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My healthy addiction.

April 18, 2012

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!

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  1. Thank you for sharing… :)

    • 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?

  2. 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!

    • Thanks for visiting my blog! I will share any recipe of mine also that turns out to kill or cure cancer! In the meantime, I will keep interpreting everyone’s (and mine as well) dreams.

  3. 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.

  4. I love Ensure! Haven’t had any in a long time, but it’s good!

  5. I took Ensure during my recovery from anorexia. It has helped me a lot, so I agree it can be beneficial at times :) The taste is really good indeed!

  6. To your health!

  7. Thanks for the likes, and congrats on being cancer free. We all seem to be only one degree of separation from that villain!

  8. To your health… may it and your sense of humour always be strong!

    Thank you for visiting my blog.


  9. Chuck permalink

    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. :-)

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. I am tickled as punch that you stopped by my blog today…thank you for following along, and I applaud you in your search for self-healing and nutritious food. I’m with you.

  13. 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!


  14. 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.

  15. I haven’t tried this, but have heard good things about it…who’s to judge, anyway? If you enjoy it and you feel good, then keep it up! Thanks for sharing! :)

  16. 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.

  17. It’s great to connect you here. Love your sense of humor and your positive attitude! Thanks for visiting our blog.

  18. 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

  19. I once read that tomatoes can help prevent cancer – I do wonder though if this is myth, truth or just a mystery?

  20. 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!

    • 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.

  21. Good luck, hope you get better soon.

  22. 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!”

  23. 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 :-)

  24. 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

  25. 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).

  26. May the Lord bless your efforts to keep your body (the temple of the Living God) healthy!

    Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 1:2

  27. hey ! Thanks for visiting my site.YOu too have wonderful posts here..good day :-)

  28. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post. You have an amazing sense of humour. Take care.

  29. 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…..

  30. thanks for visiting my blog! Love yours and will be back! blessings!

  31. 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 :)

  32. Ha! Nice advice! I like the way you write :) you captivated me and this is my first time visiting your blog!

  33. 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. :)

  34. 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…)

    • Really agree with the above comment. Ensure is portable, and easy. And you say it tastes good: many times your body tells you what it needs. So cheers for you!

  35. I just want to wish you a good and healthy life and yes do whatever you think will help you. Godspeed!

  36. 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.

  37. isaandbeauty permalink

    Thank you for following my blog ! I’m also following you :)
    Welcome !
    Have a great week :D

  38. 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.

  39. May you have good health and strength to keep that sneaky monster at bay. Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

  40. Thank you for being my 200th follower! :-)

  41. HI and Hello!!! Thank You so much for following my blog site and also for visiting!!! I greatly appreciate it.

  42. Thank you for checking out GoodLife. Get yours! Sounds like you are.

  43. Our dear Cece lived on Pediasure – the children’s version of Ensure. We managed to get four cans of it in her a day for 11 years…..

  44. 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. :)

  45. 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…!

  46. 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

  47. ladyjsthoughts permalink

    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

  48. dawn permalink

    I think we should just eat what we feel like to eat!

  49. 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 :)

  50. My grandmother drank that stuff all the time in her later years…she lived to 102…

  51. 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.

  52. 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 … :)

  53. Healthy begins in the mind and heart.

  54. Don’t worry about what others think, if it works for you, continue.

    Bottoms up!!

  55. If I remember correctly (questionable), Carnation Instant Breakfast is VERY similar to Ensure, and costs a lot less. Compare the Nutritional Facts.

  56. You might enjoy learning about green smoothies. My husband and I have one every morning and adding a little bit of greens to our diet has really made a big difference for us. Gotta have some greens!

  57. dldahl permalink

    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

  58. Keep strong! And thanks for the follow!

  59. Hi Anna,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts here…and your sense of humor! :)
    I pray for your good health and safety.
    God bless you and your family.

  60. 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!

  61. 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 ;-)

  62. 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.

  63. I think a good sense of humor is the best defense against the big ugly C-monster. Good luck and stay healthy.

  64. This sounds like one healthy drink! And thanks for liking my post:-) Keep drinking that good shake and keep writing.

  65. I agree. Humor has gotten me through the darkest times of my life.

  66. Great positive attitude! Here’s to you! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  67. 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.

  68. Hope you’re doing okay since this appears to be your most recent post.

  69. imagineastylishworld: Kat permalink

    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 :)

  70. Keep up the fight!! And a happy belated birthday to you :)

  71. 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.


  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. THANKS for subscribing to my “pun-ny” photoblog and leaving a “like”! I hope I can
    bring you a smile (or at least a groan) every weekday!
    –John R.:

  75. 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!

  76. Health is Wealth. God bless you more and may He give you more than 5 years of exciting life with Him.

  77. Wishing you all the best.

  78. Thanks for the tip. I will try them out!

  79. Hi,

    I love this post! And thanks for visiting my “” blog and liking the “Oil is string…” post. I also liked your post on 65. Keep up thee good work.


  80. Thanks for the idea. I could become addicted to the Lean One smoothie at Smoothy King. I get one for lunch once or twice a week. I think Ensure is probably less expensive.

  81. Congratulations! It’s great to find something you enjoy that actually does you good! I know that from personal experience – so rejoice!!

  82. 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!

  83. Grandma permalink

    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.

  84. drawingsofdubiousquality permalink

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

  85. bringmemycoffee permalink

    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!

  86. vocaldistraction permalink

    Great post and congrats on the progress you’ve made so far! I love ensure, it’s delicious! :)

  87. Thanks for liking my post! I wish you luck with your health. :)

  88. Thanks for coming by and thanks for this awesome info.

  89. 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.

  90. 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

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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!

  94. Thanks so much for liking my post. I love your blog. Truly inspirational stuff :)

  95. 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 ^_^

  96. hippiechickmutant permalink

    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!

