We are avidly reading The China Study. This book is making sense to me. I have been angry this week, wondering why both George and I have had to deal with cancer. We have both lived what I have thought of as very healthy lifestyles, and there's no genetic predisposition or markers in either of our families. When it happened to me, I was ready to be resigned, thinking "oh well, sometimes shit just happens". But now that George has had this diagnosis, I am saying "wait a minute - this is happening too much, this is not right". So I've been reading, trying to figure out what could possibly be the cause. It is definitely something in our Western lifestyle that is causing the rates of cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma to skyrocket, because the doctors can trace out a pattern of these diseases in Northern Europe and the United States. Is it toxins in our environment, stress, electromagnetic radiation, genetics, the food we eat or some kind of lethal combination of all these things? I do know one thing: there are many things I cannot change but I can change the food we eat. Ever since I was diagnosed with breast cancer I have been eating organic food, but still eating meat and dairy products (just organic ones). This apparently was not enough since George was eating the same food. Now we are seriously thinking about making the switch to a vegan diet. Am I ready for tofurkey? Or maybe just lots of healthy whole grains and vegetables? I don't want to think about what this house will be like if we start eating beans all the time. As George said tonight, "peanut butter and jelly is vegan, so if all else fails, we can eat that!"
I did order two vegan cookbooks from Amazon today, so stay tuned!