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Leading an Anti-Cancer Life

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Since The GEM’s inception, I have put off posting a blog directly related to cancer, including leading Fighting Cancer; Now Leading an Anti-Cancer Lifean anti-cancer life. I did this for several (no good) reasons. Primarily, I thought, incorrectly I am sure, most non-cancer folks don’t want to hear about something that either a) doesn’t affect them, or b) bums them out.

Last week, 7, SEVEN, yes 7, people I know were either newly diagnosed, toughing out terrible treatment side effects or received news of a nasty recurrence.

Well, I’ve had it. I don’t know if it was just all the dark stars aligned around me, but I decided to hit this one head on with all of you ~ hence, this post about leading an anti-cancer life. It will be the most important thing you read today.

As you may know, five years ago I was broadsided with a diagnosis of breast cancer that spread to my lymph nodes. During my year-long treatment, I started to dig deep into illness and disease and what I could do to help in the healing process AND make certain it never came back.

We talk about alkalinity and inflammation every chance we getBecause those are things that ensure optimal health. Cancer and disease does not thrive in an alkaline environment (your body). Inflammation is the root of illness and disease. We must work constantly to quell the fire of inflammation in our bodies.

Last week’s bad news compelled me to share priceless anti-cancer tips I’ve learned. EVERYONE needs to incorporate these things into daily life, because, frankly, we ALL have cancer cells in our bodies. How you trigger those cells into proliferation is what makes the difference.

My previous lifestyle did nothing for my optimal health. That’s OK. Because I set out to make a change. You can too. These are your new food rules to live by. Treat your body like a GEM.


  1. 80:20 rule: Your plate should be 80 percent vegetables, nuts and seeds. It’s a WHOLE FOOD, PLANT BASED DIET–an alkaline dream! Live it, love it. If you choose to consume animal products, use them sparingly. They should NOT be the main part of your meal. Meats MUST be organic, free-range, grass-fed. This is a tough tip to swallow, but it really should be eliminated, using beans, nuts, quinoa and seeds as pro-alkalinity protein sources. I just read that women who eat meat 2x or more a day quadruple their risk of a breast cancer recurrence. Snap. That does it for me!
  2. RAINBOW GREENS: Many veggies can actually limit the growth of certain cancer cells. Shoot for 8-10 servings of veggies each day. Vary the vegetables you eat or mix them together — broccoli is an effective anticancer food, and is even more effective when combined with tomatoes, onions and garlic. AND, nothing is more powerful than the phytonutrients found in veggies and super berries. DAILY RAW, ORGANIC GREEN JUICE is a critical way to flood your body with cancer fighting warriors.
  3. ORGANIC IS KING: Choose organic foods when possible. For those of you who don’t live in areas where organic is readily available, it’s better to eat broccoli that’s been exposed to pesticides than to not eat broccoli at all. If 100% organic is not possible, familiarize yourself with the “dirty dozen” vegetables and eat accordingly. When something says organic that also means it is non-GMO. I am pretty certain that Monsanto’s Round Up Ready corn and soy beans spawns cancer cells like crazy. I mean, seeds injected with pesticides? NOT FOR ME.
  4. SPICE IT UP: Add turmeric to your diet. It is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent. They call it Nature’s Advil for a reason! We press turmeric into a liquid form and you can purchase turmeric in concentrated supplement form, but any turmeric can be of benefit! Generously add herbs like thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, cilantro, mint, etc. They don’t just add flavor, they help reduce the growth of cancer cells.
  5. Drink UP! Water Therapy is Magic: 32 ounces of filtered (fluoride-free) water to start your morning, plus another 4-6 glasses per day. It flushes toxins, viruses and bacteria and provide the cells with much-needed hydration. Your body will thank you.
  6. GET AN OIL CHANGE: Get rid of those nasty, acid-forming vegetable oils: corn, soybean, sunflower, regular canola. NOW. But don’t be afraid of fats, they really nourish your nervous system, brain and joints. Use olive, coconut, walnut oils in cooking and (make your own) salad dressings. The others are rancid and riddled with inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
  7. Drop refined grains: Go for heirloom grains, organic or brown. Eat your grains whole and mixed and favor organic whole grains when possible. Avoid refined, white flour, (ie, bagels, muffins, bread). It is crap.
  8. CUT OUT THE SWEET STUFF: Sugar feeds inflammation, disease AND CANCER. Cut the sodas and skip dessert, or replace it with fruit (especially stone fruits and berries) after most meals. Stay clear of products that list ANY type of sugar in the first three ingredients. For a treat, grab a few squares of dark chocolate containing more than 70% cacao. The GEM loves the Great Bean Chocolate brand of raw organic chocolates. The Bliss Bar, vanilla and cacao flavor, rocks my world!
  9. Learn to love GREEN tea: Instead of coffee or black tea, drink three cups of green tea per day. Regular consumption of green tea has been linked to a significant reduction in the risk for developing cancer. Flying Bird Botanicals’ jasmine green tea is amazing! (Grab some inside The GEM!)
  10. DAIRY IS FOR BABY COWS. We are the only species that consumes another animal’s breast milk–Milk that is laden with hormones that baby cows need to grow. Dairy is extremely acidic. The China Study, a book that reveals an undeniable connection between dairy/animal protein and cancer, changed my entire love affair with dairy. If that doesn’t do it, I’ll appeal to your vanity: bloating and bad skin are definite clues you do dairy.
  11. NO FAKE STUFF: NOT a little bit, NOT ever. Artificial Colors, Artificial Sweeteners, Artificial Flavors and Preservatives. I can get really angry about this stuff that somehow has been OK’d by the FDA. These have known dangerous side effects, but are “generally regarded as safe.” I call bullsh*t on that.
  12. BANISH THE BAD: Manage your environment. This is not food, but it’s critical. Avoid exposure to common household chemical contaminants. Use a green dry cleaner or air your clothes for two hours before storing or wearing it; use organic cleaning products or wear gloves; NEVER heat liquids or food in plastic; dump cosmetics with parabens and phthalates; toss Teflon pans and get enameled ones; filter your tap water; don’t keep your cell phone close to you when it is turned on and use earphones. This is scary stuff, people. There is even legal info about it on your phones in that general section that no one ever reads.
  13. Don’t run scared. Don’t let these tips make you so obsessed that you allow stress to be a negative factor on your body. If you fall off, get back on the wagon. What matters is your daily routine, not the occasional treat.