  97. Thank u for visiting my post your posts are truely inspiring here’s to your health :)

  98. Love your sense of humour! Thanks for visiting me, long life and good health, I don’t think I can wish you anything bettter than that…

  99. I’ve nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award! You can see it here:

  100. I’ve been following this long thread. Amazing keep sharing your journey. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award:

  101. Thanks for visiting my blog! Come back often…Congratulations on surviving cancer. I am a six year survivor myself!

  102. 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.

  103. Being June permalink

    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!

  104. Wow, I’m surprised everybody is so skeptical, but I guess that makes sense. Nutrition Shakes are easy to mistake for diet shakes nowadays.

  105. 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.

  106. 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!

  107. 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.

  108. Never underestimate the power of what you believe.

  109. Doris permalink

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

  110. I nominated you for the Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award! Here is the link:

  111. Woah, you have been busy seeing all these comments. It’s a moving blog and for those who want to listen very good information. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Take care, best to you.

  112. Wow, just read a few of your posts and want to thank you for sharing your brave, triumphant story! Thank you, also, for “liking” my post. I hope you got to see the link, I’d accidentally hit ‘post’ before I was done, messed around with it, lost the link, reposted… New to blogging! :)

  113. annestee permalink

    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.

  114. Thanks for visiting! Read some of your posts, love how your staying strong!!

  115. 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

  116. Wonderful blog – glad you found me (or I found you?). Thanks for liking my post. If I found a like button, I’d push it for yours! Love your attitude and sass and honesty.

  117. Thanks for liking my blog today. Ah yes, healthy addictions. I’m a firm believer in treating oneself. I raise my glass to you. Cheers!

  118. My mother drank Ensure when she had cancer, and I would drink Ensure with her on occasion. It helped her fight cancer for 10 years.

    Thanks for visiting my blog ( I have invited my friend Gaby to visit your blog because she also blogs about cancer:

  119. This is a fantastic post. Thanks for following me. ’I’m finally on Facebook, the demon of social media. I’m sitting alone here in my tiny dark corner of Facebook waiting for your visit. Please come and see me my new Facebook page and for heaven sakes…Like me!!

  120. I’ve heard good things about Ensure! I think it has lots of protein in it, and that’s good stuff.

  121. Stopped by again to say: ✿♡✿Happy Father’s Day!

  122. If it makes you feel good……it’s gooooooooood. I am a firm believer in doing what feels good, at the end of the day it is all you can go by.

  123. 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.

  124. Why didn’t I think of ENSURE? ;) Thank you, for posting this.

  125. 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.

  126. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your outlook on life and surviving cancer! Blessings to you!

  127. My mom lived on Ensure for the last 5 months of her life. She hated it by the end. It apparently gets bland after a while when you only like the vanilla. Happy Reading!

  128. 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! :)

  129. 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 :)

  130. From Japan. Thank you for second round of visiting my blog. I am just 64 years old in June also.

  131. Hello!! Thank you for dropping by my blog today :). Your blog seemes very inspiring and I intend to check it out :) thanks!

  132. 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.

  133. thanks for the ‘like’ on my blog …. your writing is amazing … very brave … and thank you for sharing

  134. we have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Cheers to you!

  135. Thanks for making me smile :) and for visiting my blog! Hope you had a great birthday and many more to come!

  136. jspruell permalink

    Thanks for the smile, and I do understand about getting tired of eating healthy soups:-)

  137. Who makes Ensure? I may buy some shares… Do they pay commissions?

  138. polly permalink

    you need to do what is right for you and tell everyone else to but out.

  139. 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!

  140. 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!

  141. 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.

  142. RoniLynn permalink

    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!!

  143. From Japan. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am also caring healthily. I am currently healthy.

  144. Cheers to healthy drinking! I like the Greens myself.

  145. 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!

  146. (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.

  147. Joyce Dunne permalink

    Love your attitude! Healthy mind, healthy body, and all that. Thanks, too, for visiting my recent blog post!

  148. 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

  149. The milk chocolate ensure is tasty. :) Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my page. God bless.

  150. 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!

  151. 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.

  152. 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.

  153. Great post!

  154. 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.

  155. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for sharing your inspiring story!

  156. 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. ;)

  157. hevhev permalink

    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 :)

  158. You are funny and witty. God bless you.

  159. 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!!

  160. 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.

  161. 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! :)

  162. 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!

  163. Thanks a lot for the visit..Very happy to know how you triumphed over cancer..Looking forward to more from you..:-)

  164. Thanks for the visit… it takes a lot of strength to overcome any disease… kudos…

  165. 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.

  166. thanks for favouriting a post on my piddling music blog. you might like to know that I’ve been affected by cancer (my son died of a brain tumour) and I’m organising a charity compilation to raise money for cancer research. See here and here

    All the best

  167. 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.

  168. roxannesonnenberg permalink

    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 :)

  169. togetherone permalink

    Thanks for visiting my blog, TogetherOne.
    Adventurous you are!

  170. wallcat permalink

    People are always skeptical of things they don’t understand, but its whatever works for you that matters.

  171. jeff permalink

    Nice update, thank you.

  172. Thanks for popping by my blog! Good to read yours too!

  173. unclerave permalink

    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

  174. I relate! What a COOL post! :)

  175. Well said, doesn’t need to work miracles, just keep you full and happy!

  176. Being a health buff, I must say I must visit your blog from now on. I find your post definitely informative. Keep it up.

  177. 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.

  178. I like Ensure. I bring them to work sometimes for when I don’t have time to eat breakfast or lunch.

  179. Like other people have said, what works for you is what is best… period

  180. 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.

  181. 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!

