One month after my most recent brain surgery (to remove one of those brain tumors), my husband and I started to wonder what changes we could make to our lifestyles that would decrease the likelihood of a brain tumor recurring. We did not want to replace the medical care that I was receiving, but wanted to be able to change something in our control for the benefit of my health. We watched a documentary and listened to an audiobook that caused us to start to wonder if we wanted to try to cut animal products out of our diet. The main reason being that multiple research studies we read found that animal products can cause an inflammatory state in the body and a more hospitable environment for tumor growth, in the case that like mine, your body likes to grow tumors. So, we made the decision to cut out animal products, be-plant based, in other words: vegan.
The day after we decided this, we went out to brunch at a local restaurant. I kid you not, there was not a single item on the menu that did not have animal products in it. I had to be that person- the one who modifies, takes bits and pieces from Menu Item A and combines it with Menu Item B. My husband ordered a steak salad without steak. (Now, can you believe that there weren’t even salad options that weren’t covered up with meat?!) As much as that experience made us want to quit this idea right there and then, thankfully we didn’t.
This was over a year ago- and for the most part, I still have a plant-based diet. However, I follow more of an 80/20 rule, meaning that 80% of what I eat is vegan and 20% is not. The parts that aren’t? I eat seafood (love those Omega-3’s!) and on rare occasion, I eat some cheese (who doesn’t love cheese?!).
It has become increasingly easier to eat this way, so I don’t predict I will be changing things anytime soon.
If you are interested in cutting animal products out of your diet, here are some tips:
- Enlist your family to either make the change as well or to at least, support you. Having my husband make this change as well has been invaluable!
- Find some recipes that look and sound delicious
- Get rid of the animal products in your fridge and pantry so they aren’t tempting you
- Meal prep as much as possible
So, do I think that my diet “cures” cancer? No. But do I think that it is something in my sphere of influence that can make my body less hospitable to tumors? Yes, I do.
I’ll share some of my go to plant-based recipes soon, but in the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts or your favorite plant-based foods/recipes!