of fresh, joyful flavor in the stupid-easy, madly tasty, secretly healthy recipes.
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Honestly, being told to change your eating habits to right your health sounds like a chore. Adding one more should to the overwhelming pile of shoulds that a cancer patient is facing can be a non-starter. One friend told the author that “Eat more veggies,” was the worst advice she’d ever heard…at that moment. “What about my comfort food that I need more than ever?” “My appetite is already off. I can’t give up things that still taste good to me.” “I’m too busy going to appointments, and I have no energy left.” Your doctor is right about the produce, but she can’t possibly take you to the farmers’ market, can’t teach you kitchen short-cuts or teach you recipes. You need some help here.
This book aims to make eating fresh, healthy food more like a delicious upgrade and less like a daunting slog (on top of all the other sloggy parts of cancer). It provides both usable, understandable information on what plant foods can do for you and delicious ways to enjoy them.
After a welcome to the author’s farm, some introductory basics and general tips like “Three Good Knives”, “I’m Supposed To Eat (fill-in the blank). How Do I Make It Not Suck?” or “I Can’t Just Eat Everything Raw Like A Rabbit!”, the book is organized by season, featuring helpful topics and uplifting scenes from the farm. In each chapter, cancer survivors provide some Real Talk, tips that worked for them (Ex: Best Smoothie I Ever Made, The Worst Advice I Ever Got, Mouth-Friendly Food That Doesn’t Seem Like Baby Food). Since your stamina for reading may be limited, sections are brief, so you can enjoy small portions whenever you like. There are explainers, tips, and reference sections. In between, there are farm photos that encourage a reader to picture themselves on a beautiful farm, take a breather and connect with nature, and get an appetite for luscious, vibrant food that comes from a place of wellness.
Note: this is best read on a larger tablet/screen!
About the Author:
Kerin Gould has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Health and a PhD in Native American Studies. (So she’s a doctor, but not that kind of doctor!) She has worked with food-related non-profits and taught a high school farm-to-fork program, but eventually focused on developing her own sustainable, non-toxic, wildlife-friendly farm and exploring a new way to connect vibrant fruit and veggies to those who strive to enhance their health with farm-fresh produce.
From the Author:
Since my dad passed away from prostate cancer, I have been teaching classes on veg-centric eating for folks facing cancer. The classes combine nutrition information (just enough), a cooking demo, and a bag of fresh produce from my farm. I have seen attendees sit down to eat together at the end of class, often wary of “health food”, only to be surprised and relieved. They end up saying “I can do this. I’m going home and make this for dinner.” Or, “Even my husband would eat THIS!”, and “You should write a cookbook!” But I wanted to create something more than a simple cookbook! I wanted to provide the how and why – how to make veggies taste great and why their benefits are helpful.
I’ve learned a lot from participants in my classes. For example, folks going through treatment face so many obstacles to eating well, or eating at all, that I’ve made all my recipes stupid-easy, madly tasty, and secretly healthy. I know that super-fresh produce provides the most flavor, color and joy, as well as the most nutrients, with the least amount of cooking fuss. Nothing exotic, no one-trick gadgets needed, no foo-foo soufflés to collapse and demoralize, nothing that tastes like twigs and dirt.As a fruit and vegetable grower, I want to share the flavor of fresh produce just for the joy of it, but as the daughter and friend of people who have gone through cancer, I also want to share its purpose: helping you resist cancer.
When my dad was first diagnosed with prostate cancer and had radiation, i pushed my folks to start eating more fresh produce and preferably organics. My mom really upped her game from the broiled slab of meat and block of frozen-veggies dinners that i had grown up on, and dad said he had never eaten so well. While my dad had been a suit-and-tie, IBM guy who often said, “People never change,” he became well-versed in holistic treatments and began to take well-informed control of his own course of action. I’m not taking any credit for his changes, but he outran cancer for well over 20 years, perpetually learning, running his charity golf events, doing a bit of travel, always taking care of our family while looking dapper and in good color, gracious and smiling.
He and I renovated this farmhouse in 2013, and i started taking care of the orchard, shaping rows for crops and an herb garden, and learning to care for four red hens. Bringing farm-fresh food to my folks was a way i could contribute to dad’s health as well as his enjoyment of life, take a little work off my mom’s hands, and sit and chat about something other than cancer.
The idea for this business came from what we learned about the role of food in health, and dad helped me get set up just a few months before he passed. But all of what I do here is based on experience, research, and strong values.
We learned more than I ever wanted to know. But the goals of this farm developed as we learned, and here you have it: Produce with a Purpose – fresh produce, grown for disease-fighting and preventive health value, delivered with resources and information, cooking tips, and EASY but crazy-delicious recipes…as well as support, encouragement, holistic thinking and even a bit of humor.
Please bear in mind that the information provided here on this site is not and does not substitute for medical advice. It is an aggregation of resources for you to use and assess for yourself.