  182. To your health! Your sense of humor even on serious thing is cool!

  183. You have an amazing story, and I’m glad to have found your blog. Very inspiring. I wish you the best, and thanks for the “likes” :-)

  184. 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:)

  185. 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! :-))!

  186. Thanks for visiting my site. I am thouroughly enjoying yours. Great info and so entertaining. Congrats on your well deserved awards!

  187. 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!

  188. I really love your positive attitude, stay strong and never give up the fight.

  189. I’m glad you found something you love that loves you back!

  190. Nativegrl77 permalink

    thanks for stopping by … hey, try a smoothie !!!!

  191. 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!

  192. thank you vor visiting my site. What a nice story you have here!

  193. i love ensure! i have been drinking it since 1995!

  194. Thank you for visiting my blog. Eating well is the best possible thing we can do to stay healthy. Keep up the good word. And I know you are busy; you are an Aries.

  195. 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. :)

  196. PATC-OWLTHENA permalink

    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.

  197. 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!

  198. 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

  199. 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.

  200. 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.

  201. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your positive attitude.
    To your health!

  202. mrcrish_cjr permalink

    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:)

  203. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your humor and style of writing, look forward to reading more.

  204. 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!

  205. The munchkins love it and drink three or four while at GG house.

  206. Striving to be healthy inside and out. Thanks so much for sharing and I appreciate you stopping by My Journal of praise.

  207. The word in Irish is “Slainte” and it means good health. Great post and thanks for reading mine.

  208. edlynch permalink

    I wish you well and I’m enjoying your site! Would you be offended if I inquired if you are in the U.K.?

  209. Every idea I can find for losing weight, I’m grabbing. I believe with you it is one thing at a time and small changes make a big difference.

  210. 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 @ :)…

  211. Allie permalink

    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.

  212. Anne Wingate permalink

    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.

  213. 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.

  214. ensure is great! i love the butter pecan and french vanilla flavours … i just wish they were either a littler smaller (for two at a time) or a little larger … :)

  215. 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! : )

  216. Any new posts ?

  217. Stay positive and picture the little yellow pac-man running around inside of you eating and destroying any bad stuff that may reside there.

  218. I may try this….I have a lit of days running on the go and don’t feel like cooking. Thanks.

  219. Just editing a section of my first book dealing with the importance of healthy eating and exercise when recovering from anxiety disorder and then came across your Blog which has inspired me even further to finish editing by the end of the day :D Hopefully I can upload a short excerpt by the end of the weekend as well, so thanks for the inspiration.

  220. Haha, this is and was great :) I support Ensure and how you continue to feel well. Jesus Bless you!

  221. 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

  222. I line this idea!! Thank you for stopping by again and liking my blog.

  223. 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.

  224. My Mu-Mu swears by Ensure shakes! Glad you found something you love (o:

  225. I used to work at the American Cancer Society and we often got Ensure donated to us to give to cancer patients. Some of them liked it; some not. I’m glad you like it. It’s good for you.

  226. Red Toenails permalink

    You are too cute. And thanks for the like on my post.

  227. floridabridemagazine permalink

    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! :)

  228. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I have often wondered about Ensure…I’m going to see if I can find some down here and give it a try!

  229. I like the taste of Ensure too. Way to set your friend straight!

  230. ccree permalink

    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.!

  231. 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.

  232. 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!!

  233. 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!

    • Thanks for the comment. Well, I must be doing something right, I’m OK. Good luck to you !!!

  234. 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! :)

  235. 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

  236. thanks for the “like” and congratulations one becoming Queen of the Blogosphere, your Majesty!

  237. Yes, I heard about Ensure for many years. My grandma had it when she had a problem with her diet. I believe it’s good and healthy.

  238. I am very grateful to have you as a follower, thank you ! I love your blog and what you have to say keep inspiring people to live a healthier life.

  239. 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.

  240. secretkichi permalink

    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!

  241. 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!

  242. Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for sharing! Love your sense of humour!

  243. 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!!

  244. jackiebelle permalink

    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.

  245. Live long and prosper! Going to check out your blog to look for that recipe for that killer shake.

  246. Thanks for your like. Love your great sense of humour and positive attitude!

  247. Thank you for your awesome comment. Glad you liked the blog. Love to you and yours xxx

  248. Healthy Glow Nutrition permalink

    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.

  249. Is it this one? I wonder if i can get here or in Moscow… i drink Herbalife usually and plethora of other things too! It won’t make you fat, don’t worry! xxxx

  250. Thanks for visiting and liking my post, Garden In A Vase. Hope you get well soon.

  251. Thanks for the likes, Anna. I’m very much enjoying your blog.

    Have you, by any chance, tried making your own smoothies? I make some variation of the Green Monster on a regular basis.

  252. 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.

  253. Toni permalink

    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

  254. I’m sorry for your cancer. My mother lost her battle with it and MS 6.5 years ago.
    Good information!

  255. 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.

  256. 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

  257. liz2you permalink

    Go for it, this seems to be the way you are. Fantastic attitude!

  258. Nativegrl77 permalink

    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

  259. 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.

  260. 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..

  261. Wonder if it would work for a kid with GI issues..

  262. Thank you for visiting my blog. Your writing is very inspirational and informative. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and life’s experiences.

    • 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 !!!

  263. Ensure is awesome! My brother is fighting colon cancer and he can tolerate the Ensure when solid food just doesn’t appeal to him.

  264. 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.

  265. Thanks for visiting again and liking Splish Splash.

  266. 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?!

  267. I used to drink those all the time when I was lifting weights; they’re a great way to get a lot of nutrients into your system in a hurry!

  268. 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.

  269. Thanks for the like on my post. As a fellow sixty year old I will follow you with my thoughts, hope and support.:-)

  270. i love reading your posts, please post more xx

  271. 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 :)

  272. shayleesblog permalink

    Too cute! I love reading your posts already!

