• Did any of you switch over to a plant-based diet after diagnosed? If so, have you noticed any differences on how you feel physically

    Asked by Zappy on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    Did any of you switch over to a plant-based diet after diagnosed? If so, have you noticed any differences on how you feel physically

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I felt Great and I'm still here 3 years later....I've added some fish but mostly vegan....It's really Human Food....No Cows milk either...I take a lot of anti cancer supplements....

      over 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      I have been on a "plant based" diet for some time. I credit being a raw & living organic foodie, in part, for keeping me alive for the 13 years it took for me to get a diagnosis from any one or more of a plethora of doctors of whom I made the same plea. V"

      over 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Oopsies, the note got away from me. Anyways, I kept asking each one to please remove it and each one refused because it was "only a wart or a hemorrhoid" and not something to remove.

      At some point I broke my big toe and took solace in food, specifically organic double dutch chocolate ice cream, 2 quajrts each day. The 'wart' grew along with the rest of me. Suddenly these myopic creepazoids with medical degrees were willing to remove the bulging tumor which had, by then, grown roots. They all should get cancer treatments themselves.

      They let me sicken more and more until I became financially viable.

      I also kept looking to Mom Nature to cure me of my ills so I was on a very specific plant based diet up until I simply was losing my life.

      Here ya ho. The cancer I had is said to be very aggresive but, until the ice cream, it remained a very small symptom of a very big problem.

      Bah humbug. Feel better soon.

      over 5 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I switched to eating red meat once a week and eat fish, chicken or vegetarian the rest of the week. My husband and I have not noticed any difference

      over 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I eat somewhat healthier than I did before, but not appreciably. I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl.

      over 5 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      After treatment for my first cancer, I was dangerously underweight and I had the problem of having to learn how to eat. Two thirds of my esophagus and one third of my stomach so I had to find out what my stomach could handle. I had monthly appointments with a nutritionist. Her advice was Ensure, milkshakes and throw just about everything in the food processor. That really didn't work. So the next appointment I asked to see my bloodwork and what were the chief nutrients my body needed. It seems that I lacked Potassium Calcium, Magnesium and Protein. I went home and made out menu's that would get me high amounts or these minerals in small amounts as I could only eat a cup of food at a time. And I could not take the time to eat the suggested six meals a day. The following appointments became just me sharing menus with the nutritionist.
      Cancer also kicked me in the pocketbook. So I found that using meat as a protein was difficult. Good meat is expensive. So I basically need to limit myself to meat on the side. I use it in sauces, and as a minor ingredient in soups, stews, bean dishes and casseroles. I would say that vegetables make up 85% of what I eat. I take vitamin B12 supplements a calcium supplements. I believe this has helped me a lot.

      over 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      The big problen with dairy is that it makes mucus.

      There is no escaping that fact.

      The big problem with animals is myriad depending on how enlightened one is.

      1. You do not have the animal's consent to take its life. Even fish feel pain and fight to survive.

      2. Unless you are getting your meat from a neighborhood rancher, it is a fair guess it has been mistreated in its life, even the organic. Lambs, for example, are shipped from Oz in cattle car circumstances like the Jews were crowded into during the Nazi attempted genocide.

      I doubt that a mother cow is happy that its offspring is taken away so milk and veal can appear on supermarket shelves.

      Even without the cute growth hormones to have the animal gain weight and bulk and to produce more milk

      A. Milk taken by machine irritates teats and includes blood and pus

      B. The enforced growth spurts produces poultry which is big enough in six to eight weeks but is all fat and so wanting in muscle and protein that a bird often cant support its own weight

      C. Cows are supposed to eat grass. Chickens root for grubs, bugs, and worms. When these creatures are fed corn and soy and even their own bits, including manure, they sicken and you eat the sickness.

