I’m going to be honest here…

Yeah. I haven’t been posting in this space much lately. Thing is, my feelings have become mixed when it comes to plant based living.

Nah. I love the lifestyle. I enjoy knowing my environmental footprint is small. The ethics of it are outstanding when it comes to animal welfare. But, what trips me up are the health claims.

About the time I get going on this lifestyle, which is a challenge with around 2/3 of my colon gone, a new video pops up by a respected person in this field claiming to have reversed a deadly disease. Then many of my plant based cohorts appear agog claiming to be disease proof.

Some claim to have reversed cancer. Others say they never get so much as a cold. Another person thought she cured her MS. Unfortunately, she didn’t.

That’s all fine and good except when it isn’t all fine and good.

Truth for me? I lived this lifestyle for ten solid years before I was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. This way of living didn’t slow down my tumor in the least. In fact, my markers were sky high at the time of my surgery.

Again… none of that is really important. But when I mention this to some of my plant based friends they often reply that I “must not have done it right.”

Sigh.

So… yeah. I’m a tad frustrated. Even my pleas to “trust that the diet will reverse your condition, but verify it’s working by listening to your family doctor” is apparently controversial.

Good lord. When did our family docs become some kind of health enemy? That’s just weird.

My family doc saved my life. Had he not suggested preventative screening, they never would have found my tumor. Had they not found the tumor and removed it (along with over half my colon), I would have been inoperable in two years, dead in five. That’s the sobering truth.

Even more sobering? Instead of writing this post, I very easily could be planning my funeral. Literally.

And all the healthy eating in the world didn’t affect that reality.

So, why am I still here?

Because I love plant based living. I enjoy vegan cooking. I worked hard to become a vegan chef. The recipes I’ve developed represent some of my favorite projects.

Everything about this lifestyle is tremendous.

And so, I continue. But I don’t want to feel ashamed for acquiring a cancer diagnosis. So, I’m coming clean. Right here, right now.

  • I’ve gained some weight while unraveling this new digestive system of mine. But I *think* I’ve got it figured out. For now.
  • I was a strong plant based person for the ten years prior to the diagnosis. I just want to go on record asking that if you’re reading this, please take all plant based/vegan health claims with a grain of salt. Trust but verify the diet’s working.
  • Yes. This way of eating is super healthy. I’ll forever acknowledge that. But it doesn’t make you bullet proof.
  • Thanks for your continued support! It’s been a long, hard pull. But four years after my diagnosis, I’m able to tolerate this way of eating without too many issues. For that I’m REALLY grateful.

So let’s move on, eh? I don’t want my life to revolve around cancer anymore. While I’ve been healing, things haven’t gotten much better for animals, the environment, or our health. Eating junk isn’t wise.

But plant based living? It’s a delicious, joyous experience.

Onward and upward!

Beth 🙂

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