  273. Thanks for the visit. You seem to be a very cheerful young lady.

    • Thanks. I’m younger than I should be – I can not afford to be old. Good Luck . Be young for ever…..

  274. Much belated Birthday Blessings! “To the tune of the B Gees, You Should Be Juicing…Yeah!, Juicing Yeah!”

  275. Great approach! You should be proud of yourself.

  276. thekatieball permalink

    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!

  277. I use ENSURE and BOOST for my father. He is in the final stages of Parkinson’s and has a PEG (feeding) tube. It is a great way to make sure he is getting his nutrients. Be Blessed. :)

  278. Just wanted to let you know i’m thinking of you lots.

  279. This is very cute – and you’re very cute.

  280. 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!

  281. 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!

  282. ensure, who would’ve thought :o)

  283. Love your attitude. Cancer played a part in my mother’s early death, way before she had an opportunity to really fight. Thanks for liking my blog.

  284. Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers

  285. 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!

  286. 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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  288. Great article! I have to watch my pH as well. Having the support from Dr. Ron Hill has been very helpful with my overall health – espcially when staying as active as I like to be.

  289. Thanks for visiting my blog! Are you a cat-lover like me?? Cats (and all animals) are one of life’s great, simple pleasures. Be well.

  290. heartflow2012 permalink

    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”.

  291. Whatever works for you then so be it, forgot about what others say. Good Luck!

  292. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my peom, ‘Mysteries’. I too cherish your write ups immensely

  293. Thanks for sharing your story! Our best wishes for your health, for staying strong, and overcoming this extremely difficult challenge.

  294. yambean permalink

    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!

  295. 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!

  296. Thank you so much visit my blog and liked it! Also, I find your blog is inspiring!!

  297. 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!

  298. 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.

  299. createeng permalink

    I like your optimism. Keep it up! :)

  300. I’ve nominated you for Very Inspiring blogger award

  301. alexcharcoalhorse permalink

    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 :-)

  302. 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!

  303. 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.

  304. 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!

  305. my boyfriend drinks them all the time and loves them. But they are a little costly. Enjoyed your post!

  306. 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!

  307. Ensure is great – I love it. Tried it for hubby but he is allergic to iodine and, guess what, every option like this has iodine in it. Who knew?

  308. 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.

  309. Thanks for the “like” and best wishes for your health!

  310. If it kills you, don’t drink it anymore. If you drink it and still feel good, continue on drinking the things you like.

  311. Very impressed by your zest for life and of course your informative blog – Keep up the good work, and thanks for visiting TummyTroll :)

  312. Thank you for liking my poem ‘Covered In Blood’. The Foureyed Poet.

  313. 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!

  314. Hi,
    I want to nominate your site for a Beautiful Blogger Award. The rules will be on my wordpress post. I hope you will agree and put the icon on your site.

  315. haha “mr. ugly” – that is a great way to describe “IT”!!! great blog :)

  316. This is great! Made me smile :)

  317. Your blog is inspiring and Ensure is a great source of energy :) Thanks for liking my post!

  318. 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!!!!

  319. findingadventure permalink

    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.

  320. 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.


  321. Cheers to you! I raise a big yummy, full of calories glass of Ensure to you!

  322. Blogstery permalink

    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.

  323. Excellent blog. Good work.

  324. Herbal life is also a great supplement…

  325. 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:)

  326. Nikunj permalink

    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.

  327. 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 :)

  328. Thanks for stopping by…I’m glad you found me, now I can follow you!

  329. lucidsleep permalink

    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!

  330. 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!

  331. I used to drink those all the time when I was in a rush and just didn’t have time to make food instead of going without. I like them. They taste good and made me feel good.

  332. Brenda Taggart permalink

    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!

  333. You all sound like an advertisement for Ensure. What is it?

  334. I love cooking

  335. Thanks for stopping by stillvoicing. And best of wishes with the Ensure!

  336. I do enjoy reading your blog and you were the first person (not related to me) to comment on my blog. So I nominated you for a One Lovely Blog award.

  337. Keep doing what you feel you need to do – Bon courage!

  338. kadad permalink

    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.


  339. Oh this is interesting. I find nutritionists very interesting. Every day they tell you eat this or that and come change telling you what they said yesterday will kill you.

  340. Thanks for sharing your blog – it’s inspiring!

  341. savorysouthern permalink

    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.

  342. Michael permalink

    nice post….good story :)

  343. Campbell permalink

    Thanks for stopping by my Teen Hiker blog! You’re post on Ensure is very interesting and your blog is really well written! :)

  344. You sound like my son! He drinks ensure to try to gain weight, but he doesn’t eat regularly.
    He’s just like his father – tall and skinny (sleek)! Enjoyed your article!

  345. 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.

  346. 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

  347. emilis95 permalink

    Check my new healthy- lifestyle/ fashion blog! My goal is to inspire girls around the world to have a healhty lifestyle and to feel good about themselves. Feel free to read/ follow my blog:

  348. 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

  349. I confess! I do not have the healthiest eating habits but this seems like something I might transition into taking the place of the unhealthy junk that I manage take in guilt free.

  350. 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.

  351. It’s better than fast food when you have to skip a real meal. I used to have a supply of those.

  352. I agree!! When we are sick, we drink Ensure, too!!!

  353. hey! please excuse me…I saw that you liked my photo on crisegophotography, that one with the dog…where did you see the photo? because I deleted the blog and I still get likes..

  354. 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!

  355. 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,

  356. Hi! Just stopping by to say I really enjoyed following you and have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. If you’re interested in accepting, pop by for more details and follow the rules. If you don’t like it, don’t worry, just leave it, that’s fine! :) , I wish you a very happy 2013! :)

  357. 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.

