Chris, Teresa and Seamus at Walk With the Animals 2012
A few tidbits from my and Seamus’s life as we become Super Cancer-Fighters and transition to new diets and exercise routines…
I’ve noticed that if I say I’ve gone vegan, I get lots of horrified looks and snarky comments (also, I get asked repeatedly where I get my protein from–answer at end of post!). But when I say I’m on a cancer-fighting diet everyone goes “Oh good for you! That’s fantastic! So what are you eating?” and then “I should do that!” And um, folks, vegan = cancer-fighting diet. It’s all in how you sell it I suppose.
I’m still living by “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to a Plant Based Diet.” I’m also now reading and really enjoying “Main Street Vegan” by Victoria Moran. This section in the beginning of the book made me laugh:
“Decide then that you can do this [become a vegan], because you can. You learned how to drive a car, program the DVR, and use your iGadgets; compared to those accomplishments, going vegan is a piece of Wacky Cake.”
Um, yeah, I did learn to drive a car, but those other two? Not so much. Luckily, going vegan seems to be much easier for me than learning that confounded DVR or what the hell iTunes is. (Why, oh why can’t we just have 6 or 8 channels on a TV turned on with the same remote that controls the volume and does not move satellites??? Oh and one of those channels must be HGTV. But, I digress.)
As for Seamus, well, I went on a search for the best diet for fighting canine cancer . Clearly, the gold standard for Dog Cancer is The Dog Cancer Survival Guide by Dr. Damian Dressler (who just so happens to live in Maui, so obviously he’s extremely intelligent). So I read up on the Dog Cancer diet he suggests. And let’s just say…it’s not vegan. It’s beef, chicken, fish, turkey, venison (venison??!!), bone meal, turkey necks, liver, and so on. But also vegetables (but not high carb ones…bye bye carrot stick snacks; hello broccoli!). There’s all kinds of great information and it makes sense and I’m following as much as I can (including the not inexpensive supplements). But…But…But…yeah, I just can’t see me preparing this kind of food at home. It’s not the time (though that’s an issue), or even the cost (heck, it would be cheaper than more vet bills!), it’s the gross out factor. I can’t see me preparing that kind of food at home now. I’m looking into a few options, and I’ll update later, but for now…this leaves me thinking. What do vegans feed their dogs?? I ask in all sincerity, though I realize it sounds a little like a joke. Is there such a thing as a vegan dog? And would that work for a dog twice diagnosed with cancer? Thoughts anyone? I’d love to hear it.
Oh, and my protein comes from everywhere. To be more specific, natural sources like kale, broccoli, soybeans, nuts, spinach, quinoa (made the best lemony quinoa with spinach and pine nuts yesterday…sooooo tasty, vegan or not!). No lack of protein in the things I’m eating. No lack of flavor either. I feel great!
P.S. I leave for New York and the Book Expo America in 2 weeks. Squeeeeee!! I’ll be signing Advance Reader’s Copies of my books for folks in the book biz. Please start sending you good vibes now that everybody loves The Dog Lived (and So Will I) and wants to carry it in their bookstores, online, etc… And did I mention it’s available for pre-order now? It is! Here: Barnes & Noble and Here: Amazon.
What's this I'm hearing about venison? This interests me.