Good News for Ex-Smokers or Midnight Tokers
Sandi, my wife and best friend, successfully put her cigarettes down six months ago and never looked back. Now, she’s focusing on repairing the damage and renewing her pink lungs after 30 years of inhaling combustible microscopic particles in a nicotine-infused pottage of chemicals. Putting the coffin nails down took admirable guts. Sandi clearly illustrated to me no one will successfully succeed until they’re psychological prepared and not an instant sooner.
There’s no absolute way to totally reverse the damage smoking inflicts, save for a diet rich in leafy greens and folic acid which may offer the best protection against lung cancer in smokers and bong Jockeys. Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute evaluated participants cells to see if cancer-protective genes had been switched off; a common feature of lung cancers. Scientists saw fewer changes in veggie-chompers who took food-based multivitamins combined with lots of leafy greens, rich in vitamin C, carotenoids, lutein, folic acid, and vitamins K and A.
Experiment with new foods you’d normally turn up your nose up, like bok choy, kale, spinach, arugula, watercress, cilantro, and mustard or collard greens. By now, I hope you’re aware nutritionally bankrupt Iceberg lettuce has the nutrition of a paper towel. Such Low-grade food is one indictable reason we are so undernourished as a nation. Instead, opt for romaine, arugula, spinach, mesculin greens, bib or Boston lettuce, or purslane, the next super-food hovering on the culinary horizon.
Please don’t assume sucking down inferior grocery vitamin pills will cure your every ill. The American Institute for Cancer Research says some supplements lack vital elements found in fresh plants brimming with the cosmic life force bestowed by a generous creator; the ultimate healer, not a starry-eyed scientist from the pages of Mad Magazine.
Summon the gumption and experience instant perks:
*In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal
*In 8 hours toxic carbon monoxide levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal
*In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level
*In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase
*In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks
A Duke University study shows health-promoting fruits and vegetables make cigarettes taste snarkey. But meat, coffee, and booze make smoking tastier. "…. cigarette addiction isn’t totally about nicotine," McClernon tells WebMD. "But we’re learning smoking addiction is also about sensory effects like taste and smell, the sensation, visual experience and the rituals of smoking." Enlist more of your current favorite garden, not canned vegetables and then keep your mind and heart open. You just might make some leafy-green acquaintances on your journey returning your Temple to its original wholeness.
The best way to reduce cancer as well as heart disease and stroke is to stop smoking entirely. Quitting after acquiring cancer is akin to putting on seatbelts after a head-on collision with a produce truck.
Baby Bok Choy Salad
1 tbs. raw honey or maple syrup
3 tbs. Tamari (Wheat-Free Soy Sauce)
2 bunches baby bok choy, cleaned and sliced
1/8th cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 package of rice noodles
Warm ¼ inch vegetable oil in a saucepan. When the oil is hot gently add a small handful of rice noodles. Exercise caution. They will instantly puff up. Immediately turn off the heat. Remove at once, drain on towel and reserve for garnish
In a lidded glass jar or Tupperware container, mix together olive oil, white vinegar, sweetener of choice, and tamari / soy sauce.
Close the lid and shake well.
Combine bok choy, green onions, almonds, and noodles in a salad bowl. Toss with dressing and serve