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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri

5.24.2013

A Month In The Life Of A Vegan

I recently had a conversation with a friend that I've known since the early 1990's.  We both home school, and our kids play soccer on opposing teams.  About 2 years ago, Catherine (named changed) was diagnose with breast cancer after a routine mammogram and subsequent biopsy.  She was 50 years old.

When I heard the news, it was a shock to me.  It scared me.  It upset me.  I worried for her 5 children and husband.  I didn't know what to say.  I didn't want to intrude.  I didn't want to ignore.  It was too personal for me (just an acquaintance) to even acknowledge to her that I heard of her diagnosis.  So, the only thing I did was make an appointment for myself for a mammogram.  Breast cancer, in someone I knew, made it so much more real.

Finally, I talked with Catherine just a couple of months ago.  I told her how her diagnosis had made me make my own mammogram appointment.  Her response was not one I had expected...at all.  "Honey, I would have told you to never, ever have a mammogram."  Honestly, that completely shocked me.  I had expected the usual, "Thanks for your prayers", etc..

She went on to tell me that based on her own research, that she chose to go vegan instead of the traditional cancer treatment.  I can imagine that must have been a tough decision for her to make, but she seemed quite bold and confident in her choice.  Catherine said that she had been reading The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell.  This book helped her make her own decision about her treatment plan.  It was definitely a bold move on her part.  I'm not sure if I could have been so brave.

 The China Study's premise is that our diet determines most of our health and sickness.  I've read almost all of the book and have to say that if all Mr. Campbell says is true, then it is definitely an eye-opener.  I can't possibly go into detail about all of it, but it is a good and easy read.  I do encourage you to read it.  It is untypical of the mainstream medical field.  My friend, Catherine, has been a vegan since her diagnosis 2 years ago.  She credits God and her diet to her health.  After she refused traditional treatment, her doctors told her she could die.  Her response?  "Hallelujah!"  She told me she did not want to put herself or her family through radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy.    After being on the vegan diet for some time, she told me she has never felt better in her entire life.  She runs everyday and has lost about 20 unnecessary pounds.

Curious, I decided to become a vegan for a month.  I never gave my diet much thought.  I ate healthy, but I also ate meat and cheeses and dairy.  To be honest, I could never imagine how someone could be vegan.  It was so opposite of the way I was brought up.  I thought I would be miserable after a month.  But, I wasn't.  I lost a bit of weight, and never felt hungry.  I ate a whole lot of fruits, vegetables, beans, and juices.  I love raw vegetables and legumes, so I know that made a big difference in my ability to make it through the month.  I've also noticed other little changes in my body that make me feel much better.

I'm not sure if this diet will make a difference in my future health, but I know it won't hurt me.  As for my friend, Catherine?  She told me that she had an ultrasound, and the doctors could not find her cancer at all.  She gives God all the glory.

I am not advocating Catherine's choices.  But, for her and her family, it was the right decision.  I know that I do not ever want to have to make that choice.  As for continuing my vegan diet?  I like the way I feel.  And, I do know that my calories will not be gotten from mostly animal proteins as they have been in the past.  But, I wouldn't mind a little Gouda now and then.

6 kind words:

Anne Krause

Cheri, what a coincidence! Courtney told me about that book and I have my name on the list for it at the library. So glad to hear your review of it. I have so little will-power so it's hard for me to imagine no meat, cheese, etc. But I will read it with an open mind when it's my turn to read it! Hope your weekend with Seth is going well!

Vicky

Eating vegan sounds a whole lot how Daniel and his three friends choose to eat when they were captured by King Nebuchadnezzar.

I have really considered trying it for the weight control issues and I'm sure I would be healthier! I'm just not sure I could go without cheese and chicken and bread!

It would be worth a try! Reading your post makes me want to try! Do you still use your juicer? My friend at work tried that and she couldn't drink the stuff without gagging.

I sure hope you blog about Jordan's wedding! She is going to such a beautiful bride!

I am thankful for your daughter and son's service to our country! I know this weekend we honor those that have fallen but I can't help but be thankful too for those currently serving and the sacrifice they and their families make. One of my favorite songs by Chris Tomlin is Whom Shall I Fear? I can just see the God of angel armies by their side!

May your weekend be filled with joy!

Holly

Hey-the dairy farmers of America protest!
No, actually, if it's working for you, praise God!

Kristine

Praising God for this outcome, Cheri. I had not heard that (because, like you, I don't feel comfortable initiating a conversation). I knew she was pursuing a non-traditional treatment. Wow--to God be the glory is right!

Judy Deaton

I think I read that study not long ago! I wondered if it was for real and if it really worked. It's good to know of someone who actually tried it and it worked! To God be the glory. do you wash your veggies in anything special? Do you get them from the store, or raise them?

Cherie Steele

Cheri,
So exciting to hear from you!!! I NEVER miss a post on your blog. I have been functioning without a computer for several months and it is driving me crazy. I feel like I am missing writing down things I want to remember. New computer for mother never seems to make the cut against braces, tuition, etc... I'm sure you know what I mean. :)
So funny you were actually in a dream I had the other night...how crazy is that!
I completely revamped my diet about 6 months ago and never want to go back. Instantly dropped ten pounds and feel so much better. Went to eating only whole foods and really simply subsisting on about fifteen or twenty key foods. No more white flour, no sugar, etc. However we are still eating venison and drinking milk and eating organic yogurt. Here's a question for you that I'd love to know the answer to when you get a chance: How do you get enough calcium without milk? ..cause I sure can't eat kale haha :)
Cherie Steele

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