My healthy addiction.

To tell you the truth, I’m getting tired of cooking and eating those healthy soups. And on the top of it I’m so busy lately that I don’t even have the time to cook anymore. So I was searching frantically for other, easier way to get my healthy nutrients. And I found it! —ENSURE – NUTRITION SHAKE – TO HELP GET STRONG ON THE INSIDE – COMPLETE, BALANCED NUTRITION – # 1 DOCTOR RECOMENDED BRAND – 8 FL. OZ – VANILLA OR THE OTHER FLAVORS. Great! This shake has lot more good stuff in it, than my soup. And how very convenient! And honestly, I like the taste of it. Of course, I have to eat some food beside this, but one or two shakes on a busy day will keep me going. I have to stay in shape, just for the case if “MR. UGLY” (cancer) will decide to invite me some day to some Arm Wrestling Match……. or something……  You never know. This Monster is very sneaky.

My friend told me: “You are going to get fat drinking this stuff”. So I told her: “I’m going to worry about this WHEN or IF I get fat”.

And my neighbor said: “How do you know if this stuff is doing you any good?” And I told him: “Hey, I’m alive, no?”

And my other friend told me: “You look good, you don’t need this stuff”. And I told him: “I look good, because I’m drinking this stuff”.

Some people are so very skeptical……. Try it for yourself. Maybe you can skip one not so very healthy meal a day and enjoy something “good for you and easy”. Cheers!

695 thoughts on “My healthy addiction.

    1. My sister has Adenocarcinoma II B Wet; she just got her first mouth sore and is looking for foods with less acid. Do you know how to find out the acid content?

  1. I too had to find some thing, anything that would be easier than staying in the grocers and the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I still keep to all things good in the kitchen and during the day; however, I have slipped a protein shake in for the mornings.

    So far, I haven’t met with any naysayers. I don’t believe in getting fat just from giving our bodies what it needs/what we need in order to be healthy.

    I’m happy to be a survivor and will do what is necessary to stay one. From the tone of your posts you sound the same.

    Cheers to being healthy!

  2. I love your sense of humour even for a serious thing. That, I guess is the first thing that stood out to me in this post. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Those protein shakes are a GREAT way to supplement a diet. Packed with nutrients and loaded with protein, they are a perfect replacement for a greasy hamburger and plate full of fries! They may not taste as good, but they are a helluva lot better for you.

    Here you go…go to a store like GNC and buy the protein powder and mix your own shakes. You can tell your friends you are working on building muslce mass. LOL Truly, making your own is THE way to go if you like these. All you need is a blender or milkshake maker. You can add all sorts of fun things to the mix. I’m partial to slightly over ripe bananas. :-)

  4. Hi Anna, I see that you’re reading through my posts, and that makes me smile! Thank you for checking them out. I have found a Blog called “Finding Subjects”. You will see it on my blogroll. This is “Tony” and he has turned to photography/blogging as he fights a heart disease and is now a stay at home kinda guy. He is wonderful and his work is inspirational. I think you might enjoy it! Hugs, from Sue

  5. Also, wanted to mention that if you take Ensure or Boost, and blend it with some ice cubes, and a little ice cream, very good! This has been one of my husband’s favorite standbys, as his appetite at this point in his illness. The doctor said, just make sure he gets at least one nutrional drink a day, and that will “ensure” the vitamins and minerals that he needs to have.

  6. I’ve learned over the years you have to do what you think is best for your body and health. Others may have their opinions but they are just that.. opinions!

    Glad you found something you like to replace the soups. Variety really is important in any lifestyle choice!


  7. First of all, let me say that I very much appreciate your visiting and then deciding to follow me. Secondly, I have read several of your posts and find that I must just be doing all the things you recommend without knowing they were good for me except that I am now 80+ and doing pretty well. I average 4 hrs a day at pottery and then another 4 hrs doing my novel writing. My wife died 7 years ago from lung cancer. Thank you again for being in touch with me and I hope that somewhere along the line I learn your name. ;-} – Blessings and Aloha.

  8. YIKES!!! Isn’t Ensure FILLED with sugar?? and Cancer loves sugar. I know it used to have tons of sugar in it. Yes!! try protein shakes and throw in lots of greens. Alkalize alkalize. Cancer can’t survive in an oxygen environment which alkaline foods provide. And there are lots of natural sweeteners out there…No sugar in my house…I use Stevia or fruits like bananas.

  9. Ha ha ha I was drinking Ensure for a while. Vanilla and the Coffee flavor were my fav. I try to do more natural things now. I love my smoothies in the morning. I mix both blends of veggies and fruits. However, I’m stuck in hotels til July as I’m traveling through Europe. I brought my magic bullet and EVERYTHING ha ha but yeah…hotel fridges aren’t cold enough to store anything. Oh well. Thanks for stopping by!! xoxoxo

  10. I applaud your vigor and your attitude. If you find that Ensure has too much sugar for your liking, consider a simple yet healthy alternative. Put a few ice cubes, a cup of unsweetened almond milk (vanilla flavored works really nicely. You can find this at most grocery stores.), a half cup of plain greek yogurt (tons of protein, no fat or sugar if you buy that kind) and about a cup of either frozen strawberries or a banana (the berries have more fiber and less sugar), a half cup of frozen spinach and blend and enjoy. It’s ugly but delicious. You’ll want to sweeten it a bit so use either a small half teaspoon of agave nectar (caloric like sugar but sweeter and with a lower glycemic index so a little goes a long way). An excellent sweetener you can get at the health food store is stevia extract with vanilla. Like vanilla extract with a no calorie, no sugar sweetener. Since cancer likes sugar, you may prefer to deny it that pleasure. But with the vanilla/stevia extract you don’t have to deny yourself. Best of luck. Enjoy!

    1. I agree with Debby! Natural is always the best way to go instead of using packaged meals/drinks. I totally understand the annoyance of cooking all the time, but remember shortcuts may make things easier and faster, but lack the quality as well.

  11. I rejoice with you that you’re a survivor! I can hear it in your writing that the enemy messed with the wrong person! Keep on keeping on, the scripture states “a merry heart doeth good like medicine!”

  12. Hi Anna, many thanks for your interest in my blog, I really appreciate it. I hope you are well and having a good week, whatever you’re up to! Best wishes, Steven :-)

  13. Hello there – so bizarre to have strangers read the blog I am writing for family and friends back home (but pretty cool – thanks!). For the last two years I’ve been using Isagenix meal replacement shakes and other products daily and I’ve never felt whole mind and body healthier – I

  14. whoops.. that posted before I was done. As far as I can remember, Isagenix shakes have more protein, more nutrients and vitamins, and less sugar then a number of other meal replacement shakes. Let me know if you want any more information. :) (And it’s DELICIOUS).

  15. Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog earlier! I adore your sense of reality and humor. Ay age 49 I had stage 1 breast cancer 3 years ago. Then found chaos and finally calm. I am still awaiting the 5 year anniversary. Except for scars I forget that it even was,
    Love your happy attitude!
    I am also from a photography blog; goodbrenda,com hosted on wordpress too! Y have yet another but that one is not a happy one…..

  16. Hi there, thanks so much for liking my blog post…I am now following you as I love your positive attitude!! I look forward to some more posts….I post a photo every day…In some small way I hope that brings a smile to peoples faces :)

  17. Another factor you might want to look into is bioavailability of Vitamins and perhaps minerals. Nutrients from food are easily absorbed into the body. However, synthetic nutrients generally don’t have it so easy. Many ‘health food’ nutrients have very low bioavailability compared to real food. Sorry for hogging on your comments page, but I really do care enough. :) Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

  18. I find it so strange how people crawl out of the woodwork when they feel that you are handling your own recovery or healing process ‘wrong’ – here’s to your choice as you live the one life you’ve been given to the full! (Protein shake held high to clink…)

  19. I’m a long time cancer survivor. 8 years ago, pacemaker, 4 years ago aortic valve and bypass. I swear by the benefits of ensure and only wish they had it many years ago. It was easy to get and keep down, wasn’t as difficult to eat as regular food, easy on the digestion, and ensured I had a minimum healthy diet. Stick with it and dont worry about weight. Good luck to you.

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Congratulations on your 65th birthday. My mom drinks Ensure as a nutrition supplement and says it tastes really good. I’m going to have to try it.
    Glad you enjoy blogging. I do, too.

  21. Dear Anna, thank you for visiting my blog. I like the way you write, as well as your sense of humor :)… About fighting cancer – I strongly believe that (right) food cures (not only cancer). Wish you all the best and a lot of happy and healthy days. :)

  22. When my mom was going through cancer treatments she would get dehydrated… one thing she swears that helped her get through the treatment was COCONUT WATER… She bought the flavored (mango, pineapple, etc.), which when chilled is quite refreshing! So just in case you are ever in need… I wanted to share that with you! Thinking of you…!

  23. Thanks so much for coming to my blog and sending me a LIKE. It brought me here to you and I love your blog. I look forward to keeping up with your posts. First, I love Ensure. My daughter and I drink these when we feel like we’ve gotten off track. It just helps us get back on track. Second, don’t you love the comments. It makes you not want to tell people what you’re doing. I think you gotta do what works for you and these are certainly healthy enough to keep you on track. :D

  24. I like trying different things but I found that working out and eating smaller meals work for me. You have to find what works for you

  25. That is so funny, I just said to someone today “I give up, I’m just going to let myself go” because I wanted cheesecake and it’s ‘not healthy’. Thanks for making me feel better about giving myself a break occasionally :)

  26. Might give that a try. So many times I just haven’t time for lunch, and then I end up grabbing something horrendous at the cafeteria. If I were to keep a few of these in stock, that needn’t happen. Thanks for the idea.
    Oh! And thank you for coming to visit my Musings.

  27. Dont worry too much about your health by doing healthy things. Health stays with you when you are mentally strong and healthy. I want to stop smoking, but if i would have worried so much about cancer the past 22 years … :)

  28. Thanks for coming to Water for the Soul…I hope you come back…Interesting stuff about what is going on in your neck of the woods…I’ll be back to see what’s new at ONEANNA

  29. I tend to pick up junk food at work for lunch.. I think you’ve inspired me. Thanks! Even if it does make one fat.. it can’t make me any fatter than a greasy burger and fries would, I’d wager. This way I at least get vitamins!

