My favorite vegan resources for cancer patients and cancer survivors
As I've been listening to people's stories of how they went vegan and how it affected their health so positively, in ways they'd never imagined, I was struck by all the different paths we take. I started to insert pictures in the stories of all the different books and documentaries people told me about (some I had never read or seen) that drew them to going vegan in case any call out to you, too.
Here are the ones that drew me to going vegan after my cancer treatment was finished.
I've always been a conscious eater and had read Michael Pollan's Food Rules many years ago when it came out. At this same time I also watched Food Inc., Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me and Fast Food Nation and they all had similar messages about processed food that made so much sense to me that I adopted more of a whole foods way of eating for my family, searched out organic foods and stopped eating red meat.
That's one reason why the stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis slapped me so hard in the face. While I was still undergoing cancer treatment, I watched a lot of cancer documentaries to try and make some sense of it. Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Cancer was the first time I'd heard about changing my diet towards a whole foods plant-based diet as it relates to cancer.
So, with that mindset, I asked my oncologist, "What should I be eating? What shouldn't I be eating?" and she answered, "Eat what ever you want to eat. Eat whatever you can eat, especially during treatment." I didn't believe that could be true, but then found out that most doctors have very little, if any, nutritional training and in oncology, the focus is on chemotherapy and radiation, along with surgery to remove tumors.
So, I went on a quest searching for more nutritional guidance, as it relates to cancer patients and cancer survivors.