Juice diet credited with helping to win battle with cancer
AN Islander who says she beat cancer with the help of a super-healthy juice diet is due to launch a book about her battle against the deadly disease, with early sale proceeds going to charity.
Agi Masta – full name Agnieszka Mastalerz – was diagnosed with aggressive ovarian cancer in March 2016 but turned down chemotherapy and a second bout of surgery after she started feeling better following drastic changes to her diet.
Her strict ‘detox’ regime included drinking warm water with lemon on a daily basis, as well as juices made from carrot, beetroot, kale and nettle. She also used essential oils on her skin and invented a special recipe for a coconut soup.
Another staple of her diet has been wheatgrass shots – a 50 ml drink which she says contains as much nutrition as one kilogram of standard green vegetables.
Two years after her diagnosis, the 42-year-old was astounded to learn that she was free of the disease. Earlier this year she quit her nine-to-five job in finance to work part-time in a juice bar and focus on writing a book about her experiences called Juice Your Cancer.
Miss Masta, who is originally from Poland, said that the key to finding the right diet while affected by cancer was intensive research.
‘I read a lot of books, watched movies and testimonials and found that there are small things that can make improvements,’ she said
‘But a radical change of diet was a must. I decided to detox and went to a juice diet. I soon started noticing changes and feeling better. I lost eight kilos within six weeks.
‘Every morning I could get up at 7 am and be full of energy for the whole day. So I decided not to go for a second surgery or for chemotherapy because I was feeling better. And two years later I got the all-clear.’
She added that she believes 80 per cent of her battle against cancer was a mental fight.
‘It was ovarian cancer which they usually don’t detect until very late. When the doctors told me in Poland that I had it, it was a huge shock for me. I was vegetarian and had been living a healthy lifestyle,’ she said.
‘I was grateful I found the Macmillan cancer centre and I went there in January this year to speak about my experience.’
Miss Masta was inspired to write her book, which is due to be launched on 26 July at The Club Hotel, to help people who are facing ‘traumatic’ diseases or interested in preventing illness.
She is donating the pre-launch sale proceeds to three charities – Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey, the environmental Londoloza Trust and Hgiving, the non-profit children’s organisation.
Pam Aubert, head of fundraising at Macmillan Jersey, said that they were ‘very grateful’ for Miss Masta’s planned donation.
‘The funds will go towards running the Oasis, Macmillan Jersey’s cancer support centre where we provide a variety of services including emotional support, practical information, group support and wellbeing services,’ she said.
More details about the book and launch can be found at juiceyourcancer.gr8.com.