The why behind my story - nutrition

food lifestyle recipes Jan 26, 2022
Karin Arigoni

Why did I choose the lifestyle I live today?
It's been only a little bit more than 8 years since I struggled with life. I was constantly overworked, stressed and tried to juggle everything. My family, my partnership, my job, my friendships, and myself.

In addition, I got the impression that I needed to balance all this with high intensive sports. So I finished marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and many more exciting things, which in the end drowned me even more.

What nobody told me was, that with my stressful life I drained my adrenals with the release of cortisol already up to the limit. With the addition of excessive physical activities and no recovery time, I pushed myself to the edge without even knowing.

Today, I can say that I am very thankful that I got a big wake up call from the Universe. Just over 8 years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to my diagnosis, I took the chance to ask many questions and it lead to what I do and live today.

Back then, my biggest aim was to survive, so I read and researched all the insights about breast cancer and talked to many people, which helped me on my way.

Bit by bit I learned what it really means to eat healthily because I realized that eating the standard diet they promote for a healthy life is far away from what our bodies really need. 

I stumbled over the book: "Foods to fight Cancer", in German "Krebszellen mögen keine Himbeeren". This was my bible for the next few years.

I have to admit, in the early days after my diagnosis, I was very rigid about my new diet. I started eating raw broccoli, skipped all white sugars, wheat and processed food. 

The nurses at the hospital were smirking at me. I thought I was the first person who took responsibility for my illness :0)

Raw broccoli wasn't tasty nor well digestible, so fortunately I found the recipe of a great broccoli salad in Israel, which I'd love to share (see below).

Health prevention is more intelligent than health recovery!

Don't let it go to the point where medicine has to be taken to recover. With our abundance of eatables within our specific regions we can use nutrition as our daily medicine.

So, with my story, I want to inspire you to start listening to your body first and assessing your eating habits second.

Just bring in some of these ingredients to your normal daily eating habits:

  • Legumes
  • Seeds and Sprouts
  • Seasonal fruits 
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Olive Oil

Of course, there is a lot more than just changing eating habits but I think for now it is enough food for thought! :0)

And if you wanna share your thoughts, I'd be happy to hear from you, you can email me or let's connect on Instagram.

Together we are a lot stronger.


Broccoli Salad Recipe


  • 500 g broccoli
  • 1 pomegranate
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 ts cumin
  • 1/2 ts Curcuma
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • White sesame and black sesame


  • Wash broccoli, cut into florets, peel and cut stem into pieces and steam for 4 minutes. Take out immediately after cooking
  • Cut pomegranate in half and remove seeds
  • Squeeze lemon
  • Add olive oil and spices to lemon juice and mix well
  • Mix broccoli and pomegranate seeds and arrange on a platter
  • Drizzle lemon/olive sauce over the top
  • Garnish with white and black sesame seeds

Broccoli is particularly rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and sodium, as well as vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, E and especially vitamins C and A.

Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous family. Some time ago, scientists discovered the anti-cancer effect of broccoli.


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