A Race for Life by Ruth E. Heidrich Ph.D.

By Ruth E. Heidrich Ph.D.

In her mid-forties, Ruth Heidrich used to be clinically determined with breast melanoma. After present process remedy, she discovered she needed to problem herself to maintain good. She deicded to run the punishing Ironman Triathlon a attempt of persistence concerning a 2.4 mile swin, 112 mile motorcycle trip, and a 26.2 mile marathon run. to do that and reamin cancer-free, she stopped consuming animal items, adopting a plant-based vitamin and a life-affirming angle that was firm - in additional methods than one- to be in it for the longer term. two decades later, Heidrich continues to be working, nonetheless cancer-free, and nonetheless confident approximately lifestyles. this is often her tale. She describes her struggle with melanoma, her therapeutic vitamin, and the rewards of competing within the hardest races on the earth. She exhibits you ways to turn into more healthy, extra optimistic, and problem your self to alter.

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I cook mine in an automatic rice cooker, using two-to-one proportions of water to rice. It doesn’t even take any longer to cook, being usually ready in about twenty-five minutes. It’s even faster in a pressure cooker. I love brown rice plain or as a base for chili, tomato-based sauce for Spanish Rice, or with water-sautéed chopped vegetables a quick and easy chop suey. Dessert is usually a large (four-quart size) bowl of air-popped, plain popcorn. This keeps both hands and mouth fully occupied and has all kinds of positive benefits—such as lots of fiber and vitamin-B complex—and tastes great once you get past the need for salt and butter.

My rule is to shop only at the edges of the store. Depending, of course, on the layout, you’ll find the produce section on one end and the breads on another. So you can go “hog wild” with the vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. If It Has a Face or a Label, DonÕ t Eat It! Here’s a little rule of thumb: If it comes from anything that had a face, eyes that look back at you, or had a Mom and a Dad, don’t eat it. If it fits those criteria, it also has muscles, and all muscles have cholesterol and saturated fat.

My visit was timed, coincidentally, with the running of the 1982 Kona Ironman Triathlon. 2-mile marathon. My brain had trouble handling what it was seeing. One side of my brain went, “This is humanly impossible! No one can do this much! ” replied the other side. “No, it can’t! ” “No, it isn’t. ” For hours this went on as the finishers struggled across the finish line. I’d already run several marathons and knew how I felt upon crossing that finish line—totally spent, exhausted, with absolutely nothing left!

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