The Purpose and Passion of Lindsay MacPhee

Originally posted February 2013

Seven years ago, at the age of 27, the Big Pond, Nova Scotia native was diagnosed with the beginning stages of breast cancer.  With a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation under her belt, Lindsay thought she was on her way to a new life. But her body was telling her otherwise.

“Unfortunately, my new greatness of feeling healthy seemed like a long and winding road. For 6 years I continued my vegetarian diet of ‘eating healthy’ with lots of veggies, cheese, soy, eggs, bread, salads and lots of pasta, until last year I woke up sick and tired of being sick. After a lot of research, I started to understand that everything we eat has the power to either nourish or harm our cells.”

She began to question not just her own diet, but that of society as a whole.

“We as a society are sicker today than we have ever been but have you ever stopped to ask why? We don’t have time to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but will we have time when we get sick with cancer, diabetes or heart disease? We are given more pills to mask our problems but not educated on what food is actually doing to our bodies. I decided to explore a holistic plant based diet.  I consulted with my family doctor, a holistic nutritionist, a dietician, my oncologist and the help of my amazing friend in Cape Breton, Coralie Murphy. I was on my way to a new healthy lifestyle that would heal my body from the inside out."

Lindsay with top – husband Christian Currie, mid mother Marie, bottom father MalcieWithin six months her aches and pains had dissipated, her constant nausea was gone, and MacPhee felt her life was actually changing based on what she was consuming. She has been 'reborn' and it's having an impact on everyone in her 'new life'.

“I was not only encouraged by my amazing husband, but also by my parents who, to my surprise, were listening and started working with Coralie and myself; they were starting to ‘get it’.

My mom jumped in with both feet and is starting to outdo me with cooking! She’s amazing. She looks and feels younger, her skin is brighter, she lost weight but best of all, she can run up and down stairs where before she had to take it step by step some days. My dad, after having cancer and a heart attack, is now seeing the benefits of a plant based diet and although he is slowly changing his diet, he continues to support mom and I more than ever. It’s actually funny to see how much he regrets when he ‘sneaks’ fast food! “

Lindsay MacPhee is now on a life-changing mission, claiming that for the first time in her life, she has found her place. And she wants to do what she can to share that knowledge with others.

lindsay macphee run for cure“Along with cancer related causes, food is the place where I am the most passionate, the place where I am the happiest and the place where I feel that I am and will help others.

It’s not perfect and I still have a long way to go but it is a journey in my path of life, not a quick detour. And although I still suffer from the long term side effect fatigue, a weakened immune system and the ability for my system to get run down very quickly, I know that the laundry list of other side effects have now gone so it make it more manageable.  My immune system is stronger than it has ever been and I’m reaping the benefits!”

Besides being good for you, Lindsay's favourite dishes are freezer friendly.

Pictured are: Lentil Stew, Lentil Potato and Carrot Stew, Black Bean Chili, Rice and Quinoa, Green Lentils and Peppers,Savory White Kidney Beans

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Here is one of Lindsay’s favourite recipe's (originally from Chatelaine) that is hearty and delicious. And it fits into her belief of healing herself through nourishment.

“Life has given me a second chance, why would I not take every step I can to nourish the body that held me up in my darkest days? It’s the least I could do!”

1 large onion
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
3/4 cup dried green lentils (I used red)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups vegetable stock
3 cups spinach
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 dash hot pepper sauce (I used more)
Pepper to taste

Throw it all in a pot and cook away until the liquid is absorbed (about 20 minutes).

Lindsay MacPhee with her cat PepperLindsay now lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia with her husband Christian, and would love to hear from anyone who wants more information on a plant-based diet.

Reach her via email at [email protected]

You can also link to her Vegan Group Facebook Page by clicking here

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5 Comments »

  1. Wonderful to read your story. I am a firm believer in what you are doing and seeing you flourish is even making it better. I have followed how you've been doing through Darlene.....and poor Darlene gets to eat the same sort of foods when she comes to my place. But it's fun to share with her too. I would love to receive more recipes from your Vegan Group as my hubby is Vegan....I'm a somewhat Vegetarian but mostly Vegetarian. Cooking whole foods and eating and drinking as local as I can is my mission. All the best with your efforts of sharing. I know lots of folk who are doing this. So cool. LJM.

    Comment by Laura Mercer — February 4, 2013 @ 7:21 pm


  2. This is a wonderful story of new life. You are amazing Lindsay! I am originally from Sydney and my family (Pat & Eileen Gillis) have had a family bungalow in Big Pond for over 55 years!! Keep up your wonderful ministry of hope and healing!
    You may be interested in reading about St. Hildegard of Bingen an 11th Century Benedictine and a holistic healer, naturopath and woman who spoke of Green energy and grace as a source of healing and holy-ness!!! Blessings to you on your journey. Margie-- Theologian and Chaplain in a Brampton Catholic High School!!

    Comment by Margie gillis — February 4, 2013 @ 10:30 pm


  3. Lindsay so wonderful to hear you feel as though you have a new lease on life. Thanks so much for sharing your story and also your wondful recipes. My wife is a vegetarian and I am mostly veggo but not full on.....yet! I look forward to trying some of your lovely dishes. Again so nice to hear you are doing so well.
    Kind regards,
    Steve Eagar

    Comment by Steve Eagar — February 5, 2013 @ 10:09 am


  4. Thank you all for your comments! I truly appreciate not only your support but your encouraging messages. I do not believe everyone should be vegan but I know so many are looking for healthy options and my hope is to make it easier for some to have a meat free night or have new easy side dishes. After my dad having cancer and a heart attack and after my cancer, I'm so passionate about food, learning and sharing! Thank you all for your comments, they truly encourage me to help myself and others!

    Comment by Lindsay MacPhee — February 7, 2013 @ 3:35 pm


  5. Congratulations Lindsay and best of luck with your journey. xoxo

    Comment by Tisha MacInnis — February 7, 2013 @ 8:15 pm


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