  358. I am not sure if you will care since you really love this stuff, but anyone would love ensure because it has more sugar than ice cream in it! (Avg ice cream has 44 sugars per 1 cup)

    It has 50 sugars and 50 carbs per cup!

    I wish you the very best and do not want to burst the bubble, but this is NOT healthy.

  359. Just started following!

    When my Gramma fell ill with lung cancer, Ensure was her best friend and she loved drinking them! Great blog, and I wish you the best. :]

  360. Thanks for visiting my gratitudes blog. I love finding things every day to be thankful for.

  361. I always preferred the chocolate Ensure, myself. Less carbs, and seemed more filling.

  362. Thank you for visiting the poem and liking it :)

  363. hahaha! i should try this. Been eating a lot of instant noodles lately, something that really causes cancer… oh well… ENSURE… good tip! :)

  364. FANTASTIC!!

    From a FAN xx

  365. lifebeyondbipolar permalink

    I love Ensure!!! I drink Chocolate.

  366. Opinionated Man permalink

    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.

  367. My step dad needs to try this he needs to try something healthy, and he’s 79.
    Thanks for liking my post hun and for share. o-O*

  368. I love instant shakes! I usually have Cinch by Shaklee or ones from Vega :)

  369. Instant shakes are the best.
    Btw, thanks for liking and following my blog. I look forward on reading more of your posts.
    Cheers to health!

  370. Conlabentis permalink

    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!

  371. I love your humour. Sounds like you enjoy life. Keep it up. Great attitude. Inspiring!

  372. 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.

  373. I’d have to cheat and have a real vanilla milkshake, but maybe with a scoop of protein. :)

  374. 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 :-))

  375. 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!

  376. Shakes are a nice way of keeping it simple. I prefer Herbalife. Research for their products is done at UCLA. Nice article. Heard good things about ensure.


  378. 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!

  379. rollinwithcarro permalink

    I have nominated you to the The Very inspiring Blogger award! check it out here

  380. 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
    of the information you present here. Please let me know if this
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  381. These kinds of healthy addiction are good for our health…

  382. 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!

  383. Good for you and easy, too! What could be better.

  384. 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?

  385. 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”.

  386. Why the critical comments? Oh people! Drink up!!

  387. Sounds like one of those healthy fast foods ;-)

  388. Sounds good – I really do need to get some more healthy stuff into what I am eating. Fruit and stuff is there, but I just don’t get to it.

  389. My dad is not sick and he drinks ensure. The doctor recommended it to make sure he gets needed nutrition. He’s been drinking it for several years and he’s not fat yet.

  390. 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! :>)

  391. 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.

  392. Healthy begins at mind…

  393. Thanks for the like. Keep on kickin!

  394. emmafrostcamgirl permalink

    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!


  395. Wine Night permalink

    Amazing blog! What a blessing you are!

  396. thenerdyscribe permalink

    I like the name you came up with. Mr. Ugly better watch out!

  397. thenerdyscribe permalink

    Way to kick Mr. Ugly’s buttocks!

  398. Thank you for liking my blog post!

  399. 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 :)


  400. Thanks for liking my post, I’m very happy you enjoyed it. Like your blog btw. :)

  401. Lol… I dunno why, but seems I laugh often and smiling a lot each time I read Ur article. Thank’s for sharing Anna :D

  402. I really like this part “You never know. This Monster is very sneaky.” Wow! :)

  403. YUCK to Ensure!
    But Thanks for the ‘Like’ on my writing ‘Snow Is Falling Cold And White’.

  404. Those shakes are seriously yummy! I drink one daily by orders of my doctor, which is totally okay with me, because they taste good. I wish you the best of health!

  405. thenerdyscribe permalink

    Thank you for liking my most recent poem! That really meant a lot to me! :)

  406. 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.

  407. 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 =)

  408. You are alive, yes, very yes! Your words are filled with vitality, and show your fine spirit.

  409. cristaramone permalink

    Screw everyone else, do you! Thanks for sharing =)!

  410. Thank you for stopping by my blog… What a wonderful story you have! Blessings… Clare xx

  411. And how does it work so far?^^

  412. It’s always gratifying to hear when someone has or is beating cancer, thanks for letting us in and sharing:-)

  413. 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

  414. Beautiful, amazing & inspiring. thank you for sharing.xx

  415. I also enjoy the taste of supplement drinks. :) they just don’t understand.

  416. God bless you thanks for visiting my blog too _NB

  417. Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian Here, Open to Trying Other Things…….Great Blog by the Way!

  418. i love protein mixes from my company. I love this post as well. It’s so great to supplement for me because I don’t eat out often and sometimes just can’t cook.

  419. Dianna permalink

    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.

  420. Thank you for liking my blog post! Your blog is amazing and truly inspiring! I love the tone!

  421. 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

  422. I love juicing! It is really quick and healthy.

  423. awesome! we love healthy eating! any great juice recipes you can share would be awesome! we’re working on a whole-foods diet, and we’d love to trade some tips and tricks, maybe even collaborate. check this out:

  424. nancymn permalink

    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!

  425. 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! :)

  426. ManalAllam permalink

    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:)

  427. 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.

  428. 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!

  429. jceberhart permalink

    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

  430. My dad used to drink something like that before work. I believe it was very easy on the stomach, as he was stressed about work. Thanks for dropping by “Honey.”

  431. 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!

  432. Teri Karl permalink

    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.

  433. Teri Karl permalink

    And now after typing my comment, I realize that you posted this a long time ago! How are things going now?

  434. 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.

  435. 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

  436. applecherrypipz permalink

    Hi, thanks for liking my post. You have an interesting blog, keep it up! :)

  437. cteachr permalink

    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.

