I vividly recall sitting on the floor of my shower with water and tears streaming down my face trying to figure it all out. I could not stop thinking . . . why? Why me? What did I do wrong? On July 28, 2005, my son’s first birthday, I had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty-three. My life was flashing before my eyes, as I struggled with the question of whether I was ready to die or not. It did not take me long to conclude, that I was in fact not ready to die. I had a young child and a husband to live for! I knew I had to mustard the strength to get out of the shower and take care of my family, but 9 months of chemotherapy and a year of surgeries to first remove my breasts and then reconstruct them had left me weak, bald and hopeless. After all that I had been through my doctors told me I still had an up to 40% chance of a recurrence.
I thought, how could that possibly be, after everything I had done to fight my cancer over the past two years? I knew one thing for sure, I had to stay alive for my son and husband, so I resolved to get up off the shower floor and do something about it.
I had heard that food could have powerful healing attributes, so I decided to investigate. I read everything I could get my hands on, and my journey lead me to understand that a plant based diet filled with raw vegetables could not only help detox my body from all the toxins from my breast cancer treatment, but it could also potentially prevent a recurrence of my breast cancer.
I was so excited to finally find something that would be under my control, so I went for it. I read that the most efficient way to consume raw veggies was to juice them, so I ordered my first juicer and started making a green juice every day. The effects were immediate and undeniable. I immediately started to regain my energy and my former stamina. My hair grew back quickly, my skin and eyes started to glow.
I was blown away, so I studied further and determined that the right thing for me was to move to a fully plant-based diet. This took several years of slowly eliminating animal protein from my diet, but when I finally got there the result was amazing. I am still fully vegan and plant based, 10 years later, and I now know the answer to the Why? I was meant to go on my breast cancer journey and struggle so that I could help bring a message of health and hope to America!
Here are my tips for making small changes in your diet that can make a big different in living a long term healthy lifestyle:
Add a Green Juice (or Green Smoothie) to your daily routine
Replace one meal a day with your Green Juice (or Smoothie), preferably breakfast
Limit animal protein to no more than once a day
Eat your animal protein as part of your evening meal which will keep your body light and energized during the day
Do a plant based only cleanse at least once a season
About the Author:
Shauna Martin is CEO and founder of Daily Greens, a raw, cold-pressed green juice company based in Austin,Texas.
In 2005, Shauna was diagnosed with breast cancer. With a young family to care for, she turned to daily green juicing to recover from the trauma of multiple surgeries and the toxic effects of chemotherapy. After discovering its life-restoring power, she made it her mission to get a green juice into the hands of everyone that she can every day, so that all can thrive as she has.
Founding Drink Daily Greens LLC in 2012, Shauna now works to accomplish this mission through crafting new and delicious recipes and selling her Daily Greens, which are now sold in retail outlets nationwide. To learn more about Shauna and Daily Greens, visit her here: drinkdailygreens.com
Note from Sarah: I was also fortunate enough to go on a 1 day juice cleanse from Daily Greens and my favorite juice BY FAR is the hemp milk with blue-green algea. Yes, seriously, two awesome nutrient dense ingredients bottled up and ready for you to drink on the go. I make sure to stop into a Whole Foods every time I pass one because I know I can snag one there!
Disclaimer: Daily Greens provided me with complimentary juice, all comments are 100% authentic and my own. All photos are Sourced from Daily Greens