Eating any form of animal protein, whether it's cheese, fish, white meat, or red meat is linked to cancer. Especially, blackened meat.

A case study on people in North Italy found those who ate red meat, eggs, cheese, fatty foods–and refined starches–on a regular basis had almost twice higher risk of serious disease, such as, colon cancer, compared to those who were on a plant based diet.

Consider to go vegan and growing fruits and vegetables at home to reduce your carbon. Saving the oceans has to do with many things. Going vegan is one of the best changes you can make to reduce livestock runoff and sea dead zones.

David Sinclair co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School–supports a plant based diet. David is one of the leaders on healthy longevity. Although he won't personally recommend diets, his studies and books support with scientific lab research, eating a plant based diet is best for health and longevity in all the mammals they've research.

Having stage 4 cancer, I asked David what books he recommended, Dr. Longo's book. Dr. Valter Longo is director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California . Both Dr. Long & Sinclair have shown in the lab eating a whole food plant based diet is best for longevity. Dr Valter Longo in his book recommends those with cancer eat less than 4 grams of sugar a day. The average American eats about 50 grams a day.

What is vegan? Veganism is eating only plant foods. Butter, eggs, fish, honey, milk, and any animal sourced food is not vegan.

What are some things to eat as a vegan? Some of the best things to eat are bright colored vegetables. Personally, I avoid most fruits. However, I may eat a small amount of berries. For example, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries. However, I eat only small amounts as there is mounting evidence sugar–no matter the source–proliferates cancer cells.

The largest study ever done in the world is the "China Study." The study supports you can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes just by changing your diet. The author of the study T. Colin Campbell found a strong link with eating animal protein and all the before mentioned diseases.

The authors conclude that people who eat a predominantly whole-food, vegan diet—avoiding animal products as a main source of nutrition, including beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, and milk, and reducing their intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates—will escape, reduce, or reverse the development of numerous diseases.

One big issue when becoming vegan is eating the wrong foods. Eating potato chips and lots of bread and pasta isn't healthy for longevity. Most longevity Doctors recommend a low protein diet, and moderate-to-low carb diet with emphasis on carbs from whole plant based foods. For example, eating salads, carrots, onions, broccoli, are good choices. However, eating anything processed such as bread, pasta, chips, have a lot of bad ingredients added to them. In addition, Valter Long advocates for eating beans since they have been linked to many blue zones. A blue zone is a region where the people in that region have the highest amount of centenarians.

The University of Cornell and the Government of China did the largest study of diet in the world's history with over 65 Rural Chinese Counties. The study strongly supported those who ate a primarily plant based diet had significantly less disease.

I have stage 4 cancer that metastasized to my bones. I get a CT , PET, or MRI scan about every two months. I found when I stick to eating whole plant based foods (mostly greens) my cancer shrinks. I found when I eat foods that are refined, such as, white breads, dairy, rice, or meat, my cancer grows. Although I am an anecdotal case, I found it incredible how my cancer reacts to food.

I strive to eat mostly organic green salads, onions, broccoli, and any veggie that is green. Legumes are a great source of carbs. Although I eat about 1 cup to make sure my protein intake isn't too high. There is a lot of false information about protein. It's extremely unlikely people become protein deficient. There is more protein in tofu than steak. Moreover, protein shortens your telomeres of your DNA, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration . When you consume animal protein (fish, dairy, etc), your telomere shorten. When your DNA shortens, it is believed it causes aging on a biological level.

Dark-Green Vegetables

  • arugula (rocket)

  • bok choy

  • broccoli

  • broccoli rabe (rapini)

  • broccolini

  • collard greens

  • dark-green leafy lettuce

  • endive

  • escarole

  • kale

  • mesclun

  • mixed greens

  • mustard greens

  • romaine lettuce

  • spinach

  • Swiss chard

  • turnip greens

  • watercress

It may be best to eat beans in the morning or early afternoon. If you eat in the evening you may more likely have an upset stomach.

Beans and Peas*

  • bean burger

  • black beans

  • black-eyed peas (mature, dry)

  • chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

  • edamame (young soybeans)

  • falafel (spiced, mashed chickpeas)

  • fava beans (broad beans)

  • hummus (chickpea spread)

  • kidney beans

  • lentils

  • lima beans (mature)

  • navy beans

  • pinto beans

  • soy beans

  • split peas

  • white beans

Other Vegetables

  • alfalfa sprouts

  • artichokes

  • asparagus

  • avocado (technically a fruit because it has a seed)

  • bamboo shoots

  • bean sprouts

  • beets

  • Brussels sprouts

  • cabbage

  • cauliflower

  • celery

  • cucumbers

  • eggplant

  • garlic

  • green beans

  • green peppers

  • jicama

  • leeks

  • lettuce, iceberg

  • mung bean sprouts

  • mushrooms

  • okra

  • onions

  • pattypan squash

  • radicchio

  • radishes

  • red cabbage

  • scallions

  • snow peas

  • turnips

  • wax beans

Because of my experience with eating bread and the cancer growing, I stay away from breads and starchy veggies like potatoes. However, I may eat yams. However, I don't eat sweet potatoes because of the large amount of sugar in them. Please consult with your doctor or licensed dietitian before starting a diet. I have my blood checked every 2 weeks. I have only been deficient of magnesium, which was caused from getting chemo, not my diet. I never had an issue with lack of B12. However, some vegan do, so they eat nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast taste somewhat like cheese.

Author Max F.