Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Vegan diet

We are stardust Billion year old carbon We are golden Caught in the devils bargain And we've got to get ourselves Back to the garden
Joni Mitchell

Many of you know that I am vegan. That means I hail from the planet VEGA (via Canada). As I vegan I eat only raw stardust and that only from the freshest black, white, yellow or red dwarfs.
When I  travel, I bend the rules and eat deep fried planetary rings or boiled micro asteroids. You  gotta eat. Seriously, I eat no meat, dairy or eggs and try to eat organic as much as possible. I love raw cuisine, but lost too much weight when I was strictly raw, so I now eat mostly cooked vegies.  With the transplant looming, I am trying to bulk up with more vegan desserts and lots of seeds and fruits and nuts.  We belong to a co-op and get a fresh basket of local organic produces weekly and plan our meals around what the farm the farm picked that morning. Hey I live in SoCal. I am working with a trainer and using dumbbells at home to "bulk up" And I drink 3 to 4 pots  (not cups) of organic green Japanese tea daily. By the way, as my nurse says because it passes through you so quickly, , you really don't buy tea, you rent it, We have a juicer and the drinks are wild and colorful and we have a high power blender that could be used in a pinch to power a small car. Recently I have added some small wild fish to my diet to supplement protein and with a nod to the 60s, I am adding organic hemp powder to my juices. And I love raw organic vegan chocolates. And you thought being a vegan would be dull. Au contraire!
After transplant, nothing raw for a long time. The low neutrophil diet is safe, but sad cuisine. Think school cafeteria food .
Anyway, I am hungry, so more later. My kholrabi is calling.


Blogger Marcia Lewis said...

Hi Dr. Koffman,
we received your letter and are all deeply concerned about your well-being. We will think of you often, we will miss you terribly at the center, and we will look forward to your return ASAP. Ernest, Marcia, Rachel, Camille, Jared, and Shiloh Lewis.

May 30, 2008 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Barry B. said...

I'm surprised you got cancer with such a healthy diet. Or perhaps you dosed yourself with too many antioxidants?

I gave up red meal decades ago, and am a ova-lacto vegetarian meaning I eat eggs and cheese (and cream in my morning coffee, sometimes). I used to be a big pill popper, reading something in Prevention magazine, going whole hog on vitamin C, E and whatever was fashionable at the time.

We now know, of course, that the body uses oxidation to kill cancer cells. So I was not doing myself any good.

Too late to go back, sadly.

May 31, 2008 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger runnerduck said...

Dear Brian, your e mail bounced so sent infor about RFC here.
My husband was given
Fludarabine 80mg
Cyclophosphamide 500 mg
Rituximab 500mg
His weight then was 14 stone if that is any help.
Very best wishes to you for your transplant
All the best from Sally in UK

June 17, 2008 at 4:34 AM  

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