These body nourishing habits are designed to keep cancer at bay and keep you at your optimal health. Incorporate these into your daily routine. Immunity, energy and vibrant health are certain to follow.

P.S. Books to read: Radical Remission and Crazy Sexy Cancer.

P.P.S. Healthy mind and spirit habits are critical components, too. We will cover those in a later post. Stay tuned!

23 thoughts on “Leading an Anti-Cancer Life

  1. Sarah King

    This is a really important post and I will spread it to clients and friends. Knowledge is power. Thanks, Leslie!

  2. Stephanie

    Thank you, Leslie! This whole foods, plant-based diet is where I’m headed. I’ve made some recent, gradual changes in my lifestyle primarily because of the information I get from your blogs and website. I watched Forks Over Knives this past weekend upon request of my new doctor. I am a believer! Thank you for everything you do to share your story and valuable insight. I’ll be sending this to all of my co-workers here at school.

  3. Dina

    Thanks for shining the truth on our wellness paths!
    I love seeing you healthy and glowing when grabbing my goodies

  4. Sally

    I, too, have a friend who was recently diagnosed. I will forward this fabulously informative, readable, post to her. I have already invited her to experience the Gem when she is released from the hospital. Thank you for helping all of us win the fight.

  5. Kristin Peabody

    Couldn’t agree with you more, Leslie- these are all fantastic tips. I also love the book Anti-Cancer. You rock. And by the way, I am wearing my wonder woman cuff. What an awesome gift. : )

    1. diamondsonyourinside Post author

      Girl, YOU are an amazing inspiration. I can’t wait to hear about great, healing news coming from your way. Yes! I love Anti-Cancer Diet Book. Life Over Cancer by Kenneth Block was truly inspirational for me. Hugs to you and your family. That WW cuff is badass and has true super powers. don’t ever take it off!!

  6. Kristen Karlisch

    Thank you Leslie! Keep posting your positive bad ass tips! It’s a “ripple effect” and we need you to keep spreading it! ~kk

  7. Ann Ratelle

    Hi Leslie
    Just wanted you to know how grateful I am to know you and to have discovered The Gem. You are a fighter and true warrior. Your bravery inspires more people than you will ever know! Thank you for the hope and cheer you give to me and everyone you meet. By sharing your story you inspire others to be a little more brave each day. YOU are THE GEM.
    Ann Ratelle

  8. Elise

    AWESOME blog today, Leslie! passionate and moving – and as always, really good tips to incorporate asap 😉 thankful for you! xoxo

  9. Anne Kashata

    YOU ROCK! Thank you for this wealth of information. Missed you today when I popped in to buy my greens. xo

  10. Nicole

    Leslie, what filter do you recommend for water? We just drink tap water and want to make a change. Thanks!

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  12. Pankaj

    My mother in law is in final stage of breast cancer. However, in last 4 months she has recovered by more than 80% as per last PET scan report. Apart from regular chemotherapy she has done follow, which according to her has helped a lot:
    a) Take only food which are prepared in water i.e. food without oil, you can prepare food without oil i.e. in water. Visit website
    b) Drink lot of fresh coconut water everyday (min 3 times in a day). Every-time she takes, she feels very energetic.
    c) Regular cycling 30-45 min – twice a day.
    d) Squeezing exercise as much as possible i.e. pressing a small rubber ball by fingers (hand).
    e) 30-40 minutes – twice a day of YOGA (only breathing exercise). Cancer cells die fast in presence of oxygen.
    f) NO to any type of SUGAR intake.

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