  30. I took ensure during some of the very sickest times of my life and helped when I barely was able to put take in any food. I don’t know if I’m weird but actually like it (the vanilla flavor) I always found humor in doing what you got to do to keep the health going. I now take a drink something similar but for renal/kidney patients. It helps me when I’m out and about so I avoid eating bad fast food ;-)

  31. As a nutrition professional, I feel compelled to just add a few things. There are foods that fight cancer and help you avoid it. However, there are many factors at play, such as genetics and environment. We can make smart choices about what we ingest, such as avoiding the many chemicals in processed foods, especially those known to promote cancer (nitrates, nitrates to name a couple), avoid fruits and vegetables with the highest insecticides or buy organic, etc. Supplements are needed at times, particularly while you are battling cancer and the side effects of the treatments, but not necessary when you are healthy and eating a balanced diet. Besides, there are many more benefits in the whole food than the supplements, such as fiber, phytochemicals (also anti-carcinogenic), etc. They help you feel fuller so you don’t overeat too. One can also overdose on vitamins and minerals – some have toxic levels.
    So, this is just to say, beware of claims online or elsewhere, that seem too good to be true – they are. If in doubt, ask a dietetics practitioner (RD or DTR) who has trained in nutrition science, and rely on impartial resources like “.org,” “.edu” or “.gov” sites, over .com sites, who are usually commercial and selling something that may or may not be good for you.
    Continued best wishes for your good health.

  32. I used to drink a diet drink called Sego when I was a kid. To me, Ensure tastes a lot like that. I was a fussy eater and my Mom gave Sego to me between meals to boost my calories. Nearly 30 years later, I haven’t dropped dead. I think used as a supplement it’s fine.

    On another note, I lost my mom to cancer last year and I also refer to it as the “monster.” Keeping that beast at bay requires support. It looks like you have it. Love the upbeat vibe of this blog.

  33. I wish you the best in beating cancer, and I think that is very wonderful and brave and unique of you to make a blog about your journey through DEFEATING cancer. You are in my prayers, good wishes :)

  34. Thanks for following my blog and best of luck to you. My mother and father are both cancer survivors (so far). Mom about 10 years, Dad more than 20. Never let any disease get the best of your spirit.


  35. Part of being healthy [probably the most important too] is believing it. Unconditionally believing in the healing. When you feel that something you do is truly good for you, stick to it! keep it up, keep being healthy and smile! Thank you for your posts.

  36. I tend to suggest the occasional thick slice of part-skim mozzarella – if a reputable brand with traditional flavor. I’m older than thee – :) – and sometimes my wife hollers at me to keep protein consumption up.

    Cheese is a good protein source and mozzarella is a boiled-milk cheese, healthier enzymes.

  37. Thanks for following my blog! My grandfather had Leukemia several years ago. During the time that he was diagnosed he did two things that I truly believe helped him heal (He’s been in remission for 10+ years). My grandfather began seeking God’s will for his life by focusing on a relationship with him. He also bought a juicer and drank carrot juice (and other kinds) every day. If you haven’t already, you might look into juicing and it’s benefits!

  38. Love the part where you are like “I’ll worry about that WHEN and IF I get fat” :D Thanks for liking one of my posts! We just started the blog yesterday, and I went on this morning and was all like SOMEONE LIKED US! So anyway thanks, and your blog is really really good!

  39. thanks for visiting today. if you continue following you will find a lot of short cuts for fast and easy meals. hope to see you there again. all are welcome to visit and add to the comments their own recipes for fast tasty and easy ways of eating healthy.

  40. Hello. I really like your blog. Best wishes to you. May you have many years of healthy living.

  41. Thank you for sharing your inspiring stories. I’m glad to see that your focus is living life rather than fighting illness. I hope that whatever life holds for us doesn’t get in the way of enjoying every blessed day.
    I’m enjoying my princess status with my feet up for the morning. Thanks or visiting my blog!

  42. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. Reading yours is an inspiration. I hope you realise just how remarkable the effect of your writing is. It’s an inspiration.

  43. Quick yes. I do the same at times. I usually toss a V-8 in my lunch bag. Makes me think that I am drinking a bloody mary for lunch Ha! Though, my wife likes to say that for the same amount of calories you feel more full with food. Thanks for stopping by my blog too. I have found that it is a good outlet for myself; and, well, I like that others like it to. Cheers

  44. Those Ensure people should be writing you a check. Thanks to your words, I am going to try some. Appreciate the nutrition advice. And thanks for liking a post on my site. God’s Peace.

  45. On the other hand yesterday I peeled turnip carrots parsnips onions chucked them into a pan and let them all boil cheerily away drank the liquid ate the solid and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
    Thoroughly enjoyed your post also – spiritually nutritious! Thanks.

  46. Ensure and your positive attitude are the real heros here, for sure!!! Thanks for visiting my blog and please become a follower!!!! Cheers to you and ensure!

  47. Hi, I just found your blog and I need to say that you’re so brave and such an inspiration. Will pray for you and congrats on the progress you are making ^_^

  48. Thanks for liking my last blog post; I always check out everyone I that can. I particularly liked your blog post about Ensure. I almost died last summer, and Ensure basically kept me alive until I was well enough to have an appetite again. Good post, and well written!

  49. Thanks for liking my cauliflower post! Great blog – well done on reaching 65. I, like everyone, have had people close to me suffer from cancer. Looking forward to following your stories.

  50. This made me laugh out loud. You tell ’em! When we’re pressed for time we all reach for things that aren’t so good for us. I completely agree with you…frozen dinner vs. Ensure shake? Not even a question. Great blog!

  51. Instead of cooking your soups, make raw soups and dark, green leafy smoothies whose enzymes and chlorophyll help build a strong immune system. Chia, Flax seeds etc provide good omega 3 fats. There are various recipes on my site and my 75 Plant Minerals article on the tab at the top might be of interest. Wishing you vibrant health.

  52. Love your upbeat attitude!! Ensure is not a bad option for bossing some healthy calories, I’m not sure its meant as a meal replacement but if it works for you, its better than not eating!

    If you have time, and the desire, try making some smoothies–I have a Ninja but there are so many new “blenders” that have travel cups its pretty easy t mix and go. Depending on the mood I use fresh/frozen fruit, milk/almond milk/cold coffee and spinach or other veges–very filling, and refreshing on a hot day.

    I guess the main thing–stay strong and fight the Monster with all you have!

  53. People ARE so skeptical, and don’t want to try anything that, gasp!, might be good for them. Good for you for being stronger and smarter and leading the way.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post, “One more cup of coffee.” Come back again and maybe we can have Ensure and coffee some time.

  54. Hi thank you for pressing “like” in some of my post. I am now following. Do not give up ever! Remember you are beautiful!

  55. Thank you for visiting my blog and I have been reading your posts with admiration, I am also 65 and am a survivor my daughter has just had a grueling year struggling with chemo for lymphoma and I completely understand your frustration sometimes. Look forward to reading more.

  56. What a fantastic blog and I think there’s a wealth of useful information which crucial here. Quite rightly a strong belief that you’ll beat it is the most crucial element in the battle. I appreciate you sharing. JJ

  57. Loved reading this. You remind me of my Aunt Sharon.. talk just like her, and she beat cancer. ;D

    I don’t know why many people are commenting upon you drinking Ensure. It seems like it makes PERFECT sense. But that’s because it has a lot of different nutrition that a lot of us are missing in our own diets, and it’s our own fault. I should probably start drinking it as well.

  58. Your the best! Keep drinking the Ensure – for me too. I tried it and almost threw up. Reads good, looks good but my body says ‘NO WAY’. So have to respect the body. Only one I have.

  59. Hi there – thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to like one of my posts!

    I’m an Ensure and Boost fan also (though I lean more towards the latter). This morning I tried an experiment of adding a big teaspoon of my Boost dry powder mix to a cup of coffee – Voila, instant healthy mocha! :)

  60. Thank you for your visits today, I am truly humbled! It is an honor! And with all things, enjoyment and beauty are in the eye of the beholder – drink that shake with pride! Ur friend doesn’t know what they are missing :)

  61. One tablespoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar (like Braggs) in a glass of water, twice a day. Voila. Monster gone. Yea, it’s not my favorite drink either, but the results speak for themselves. You can also try incorporating sheep sorrel greens and burdock root (gobo) into your diet.

  62. Thank you for stopping by my site. Cancer is a monster and it has to be stopped! Kudos to you and for writing this blog with dignity, grace, and a sense of humor. Be blessed!

  63. Good perspective. Find what works for you and makes you feel better. I actually used to use those shakes myself as quick shots between meals, and I’m a young buck! All of my friends would make fun of me for it, but it was better than a lot of the junk they were putting into their systems. Keep up the blogging!

  64. My daughter’s a nurse, and when she worked at a nursing center, Ensure was the go-to when a patient needed nutrients. I think you’ve found a good, healthy alternative for days when you don’t want to cook.

  65. Ensure helped my mom through many a morning/afternoon hunger moments. She was diabetic so she needed to find something she could drink that would give her nutrition, but not spike her blood sugar. Thanks for posting!!

  66. Hi,
    Yesterday was the launch of my new blog and my new career as a writer so I was pretty nervous. Thanks for the like, it really means a lot to me.
    It’s great to see a blog with ideas for healthy living rather than so much rubbish which often appears. Keep it up!

  67. (thanks for stopping by my bog & liking “Happy kombucha tea” ) it was my very first post

    … Vancouver friendly would love have you as one of it’s followers.

