By Ruth E. Heidrich Ph.D.
In her mid-forties, Ruth Heidrich used to be clinically determined with breast melanoma. After present process remedy, she learned she needed to problem herself to maintain good. She deicded to run the punishing Ironman Triathlon a try out of patience related to a 2.4 mile swin, 112 mile motorcycle trip, and a 26.2 mile marathon run. to do that and reamin cancer-free, she stopped consuming animal items, adopting a plant-based nutrition and a life-affirming perspective that was resolute - in additional methods than one- to be in it for the longer term. 20 years later, Heidrich remains to be working, nonetheless cancer-free, and nonetheless optimistic approximately existence. this can be her tale. She describes her struggle with melanoma, her therapeutic nutrition, and the rewards of competing within the hardest races on the planet. She indicates you the way to develop into more fit, extra optimistic, and problem your self to alter.
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I developed a theory, and it revolved around both diet and exercise—to an extreme, although I now know that it’s not as extreme as I’d originally thought. I also found it ironic that diet-oriented physicians disagreed with my exercise approach, and exercise-oriented physicians disagreed with the diet approach. Nobody, as far as I knew, had ever put the two together. It was scary, wading into these uncharted waters. But, after all, I felt I had little to lose. Our bodies crave movement and when given time to adapt, can accomplish prodigious feats.
My picture on the front page of the New Zealand Herald the day after my first place in the Ironman there attests to the excitement felt by others. ” There was a similar reaction in Japan, Russia, Thailand, and Nepal. ” My races continued to increase year after year with my feeling stronger and faster. I have now won over 700 trophies and medals. I was even invited to the world-famous Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas to try and set a new age-group fitness record. This entailed getting on a treadmill that started out slowly and increased in both speed and incline, following a standard protocol.
One of my favorite foods is plain brown rice. Its nutty, chewy flavor is so superior to white rice that I find it amazing that some people still eat the white. Besides tasting better, brown rice is much higher in fiber and the vitamin-B complex. I cook mine in an automatic rice cooker, using two-to-one proportions of water to rice. It doesn’t even take any longer to cook, being usually ready in about twenty-five minutes. It’s even faster in a pressure cooker. I love brown rice plain or as a base for chili, tomato-based sauce for Spanish Rice, or with water-sautéed chopped vegetables a quick and easy chop suey.