Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Where do I start...oh yeah, breakfast!

Bit (lots and lots) more research

I continue to explore the science behind the Ketogenic Diet or, more accurately, the Ketogenic Lifestyle. I have now gobbled five books, two popular, two academic and one scholarly, in that order, and a few selected peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to my specific situation. Some contradictions are found in the popular books so for anyone wishing to enter the lifestyle, I highly recommend more academic resources.

I have learned so very much about nutritional ketosis and therapeutic ketosis and how our cells use ketones for fuel and a bunch of chemical reactions that were a bit dusty from my college biology and physiology days. So far no quackery or miracles or lapses in logic but I vow to continue my research, especially focused on ketogenic living as an adjunct therapy for traditional cancer treatment. More to learn for sure.
A delicious KETO salad:
kale, spinach, lettuce, cheese, avocado,
olives, mushrooms, full fat salad dressing

Deep in KETO

In any case, armed with a few apps for my phone and a whole lot of kale, avocados and collard greens (did I mention eggs and bacon?), I'm now deep into the therapeutic ketogenic zone--already! Usually it takes anywhere from four to six weeks of trial and error to get there. Apparently my bod likes this particular mix of nutrients.
Oh yay! I get to eat eggs again! and chorizo...
organic chorizo that is, with spinach

So I thought I would report on the skinny of the diet (pun intended) and various aspects that seem totally fascinating to me.

First and foremost, I am eating almost twice the calories I used to, nearly 1300-1500 per day versus a measly 700-800 per day. This makes sense because fat has twice the calories per unit as carbohydrates (aaaaagh, I said the c-word!!!, for educational purposes only). The good news is...

I have lost 7 pounds and 2% body fat in two weeks and two days and no, you skeptics, not water weight! I have a cool bio-impedance scale that shows fat percentage, lean mass, bone mass and water percent. I put on weight due to the letrozole and fulvestrant therapy (estrogen blockers) and I was desperately trying to hang on to maintaining my weight. No more.
I am hoping that fat loss is also a sign that my cholesterol and triglycerides are getting "fixed" as they were before I started taking that dastardly (but life saving) cancer poison.

My blood glucose and ketones are awesome and steady as if I had been doing this for months. Who knew!? Oh you bet I bought a keto-meter, I told you I'm deep into this stuff.
Daily poking for a little while,
until I know my average numbers
for pre and post meals ow!
This is a link to the testing kit I bought when I started this thing, yes of course I researched the meters!:

Energy and Exercise

I now have more energy than ever, I think, maybe. I don't know, I have always been pretty high energy and I was missing that "high." Well! here I am again. Some days I'm right down silly and euphoric but have been able to channel that into working around the house and making art.

As for exercise, I am back to nearly full tilt, enjoying daily walks, some bike rides and indoor rowing. Aerobic exercise is a cinch, just takes the body a bit longer to warm up to the ketone-for-fuel thing but burning fat for fuel is a good thing. The first 15 minutes or so are tough to get through and then I kick into high gear.
Anaerobic exercise is a tad tougher so far. Since I am likely not totally keto-adapted yet, my muscles are not storing as much glycogen and they tire sooner. In another few months I will report again on that score.


I "ordered" (politely requested) my Oncologist's office to order a lipid panel to go along with my monthly blood-letting. I go for testing next Monday and will happily report on results. I am looking forward to see if my new lifestyle can fix the cholesterol and triglyceride problem.
Also a bit nervous about telling the Oncology team about going KETO but, after all, my primary MD told me to!

Back to reading. Back to enjoying life, always always, one more day! (I think I'm out of kale, back to the market)

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