  68. Sometimes you just need a break from trying so you do it in the healthiest way you know how. I know I get tired too. I did something recently. I had been sprouting mung beans and I decided to make a green smoothie. I dropped them in the blender, added yogurt, a frozen banana and a tsp of honey. Blended it and dropped ice cubes in till it became the consistency I wanted. It did have a green taste but sweet at the same time. It wasn’t as hard as what I usually do and it felt good going down and didn’t take much effort. I went and laid down on the bed and drank my smoothie and just rested. I tell people “Inch by Inch, life is a cinch! I can tell you are a trooper. Appreciate you. Thanks, Jan

  69. Love your blog musings! Hey, I like Ensure- drank it quite often and over 50, feels it time I added on a couple of poundage:) Never too late to start lookng good & feeling healthier, just because!

  70. Hi. Thank you for liking a post on my blog. I really appreciate it. I wish you nothing but the best health in the future! I hope the shakes are really working.

  71. I actually use to drink Slimfast for the same reasons. I think its a cool idea IF you are busy (which most of us are) of course, its better just to cook your own meals. Good Post :) thanks for sharing.

  72. Even if you ended up getting fat, you’d be happy while doing so. No point in filling up on what you don’t like. Where’s the fun in that? If you’re going to be gaining, enjoy yourself doing it.

  73. Haha. Loved this post. You tell ’em! It’s ok, I’ve learned that some people comment on our endeavors to dishearten us due to their own insecurities in regards to trying what we are trying or so that they may say, “I told you so” if it doesn’t work out.
    You can do it. ;)

  74. Hi, thanks for liking my latest blog post. Appreciate it very much. Had a read through your blog and I love it! Well done and thanks for sharing :)

  75. We try to eat healthy and by preparing food at home we can control and know what goes in our food. And thank you for visiting my blog. Hope you are enjoying your milkshake!!

  76. Thanks for the like on my blog post. My son is a cancer survivor. I wish you the very best. During his year and a half of chemo and radiation, I worked around the clock to pump his body full of everything I could find to help heal his body. I can’t so for certain what did and what didn’t work, but he is still with me today. Best to you.

  77. Hey!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog! When I was a child, I was very sick. For about 5 years, we had to worry if I were going to die because no one knew what it was. Some days I couldn’t get out of bed, I couldn’t move or even have the strength to chew, and my mum gave me Ensure so I could keep the getting the nutrition I needed. It made a big difference for me. You should try Frosted Flakes with Vanilla flavor instead of milk. Thanks for sharing your story! :)

  78. When I’m not writing, I take care of Senior Citizens, sick, and dying people. Of course, the dying people weren’t drinking Ensure at the time! LOL! I know that Ensure is a very nutritous drink that is commonly given to helps sustain many people’s lives. God bless you and I hope you are doing well!

  79. You *really* want to fight off cancer, you should look into Moringa Oleifera, the world’s most nutritious plant. 90 nutrients, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant. And a chocolate shake is already out, though not publicly available for a few more weeks. It’s for real, widely studied in medicine for years, including the likes of John Hopkins & NIH.

  80. Thanks for your thoughts and visits – I’m not so sure about ensure – yes, probably better than junk absolutely -and I must confess that I used it for my Dad, but I can’t help but thinking that eating real food is better. Of course that’s hard all the time. But maybe even a shake with fruit? k.

  81. Hey…thanks for dropping by my blog. you show amazing strength in great adversity…very beautiful! About Ensure, I absolutely agree with you. When my sister suffered from severe anorexia our doctor put her on a regime of 3-6 glasses of Ensure per day. She packed on weight and got healthy in under 6months…great post :)

  82. I really hope that things are progressing in a positive way! Are you feeling up to writing anything? Thanks for visiting/liking my posts!
    — YUR

  83. I have been drinking protean shakes for about a year after my workouts and when in a rush. My Doctor said there ok. He even suggested Ensure when I cannot make a meal.

  84. Sending you lots of positive thoughts and wishes. Also I keep a bag of protein powder handy for busy days, great to thrown into smoothies or milk, nut milks or or non dairy alternatives for days when I’m really hectic. Might be worth looking into. I use a non whey isolate from my website.

  85. Notice you liked our product. Glad you found us! From the sound of this post you seem exactly like the person we designed Kize for. Actually it is the kind of people we are… busy and not willing to sacrifice health. But we need healthy to be quick and satisfying. I would love to have you try our product and see what you think as an addition to your sake regimen. Its what I do! I hear ya!

  86. Hi there how are you today? Thanks for liking my photos. I’m joining a choir locally next week that is for those who have survived cancer or know someone who has fought it. Guess that means its open to everyone really in reality. Looking forward to it. Singing is good for the soul:)

  87. Thank you for your blog site. I like how you write. i have been told recently that i may have Mesothelioma Cancer, so this site of yours is nice to see. I still do not know for sure as the Doctors are sitting on their hands, but even if i do not have it i appreciate your blog. Thank you once again. I love your attitude also about the shakes you are drinking! LOL! :-))!

  88. Thank you for sharing. I am a writer, but also a hospice worker, so I really appreciate your stories, inspiration and sharing. One great recipe book that a lot of cancer patients here use is called ‘Goes Down Easy’. I think you can find it on Amazon, and it was put together by Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. A great resource, and just plain common sense. Sending you hugs!

  89. Anna, I enjoy your sense of humor. Your blog is funny and inspirational. Thanks for making us all think and laugh, too. I also need to breathe better. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking posts!

  90. I too thought that if I’m alive I’m not doing anything wrong…but I live in chronic pain daily.
    I’ve noticed when I eliminated gluten and dairy it helped sooo much! And I eat mainly organic. Like 10% of what I eat is not. But if you want to see why…YouTube “Robyn O’Brien on Ted X” and it will really be an eye opener! My dad recovered from stage 3 colon cancer and since he’s my dad I’m at high risk for cancers too! So I’m trying to eliminate anything processed to heal my body. If you look at other countries, milk goes bad in 2 days after buying…like it should. Here it has a shelf life of 3 months before opening and 2 weeks after. Sooo what are they putting in the milk?!? With bread it’s the same. The preservatives are not preserving us! Not to sound like a funny activist…but if you were to look at a bottle of childrens vitamins they put antibiotics in them….I was fed antibiotics all my childhood and all it did was kill my gut and make me sicker. They never once treated the CAUSE ony the symptoms. Since I eat healthier I don’t remember when I got sick. If you want a natural antibiotic, try raw local honey or tea tree oil. I trust those sources.
    So look at the ingredients, if you can’t pronounce them or it’s not natural, it may end up bringing the cancer back. But thats just my opinion from years of research…
    If you are sick of being in the kitchen make big meals and freeze in individual portions. :)

  91. I worked in a nursing home and Ensure was what we fed tube feeders and that was all they had, some got fat on the stuff or a least they did not lose weight while that was their only nutrients. It is good stuff.

  92. Thank you for visiting my blog! Nice to meet you here. I too had cancer and love that I can fill my body with healthy organic fresh foods now! I believe in preventative medicine as much as possible! Take care!

  93. Hi! I love your writing! I do have to recommend that you contact me to try an Isagenix shake. Nutr If you’d like some nutrition information about Isagenix shakes, please let me know! I’ll be watching your blog! -Linda

  94. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed this post. Several members of my mom’s side have died of cancer including my grandmother and aunt, so I always wonder what I should be doing, but I end up just keeping the same ole routine hoping that I get lucky.

  95. I’ve done the Ensure thing in my youth. It was meant to help me with my stunted growth because I was shorter and thinner than most kids my age and what they thought was acceptable for me. The doctors encouraged me to drink it as a shake mixed with wheat germ. It was not my favorite drink to have. I’m older now and can appreciate what it does for your health. I cannot handle it now since I am lactose intolerant. Maybe one day they’ll come out with an alternative that does the same thing. Until then, I say, Drink to your health.

  96. those shakes are pretty good! I used to have to drink them all the time too – maybe I should start again – thanks for the post:)

  97. I’d like to give you the recipe one more drink to help fight Mr. Cancer. You may do this already, but if not. It is promoted by Dr. OZ and is a “Green Drink”. Ingredients: 1C Apple Juice, Juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 apple, 1 stalk celery, 1/2 C Spinach, handful of broccoli, 1 carrot, 1/2 cucumber. Put in blender and whip up on high for one minute. Delicious, cancer fighting, nutrition.

    If you live near and Adventist hospital make an appointment with one of their nutritionists. They will set you up with the best cancer fighting nutrition plan ever. All the best!

  98. I once got malnourished (long story) & my Dr. recommended drinking Ensure to help get me healthy again. It did the trick and was enjoyable to drink as well.

    Thanks for “liking” my bean post @ :)…

  99. The last thing a cancer patient should worry about is getting fat. Keeping up your strength is the best thing you can do for yourself. My dad drank ensure when he was fighting cancer & it was a great way for him to make certain he was getting everything he needed. You just keep doing what you do, you’re doing great. Trust your instincts. God bless.

  100. Hi, Anna. I’m glad you’re doing well on the Ensure. I may try it one of these days.I appreciate your following my blog.

  101. Thanx for liking my blog “americaunhinged” I enjoyed this article about ensure. I like to keep a diet shake around for times when I’m hungry and don’t want to eat any more because I have taken in enough calories for one day. I like that I know how many calories I am getting and it takes away the hunger.

  102. i likee it too! altho i drink the gluten free ones. they’re definitely not bad considering the other options. keep on fighting the fight sister and thanx for visiting my blog! : )

  103. After surviving cancer of the lower tongue four years ago, the radiation treatments left me with the inability to tolerate, at first the taste, then, the texture, of most solid foods. I’ve been drinking seven bottles of ENSURE PLUS every day for almost five years. I have almost no body fat, and have not have ANY kind of illness since my recovery, not even the sniffles. I’ve not had an upset stomach even once, and am VERY “regular”. I excersize regularly at the gym and at home. I run, and I dance. Without Ensure, I might not be alive today. The sugar is not as high as some of your commenters have suggested. I eat no junk food, and no desserts. I can now eat fresh salad greens, portabello mushrooms, pop corn (Who knew?), and even an occasional scallop and shrimp. Over time I’m learning to eat more and more things, but I depend upon the Ensure for my protein and calories. I’m 64, and look 50. Most likely, I “eat” better than anyone I know. It never hurts to put good stuff in your body, and Ensure is my favorite stuff.

