10/09/2012 06:30 pm ET Updated Dec 09, 2012

Life After Chemo or Radiation

Autumn is about to begin; the celebrations and festivities are approaching. Pretty soon we will be surrounded by intoxicating flavors and aromas that grab you, just in like in all those cartoons with an apple pie in the window with a scent that could almost lift you off the ground. We get such an overwhelming pressure to give in to this pleasure that we forget what we just went through. I'm speaking about life after chemo or radiation.

I was thinking what kind of information I can contribute that can make a difference in your life. While I was thinking an email came with the following news:

"After a brave and courageous two-year battle, Jay won his fight with brain cancer, only to become debilitated by the toxicity of the drug treatment. It was heartbreaking. Throughout the entire ordeal, Jay remained his heroic self. He was an inspiration to us all. Please join the family and me as we celebrate the life of this magnificent man."

I wish I had warned them of the importance of detoxifying the body. I wish I had told them that more than ever you need to change your lifestyle and be mindful of what you consume. I wish I would have told them about a clay bath and about liver cleanses. I wish I could have given them all kinds of information about purifying the body after such a dramatic event.

It is too late for this wonderful man but still not too late for you. That is, if you have gone though chemo, radiation or any major surgery. Make sure that you make the necessary changes so your recovery is faster and continue to adopt a healthier lifestyle until you have built back your immune system strong enough to cope with anything that life throws your way. Please understand that I hope you don't take this information as gloomy or in a negative way. It just comes from a place of love and concern.

I myself learned the hard way that when the cancer came back for a second time, I was left with almost no hope and surrendered to the inevitability of my demise. And then one day someone shared some information about the importance of piece, mind, and spirit and not to forget healthy eating. A glimpse of hope lit up my face and a new hope came my way; the fighting spirit inside me came back with a strong wild to survive.

Twenty-seven years have passed, and I'm still enjoying the miracle of being alive every day. I contribute it to a healthier lifestyle and organizing my priorities in life. I learned that accumulating possessions at our health expense are only useless.

Fall is such beautiful season; I think it is the season of celebrating, and we can still do that with healthy food that can enhance our quality of life. You know healthy food can be very delicious. I like to leave you with this wonderful recipe.

Ultimate Vegetable soup

1 zucchini sliced thinly
1 cup of butter nut squash cut into small square
1 leek sliced thinly (white part only)
3 medium tomatoes chopped
1 red bell pepper cut into cubes
1 cup of asparagus sliced thin
½ of yellow onion sliced thin
2 bunches of cilantro
2 cups of water
2 cups of raw almond milk (fresh made work best)
Start with 1 teaspoon of herbamare spice made by Vogel
1 teaspoon of Mexican season made by spice hunter
1 teaspoon of turmeric
Cayenne pepper to your taste


• Place the water into a pot and bring to a boil.
• Add the cilantro, Mexican season and tomatoes cover and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.
• Remove the cilantro and discard. Smash the tomatoes with a potato smasher until almost pureed.
• Add the remaining ingredients and continue to cooking for five minutes. Remove from heat
• Place half of the soup into a blender. Blend until smooth. Then return to the pot and mix with the remaining soup.
• Add the herbamare season and adjust if need more flavor (instead of salt). You can purchase herbamare season at mother market or any health food store.