      3. Animals are fed, for the most part, gmo & other garbage. Often they are made to canabalize their own kind. That, for instance, is how prions (mad cow) springs up. Chickens eat their own "litter"

      4. Animals in pain or fear or distress produce chemicals which are not so hot for either their well being or yours

      5. Are you aware that animals play?

      I could go on about air quality and water quality but the choice is up to yoy. Remember that being too lazy to chew (get plant protein) is just another habit.

      If anyone it interested there actually are studies linking animal ingestion to heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

      Also a great philosopher (Tolstoy) once opined that as long as there were slaughter houses, men would war.

      Anyone seen the movie "Earthlings"? It is free on Google.

      Where is the barbeque tonight?

      Kind regards

      over 5 years ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar

      I mainly eat a plant based diet. However, I do have meat on rare occasions. I get to the point where I crave it. I read somewhere that if you live by "always and nevers" it can be very stressful. I very rarely drink alcohol. I read labels, eat organic, and don't consume added sugar or dairy. However, I'm not going to beat myself up if one day I decide to have a steak and a glass of wine. I savor that steak and bask in that glass of wine. I make sure it brings me joy. I've suffered enough without creating more stresses in my world. I do think reducing dairy, sugar, processed foods, white foods, etc has made me feel better. It is hard to say if lifestyle changes make you feel better after your body has been through cancer treatment. I also take some anti-cancer supplements. I really liked the books Anticancer by Servan-Schreiber and Radical Remission.

      over 5 years ago
    • Rustysmom's Avatar

      Yes, I transitioned to a plant-based diet after diagnosis. I did this for both health and philosophical reasons. I have learned that you do have to be more mindful about what you eat in order to get enough protein. I felt well and was strong and healthy prior to diagnosis, so I can't say I particularly feel better now to be honest. I feel good, and feel that the plant-based diet and the supplements I take are keeping me well, so I intend to continue living this way. Best of health to you!

      over 5 years ago
    • Zappy's Avatar

      Thank you all for your feedback! I made the switched to a plant based diet over a year ago ...well not 100% (still having organic cheese once in a while and fish when i go out to dinner). I had been feeling more tired than usual and just found that my B12 levels were really low. Have to get injections and will make a trip to the natural store to get supplements as well. Learning how to eat well balanced plant based meals! Love and healing to you all!

      over 5 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I was a vegetarian for many years and I was getting terrible migraines, 3 or 4 a week. After many tests and even the pain meds the doctors gave me, I was still getting migraines. So I went vegan. I eat fruits and vegetables, quinoa and rice. I have never felt better! And no more headaches.. My teenage daughter started drinking my soy milk, and she feels much better also.
      I also removed corn from my diet. So I do not eat anything processed, it all has corn or dairy in it.

      over 5 years ago
    • Terri's Avatar

      I eat meat. I am iron deficient. sorry, it makes me feel better. 6 years with Stage IV melanoma.

      over 5 years ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar

      I eat two small portions of grass fed organic meat or wild fish 6 days a week, 3 organic brazil nuts and lots of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables daily. I limit grains, legumes and dairy. I drink one cup of black coffee and one cup of green tea with fresh lemon and one tablespoon of coconut oil daily. I use spices and herbs on cooked vegetables and spices on fresh fruit. I use organic butter and eat organic almonds, cashews, pecans and macadamia nuts several times a week. I eat lots of organic dark green leafy vegetables and avocados several times a week. My body needs meat and I don't feel well when I don't eat meat. Therefore, I eat small portions. Each of us are different.

      over 5 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar

      Mediterranean diet for me. Chicken ,fish . vegetables, beans, soy products, which I read are bad for you now?, Eliminated all red meats, to avoid animal fats that fuel cancer growth along with sugar..it sucks but you do what you have to do to survive.

      over 5 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      A naturopath I went to years ago never, all her life, ate meat, smoked anything, drank alcohol; always exercised. One day she was diagnosed with brain cancer and died 3 months later.

      We're a fear-based society and folks are making beaucoup bucques off our fears. We need some fat and some protein daily. My DNA has markers for cancer - diet "don't change that none".

      over 5 years ago

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