    Thanks for the “like” on my Blue Ridge photo blog. I love living in the North Carolina Mountains. Regards, Vann

  104. Ensure shakes are a great start. I’ve also blended those healthy soups with my own fresh ingredients – shredded chicken, beans, cheese etc. to give them a little more “oomph” but keeping the process pretty low maintenance.

  105. When i was 13 I nursed my sick grandmother and she had a cabinet full of ensure, I tried one and i liked it alot too! Nowadays all my shakes are Slimfasts, maybe time to switch it up a bit! :)

  106. Thx for visiting my blog – My Blankity Blank Diet. I have no anti-cancer emphasis nor a specific product to buy but one can assume that any program of better healthy actions will influence all disease in the long run. I have learned, at 76, that 2 things will determine a long life – good genes and a happy attitude. The 2nd one is FREE.!

  107. First I want to say thank you for liking my blogpost. Now I want to say that my best friend use to buy that for her elderly mom and it was good for her. Some people, although they might mean well, always want to give unsolicited advice. Stay strong! Be well! Peace.

  108. Eating healthy is the way to go!!! My mother was admitted to sloan kettering last year and one drink that she had, and continues to drink, was like the Ensure drinks, but it came in an adult size juice box. It was made by the makers of Ensure, but instead of a milky drink, it was juice. It definately keeps you stronger!!

  109. Do what works for you! You aren’t hurting anyone else, and as long as you feel good about it, that’s absolutely all that matters. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post!

  110. You are such an inspiration!!! I love your positiveness, I’m going to try and be a bit more so myself. :) Good luck with your health and invite me to your 70th birthday party – please! :)

  111. It was falttering to get a like on one of my posts from such a witty and seemingly popular blogger, thankyou and many blessings

    Also, i love the ensure shakes, especially bannana

  112. Hi, thanks for checking out my blog. I enjoy Ensure too, my family has been drinking it for years. The best is the chocolate shake with ice, absolutely delicious and great as a meal on the run. Keep up the good work, eating healthy is so important.

  113. Thank you for dropping by my blog. I used to think Ensure was for older folks until a doctor recommended it for my then sick brother. I’ve been sneaking out some from his can since, haha!

  114. Great post. I’m amazed at how many naysayers tried to discourage you from having Ensure. My best friend has Crohn’s Disease and she usually has one of these every day. It’s got vitamins, minerals, protein, and lots of other good things, plus it’s easy to digest. And it’s definitely isn’t going to make you FAT – that’s just silly!

  115. ha ha ha!!! people love to be skeptical! They say we’re ‘lucky’ when actually we’ve been working our a$$e$ off to be better, do better, feel better. Luck my eye!

    Keep on keepin’ on!!

  116. My son “drank” Ensure when he broke his jaw. My brother, a RN, told me about Ensure. He said it would keep my son from loosing muscle mass. He was right!! By the way, check out the film “Forks over Knives”. I have become Vegan, take B12 and I am in the best health of my life at 58 years old. Keep blogging.

  117. Thanks very much for the likes and visiting my blog :) If you need a healthy protein shake I suggest buying a container of Whey Protein Isolate. I use New Zealand Whey. It has no added chemicals, sugars, artificial flavors and about 30 grams of protein. Add a banana, some kale, stevia if you like it sweet, some almond milk and there you have it :) If you have it on hand you will never have to go for Ensure again.

  118. Right now I’d be interested in some of your soup recipes. I’m giving this ‘healthy eating’ thing a 6 month committed try. I’ve found an Isagenix shake that I feel the same way that you feel about the Ensure shake. However right now I’m focusing on eating stuff that has as little human manipulation as possible.

  119. Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog. I only started it yesterday so it’s lovely to have a visitor already. I’m hoping to be able to really improve my health and that of my family too and can see myself developing my own addiction to health! Best wishes xxxx

  120. Love your attitude! I think people think that they’re helping, but it really seems like a lot of “off the cuff” responses are usually negative and/or skeptical. So, great job demonstrating that you stand behind your research & opinions! Keep up the good fight.

  121. I’m so sorry about your cancer but your attitude ROCKS! While I was taking care of my mother in law 6 months before her death (when we found out – she was already metastasized ) I told her to drink the Ensure and she didn’t like it but she did feel the difference when she wouldn’t drink it. She would try her best to choke it down. She took the Chemo route trying to fight it the fastest she could. It has been a painful 1 year and 2 months tomorrow (the 15th) that she passed. On a positive note my daughter would get a supplement of Pediasure in a sippy cup (I also found out and caught my son drinking my daughters cups- he loved it also) and then she lived on a mixture of Pediasure and Ensure for 3 years while she was tube fed. She did GREAT! So yes they do help and work wonders! (I wasn’t suppose to have my daughter past the age of 5 years due to her genetic missing material.) She is 12 years old this year!!!! You are doing great and keep up the fight! God Bless

  122. Thank you for stopping by … i grew up eating kale,spinach etc and had to fish refused to hunt but we did eat vinison when given …raised chicken ..Eating healthy laughing and loving !!! YOU are doing great ! God Bless

  123. Hello Anna, I too agree that Ensure+ is a superb supplement. I have had occasion to see it in use and have observed the benefits it can provide, I too would recommend it. Regards Supernova.

  124. Thank you for visiting me. I have no illnesses but I was a tad overweight so I do a meal replacement diet. This means that I take a shake, or a soup instead of a meal. I like them and I have lost weight. Breakfast and lunch and be carefull what I eat for my evening meal, not to undo everything I have achieved during the day. Take care..

    1. Thanks. Blogging is great !!! You just write – publish – and read you E – mail……… And if you can inspire one person, that person may tomorow inspire one …. You know…. Good luck to you !!!

  125. Ensure is great; I used to work in an MRDD facility, and it was great for some of the residents who didn’t really have an appetite; it is a great supplement for someone who doesn’t have or take time to actually sit down and eat a meal. I think it is great for single, elderly folks who don’t necessarily want to cook for just one person. Of course, you still need to eat to get a well rounded diet. I also take fish oil supplement, as recommended by Dr. Oz for heart health. I would also recommend it.

  126. The healthiest addition is Dark Chocolate. Dont take my word for it Google Chocolate and Health you will find all the latest research on Dark Chocolate and health. Milk Chocolate is not as healthy because its mainly sugar and milk fat. Go Figure?!

  127. Thank you for visiting my blog, it’s how I found yours :-) I can completely relate to getting tired of cooking and eating healthy for the sake of trying to beat cancer at its game. I’m not opposed to eating healthy, it’s just the idea that it’s one more way that cancer tries to run my life. I’ve read that cancer feeds on sugar, so even though I’ve always liked sweets, especially chocolate, it seems like the more I try to restrict them from my diet the more I crave them! I wonder, is it really me craving them, or is it the evil cancer cells craving a sugar fix? Anyway, I’m glad to have found your blog, and although I’ve heard about Pau d’Arco for cancer, I had not heard about Ginger. Thanks for the info here, and for sharing your journey.

  128. My mom used to give me Ensure…as a child! Then my pediatrician yelled at her and told her that I didn’t need it yet :P

    By the way, happy belated birthday by many many months :)

  129. Awesome blog! There must be some kind of killer energy here because I was drawn here after you liked my post about my music therapy article. Many thanks by the way! I am 25 and have been suffering from two unhealthy internal problems, which require me to be on many meds and mostly a liquid diet. I lack nutrients all of the time and I constantly struggle to find something to eat/snack on during my school day that won’t make me sick. I picked up some of these drinks to try and they are great! They are OK for lactose intolerant individuals (like myself) as well! Thanks for the post!! Way to stay positive!

  130. Thank you for passing by my blog. Cancer is an ever present evil in this life, it took both my father and grandmother far too early! There are few words of comfort I can give except never stop learning, eat well and never say die!
    Do to others as you would be done by and you won’t go far wrong!

  131. My father-in-law has cancer. He drinks those shakes, too. Whatever you can do to get in nutrients and keep active, right?! We make our own shakes at home, like another reader recommended above, and I’d say try that too if you have the time, but since your post was about the convenience, I say, do what works for you!
    You’re an inspiration. Thanks for writing!

  132. Hi, I’m glad you liked my Smoked fish crostini recipe, as I’m currently on my very own health diet I’ll be posting a lot more really healthy really easy to make recipes and tips.
    I hope you’ll like them too!

  133. I love Ensure. Used to drink the Chocolate ones when recovering from a relapse from Multiple Sclerosis. My weight really dipped and this helped me so much!!

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  135. My wife and I make a great smoothie most every morning when I go to work and have little time for a longer breakfast – and sometimes for other meals as well – The main ingredients are Spirulina (makes it so nice and dark green!) and Alive! Powder from Nature’s Way – the best place to buy is Yum! I call it “cosmonaut food”.

  136. I have enjoyed your blog so much I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Please check my site for the requirements of acceptance. Congratulations!

  137. Thanks for the like on my blog! I would really appreciate it if you would follow mine as well. As for drinking ensure, I too like the stuff. On days when i dont have time or just dont feel like cooking or making breakfast or lunch I can drink on of their shakes and t gets me by until my next meal. I was skeptical the first time i purchased some but I actually think it is really good!

  138. Anna you are a god-send.
    Only last night I decided that I should begin eating better for my life. My two sisters are dying of cancer right now.
    I have tried whey protein but now I will go and get some Ensure.
    Thanks so much!

  139. That’s an interesting take on things. Ensure drinks are full of calories. When a friend of mine had severe anorexia, she was forced to drink Ensure. I think your friend was right in saying you would gain weight by drinking them, but skipping a meal for one definitely isn’t healthy.

  140. Thank you for liking my post/blog :-)
    This looks good too :-). Enjoying reading.
    I’ve another blog documenting, I guess, the creative path? on my website :-)

  141. I love the taste of Ensure as well, especially when it’s cold. I thought it had too much sugar in it though. But I’m craving one now! I respect people who watch what they put into their bodies. It really is important. Keep being healthy!

