Celebrating with Fresh Almond Milk and Raw Coconut Chocolick

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been away from blogging this past week.  To tell you the truth, since last Wednesday, I’ve taken a much needed holiday from thinking about the Big C.  I finally received the results of the lymph node biopsy.

For those of you unfamiliar with the territory, the lymph nodes are part of  a network through the body that serves as its main vessels of immunity. In creating white blood cells, carrying fluid from tissues in the body, absorbing fat and moving that fat to the circulatory system, a functioning lymphatic system is central to a healthy body. The channels of lymph ducts and vessels go just about everywhere. When we’re sick, the glands of the lymph often swell, for the body fills them with extra white blood cells to fight off viruses. Since the lymphatic system isn’t connected to any organ to pump the lymph throughout the body, it’s important to exercise and stretch, especially the chest area, in order to keep the fluid moving.  Wearing tight clothing can constrain the lymph.

That said, the easiest way cancer can metastasize, or spread, is through the lymphatic system.  Cancer from the breast can leave the site of the tumour and travel to the sentinal lymph nodes underneath the armpit.  Since the lymphatic system circulates throughout the entire body, it’s easy to see why cancer cells in the lymph nodes would not be good.

Thankfully, the ones removed during my surgery showed no signs of cancerous cells.

Whilst the stages of cancer might be occurring in other areas of my body, the clear return of the biopsy is definitely a reason to celebrate. So, in honour of my awesome lymphs, I’m sharing a couple of yummy recipes. Both are raw, nutritious and good for your lymphs.

Almond Milk

Homemade almond milk is surprisingly appetizing and easy to make.  All’s needed is almonds, water, a blender and a sieve or nut milk bag.

  1. In a jar, add 1 cup of almonds to 3 cups of filtered water.
  2. Let stand in the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning, strain the almonds from the water and place them in a blender.
  4. Add 3 cups of fresh filtered water.
  5. Blend.
  6. Pour mixture through a sieve, separating the liquid from the husk.
  7. Use over cereal, with lattes, or fresh on it’s own.
  8. Enjoy!

Raw Coconut Chocolick

I’ve called this chocolate, “chocolick”, in honour of my two-year old nephew, Simon, who can’t quite pronounce “chocolate” yet. Sugarless, raw and good for you, you’ll be delighted how delicious this stuff tastes.

Coconut oil is anti fungal and so a great help if you have problems with Candida albicans. It is also anti-viral and anti-bacterial. There are studies to show that 3 teaspoons a day can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Cocoa has properties that fight cancer, and xylitol is a natural sugar substitute that causes no harm to the body.

INGREDIENTS

300 gm and coconut oil
1 cup cocoa powder
½ cup xylitol or to taste
½ tspn pure vanilla essence

METHOD

  1. Lightly soften the coconut oil and tir in the other ingredients
  2. Place in a container in the refrigerator until nearly firm.
  3. Score into bite sized pieces and allow to firm fully.
  4. Share and Enjoy!

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