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Interior mountie fights cancer with healthy eating

Interior mountie fights cancer with healthy eating
WATCH ABOVE: A local mountie says he wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for the drastic change he made in the way he eats. The new diet has also had a profound impact on his wife. Neetu Garcha reports on the couple's story and how it landed them a part in a new documentary.

It’s a new movement: preventing disease and treating illness with food.

The concept, which is showcased in documentaries like Forks Over Knives, inspired Interior mountie, Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, and his wife, Sheanne Moskaluk, to adopt a whole-foods, plant-based diet.

It means no animal protein; basically a vegan diet, without the junk food.

“There’s essentially nothing more important that you do during the day than what you put in your mouth three times a day,” said Dan.

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In 2013, Dan was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer and given up to two years to live.

Today, he’s in good health and back at work full time.

He said the key wasn’t his treatments, it was the diet change.

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“When you ask me what the impact has been, well, I’m still alive,” Dan said.

“It saved my life.”

For Sheanne, the diet was a game changer as well.

“It transformed me. I lost 130 pounds in total and so it was the fountain of youth for me. I really reclaimed my life,” she said.

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Once inspired by a documentary about food, the couple is now going to be featured in a new documentary.

It’s called Eating You Alive and it’s set to be premiering this December in Los Angeles and New York City.

The filming had already wrapped up when the producers heard about the Moskaluk’s story in February, but they didn’t hesitate to reopen production to include them.

“I direct-messaged them on Facebook on the Sunday and within an hour I was talking to a producer and by that following Thursday they flew us down to Atlanta, Georgia to film,” Moskaluk said.

The producers said they were very compelled by the couple’s story.

“We really felt that it really served the purpose of the message of the film,” said co-producer Merrilee Jacobs.

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The Moskaluk’s are the only Canadians who will be in the American documentary. They’re most excited about is having the opportunity to inspire others by sharing their story.

In hopes of encouraging others, the couple has been sharing their journey on social media, taking to Instagram and Twitter, offering recipes and tips.