  142. Hi there

    This is a good post. A few years ago, I when working 12-hour shifts daily and subsequently not eating on time, I was put on Ensure by a Fatigue Doctor. He said that it contained all the nutrients found in a full meal. I prefer meals and actual food to supplements so I concentrated on eating better during that hectic time.

    It was not till I had my wisdom teeth extracted, and I coudn’t eat solids, when I decided to use Ensure. My flavour of choice was chocolate and it was delicious. Unfortunately, I only lasted 2 days on Ensure and could no longer stomach the shakes. I am too much of a food lover.

  143. There were so many comments that I didn’t read them all, but I wanted to make a suggestion. “They” recommended that my husband drink Ensure to increase protein intake prior to cancer surgery. I checked the label on the Carnation Instant Breakfast drink, and the nutritional values are almost the same, and, the cost was less than half the price of the Ensure. So we bought the Vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast Drinks and made smoothies, adding some yogurt, bananas or berries, etc. That made it healthier and you could vary the flavors a lot. Enjoyed your post!

  144. My mom was diabetic so she took Glucerna instead. She liked the butter-pecan flavor since vanilla is very common. They say those who eats have a better chance of beating the odds so keep doing what you feel is right for you. Cheer up!

  145. If it’s something you like the taste of and your body can tolerate it, why not? Unless you want to spend hours creating your own drink with all the vitamins and protein and other things you need, Ensure is fine. I cared for my mom when she was ill and she liked it and she was an RN. The only thing she did was thin it out a bit ‘cos sometimes it was too thick and she liked to use a straw.

  146. I admire your attitude towards health. Also, Ensure is very good for staying healthy – I was perscribed by a doctor to drink it when I had serious problems with my health. I did not “get fat” from drinking it, and neither will you or anyone else who uses it wisely. By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog!

  147. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I dont know you, but you visited my blog, and I just found yours. What is it you are taking?? Ensure? I have not found it on your site, but I have not had too much time to check it out either. Tell me more. Thanks and may the Lord God Bless you richly!!!!

  148. Have you not just replaced a healthy, natural meal instead of “a not so healthy meal” as you suggest? Protein shakes and supplements should not be used as a replacement to eating real food, merely as a source of the extra things you need (as the word supplement suggests). What soulspiceadventures says about Ensure possibly feeding the cancer worries me. If you have difficulty eating, are underweight or want to build body mass, protein shakes seem the way to go, otherwise making natural smoothies, like some people already suggest, is delicious and full of goodness!!!!

    That being said I love your positive, strong attitude and humour in your writing. And obviously it’s up to you, these comments are mostly just opinions, but it might be worth looking into the real pros and cons.

  149. Well you’re right to ignore your friend who worries about you getting fat – a bit of fat isn’t the monster it’s made out to be – my last girlfriend was 6′ and a size 22 (not sure how that translates into American, but big) and beautiful – and no big deal compared to your ‘monster’. If you’re happy and healthy, go with it. Our bodies are pretty good at telling us what we need – it’s us not listening, or worse, fooling ourselves that’s the problem. Your positive energy is infectious. Stay strong, love.


  150. Thanks for liking my post. Your blog is really interesting and informing. Could you please re-post my post on your blog?
    If so thank you.

  151. Thank you for reading through my posts, I’m glad you found something to bring you back.
    As for shakes, I also use them instead of an unhealthy snack when I crave something sweet or simply different.
    Good luck on keeping “The Ugly” as far away as possible, your sense of humour will definitely help with that:)

  152. Healthy food , healthy mind
    bear a healthy spirit to you ….
    Chose what you want –
    A life full of moments
    or a moment filled with life true ….

    Anna …your spirit is infectious ..god bless u.

  153. Good health isn’t about “looking” good, it’s about feeding your body with vital nutrition to be “good” on the inside too! Thanks for visiting my Skinnyfat page so I can discover yours- will be checking my reader keenly for further posts :)

  154. Thanks for dropping in…and gotta say, I’m with you on the protein shakes. It’s a heck of alot easier to have breakfast and lunch in two minutes flat with no dishes left over than to cook in a rush–and it’s far, far healthier than fast food! :-) Looking forward to more posts!

  155. You have such a great attitude I love your humor. I think it’s probably one of the most important things about surviving any serious illness. It is for me. Thanks for making me chuckle…And for liking my posts. You’re a Queen all right!

  156. Thanks for stopping by Life Out Loud and liking my post. Feel free to stop by again and again. I dropped by to reciprocate and found that I love the honesty and transparency of your blog. And am charmed by your zest for life. As you may know from my blog, I have a son with cerebral palsy. Because of that, he is unabale to eat common foods, however he has thrived on a diet of Ensure for nearly fourteen years, with excellent results. So cheers to good health and long life. And Write on!

  157. I took care of an aunt with Alzheimer’s for some years till she passed away. She took Ensure daily, but when the supplier ran out, I substituted Ovaltine for it and found we got the same results for substantially le$$ cost. You might want to check it out. Also, I love Sunrise Energy Bars. I buy them at Costco. They only cost $8 for 32 bars and they are loaded with nutrients.


  158. I drink my breakfast every morning. Many of the items that go in it have cancer fighting properties. I start with coconut milk, half of an avocado, handful of baby spinach, banana, berries, spoon of natural peanut butter and I add one teaspoon of tumeric, ginger, and cinnamon. Sometimes I add extra dark choc hershy powder. Tumeric is great for fighting cancer and you can also drink a tea made from it…Tulsu tea, and greeen tea is also good. coconut milk has many healthy properties and also keeps your metabolism fired up.

  159. I have used Ensure, or the cheaper generic products like it, for health reasons like you did and it really was helpful. I had lost my sense of taste so I didn’t have much of an appetite but I knew I had to get the right nutrition or I wouldn’t get my health back. I had recommended Ensure to a friend a couple of years earlier who was having trouble fixing himself meals when he didn’t have any one around (he was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle crash in 1975 and up until a few years ago he was able to live alone and do almost everything himself because of having really strong upper body strength and being incredibly stubborn) and he practically lived on them for 2 years and they really worked to help keep him healthy and he swore that my recommending drinking it saved his life at the time.

  160. I used to see a lot of people getting Ensure when I worked at a store. And a lot of them would say something along the lines of ‘My doctor said I need to drink this.’ From what I’ve heard it’s great! ANd if it’s better than soup and keeps you going, then have at it. :D

  161. Hi I’d like to share what I make for my wife and I every day since we gave up meat a few years ago. 1 banana + 1/3 peeled cucumber+1 medium carrot peeled+1 cored pear or apple+1 stalk of celery+ 1 whole Kale leaf center spline removed+ 1 Blueberry or any other flavored yogurt preferably a red or blue fruit+3/4 cup Coconut /Almond Milk+3/4 cup Orange Juice or a few oranges peeled+ handful of ice crushed or cubed= from this basic shake you can add sunflower or pumpkin seeds for a crunch or wheat germ or flax seed to get your Omega’s, BLEND WITH ICE add a scoop of protein powder for more protein. We have gone days where this was our only nourishment plus fresh water on cleanse days. This will improve your bloodstream and cells immediately! I hope you enjoy! Merry Xmas

  162. I have actually drank those for years. They are my breakfast and theyre delicious. I am 20 and probably have as many problems as my grandmother. have stomach problems and feel nauseaus every single morning. I love food but I can’t take a bite until late in the day. when I drank Ensure I felt much BETTER every morning compared to just water.

  163. Thank you for visiting my blog. I would love some tips from you about getting more readers because you seem to have a great following. I feel like only 5 people read my blog : ) Again, thanks for visiting!

  164. Thanks for stopping by my Veranano blog. You might look into Meal Shakes through Amway. I think they must be healthier. Chocolate is a great flavor. I’ve used them when I have no time for a solid lunch.
    Blue Skies,

  165. I recently watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netflix and inspired me to juice and drink only fresh veggies and fruit for 30 days (except Christmas and New Years, of course ;) ). I’ve lost lots of weight and haven’t felt this good in a long time. It’s a little time consuming but fun.

  166. Sorry but that shake does not sound good… luckily I don’t have to worry about that! :) Thanks for the visit, hope you stop by again.

  167. I like the upbeat attitude and the hope for a better tomorrow. I wish you luck in future endeavors and wish you good health for as long as possible. Thank you for liking my poetry as well!

  168. Great blog. We all can use advice from a survivor in the battle for life. BTW, I am going to borrow something from you on my blog “I’m Off My Meds Again” on Jan. 22. Thanks for the inspiration.

  169. I could have written that. One of my “rocket scientist Neuro” Botoxed my throat. NOT cosmetic- I have an orphan Neuro disorder (Dystonia). I could not swallow for about 3 weeks. I lost 18 lbs. I weighed 82 lbs. I had to drink Ensure, Walgreens protein drink, etc/ I don’t know about you, but it’s much easier for me to lose weight than to gain weight- NOT bragging. It took me YEARS to gain that weight back. Because I have a movement disorder, my body is NEVER truely at rest. I spasm 24/7. I feel terrible bitching to you. I am merely explaining my lot in life.

    You are one tough woman- I mean that with the utmost respect. You do what you have to do to survive. YOU deserve a metal for merely being you :-))

  170. Thank you for liking my post.

    I have lost my loved ones to cancer and still see the surviving ones battle and continue to Live, in its true sense.

    Thank you for sharing what you go through and showing the rest of us, there is Life after and with humour too. Have a beautiful year and keep blogging!

  171. Awesome! Now, I’m not big on the whole health-products thing myself, but because of my medical condition it’s often difficult for me to eat properly. I’ve tried those shake things a few times in the past and meh…. but this one sounds like something that might work for me. So thanks!

