Cancer Compassion: 6 Questions to Answer If You Want To Be Helpful To Family and Friends

The What and How of CompassionHis Holiness, The Dali Lama, wrote “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Thich Nhat Hanh, said, “Compassion means, literally, ‘to suffer with.’” For me, compassion is a what of Buddhist tradition. It says this is what we should be doing in supporting cancer victims, but not necessarily how to do it other than in general terms (e.g., acceptance, nonjudgmental, etc.).

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My Go-To Green Smoothie

Green Love!

Healthy Cancer Chick

I drink a green smoothie twice a day….every day!  I have a standard smoothie but I do add different things from time to time.

Basic ingredients

About 16 to 20 ounces of purified water

1 organic apple

1 banana

1 to 2 large handfuls of organic spinach

3 to 4 large leaves of organic kale


Wash everything and put in Vitamix (or other blender) in order listed, turn on low and increase speed and then put on high until well blended.  I pour into 2 mason jars (there is something earthy about drinking greens out of a mason jar) and tightly seal one and put in the fridge for later and drink the other one down….yummy!

I do throw in other stuff, usually whatever I see in the fridge or lying around in front of me as I’m getting my greens, apple and banana.  Below is a list of…

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Marinated Kale Salad with Golden Raisins and Sunflower Seeds

Monday’s Lunch

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Kale Salad

Kale is a staple, or maybe even a necessity, in my kitchen.  I grow several varieties in my garden and also buy organic kale from the market.  I put it in my smoothies EVERY day.  I think that kale is one of the primary reasons my eye color has changed from brown to green, I eat so much of it.  🙂

The first time I ate kale I remember thinking that it was bitter and, ok I will admit it, rather nasty tasting.  I made the mistake of putting too much kale and not enough “other good stuff” in my first green smoothie and I could barely choke it down.  Now I love kale so much, and over the years have gotten to love the flavor, that I put less fruit and sweet vegetables in my smoothies and more kale.  I could probably even drink straight kale juice!

Whether you are…

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High Cobra Restorative Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Survivors

Great Modification!

Breast Cancer Authority

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Author: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By:Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

High Cobra yoga pose uses your own body weight along with gravity to tone and condition muscles. An easy exercises that can be done almost anywhere. This flowing yoga pose benefits women recovering from breast cancer because they can tone the pectoral muscles which lie underneath the breasts. Strong pectoral muscles provide a strong surface for breast tissue to sit on. This exercises also work the triceps, the muscles at the backs of the arms, which is an area a lot of women struggle with.


  • Rejuvenate spine and relieves back stiffness
  • Great for lumbago, sciatica and prolapsed discs
  • Strengthens spine and reduces low back pain
  • Lungs gain elasticity
  • Increases blood circulation to pelvic region & digestive tract
  • Relieves gas, bloating and cramping


  • Disc displacement or sharp back pain
  • Spondylolisthesis

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Experimenting with Essential Oils in Yoga Class


I’ve always have liked essential oils. For me, it increases the pampering and pleasant experiences of wonderful things like getting a massage, facial and even yoga classes. I even like to add essential oils to my bath water, foot bath water, and candle warmers or diffusers for my home.

Since I teach yoga, I’ve wanted to include the essential oil experience into my classes. Just recently, I started exploring the idea and introducing my classes to them. Before I brought oils into class, I felt like I needed to do some research as I am a novice with so much to learn. For instance, I was curious as to what types of oils I should use for various effects. Also, I was concerned about application. Do I apply oils to the skin and if so where/how? Do I spritz oil around the room and if I did this, what would…

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Rochelle Roll Back Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

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Rochelle Roll Back Yoga Pose For Breast CancerAuthor: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By:Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

In Breast Cancer Yoga, the use of props are essential for a person to feel safe, supported and nurtured. These specific, reclined, supported, yoga poses combined with deep breaths are intended to support recovery from breast cancer and assist in managing lymphedema and cancer-related fatigue. In our book, “Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery” everyone will learn the importance of elongating the spine while opening the chest region using props for support . The mild inversions are used to create an anti-gravitational force in the pose which will renew energy, promote positive thoughts and enhance self esteem.

“Importantly, when props are used correctly, they allow the body to come into a natural and balanced state of alignment. When the body is aligned, the mind feels balanced as well. Once the body and the mind unite, the breath too…

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What Can You Do with Dry Bamboo Wipes?

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A new product we have recently added to our product line is Dry Bamboo Wipes. Many people use disposable wet wipes for many purposes, such as baby wipes, hand wipes, or facial cleansers.  But when we introduced the Dry Bamboo Wipes, people would ask, “What can you do with dry wipes?”

The best response we have is, “There are no limits!” Because the wipes come dry, you can make your own natural formulas and create high quality wipes that are specific to your needs.

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These wipes are made from 100% bamboo fibers and are 100% biodegradable. The bamboo fibers create a very soft wipe that is especially great for sensitive skin (such as a baby’s bottom). Not only are the wipes free of parabens, petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrances, and bleaching agents, but they are also hypoallergenic and tear resistant. What more can you ask for in a wipe?

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Estrogenic Cooked Meat Carcinogens

Breast Cancer and Meat.

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Cooked Meat Causes CancerBy: Michael Greger, NutrionFacts.Org.

In the 90’s two international studies found an association between breast cancer and intake of fried meat and broiled meat in Finland and Uruguay. In 2000 researchers in Iowa identified the probable culprit, a heterocyclic amine abbreviated PhIP. Heterocyclic amines are a class of ubiquitous mutagens found in cooked meats, poultry, fish, and cigarette smoke.

Studies found an association between breast cancer and intake of fried meat and broiled meat

The effect was confirmed on Long Island, and extended to grilled barbequed and smoked meats but why more breast cancer risk? Well, these cooked meat carcinogens are mutagenic, meaning they damage DNA; in fact you can directly correlate the number of DNA mutations in breast tissue with estimates of dietary intake.

They asked women undergoing breast reduction surgery about their meat cooking methods and found that the intake o processed, fried, and stir-fried meat associated…

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How to make your own mala…easy peasy…

Mala bead making

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I have recently discovered the complete joy of making malas. And guess what…it’s really easy! So why make your own mala?

  • You can choose exactly the colour, type and size of beads you want.
  • You can personalise your mala to be a little part of you.
  • You can give malas as “gifts made with love” to your friends and family.
  • Saying your mantra as you make your mala imbues the mala with special intention.
  • You will be the envy of everyone in your yoga class even if you can’t do a head-stand!

Watching a video is a great way to instantly get a feel for making a mala. I watched the following video on You Tube and it really helped to get me started.

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What you need to make your mala:

  • beading board (optional)
  • 104 beads, 4 marker beads, 1 guru bead (large bead for bottom of your mala)
  • beading cord, beading needle (I have just purchased…

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