The Big Plan

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I just arrived back home. It's a culture shock and kind of like being in the Twilight Zone. It's going to take days to clean up my dad's house because he hasn't really kept it up. Let the fun begin, heh. 

I have big plans for my dad and I. I wanted to get it all down on paper and if anyone is going through a similar situation they can benefit from the program I'm creating. I will be documenting everything we do, every experiment I try on him, as well as videos. I hope that other people can benefit from the fun stuff I try with my dad! Making such huge changes is not going to be easy for him, but I will be there holding his hand the whole time!

If you or family/friends have early stage cancer or any other health issues that would benefit from a plant-based diet program, please get in contact with me. I'm offering free counseling to anyone who wants to participate in this program. I can accept up to 10 people, anywhere in the United States. You must be able to use Skype to communicate with me. More info is below about the program in general, but I can tailor it to your needs as well. 

Sooooo…I'm doing a complete makeover on him. We will focus on four large parts of his life. 

1. Diet – This is a no brainer. We are going to transition him to a healthy plant-based diet. He's been eating animal foods his whole life and more recently taken to eating junk food. We will do a 21 day vegan detox, first week is cooked food, second week is 1 liquid meal and only raw food, 3rd week is only liquid. Since he doesn't have many teeth at this point, a lot of planning will go into finding meals that will work for him. I plan to try a high alkaline diet with him. He's been a drinker his whole life and his body is so acidic (how he got the cancer in the first place). So we'll be doing lots of green juices and smoothies. 

2. Lifestyle – My dad has pretty much been sedentary since I left home. He does little things like mows the lawn, but does not get regular exercise. The plan is to something simple at first like two 30 minute walks per day, one in the morning, one in the evening. Then 1 hour yoga class twice a week. If he decides he'd like to get a bike, we'll scratch one walk for a 45 minute bike ride.

3. Mind – He has already told me that he is bored and that is often why he drinks. I need to get him a few hobbies. I also want him to go to AA. His never done it I don't think, but I feel like it will benefit him greatly. I have many friends that do the program and their lives have been changed for the better. I want to try some meditation practices with him as well.

4. Fun – Dad is not happy with his condition or his lonely life. We need to find ways for him to have fun that are healthy. I'm open to ideas for this section! I haven't lived in Dallas/Ft. Worth in so long, this will give us an opportunity to explore the city together. Art museums, parks, maybe crafts, and I want us to volunteer at a animal shelter together.

What do you think of the plan? Do you have any suggestions or input? Would love to hear from you!

Comment List

  • JL goes Vegan 31 / 03 / 2011 Reply

    Wow, that's quite a comprehensive plan!  Is he game or will you need to do some persuading?  You're an amazing daughter!

  • Keri - I Eat Trees 31 / 03 / 2011 Reply

    What a lucky dad! Sending love and positive thoughts! <3

  • Hi there,

    I'm really sorry to hear about your Dad, but I think it is wonderful that you are there with him.  My father was just diagnosed with diabetes, and I would love if you could add him to your group for free counseling .  He is in Texas as well, in the Ft. Worth area.  (Not that location matters but just saying.  Are you in the ATX?)

    I remember when he was diagnosed, he called me and said, "I'm going vegan."  He slowly feel back into bad habits.  He just doesn't know how to eat.  I even lived with him for 2 years.  He saw what I ate, I offered to feed him, but then he would run out and get candy or fast food! 

    I don't want to lose my dad.  I'll be home next month and my sister and I are going to have a "come to jesus talk with him and my mom."  They need to get healthy! 

    Of course they have to want to do it themselves.

    I'm rambling, but I would love if you could help my father, and yours, battle their illnesses.

    Please contact me!


  • Nicole 31 / 03 / 2011 Reply

    That sounds like a fantastic plan! Besides the diet and exercise changes, I'm sure just getting him out of the house and socializing will do him wonders. Keep us updated on his progress!

  • A-K 31 / 03 / 2011 Reply

    It's wonderful and brave of you to be so helpful and so open about your "new" relationship with your dad.  He's super lucky to have someone that cares about him so much.  Good luck, and I hope the best will come of your joined efforts!

  • christy morgan 31 / 03 / 2011 Reply

    @JL He needs a little prodding. He has agreed though to give me 3 months vegan and healthy.

    @Carolyn Great I will email you. I'm in DFW.

    @Nicole @A-K Thanks so much! Will keep you updated!

  • Armaiti May 07 / 04 / 2011 Reply

    That's quite an ambitious and comprehensive plan! Your dad is lucky to have you to prepare those healthy meals for him. I hope he makes a good recovery and sticks to the plant-based way of eating. Best of luck!

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