  172. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website?
    My blog is in the exact same niche as yours and my users would definitely benefit from a lot
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  173. Any way you can find to avoid or battle the big “C” is worth trying! Here at the local Indian Reservation there is a man who will, If you ask him, make up a concoction for you depending on what ails you. He mixes up different herbs and things in Gibley’s gin that you supply. He will not use any other kind and this seems to be the cheapest at the store. I have known people personally who have used it while treating cancer that it helped them be able to eat while on chemo and made them feel better over all. One was even told by their doctor after some bloodwork results came back “whatever it is your’re doing keep doing it”. Oh and thanks for the “Like” on my last post!

  174. It’s probably not a way to save as much time… But I’ve found making you’re own smoothy-type shakes works well. If you have a blender they take minutes to make. And you avoid the preservatives, artificial flavours and colours, and flavour-enhancers so many of the shop-bought shakes are packed with as well as all those valuable nutrients.
    I do agree, they are a useful as they are so quick: Personally though I prefer to use those kinds of products on the occassional day where time is an issue. It’s not that my body is a temple, or I’m trying to sell “organic”. It’s just I’m aware of how things which are “good” for you today are “bad” tomorrow, and all those “bad” things from yesterday turn out to be “good”!
    “Everything in moderation” seems the watch phrase?

  175. Hi Anna. Hope this finds you feeling well and having an enjoyable day. Just wanted to stop in. Pretty busy this week.. Hope I can make myself stay away from the computer, though. I’m a little addicted. Ps. So glad you appreciated the “Fido”.

  176. I think the greatest bane to our modern existence is the cultural belief that we are not allowed to practice medicine on ourselves – who else knows as much about how we feel inside? Kudos to you for following your heart and may you enjoy good health – with or without the shakes! :>)

  177. Hey, try “Rumble” is a more natural nutrition drink. I’m in the organic and natural food industry and these guys are pretty passionate and dedicated to their product. There’s actually success stories with multiple illnesses in customers and worth a look to check out their website. Really, wish you all the best to you and your health.

  178. great post, if you havent already, check out the nutribullet, its amazing, ive been juicing with it, a handful of kale, handful of tropical fruit mix (frozen from sams club) some almonds, carrots, banana, and soy milk, I am now to lazy to eat solid food I just love these juices, I have so much energy and it really does make me full!!!

    also you can grind coffee, and make soup in it, it gives you a huge recipe book too. man I should work for these guys lol, honestly try it, u can always return it if u don’t like it!


  179. Hi Anna, how goes it? I see you haven’t posted in awhile, I hope all is well on your side of the fence :)

    Thanks for your recent visit to my blog. I was looking around your site for a description of your blog to add to my readers’ page ( but couldn’t find one. Would love it if you could pass on a 10-word-or-less description to add beside your name? Thanks so much :)


  180. HI, new to your blog. First of all, I want to say, Congratulations on surviving and thriving with cancer!! Cancer Prevention and Natural Remedies…this subject intrigues me!
    Ensure?!? Have you tried supplements with greens in them? There are a lot of green drinks out there. Get a bunch antioxidants in one cup of this green drink. I drink one every morning.

    Love what you have here. I will be checking out your other posts. Thanks for sharing your interesting life experiences.

  181. Thank you for stopping by my blog, you are the first person to ever go by and leave a message. please stop by, I will be posting pictures of the beautitudes that I have been lucky enough to come by =)

  182. Ensure shakes ingredients are horrible – find something more natural –
    Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Pea Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Magnesium Phosphate, Cellulose Gel, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Potassium Hydroxide, Ferric Orthophosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium

  183. Thank you so much for stopping by at my blog and letting me know you were there with the “like” option. I’m really sorry to learn of your health struggle.

  184. It is pretty obvious that you have quite a following, so I was wondering how such a prolific blogger found my blog, and why one such as yourself would have liked it. As a newbie, any information would be helpful

  185. Thanks for the Like on my blog. What an inspiration you are. And I thought I was having a tough day. You’ve have much worse, and keep right on keeping on!

  186. Thanks for visiting and reading my blog! You seem like wonderfully positive person!
    I have no clue about Ensure, but good for you for finding some alternatives for when life is busy! :)

  187. I totally agree
    The other brand I like so much is Myoplex – I use the Light version
    It is super healthy and I am crazy about the straberry taste:)

  188. I’ve learned in the last 5 or so years, that people will always try to tell you what’s best for you. No one knows you better than you. Do what works for you, as long as you aren’t hurting anyone else.

  189. i recently watched the documentary, ‘Food Matters’. Based on this.. you will get alot out of it. Since watching I’m slowly taking myself to a plant based diet, I’m feeling so much better now too!

  190. Thank you so very much for your awesome and much needed information and inspiration (and for affirming my post “About” today). Your posts are truly awesome! (Hope you’ll come visit my blog:!
    ~JC Eberhart

  191. Very nice post – totally agree! If anything I lost weight on the shakes, seemed all my body needed was a boost! Hubby got a great shake from Solal .. let us wait and see :-) Enjoying the humor and your ”say-it-the-way-is” way of speaking :-) Have a blessed day!

  192. I know what you mean! I’ve had such a hard time with food planning lately. I use the Shaklee protein bars and smoothie mixes, and they help me get through the week. I try not to live on them, but at least that way I know I’m getting good nutrients at some point during the day. It’s not that I “need” them for weight loss reasons. It’s about wanting to make sure I stay healthy and that I’m still putting good things in my body.

  193. I just can’t abide sweet drinks or shakes. I wish they made something healthy that tastes like pickles or even salty nuts, lol. I have heard that they have some sort of cranberry flavor now, just haven’t had time to check it out. BTW…
    Thanks for stopping by my blog btw, it is much appreciated.

  194. I drank those as a teenager, before sporting events! I didn’t eat much meat then so my mother thought this would be good for me and it really was! That drink and bee pollen supplement is what I took and it kept me on my feet while eating and living a typical teenager lifestyle who’s involved in sports
    Hope it’s working out for you as well

  195. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog at I had a pre-malignant tumour removed from my eye socket about 6 months after my daughter was born. She is now 23. I was one of the lucky ones. Keep up the blogging. If you have an interest, check out the Kangen water link on my blog. I think you will find some interesting info on health. The person who runs that site is my sister.

    Good luck and come visit again.

  196. Thanks for sharing… my wife is a breast cancer survivor, and we think one of the things she did that impacted her health the most was avoiding ALL sugar all the time.. zero sugars. zip zilch. nada… top that off with her other changes in diet, such as zero carbs (or as low as you can go) use of the budwig diet, and the budwig clinic out of spain, and some standard western medicine such as Xgeva bone inhibitor shots, and a hormone blocker, Tamoxifen, and so far, so good… Keep sharing that info..!

  197. get the berry kind, though. The others have lots of salt! The berry ones–not the vanilla /chocolate ones–are like: 2% for entire serving versus 8%. Verrr’ important not to become jerky from the inside out!! :)

  198. Thanks for visiting my dog’s blog! I greatly enjoyed reading your recent posts. I, too, have had cancer. I’m a breast cancer survivor (diagnosed in 2011) who is SO very grateful for every moment that I live. Cheers to you! You will get through this.

  199. I love elderly people who don’t complain about life and have a degree of sass to them. I hope to someday be one of those elderly people. Sometime after college perhaps.
    Anyone who wants to read discussion and thoughts on God, Christianity, or theology, check out my blog:

  200. This made me laugh a lot! I agree with you. I have the same problems with sweet food. I could just feed myself with shakes and cakes. And that is exactly what I do (not all the time though :))
    Enjoy your meals, life is all about that

  201. I drank ensure, when I got severely ill, found out later it was Mono, but had lost weight and was not eating. Helped keep some vitamins in me. Love your Blog :)

  202. Thank you for stopping by my block, I’m glad you liked an article. I wish you good health, and hope you are feeling well.

  203. Everyone may have an opinion about your diet, but you’re the only one living in your body, so you get the final say! Keep on doing what works for you :-)

  204. My sister was very skinny when she was a little gimnast kid and the doctor also gave her ENSURE. She HATED it. I am glad you didn’t :D

  205. I so appreciate this from a different perspective. I get a lot of the same sort of comments because of my MS. “Why do you need to sleep all the time? You look fine.” Sometimes I just want to say sit down and think for a moment. The clue was in your own question! Crazy making! What works for you works for you. I really think the reason they can’t find cures for so many of these things is that the cure will be different for everyone. Sometimes, we are the cure. Take care and keep drinking the skakes – JAM x

  206. This is a beautiful blog and I’m so touched by your journey! Thank you for stopping by Organitarian Living, and giving me the chance to stumble upon your story. You are in my prayers and I’m cheering for you on your blogging adventure!

  207. Thanks so much for the “like” on my blog. If you ever have to arm wrestle Mr.Ugly again (God forbid) kick his ass! Best wishes :-)

    I remember my parents force feeding us BOOST as kids… I could never imagine drinking Ensure ’cause of that, but hey, whatever works for YOU is all that matters :-)

  208. Thanks for visiting my blog – you were my first ‘like’ – very heartening! Your blog is great. My mum had Hep C and is struggling with limited diet and trying to get as many ‘goodies’ in, in a form she can handle. Good luck and bright blessings.

  209. Very nice blog and lots of good common sense information being shared here. I’ve been tempted to use the Ensure when I miss a meal or have something that’s far from healthy. Maybe I should.

  210. I sincerely hope my sister gets to blog about her journey at the age of 66. She was diagnosed last year with BC at age 36
    Heartfelt thanks, too, for liking the post you read at Free Little Words. I am so glad you found mine so I could discover yours.
    Kelly ♥

  211. Thanks for your visits to my blog, I hope they brought a smile into your life. In 1992 I was told I had a few years left by one of the top heart surgeons, but I proved him wrong. I think the reason is to find some humour in life however bad it gets, and eat what you enjoy in moderation.

  212. I love your positive attitude :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and “liking” today’s post. I appreciate your time and your optimism. Take care!
    -Jen (

  213. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my Unique Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I am always looking for cancer fight foods and have recently gone vegan in that search. is really a great wealth of information about the science behind food. I am a mammographer and I deal with cancer all day. You’re so strong, I love it!

