How To Overcome Fear -Tools And Skills That Really Work

Female Climber 300Fear is such an interesting aspect of life. We can love it and loathe it. As we face our fear, it can be a total adrenaline rush, yet fear can also be one of the most devastating impacts on your life, following a cancer diagnosis. How to overcome fear? There are many tools and skills that you can use to help you feel empowered by it, rather than paralyzed by it.

Being constantly paralyzed by fear, sucks! This is one of the reasons behind why I started the Survivor Secrets project…to uncover those secrets and tools that we used to help you with the question of “how to overcome fear”.  But tools are only part of the solution. You also need the skills to use them. As we talked about previously, meditation is a great tool when you take the time to cultivate the skill to use it. If you don’t choose to do that, then it’s just a nice thought.

Let’s look at a simple example from the Survivor Secrets guide.

An example of a tool…..

The Survivor Secrets – Empower Your Life (Guide 1): Florence Strang talked about eating a plant-based diet to empower her health and wellness and reduce the risk of recurrence by as much as 30%.

This is what Florence said in the guide:

“After I educated myself and learned about the many things I could do as a cancer survivor to be healthy; I think one of the biggest changes I made was to my diet. I thought I was eating a healthy-ish diet before. You know, I’d have the occasional green salad and skinless chicken breast and so on. But, I’ve since learned that I really need to eat a lot more fruits and vegetables and eat mainly a plant-based diet, so that’s one of the lifestyle changes I’ve made. I now know that can increase my chances of surviving and reduce the risk of a recurrence by as much as 30 percent”.

Lets break it down…

The outcome Florence is looking for is to reduce the risk of recurrence.

The lifestyle change she has chosen is to change her diet.

The tool Florence mentions is to “eat mainly a plant-based diet”.

This is such a great example of a tool you can use easily.  Ah…but I hear you saying, “I don’t know “what” a plant-based diet is, “why” it is important or “how to” do it. Sigh…so even though you have access to this tool, you don’t have the “skill” to take action.

Let’s talk about skills now……

To help you with the skills you need with overcoming fear, in this case, recurrence, I have gathered experts from around the world to help us the with the “how to” part.

One of the guest experts I have interviewed is Donna Davis. Donna is a plant-based living expert. Donna adopted a plant-based living approach over 25 years ago. Over the past 25 years, Donna has learned everything there is to know about eating a plant-based diet, living a plant-based lifestyle and how to integrate it simply and easily into a busy lifestyle.

This is Donna’s advice about how to gain some skills in adopting a plant-based eating plan.

Here is one juicy nugget from Donna and something that you can do today…

Start gradually. You don’t need to be hardcore here.

Replace one meal a day as a plant-based meal, for example:

  • A plant-based smoothie for breakfast.
  • A plant-based lunch box.
  • One plant-based go-to recipe to start with to replace your go-to meat recipe.
  • Then, gradually you will develop from one to more.
  • Make one day per week your plant-based day, for example:  Meatless Monday. Florence also mentioned this in her interview as a great way to start eating a more plant-based eating plan and gradually reducing the reliance on meat in your diet.

Just simple and easy baby steps. Then, the better you feel, the more you will want to include this simple change of eating a more plant-based diet and lifestyle.

This is just one simple way, one action that you can use to empower your health and wellness and reduce fear.  Remember, you can only reduce fear by taking actions like this one.

Keep an eye out for more juicy nuggets and the skill scoop at our event in June, where experts from across the world come together to help you with the skills you need to empower your lifestyle.

Are you a kale convert? What is one plant-based food that you love? Or, perhaps share your favorite green smoothie recipe?



P.S. My best inclusion is to buy a Nutri Bullet. It’s inexpensive and now I make green smoothies four times a day……

P.P.S That’s me on the left 🙂

P.P.P.S Donna Davis has been kind enough to put together a special recipe for us.  You can have a look at it here the “Classic Big Bowl with awesome sauce”

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How To Overcome Fear -Tools And Skills That Really Work — 12 Comments

  1. I am two years into almost exclusively plant based (social events can still be tricky)and at the very end of the interview I heard something which resonated. Donna mentioned getting used to ‘one bowl meals’ and I suddenly realized that has been something I was having a bit of difficulty embracing. No longer!

    • Donna, that is so true isn’t it. We eat with all of our senses, so stepping away from what seems natural in our culture – a plate, knife and fork – and stepping into eating from a bowl with a fork can cause us a little resistance and some time to adjust to the change. Social event can be a little tricky, although so many more restaurants and cafes, these days, are becoming a little more flexible with needing the needs of their patrons, lets hope this continues. I’m so pleased that you the interview helped you, it’s just one “juicy nugget” from a series of interviews with a number of guest experts. Gai

    • Donna: one bowl meals, what I call Big Bowls, are now a staple at our dinner table. We often have a veggie curry, or a big rice or quinoa stir fry or big green salad loaded with veggies + chickpeas + avocado etc, they are easy to make, filling and so nutritious.

  2. Thanks, Gail. Good info. Making one substitution at a time made the healthy, plant based diet an easy transition for my family. Please stress organic/pesticide free fruits and vegetables. Extremely important for cancer survivors.

    • Thats a great point Carolyn, I have another guest expert Susan Marx going deep into the issues of pesticide laden fruits and vegetables. Susan also talks about the benefits of going organic particularly as cancer survivors – look out for that “juicy nugget” shortly and also the event in June where I will bring 20 guest experts together to give us the tools and skills for empowering our choices as cancer survivors.

  3. Thanks Gai, it is good tips. For me I like the ‘baby step’, in many case it works. I did trekking to overcome my fear, now because of my blood pressure (I had stork last year, I am PSD) doctor said high latitude is not good for me. My question is ‘how if my blood clotting and no clinic near by?’ What other adventure sport?

  4. Iyan
    That is a great question. Trekking has so many wonderful flow on effects. Maybe adventure may be a little for you now. Maybe walking through nature, bike riding, kayak. Still closely tied to nature but not as strenuous as you recover. It’s tough to think about making changes but self-care is important now too while you rebuild your strength.

  5. A healthy diet for cancer survivors, is a healthy diet for everyone. I was a vegetarian who ate dairy and eggs and still had two breast cancer diagnoses. I am now pretty much vegan, and have also reduced my sugar intake considerably. A low-animal intake, low-sugar diet is also good for mother earth.

    • That is so true Sandra. What we eat, drink and think affects our a=overall well being more than we realise. I am glad that you have found your way to good health and a nutritious eating plan to support yourself. Gai

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