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Red Lentil Cauliflower Curry

In Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Epstein-Barr Virus, Healing Cancer Naturally, Uncategorized on January 29, 2018 at 6:59 am

Red lentil curry

This curry is so easy to make and has many powerful anti-cancer ingredients in it.  Loaded with onions, garlic, coconut, cauliflower, tomatoes, ginger, and spices, it hits cancer on many fronts. Plus, pretty much every ingredient helps to target herpetic viruses such as Epstein Barr virus, which research shows is directly involved in the development of most cancers.

Today I used purple cauliflower instead of white, which interestingly made it look a bit like chili. I had this with a cabbage dish, but you can also serve it with rice or quinoa. Bone broth added richness and extra protein. You can increase the coconut milk if you like a creamier curry.


1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 medium red or yellow onion, diced

1 large or 2 small shallots, diced

12 curry leaves (optional)

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced

1 knob fresh ginger, about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide, peeled and minced (about 2-3 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon

4 whole tomatoes (from a jar) or a one 15-18-ounce jar of diced tomatoes

½ cup dried red lentils, rinsed (increase to ¾ cup if you like a thicker stew)

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets

3 cups stock (bone broth or vegetable stock or a combination)

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

½ teaspoon garam masala

Fine ground Celtic sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

½ cup (or more) chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. Heat oil over medium-low heat in a large saucepan; add onions, shallots, curry leaves, and jalapeno. Turn the temperature to low and cook, 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender and fragrant.
  2. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for one or two more minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cinnamon, stirring to coat.
  3. Add tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon if whole tomatoes are used. Add the lentils, stock, and cauliflower and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until lentils and cauliflower are tender.
  4. Add coconut milk, stir. Add garam masala, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat
  5. Garnish with cilantro, and serve over rice, if desired.


Why You Should Eat This:

Cauliflower contains a variety of antioxidants that protect and repair DNA. It also exhibits strong anti-inflammatory activity that helps detoxify the body of harmful toxins.

Onions and shallots are a fantastic source of sulfur, which has been found to prevent the growth of tumors and inhibit cancer development. They are also potent antiviral agents.

Coconut is a strong antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial food. Coconut fat contains about 40-55 percent lauric acid, which our body uses to produce monolaurin, a biochemical derivative of lauric acid. Monolaurin has been found to be effective in fighting bacteria and fungus.

Cilantro binds to heavy metals such as mercury and escorts them out of the body.

Bone broth offers numerous health benefits.

Ceylon cinnamon has cytotoxic properties (toxic to cancer cells) and helps regulate blood sugar.

Curcumin (turmeric) is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anticancer spice that cuts off many pathways for cancer.

Cumin is a member of the parsley family, and thus is a good source of cancer- fighting apigenin and many other biologically active components. It is rich in antioxidants and is a natural immunity booster. Cumin also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.



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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.


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Food; is it Good for Our Health or Our Cancer?

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

As a cancer survivor, I wanted to do more than just the suggested surgery.  I felt that if cancer liked my body once, then it might like it again. I wanted to do everything I could to prevent the cancer from coming back. What I discovered was that the best thing that I could do to improve my health was to improve my diet, and maybe support that diet with some supplements– especially for some nutrients that are hard to get in one’s normal diet, or certainly in the amounts I felt were necessary.

So what do I eat?  Tons of fruits and vegetables, including a bounty of fresh herbs,  beans, healthy fats such as  nuts (walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, brazil), flax and chia seeds, avocado, olives and olive and coconut oil,  green tea, some organic eggs and occasionally, some grass fed Elk or local fish.  If I eat cheese, it is locally produced, organic and full fat.  When it comes to produce, I believe a wide variety is critical, eating the rainbow, so to speak, but I also believe it is a good idea to pack in a few key items daily.  Crucifers (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, radish, Brussels sprouts, etc.) are essential as they have compounds that are very powerful against cancer; try to eat a wide variety and focus a bit on broccoli.  Celery and parsley can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing; carrots are free-radical scavengers and can be eaten cooked, raw or juiced. Doc had it right; an apple a day does keep the doctor away.  For more of my favorites, please visit Eating to Cheat Cancer .