    – Katie (

  214. You really do have to go by how you feel. I developed fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue so bad I could barely walk. After becoming vegan and losing over 40 lbs, I felt better than I did before I got sick. But I let ppl’s comments get to me – You are so skinny. Are you sure you aren’t anorexic? I began stress eating junk food, gained weight and currently feel terrible again. But I’m back on my program – determined to listen to no one but my own body!

    Bekah (

  215. Thanks for visiting and liking my post. This is an interesting website you have. I hope that you continue living healthy and by the grace of God, in His unconditional love and care!

  216. If you ever decide to rejoin the wonderful world of soups, I will email you my super secret almost famous recipe for cashew chili. It may sound odd but I swear even the most picky of eaters (including kids) love this stuff and it definitely has a lot of kick-@ss nutrients in it. As someone that has watched my fair share of loved ones kick cancer’s butt, I’ll be keeping an eye on you. I’m glad you’re sharing your story : )

  217. There are a lot of healthy meal replacement mixes available at health food stores, some with organic ingredients. Ensure probably encourages cancer and other ill health more than promoting health. It is not good for you in so many ways. It has some horridly unhealthy ingredients! Please don’t put this stuff in your bodies!

    Feeding ourselves well is how we show ourselves some love.

    Buying and consuming stuff from BPA lined cans, stuff with plastic and fragrance chemicals in them (all supermarket foods recently tested had phthalates in them), GMO ingredients which cause digestive distress, etc, are not ways to show ourselves love, but they do make some companies quite rich while making us sick, if not immediately, then in the long run.

    Regarding soups (and stews), it is so easy to make a huge pot full, and then put portions into 500ml or 1L wide mouth glass jars. Leave about an inch of space from the curve at the top of the jar (the contents expand). and cool overnight in the fridge. The next day, put the jars into the freezer. Thaw, enough to slide out of the jar and heat when hungry and too tired to cook. This way you can have a supply of healthy food on hand all the time.

    We are what we eat! We should feed ourselves with love and healthy ingredients, and when we get the hang of thinking that way, it is just as convenient (if not more so) than grabbing something pre-packaged off a store shelf.

  218. When I was In the hospital Ensure was offered to me as an afternoon snack. It is very good and I use it at home too, and do not be afraid you will not get fat, and of course you must eat a good balanced meal also. Ensure gives you energy and it tastes delicious. It contains all good nutrients that the body requires. Take it from a believer. Oh! Thanks for visiting my blog. You are welcomed any time in my little world.

  219. I’ve always been afraid to try grocery store smoothies. I fear the taste is unpleasant. This is quite an endorsement. Perhaps I will give it a try. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I do hope to see you back again soon!

  220. I’m glad you found an alternative that you like. Ensures are good – I was on this diet once and they recommended them to supplement the vitamins and nutrients the diet might leave out. I felt great. Plus anytime I get to drink or eat chocolate, it’s a good day!

  221. I know quite a few people who have been seriously sick and had Ensure prescribed to assist their recovery. If it works for you, go for it that’s what I say.

  222. Thanks for liking my post PURA VIDA.

    My mom used to drink Ensure and my son loved it when she shared some with him!

    You have a great sense of humour and a pura vida attitude!! May your days be filled with love and peace!! Our days are numbered (that includes everyone on this planet) but let’s live, laugh and love while we have breath!

    God bless you!!
    Pura vida!! <3 carmen

  223. Your attitude is a warm bright ray of sunshine……keep glowing and warming the lives of others…….:) Ensure was a part of rebuilding my health a few years ago……it’s good stuff! My grandmother and grandaunt used it regularly….they passed at 88 and 91 respectively and my mum uses it to sometimes supplement her diet…… kids like it occasionally too…….:)

  224. Hello and thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! My uncle had cancer and we did a lot of research about how to fight it.
    I remember trying to find something he would eat and someone brought over a bottle of Ensure. The ingredient list was alarming to me and sounded like it was a great aid to cancer, rather than helping one stay healthy.
    I hope you don’t mind me giving my 2 cents worth :) , but here’s why…
    Ingredients 2,3 and 4 are sugars (mostly derived from Genetically Modified corn (studies are showing that GMOs cause cancer)) and cancer can not live without sugars.
    Ingredients 6 and 7 are soy based which is also linked to cancers and is likely GMO.
    Canola and corn oil, again genetically modified, are some of the worst oils to consume. Vegetable oils are relatively new and we are discovering that they aren’t as healthy as the FDA led us to believe. Too much vegetable oil in the diet can cause many problems.

    Please take this into consideration and do your own research on GMOs, sugars and veggie oils. I know cooking from scratch is time-consuming, but it really is the only way to good health. I wish you the best in your fight against cancer!

  225. Another comment from the peanut gallery: A bunch of home grown arugula and a orange a day, keep the doctor away. Follow that up with some buckwheat kasha. Ditch the corn and soy.

    Just my take. :)

    Best wishes!

  226. I’m with the word rabbit. A couple of tomatoes, a cucumber, an onion, a jalapeno and a carrot – all thrown into my juicer. Pure yumness in 2 minutes.

  227. You just have such a sweet writing style. Why haven’t you been writing? Are you ok? I’ve followed you’re blog with the hope you will share something new with the world. Here’s hoping…

  228. I lived on that stuff through chemo and radiation, it was recommended by the cancer center I went to. It is good for you, and as for weight gain, get the powder and use low-fat milk, or powdered milk and it shouldn’t be too big an issue. Another solution to being too busy to cook is a slow cooker, My dream kitchen consists of a slow cooker, cast iron skillet on a gas range, and an oven that doesn’t cook the entire kitchen with the meal.

  229. I have celiac disease. It’s very hard for me to gain weight. I was drinking Boost, but it doesn’t have enough protein in it. I just started drinking Ensure and I love it too!

  230. there are too many comments here, so I am not sure can you read mine or no, but you can find more healthy, easy and really fast recipes on Dr. Oz website to stay on and healthy.

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  232. I tried one of these drinks before, but I thought it was an ordinary smoothie, so I drank it alongside another meal and wondered why I felt extremely full afterwards. Then I was told to look at the packet LOL
    Just wanted to say Thank you so much for the likes on my posts! It means a lot! :D

  233. people have a skewed idea of what a protein shake is or any of those dietary replacement drinks. You will get fat if you’re one of those people who sit in front of a tv all day and decide oh instead of drinking water let me drink this instead. Trust me i’ve seen them and they go from small to big in no time. but people taking them in moderation as a meal replacement here and there and live a fairly active or even slightly active life, won’t really feel the same effects. So yeah, my two cents. But its great advice for people who are looking for a way to replace a meal

  234. You can definitely see your expertise within the article you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
    All the time go after your heart.

  235. I know people whose doctors have suggested Boost. It’s relatively cheap, and all you have to do is shake and open the can! It’s especially helpful if your medication or treatment is affecting your appetite.

  236. A while back my brother was drinking Ensure for the same reasons. He did get fat though. He wasn’t active & Ensure is very rich. I’ve been doing weight watchers & it’s really helped me get an understanding on food proportions, meal planning, how important activity is, balancing indulgences, etc. Not saying you need to join them but just that it helped me. Thanks for liking my post on Danny btw.

  237. Hey, Anna. I have a different condition than you but it does require me to eat a bunch of healthy soups as well. I don’t know if you have tried this (apologies, I’m a newer follower of your blog), but one solution that has worked really well for me is a crock pot. I go to the market and ask the produce guy to cut up the vegetables for me (saves a ton of time – I am horrible with a knife). I use “Helen’s Crockpot Vegetable Soup” recipe (you can Google it) which is fantastic. It takes me about 10-15 minutes to put the ingredients in the pot before work in the morning, and by the time I go to bed that night (or at worst the next morning if the beans are still too hard) I have several days of healthy soup with very, very little effort. I alternate this with different crockpot recipes, but the process is always the same – ask the merchant to cut everything up, put ingredients in the pot before work, and let the crockpot do the rest. Buena suerte!

  238. that’s true it’s all about perspective!!! i can’t imagine to live every day with that!! seriously you are very strong person. keep that in mind youre a survivor!!! cheers from mexico!!!

  239. if you or anyone are looking for a healthier alternative to Ensure, try orgain. Its a high-protein organic shake that I think taste better. I swear by it!
    (no, I don’t sell it lol)

  240. Thank you for liking my post: Fluffy Rosner, Guest Blogger. I started writing SNORK for a very simple reason: to give people something to laugh about. I believe your blog gives people something to be hopeful about. It’s very generous of you to share your personal stories in this way. What a great gift! I wish you every happiness and lots of good health in the years to come.

  241. I came across this piece, which I thought was lovely.

    Here’s to Longer Goodbyes
    Posted: 07/12/2013 4:57 pm

    There’s an old saying that New Yorkers leave without saying goodbye and Minnesotans say goodbye without leaving. Returning to my home state after a posting in Manhattan a few years back, I was able to see for the first time that this old saw is 100 percent true. Up here, the real conversations begin at any gathering’s end, when we guests stand waiting for our cars to warm up, and our hosts, finally done stuffing us with food, turn away from sink and stove to provide us with their full attention.

    There’s nothing like an imminent departure to focus the mind on what really matters.

    Last month, after 4.5 years of staring an early death in the face, after juggling chemo, kids and career, and putting careful plans in place for a future that wouldn’t include me, my wife and I heard my cancer doctors say something cancer doctors aren’t exactly famous for saying:

    “You may need to start planning for a normal lifespan.”

    It was startling news, as unexpected as the 2008 leukemia diagnosis that brought us there to Mayo Clinic in the first place. Once again, what the doctors had to say changed absolutely everything in our lives, except that this time, it had changed it all for the better.

    Or at least that’s what I know it should have felt like. The truth is, even after several weeks getting used to The Best of All Possible News, I’m still struggling to feel appropriately ecstatic. Why am I not experiencing all the relief and thankfulness I ought to?

