What do you eat?

Michelle and I at North Street

I went vegan in October of 2019 for health reasons. I’d read about the benefits of being a vegan and a plant based diet. I watched a couple of Netflix documentaries about the plant based lifestyle, my favorite was “The Game Changers.”

Beginning in October, I was making good food choices, and seeing and feeling the positive changes and even my co-workers were commenting on my weight loss etc.

In January, I started exercising with Camp Gladiator and that really kicked my weight loss and health benefits into high gear.

Then came July. I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer that had metastasized to my liver and lymph nodes. I had to go on a low residue diet because I had a colon stent put in.

Most of my vegan diet went out the window.

Basically, I can’t eat any vegetables with a skin. No beans, no onions, no bell peppers, no fruits with skins etc. It’s a very restrictive diet and making sure that I have enough to eat that is vegan and follows the low residue guidelines was shaping up to be a chore in and of itself.

I had to do something.

I chose to not be vegan anymore. I went vegan for the health benefits, and not so much for the animals. I’m not going to lie, but the longer I was vegan, the more I cared about the animals and their conditions.

Not being a vegan just makes it easier for people to bring food over. One of the things that people want to do when they find out about your cancer diagnosis is that they want to bring you food.

I won’t say no to free food, and I won’t make things complicated for people to bring me food. So I dropped the veganism. I’d prefer to be vegan, I don’t really like or enjoy eating animals, except for fried chicken.

I LURV fried chicken. Specially the chicken special from Popeye’s on Tuesdays. Love that chicken from Popeye’s!

This is not a sponsored post by the way.


Rafael is an aviation geek, a consumer advocate, a dad, a multiple personality blogger, a photographer, politically opinionated, a videographer and many other things as well.