  438. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you’re fighting and winning, your posts are inspirational.

  439. 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..!

  440. stay healthy and blessed!

  441. Hi! I am wondering what are your best ways of bringing in traffic from others? All Ideas help.
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  442. 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!! :)

  443. Hello…
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  444. Bill Whitney permalink

    From one 65 yr young survivor to another … Happy 65th and many more. Thanks for stopping by my blog! “The “C” Word: One Mans Journey –

  445. 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.

  446. Yum .. I think these healthy shakes are great! So many beneficial nutrients, vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals .. in a quick ”make&shake” :-)

    Bless you and your precious life! x

  447. Eydie permalink

    Thank you for visiting my blog! Great job on the shakes!

  448. 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:

  449. 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

  450. gemini232006 permalink

    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 :)

  451. Jill's Cabana Stories permalink

    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.

  452. Whatever keeps you going, right? There are always nay sayers in the world. Thanks for coming by my blog! I hope you enjoyed it.

  453. Stay strong :) Just prayed for you :)

  454. Thanks for dropping by my blog! As long as your diet is balanced, doesn’t matter what form it takes. Good luck on beating the cancer, hope Mr Ugly stays away :)

  455. Stay strong

    wish You best of luck !

  456. 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 :-)

  457. true, cooking healthy meals takes a lot of planning and that’s hard enough when we are well and on top of things. Almost impossible when we are not.

  458. AAvila permalink

    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

  459. Your battle has been an inspiration to many :) God bless

  460. My grandmother loved that stuff. Worth a try.

  461. 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

  462. Pleasure to meet you!!!! Thank you for visiting our little ol’ blog today…I am very thankful to have found your site…thank you for sharing your knowledge!!!!

  463. 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!

  464. 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 :-)

  465. thanks for the sharing:) and take care.

  466. 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.

  467. 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.

  468. Thanks for stopping by OC, I do appreciate your visits and I’m pleased to see you’re still kicking some serious butttt. Carry on Limo Girl. Cheers.

  469. 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 ♥

  470. Thank you for your generous like of “The Walk” on my amateur art blog. I’m loving your work, inspiring. Good day to you! -Scott

  471. 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.

  472. 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 (

  473. 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 (

  474. 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 (

  475. 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!

  476. 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 : )

  477. linda permalink

    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.

  478. I’m planning to skip my granola cereal in favor of French toast this morning. ;-)

  479. Common sense!!! great advice. I wish you well, and will come back often to see how you are!!xxAnne

  480. You should read about Kris Carr, she drinks green juices for breakfast and they are delicious ;0)

  481. Bizangelgirl55 permalink

    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.

  482. 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!

  483. 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!

  484. lithiumcase permalink

    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.

  485. Love your positive attitude. I have one too – I’m positive I’m going to die. Thing is, though, I intend to do it as far in the future as possible! :)

  486. Thanks for the like today… you have quite the following :) Keep up the great writing!

  487. 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

  488. Thanks for liking my poem! I hope you come back sometime. I enjoyed perusing your blog. I am a survivor, too–but of early heart disease. Happy 65th year–mine is the 63rd and 11 years après heart attack. Cheers!

  489. 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…….:)

  490. sounds like my favourite meal replacement drink; Dunn River’s Nurishment :)

  491. I prefer blueberry smoothies. And I try not to think about cancer returning.
    Happy birthday!

  492. 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!

  493. Thank you for liking my post I truly admire your attitude. All the best in your battle!

  494. 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!

  495. 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.

  496. Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Maybe we can follow each other? x

  497. I have nominated you for the Shine On Award, for your inspiring blog. See my post on

  498. 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…

  499. 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.

  500. Love this! I’m going to do it :-) Thank you

  501. 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!

  502. chistanote permalink

    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.

  503. Haven’t got the shakes yet – maybe if I do I’ll need to try them. :) Meanwhile, I eat whatever seems like a good idea at the time …

  504. There is a shake at Whole Foods that is in a green and white box designed by a cancer doctor for his patients. I will get the name for you, but it is delish.

  505. Lim See Yee permalink

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  507. Hi, thanks for liking my post about there being no age barrier to starting tai chi and it making you feel fab, and about our tai chi, reflexology and walking holiday in Mallorca (Oct 5-12 2013) Your blog is great, very insightful. I wish you well on your next 5 years, and then some planning! Helen x

  508. Lover your orange daisy icon. How are you doing these days.?
    It is important to read labels. What are you really drinking. I used to drink pop until I started thinking about the contents, sugar, flavored water with carbonation. Decided I didn’t need it. That it wasn’t healthy. Mairy O

  509. Aaran Sian permalink

    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

  510. Awesome…am thinking of doing it too….. my eldest girl has been pestering me to take herbalife…. so I might just do it….

  511. Viking Queen permalink

    Thank you for liking my blog… You are very brave and inspirational.

  512. 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

  513. You can definitely see your expertise within the article you write.
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  514. 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.

  515. AriaLynx permalink

    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.

  516. Nice posting.

  517. Great post. I’m on a vegetable and fruit (mostly diet) — some lean meat — so it resonated with me.
    Thanks for sharing.

  518. mexpatriates permalink

    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!

  519. lilmountain permalink

    Great site and writes! Enjoy and cheers to healthy addictions!

  520. Good luck with everything! Thanks for stopping by Life Is Like A Dumpling :)

  521. 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!!!

  522. Well I understand not want to cook and find a faster way to get healthy. Keep us updated as to your progress.

  523. I’m so happy that you enjoyed my blog post – thanks for visiting!

    So I’ve been reading through some of your posts, and your love of life is very inspiring. I’ll be checking back often!

  524. This is good stuff glad you are sharing with the world…my mother and father both have had bouts with different types of cancer and are still going strong. Keep up the good words :)

  525. 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)

  526. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Many blessings!