    After giving that question some thought, in what may be the irony to end all ironies, I suspect I’m experiencing a fear of loss — not of my life, this time, but of the priceless perspective I gained over these past few terrifying, clarifying years. We’ve been having that conversation at the doorway for a while now, after all, and it’s been a good one.

    I was raised to appreciate every blessing in life, no matter how small, and I’ve always managed to do so. Despite having lived on the East Coast and overseas, I’m a true Midwesterner who once, as a young man, reflexively thanked someone for stopping by to fire me.

    During the dark times that followed my diagnosis though, I felt an entirely new, even higher level of gratitude for everything, especially the people around me. If I ever wanted to counter a despairing mood or moment, I needed only to look at my friends, coworkers or my enormous extended family to feel very, very lucky. With the clock ticking loudly, I was able to experience these people as the priceless collection of originals they are, each miraculously kind, hysterically funny and, for reasons I couldn’t possibly deserve, a regular part of whatever life I had left. Is it possible to retain my current level of appreciation for friends and family without the prospect of permanent separation from both hanging over my head?

    I hope so. With any luck, I’ll only need to remind myself that my extended lifetime, like any lifetime, is still a finite arrangement. But just in case I end up needing a reminder that’s a little harder to ignore, I’m here and now jotting down the most important things I’ve learned, so I can cut them out and pin them up on our household bulletin board, where the chemotherapy schedule used to be:

    1. We’re all temporary. We have to enjoy people and allow them to enjoy us, before it’s too late.

    2. One question should determine any given day’s activities: On my deathbed, will I be happy I spent time doing this?

    3. Work-life balance is a false choice. It’s all life. If you suffer at your job, get a new job. If you can’t, get a new attitude. And if your principal complaint is the people you live or work with, see number one.

    That’s it, just three bits of learning culled from thousands of observations that visited me while lying there on the receiving end of a Cytoxan drip. Not a lot, I know, but that’s what happens when you separate the things that don’t matter from the things that really do. You end up with a big pile of nothing, next to a very small pile of everything.

  242. Ma’am, just went through your blog and found it to be thoroughly engaging and beautiful. I lost my Mom to cancer, so I do relate to whatever you write. Will pass on some of this amazing work to my near and dear.
    Cheers to your good health, God Bless. :)

  243. People can be so judgmental! People have said negative things about what I’m eating when I’ve brought yoghurt and salad into work to eat. So, grain of salt, and all that….

  244. I just found this great article and advice, hope it helps…

    Worried About Cancer? Nine Nutritional Tips

    “The time is now to rethink cancer. To remind ourselves that while we may not be able to change the beginning of our stories, we still have time to change the end.

    These nutritional tips may help reduce symptoms:

    Try to eliminate suspected food allergens, such as dairy (milk, cheese, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives, and chemical food additives. Your health care provider may want to test you for food allergies.

    Eat foods high in B-vitamins and iron, such as whole grains (if no allergy), dark leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), and sea vegetables.

    Eat antioxidant rich foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell pepper). Low concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E have been associated with development of lung cancer.

    Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.

    You should use quality protein sources, such as organic meat and eggs, whey, (if no dairy allergies are present) and vegetable protein shakes as part of a balanced program aimed at gaining muscle mass and preventing wasting, which can sometimes be a side effect of cancer therapies.

    Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Avoid cooking oils at high temperatures, as carcinogens may form.

    Reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids, found in such commercially baked goods as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.

    Avoid caffeine and other stimulants, alcohol, and tobacco.

  245. Anna, I have to agree with Chuck. Make your own protein shakes with some Whey or some other protein powder and add some fruit and/or vegetables. Read what is in your diet drinks you are buying and you will find out most of them are not good for you.
    A few months back I had a heart attack, not the same as cancer, and I had to change my eating habits too. I talked to a nutritionists and after she was through telling me what to eat and what I had to avoid, I was wondering if there was anything left to eat. Fresh fruits and you can eat raw fresh vegetables. Yes a raw diet is about the best you can find but….. it may not taste the best. So, I make protein shakes occasionally and they help with the weight and hunger. You know the old saying, if it taste good it’s not good for you but if it tastes bad it is good for you. So protein drinks is my first choice. Just my two cents worth which is about all it is worth. :)

  246. I led myself to your blog because you chose to visit mine, and I must say that your optimism and sense of humor is truly inspirational.

    Have you ever tried using a juicer before? My husband drinks fresh-made juices for his health and they’re great because you’re able to get all the phytonutrients in one glass than you’d ever be able to get eating fruits and veggies in one sitting. Plus juicing is a lot less cumbersome than some may let on. ;)

    Thanks again for sharing and visiting RR.

    Best wishes

    ~*~*Mama Possum

  247. I’m happy to say, I never got fat on nutrition supplement drinks. I use them.
    some are less fat than others — never noticed any weight gain from them.
    I’m not a cook and I’m not a “good” eater — my diet is not worth sharing about — but thought you might like to know.

  248. Hey, I just wanted to thank you for humbling my page with your presence =] This is your first post i’m reading and i’m truly loving your sense of humor! I don’t use Ensure because i was prediabetic and it has a lot of sugar. I use a low fat, low carbohydrate meal replacement shake called Unicity Complete. It’s really yummy. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it. Here is a link if you wish to check it out:
    I wish you much success and health!

  249. After so many comments and likes, what can I add? I’ll just say keep that “kick-butt” attitude and follow the recipes and treatment plans. Beat “MR. UGLY!”


  250. good for you! I’ve been known to buy ensure also. Mostly bcuz I forget to eat…often. Or I just want a little somethin somethin that doesn’t provide all the nutrients one needs.
    YAY for Ensure!

  251. Ensure is not a healthy drink, especially if you’re fighting cancer. It is full of refined sugar, chemicals because it is not made from organic sources, and it’s not made from real food so it does not contain nutrients that your body can use. In fact, it may do more damage for someone with health issues. I suggest or for products that you can take with like powders and barley greens and shake them. I get one-serving packets of organic greens and keep them on me. There is no easy, quick fix to our health problems. That’s part of what got us into this problem with cancer. I understand the frustration of constantly being in the kitchen and spending the extra money for good food, but a compromise is a compromise. Eggs are good for you as long as you get them from a good clean source – free range, non-GMO feed and no antibiotics. Nuts are great, Brazil Nuts are the best for cancer fighting. Ensure and all those other quick “nutritional” drinks are processed, full of bad sugar, and unhealthy.

  252. Hi there

    I like the idea of a nutrition powder, but beware! lots of them have high fructose corn syrup. GMO stuff, and other nasty things that may not help your healing.

    I like to use powder called Raw Protein and another called Amazing Grass. They have no synthetic junk and are all from whole foods and herbs. Hubby takes a powder called Raw Meal and it keeps him full for a long time. There are other quality powders too. I always read the ingredients label and ask: could I grow this stuff in my garden or do I need a chemistry lab?

    Sorry to give advice… and I know from experience that quality is super important.! So just something to think about. Blessings!

  253. I feel for you, I took care of my mother who had cancer (and just about every other illness) for 10 years and eventually passed away.

    I really saw improvement the most when she cut out all and any for of “fake foods” from her diet. The cancer simply stopped spreading, but she had other problems that simple could not be reversed. Her problem was that she let it get to stage 4 before even trying.

    I truly hope you do not think Ensure or any of those other type foods are going to do your body good. Please look into real foods. I know that’s very vague, but it breaks my heart when people are misinformed.
    I’d be honored to help you out if possible.

  254. I would say that is suitable for any sickness. If you don’t look after your body and it’s needs you will have a hard time fighting anything. Thanks for stopping by and keep standing upright.

  255. i say
    whatever works.

    i keep baked goods in the house for my housemate to eat (he has cancer, currently)
    and one of the folks i work for keeps haagen daaz coffee ice cream in the freezer (she has cancer, currently)

    whatever works
    wishing you all good things

  256. I love it when I find other people who know God has given us many given in nature to help us fight illness. I see by your list you have already learned this about ginger and as you saw from my blog mangosteen is another one. I take a daily liquid vitamin (hate those tablets!) that includes mangosteen and about 80 other vitamins and minerals, and so does my mom. We have a family history of brain tumors are are trying to be proactive. God bless you.

  257. I know a 60 year old guy who lived off Ensure for 2 years while being on chemo for hepatitis C. He consumed nothing else. I’m not sure how healthy it is but it can’t be that bad. People are always skeptical of any unorthodox way of eating just because it doesn’t apply with mainstream knowledge.

  258. Hi,
    My friend just had a small bout with cancer and she has since read many things about how to fight the cancer cells. She has said to check the list of ingredients on the Ensure label, and you will discover that it contains lots of corn syrup, a.k.a. SUGAR….cancer cells love sugar…take the “vitamins without the Ensure” is her suggestion. Vitamin C (1000mg) a day is important. If you live in Canada, there is a product called Chaga Mushrooms–beyond antioxidants–Phone #1-877-746-9397. Product of Purica, 3006 Boys Road, Duncan, B.C.It is gluten free. She is taking this 4x a day now. Just suggestions…just trying to be helpful. Blessings to you!

  259. Am fighting stage IV endometriosis cancer and I do what makes me happy. If you start pleasing everyone, you are going to be left behind in your journey of self discovery. You are empowering yourself and others and you are on the right path. Skeptics will say what they have to not what they need to because they have nothing legitimate to talk about. “Live with zest-forget the rest.”Ian Faria.

  260. Hello there,

    I really find your blog inspiring. I hope you are doing well now and are healthy. I fought kidney cancer for 5 years and now I am all clear and healthy. I wish you all of the love, light and support through your journey. Thanks for stopping by to like my page! Athena <3

  261. I hate to hear that you are planning to rely on the Ensure so much. Please check out Jordan Rubin and Those two entities teach about eating fresh fruits & vegetables, and avoiding processed and artificially replicated nutrients and foods, as a way to avoid, reduce, and possibly cure many cancers (which can be our body’s reaction to invaders that it doesn’t know how to assimilate or use to repair our cells, which are constantly breaking down). Please research them! Praying for you! (P.S. I drink Ensure occasionally, no more than 1 per day.)