You would never know looking at my sister she has what she has.
Sheâ€™s always been slimmed built, hovering around 125 lbs, wearing size 4 â€“ 6s. Semi-active. Prior to this diagnosis, she basically ate the â€śsmartâ€ť SAD. Low-fat dairy products, lean proteins (chicken, fishâ€¦) â€“ very â€śweight-watcher-ishâ€ť. I used to eat this way, too, tillâ€¦
So when she was diagnosed about 2 Â˝ years ago a doctor her husband works with told both of them to pursue a vegan diet. (Her husband works with very forward thinking technologies for diabetes, prosthesis and such. This doctor consults with his company and runs in the same circle of McDougall, Estelyn and Campbell.)
They immediately hopped on, her cancer antigen numbers droppedâ€¦and then they rose when she changed her diet to become a â€śjunkfood veganâ€ť. She started to eat processed vegan foods out of convenience (Kashi brand cereals, frozen foodsâ€¦) after which sheâ€™s now pretty much whole foods. Lesson learned.
She was at Dana Farber in Boston this month, the docs there are very pleased with her prognosis. No new inflammation and there is healing in her bones. She had an MRI to diagnose pain which came down to pulled lower back muscles. (She got the yoga lecture from me)
She is on bone building medicine and now they are considering another estrogen blocker.
So, we went to one of our local fairs yesterday. The weather was perfect and we had a GREAT time, exceptâ€¦
I walked out of there with such a pain in the left side of my tummy. I tried so hard to eat on plan. I think the high fat content got to me. I had a greek salad with falafel. Salad dressing had oil in it, the falafel was deep fried. Oy. Then a couple bites of fried dough my BF got and a sip of his vanilla milk shake (really, only a sip â€“ I canâ€™t handle dairy). I had stabbing pains till bedtime. Now I know why I donâ€™t eat this crap anymore.
A cow was giving birth while we were there. There was such crowd watching. I had to leave, the ethical vegan in me was starting to kick in. All I keep thinking how these two animals are being exploited and how these people watching are going to grab a cheeseburger and milkshake later in the day and give no thought to the animals that gave them that meal.
So, I'm finishing up my breakfast salad, yoga tonight...I'm looking forward to a good stretch and sweat this afternoon
Keep on everyone!