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Oct 21, 2019 03:48PM
I am mostly vegan and was eating a TOTALLY whole food plant based diet when I was dx'd, no cheating whatsoever. I ate no meat, dairy, eggs, processed foods (flour, sugar, etc), nothing with artificial flavors or colors, nothing deep fried. Got cancer anyway.
All that being said, I agree with Beesie.
I also agree that vegan foods are pretty tasty. It takes a while getting your tastes acclimated to a plant based whole foods diet. The first few weeks of eating this way are the hardest. For me, going cold turkey as an induction was the way to go. In the past, whenever I tried different diets I would try to ease into them and the cravings never went away, which made it really hard to stick to those diets. But that's just me.
I think eating a whole food plant BASED diet is good for everyone, but I see no reason why this base cannot include some healthy meats and dairy on occasion. If your cancer is HR+, I'd stick to low fat or fat free dairy just because those have less hormones (according to what little research is out there, which is scant and not the best quality, but its all we have).
I now eat a mostly vegan whole foods diet with some fish about once a week on average. I rarely eat eggs. Even more rarely eat dairy, usually just when I feel like I need the probiotics (fat free yogurt) or when I'm cheating on my diet and eating a cookie or something with eggs and/or dairy in them. But most nights I eat lentils, beans, tofu, or tempeh for protein.
I don't know how old you are, but older people should increase their protein intake, which may make it difficult to fulfill your protein needs with a completely plant based diet.
Also, if you want a whole foods plant based protein shake: peanut flour + cacao powder + soy/almond/cashew/etc milk + a ripe banana is really yummy! I get organic peanut flour in 2lb bags off Amazon. Using that instead of peanut butter cuts down on the fat and omega-6 content.
12/14/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
1/2/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
1/2/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
2/14/2018 Ibrance (palbociclib)
3/20/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, 3/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)
3/28/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
3/28/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
3/28/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
8/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
10/22/2018 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
12/21/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)