  527. Thanks for dropping by my gardening blog, I want to wish you all the best, and I shall be popping by again

  528. You’ve got very well stuff on this website.

  529. Thank you for visiting my blog! v.

  530. Love the blogs, i am all about health and love to share my thoughts as well.

  531. Thank you for sharing your life experiences on this blog, and for being honest!! All the best!

  532. I’m sure those are healthy drinks! Good luck!

  533. 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.

  534. 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.

  535. I like this post and Ensure. Really tastey

  536. 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. :)

  537. to your health, I love the way you explain yourself. :)

  538. Thanks for dropping by and liking my latest poem. Hope you’re doing well, and have a great week…

  539. 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….

  540. linda permalink

    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.

  541. Cheers! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    You are wonderful.

  542. I see, you are very strong woman. Good luck

  543. I’m going to pass this on to my sister, who is suffering bladder cancer right now. Chemo, radiation, all that great stuff.

  544. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I understand about the Ensure. My mother-in-law used Ensure regularly and it was recommended by her physician. I’m now a diabetic and use Glucerna for almost every breakfast and sometimes dinner with an added plate of steamed vegetables.

  545. 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. :)

  546. Inspirational! Thanks for sharing

  547. i really enjoy your blog :)

  548. 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

  549. 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.

  550. callingonangels permalink

    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!

  551. Scoop Jackson..."News 60" permalink

    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!”


  552. I have an 84 year old aunt who’s the healthiest person I know. We buy it for her by the case!

  553. Thanks for stopping by my blog. People are funny, aren’t they, telling everyone else what they should and shouldn’t eat? Hope you’re doing well.

  554. Eating healthy can be tasty…and it can be yucky. I am learning how to make bread and I don’t care that it’s all carbs, it’s delicious and I’m proud that I’m finally figuring it out! :-)

  555. Thank you for stopping by and liking my The Last Backyard Affair post. How are you feeling? Your last post was about 5 months ago…I pray all is well!

  556. thanks for sharing dear

  557. 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!

  558. 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.

  559. 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!

  560. You make it sound nice :)

  561. I make Kale smoothies everyday & they are delicious! Good to fight off cancer too.

  562. 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.

  563. I am a firm believer in that mind wins over matter. Everything that makes us feel stronger is good, and if it works for you, it does:) psychologists honor:D

  564. Hi
    How are you?
    Where are you from?
    I’m so happy that you read my post about my friend in his mission with kids.

  565. Thanks for the like! :)

  566. 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.

  567. Thankyou For visiting my blog!:)

    Your a very positive person! I haven’t heard or seen this positive people a inspiration for me:)

  568. Ensure is a lifesaver. I’ve used it for years because of GI problems. You go girl!

  569. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award –

  570. 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

  571. 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.

  572. 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.

  573. 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!

  574. freespiritwarrior permalink

    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.

  575. 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

  576. 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.)

  577. Enjoyed your post. :) Here is a web site that you may enjoy visiting:

  578. no new posts for a long time!!!

  579. Hi, I see that you once like a content from my photoblog —> Thanks. I can see that you have a successful blog here. Congratulations.

  580. My mother was not too big on Ensure and she found Nutribars to be awesome, they have many different flavours and she does not usually eat the whole thing as she says it is very filling!

  581. Hi, thanks for passing by and liking my post from my blog —> I think you have a meaningful and very educational blog here. Great post.

  582. Hi. Just wanted to say that I am supposed to be drinking Ensure because of one of my chronic monsters, gastroparesis. If I want to keep the feeding tube out, of which I had for 9 months, I must drink this stuff. I, too, like it. I have 2 cases of it right now, but I don’t drink it as often as I should, I end up skipping meals this way and we know what that means, that I’m then getting no nutrition at all. 350 calories a can if you drink the Ensure Plus x 3. don’t think that will cause you to gain weight. Do the math. I’m going to get back to it since reading your post. Malnourished isn’t the way to try to survive, that will get you a feeding tube, trust me I know. When I was drinking it the way I was supposed to, I never gained a pound and I’m pretty much bed bound. And if it’s a matter of life and death I’m sure you would choose to drink Ensure even if it did cause weight gain, of which it does not. Now maybe if you drink 5 or 6 cans a day, maybe……………………I wish you luck on your journey. Take care and get to drinking that Ensure and I’ll do the same. Have a great day.

  583. I keep a few cans on Ensure on hand for those days where night falls and I just feel I haven’t taken in enough nutrients during the day. Thanks for stopping by today.

  584. Having an Ensure as a meal replacement is a great idea! And yes, if you have several a day every day, you will gain weight. Weight gain is part of the reason a lot of people drink Ensures. They are very cheap to buy though and in many countries, you cannot buy Ensures without a Doctor’s prescription. We’re lucky here that we can just head up to Target or Wal Mart and buy as much as we want.

  585. Christine permalink

    Keep it up! :)

  586. Ana permalink

    A few years ago, before I found out that I had MS, my body decided it would no longer swallow solid foods. The episode lasted for about a month. Ensure kept me alive. After the first couple of days, I stopped being crazy-hungry. If it ever happens again, I’ll know what to do. Glad that it is helping someone else, too!

  587. Thanks for visiting me :) I really liked reading your blogs. You are a strong person. Stay well!

  588. Been a while since I visited your page. Thank you for sharing with us! Melody

  589. I take a cholesterol pill every day. But occasionally I gotta break down and make my favorite crock pot of hamhocks (despite that “bad” thick skin) and lima beans. You have a wonderful holiday and snack your heart out..

  590. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  591. Thanks for re-visiting my blog and for recommending Ensure. I like hearing about holistic treatments & nutritional supplements that work. You are a real trooper. Keep it up!