I don’t like the word ‘no’.  I have two kids, so I have tried to perfect this, but words such as no, never, don’t and can’t—these are very negative words and are not helpful when you are trying to make healthful changes.  I like to ask my clients to start with small changes and aspire to eating well 80% of the time; I find that this allows them the flexibility they need and before you know it, they are more like 90-100%, to the point when they no longer consider food choices to be a diet, but rather naturally gravitate to healthier options.

The easiest way to transition to a healthier diet is to find foods that you enjoy, and build the diet around those.  In other words, if you don’t like broccoli, don’t start there, but maybe throw a few sprouts into your smoothie; small change, powerful response.  Like almond butter but trying to avoid grains?  Smear it on raw carrots or apple slices. 

Ok, so back to the topic.  Is eating bad for your health?  We know that what we eat greatly affects our health and our risk for cancer.  However, we hear so many conflicting stories, and read so many articles on the perils of what we thought were healthy choices.  Plus, there are so many different strategies when it comes to choosing a dietary protocol.  It is no wonder we are all confused.  I often just want to throw my hands up in the air and say…eating is bad for your health!  But before you do that and give up the quest, know that food matters and know that the best strategy is the one that works for you.

So let’s take a look at some of the controversies.

In our quest to avoid dairy, many of us switched to almond, soy or hemp.  But a peek at the ingredients sends us right back to our local dairy farm. Make our own almond milk?  Not likely if you have kids or a full time job.




Gave up the full fat as you heard the bad stuff is mostly in the fat?  Think again, take out the fat and lose the health promoting naturally occurring CLA.  Traded beef for chicken?  Ever read what they feed chicken these days?  Plus, chicken (eggs and meat too) are inflammatory; consider organic grass- fed meats.  Get the rod out and catch dinner?  Ah, the PCB’s and red tides; think again.  Like shrimp?  Consider the source; farmed shrimp from much of Asia is raised in a toxic environment.  Grains and wheat?  Dr Mark Hyman calls the wheat today Frankenwheat  and suggests we avoid eating it, and so much has been written on the perils of gluten and grains.  However, think gluten-free is the way to go?  Only if the food is naturally gluten free….not some chemical substitute for the real thing.



So what can we do?  Relax. Eating a small amount of anything isn’t going to kill you.  Eat as close to nature as you can, and employ food as your ally.  Worried about the sugar in carrots and fruit?  Start your day with cinnamon.  Just one to two teaspoons can help regulate blood sugar.  Worried about BPA exposure?  Add more probiotics (and a few other agents) to your diet.  Concerned about heavy metals such as mercury?  Eat more cilantro. Food really is thy medicine.

Want to know more about specific anti-cancer diets and protocols? Over the next few weeks, I will have several health experts on Survive and Live Well.  We will hear from Elaine Cantin, survivor and author of The Cantin Ketogenic Diet;  Ellen Kamhi, RN, The Natural Nurse;  Wellness Coach, Jan Jargon; Dr Christopher Nagy;  Dr Michael Schachter; and author Sarto Schickel, whose wife  utilized the best of conventional medicine alongside the Gerson therapy to treat her stage IV cancer. All will share valuable insight on food and its impact on healing.

Food, it is good for our health, and if done right, can be downright unfriendly to cancer.  Eat like your life depends on it, and yes, enjoy a bit of red wine–if that is something that gives you great pleasure. In fact, have it with some dark chocolate.  Sure, chocolate has some sugar, but it is loaded with antioxidants and reduces inflammation, so if you crave dessert—have one that comes with benefits.

Want to talk about your specific needs for an anti-cancer diet? Visit my website to schedule an appointment for one-on-one coaching.


Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. Find Elyn at www.elynjacobs.wordpress.com. To tune into the Survive and Live Well show, visit www.W4CS.com, Tuesdays at 1pm, EST.

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