  592. Hiya Anna Thanks for the visit. I’ve got a strong feeling you should just do everything you feel like whether in relation to life Love food awareness… Be unrestrained. That’s what I have a feeling you should be doing… Enjoy!!! Blessings Fellow traveller John

  593. Hi there! Thanks for your vote of confidence on the Nicholson family!
    I meandered around your blog a abit now & very nice indeed. I absolutely love your style of writing and irrespective how witty you make it, there’s always that serious undertone which gets your point across.
    Thanks for starting my day off on such a good note & I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  594. Sometimes the best way to go is natural, and people are often skeptical because it isn’t what they know.

  595. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing your experiences and information with us. I’m following and I will be letting my mom know about this site! She loves to learn about healthy alternatives.

  596. Hi, I hope this makes your day, because I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. This is another special one, I am nominating you because the fact that you are the 1st 65 yr old, that I have seen blog, and god bless you for what you have been through to. Happy Belated birthday. You have a great spirit for your age.

  597. I like your positive attitude,human. You are truly an inspurration! (purrs)!

  598. I hope it gives you long term benefits. It is amazing how people who fail at making a success of their own lives are such experts on you life. Thank you for recommending this I think I should get it for my mother.

  599. Thank you for your post. I have an article about a woman I personally interviewed who healed herself from cancer naturally even though the doctor gave her just one year to live. That was twenty years ago. I’m looking for more people who wish to share their own inspiring story. If you wish to share your story or if anyone else is interested, have a look at my blog and see if you would like to do it.

  600. What a beautiful way to bring the reader into your life….well written and very tangible.

  601. Thank you for visiting and liking a post about “pet lifemapping” at Your site looks helpful and informative!

  602. Try this fruit – Soursop with Hemp seed oil – does magic if had daily – let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.

  603. Hi,Firstly thank you very much for finding on us and your topic is a great one … lake of proper info so many people are giving their life , I hope your DREAM CHILD( this blog) will show the torch and wishing you all the best… looking forward – day in city.

  604. Since I am a man I am not much into recipes… but I loved the conversation!

  605. When I had cancer I got so much unsolicited advice. I’m especially seething about your friend who warned you that you would get fat if you drank “that stuff”. I am glad you stuck up for yourself. I mean, what’s more important — a low body weight or being alive??!!! Really, now! Keep up the good work. Your 5 year mark will come soon. . . keep on living well. :)

  606. I’m only slightly embarassed to admit to liking Ensure. I’m 23 years old and if I could keep it here at home without strange looks from my folks I so would buy it all the time. I don’t very healthy so fruits and veggies are rare in my diet. I really think that I need to supplement my diet with Ensure to get some type of nutrients.

  607. Congrats on your 65th! Keep on posting!

  608. Hi Anna…just a thought but my husband has MS and swallowing problems and cooking and nutrition are so important to me, my sanity, my therapy….no way I was going to give up on that so I did a lot of research on smoothie makers , juicers and liquidisers and settled for a Nutribullet…I have to tell you they are fantastic , so fast and just two pieces to rinse under the tap….I can literally make a smoothie in seconds. I include a bit of spinach, nuts, seeds and lots of fresh foods, bananas,strawberries, blueberries…whatever comes to hand and top it up with soy or almond milk..its got to be cheaper in the long run than buying nutritional drinks and you know what has gone into it….I totally recommend to anyone with health problems (or not) that this is an easy way to get all the nutrition that you need….fab soup blender too!

  609. Great post!! Ensure is great stuff! My mum has to take it due to weakness etc. and recommended it to me when I lost appetite. Has helped speed recovery and start building my appetite up again aswell as giving vital nutrients and energy I need. Highly recommend! Hope you are doing well x take care

  610. Hello oneanna! thank you very much for following my blog! I look forward to following yours – and very best wishes! Phil Stanfield

  611. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing (:

  612. Have you heard about the new okra findings? You cut the ends off okra and put the in a small glass of water. Let it sit overnight and the next morning… take the okra out and drink the water. It is also supposed to be a miracle worker for diabetes. I have tried every plan in the world I think. I’m like you I’m sick of soups. I’ve joined the Trim Down Club and am an administrator over a group for encouragement. It is a lifestyle of eating healthy, natural fresh foods. No additives! If you can’t pronounce it don’t eat it. If it has a commercial don’t eat or drink it! You are never hungry. 3 meals and 3 snacks. I’ve lost 32 lbs. It’s soooo healthy. AND delicious. ‘Just sayin! :P

  613. Interesting discussion and opinions, enjoyed.

  614. It is funny that people get so weird about being healthy. They question you more about doing yoga and eating salads than if you sit on your ass and eat burgers.

  615. i’m on ketogenic diet and my addiction is ‘bullet proof coffee’ mmmmmmmm

  616. Amen, Amen. In my lifetime there have been studies that eggs are no good for you, now eggs are good for you; that fat is no good for you, now fat is good for you; that red meat is no good for you, now red meat is good for you. And that is from the experts, so they call themselves. So who’s to say. Go with what is working.

  617. Good for you! We know our bodies best. Find what works and let your needs evolve. Good luck and keep fighting the good fight! Strength, humor and positivity can take you anywhere you wish to go.

  618. jdunity permalink

    The best food ever is :

    The living Food not been processed by men.
    Fruits are the best.

    Cooking food make people sick and dehydrated.

    Men are trying also to sell anything to make money saying it is the best for health.

    Milk is for baby cows. not for human.
    Potato and carrots are roots, we should be eating the green of them.

    Oh so sad that we are so much lied by this industry of non food…

    Eh Peace and Love from God.

  619. Watch the sugar in it. =)

  620. How wonderful that you help so many!

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