Ketogenic diet… it’s not that simple..

Today I had a Skype meeting with the nutritionist I mentioned. She specialises in ketogenic diets and helping cancer patients. What makes her so good is that she has a melanoma in her eye. She is actively doing the diet so it is tried and tested. She gave me plenty of information and I look forward to receiving more details by email. She said that the ketogenic diet is generally 80% fats from things such as coconut oil, and avocado then a small percentage of protein. Obviously I cannot have much protein as this turns to glucose and then leafy green vegetables. I would be limited with grains and seeds but I could have a small amount of lentils and low carb noodles.  She was very specific on grams of each thing according to my weight. So there is a scientific background to this. She specified eating my whole day’s food within eight hours and fasting for the rest. She also said that I would need to integrate into this diet slowly so as not to overload the liver too much. She mentioned the fact I was on metformin and said that it was a real benefit as this assists with limiting insulin. I thought to myself, good old Nesselhut thanks for introducing me to this!

Overall I think this is going to be challenge but I am willing to give it a go. I did ask if I was eating meat what she would recommend. She suggested lamb as good option as it digests well. I mentioned travelling to Germany a lot and she said how good bratwursts can be. If they are of good quality they contain no nitrates and are not over processed. This will cheer Pete up. And me actually. I love good sausage when in Germany.

I picked Patricia’s brains about supplements and she suggested taking digestive enzymes with meals to assist me. I told her I had read a lot about omega 3’s and she advised that whilst on chemo to avoid taking omega threes other than the oily fish that I eat. There are studies apparently that show omega threes can interfere with chemotherapy. This surprises me so much. I am always a bit dubious of those findings.

She supported me with having no dairy especially with having breast cancer but suggested goats butter as a good fat to take. She did also mention a good drink, well, concoction I would call it, to incorporate fats into my diet. It involves coffee but knowing I don’t drink caffeine she suggested using chaga mushroom powder. It apparently makes thick creamy drink that gives lots of mental clarity. I will approach this with caution.

Luckily for me she will be launching an eBook hopefully next week with tried and tested meal plans and some of which are vegan. I am keen to get hold of that! It’s like any new regime. It’s a lot to take in and try to understand all the rules.

I don’t love the idea of this diet. I am all for a simple life but in the process of wanting to keep this disease on its toes then needs must. Pete said the fact that it is reacting in an extreme manner inside me warrants an extreme response.

After such a positive meeting I left for a pranic healing session. After the fall out of missing my appointment last week it was good to finally see Les and have a lovely treatment. I genuinely feel great at the moment and despite chemo I feel that coffee enemas are really helping and my mental state is grounded and strong. Les feels that my energy is good and there aren’t really any weak points on me, not even in my lungs. He thinks the scan could be really positive. I am thinking as positively as I can and I can’t remember feeling as cancer free as I currently do. I feel quite free. Long may it continue.

Individuals do not behave statistically. Individuals behave individually!

Over the last few days there has been really lovely weather. Today being the best day but as yesterday evening was so bright Pete and I decided to go for a walk. We walked to the next village and by the time we returned we had worked up quite a sweat! 40 minutes of good exercise. To be fair I’m not sure I needed it as my back has been aching from trying our pilates and doing Jillian Michaels DVD’s. Anyone that has done her 30 day shred knows how hard core she can be. I thought it might be nice to mix it up a bit. Do different kinds of exercise to keep the body guessing. Well my body is asking, what are you doing to me woman?!’ Nothing a good night’s sleep wouldn’t sort out to soothe the muscles. Shame last night wasn’t one of them! For some unknown reason I woke in the early hours and my mind was saying, ‘Hello!’ I thought about everything. Stupid things I needed to remind myself of as well as trying to focus on my body and see if it was telling me anything, any gut feelings about the forthcoming scan that I have, which incidentally is next week…

One thing that has been bothering me lately is my body. I know it is the last of my worries and I have nothing to worry about but it’s weird how the mind plays tricks with you. I have always wanted a better body. Who hasn’t? My thighs are substantially bigger than my waist in fact there is a ten inch difference between them. I think the yoga is actually making my waist smaller therefore my thighs appear to be getting bigger! In my head I am bigger than I am then I see pictures and I am really small. I know my figure has changed since the beginning of the year and I have increased in weight. (I have to check my weight to ensure that I am not losing it- au contraire, I am actually increasing in weight.) I am still slight at only 8 stone 10lbs but the fear of putting on weight is preoccupying my mind! I don’t want to feel like it and I want to love myself and stop striving for perfection. It’s time wasting and actually achieves nothing as I am the only person that notices. I guess I put my flaws down to my efforts in my diet and exercise. It’s kind of a barometer as to how controlled I have been with my eating and drinking of the foods I should be avoiding such as sugar. This has not been great lately. I simply cannot help myself when I see a lovely muffin. I am not saying I eat sugar every day but Masterchef has so much to answer for at the moment!

Today’s weather has been so glorious, not hugely hot, but beautiful blue skies and lots of sunshine. I decided after my acupuncture appointment that I would be a bit cheeky and sit in the garden for a few hours reading my new book and finish my Zest magazine.

Reading Zest there was a really interesting article on a fasting diet that is popular at the moment. Don’t worry I don’t intend on trying it but the health implications of doing it are astounding if they are true. Apparently by limiting your daily calorific allowance to 500 calories for two days a week tests indicate that it can reduce levels of blood sugar and harmful fats which are known to be triggers of diseases such as cancer. What’s particularly interesting is the reduction of the growth hormone IGF-1 which can send the body‘s cells into rapid growth mode. Fine if you want to build muscle but not so good for damaged or precancerous cells. High levels of IGF-1 are linked to breast canSer.

Reading the article the journalist, having tried the diet, had blood tests done by a company called Medicheck. This got me thinking and I looked up their website. They do all kinds of tests for men women, vitamin and mineral ones and one for IGF-1 levels. I am intrigued and would love to know what mine are like and if they are in a safe range plus also to know what my vitamin and mineral levels are like. I think I may check this out. The website is www.medicheck.com to see where your nearest test centre is and for more information.

I moved onto my new book called ‘You can conquer cancer’ by Ian Gawler. Not a romantic novel or anything! I have been waiting for this to arrive since I ordered it in January. It has been revised and is the new edition since it was written in 1984 and updated last year.  On reading only the first few pages I couldn’t believe how this book was written for me. It is basically the ten point plan in many respects! I am hooked.  One of the things that have really stood out is who is responsible for my decisions? Do you go to the doctors and say you fix my diseased body. You decide what treatment I have. The responsibility is yours.  Or do you go to them and say, what can we do to get it better again?’ This alarmed me. As for the first two years of my diagnosis of having breast cancer that is exactly what I did. I let the doctors make my decision. I wasn’t active in helping myself. Crazy! I am now the second one and want to know how I can combine conventional treatment with my own healing processes along the way.

The next big thing that stands out is that no matter what the prognosis and the statistics say that is all they are. ‘Everyone is statistically unique; therefore everyone deserves to be treated uniquely. No one person has the same situation as you. No one else has exactly the same body. Your emotions are different, the state of mind is bound to vary and your spirituality differs. You are unique.’ ‘The key thing is individuals do not behave statistically. Individuals behave individually. We are all individuals. If you want an average outcome, do what the average does. If you want an unique outcome, an extraordinary outcome, be logical, regard yourself as you are, unique and do something extraordinary!’

Wow this is so true. This is exactly what we have been saying with the ten point plan. Get up and help yourself because it doesn’t matter what the doctors say. They don’t have a crystal ball. You are in charge of your own destiny.  I love it! I am chomping at the bit to get through the rest of the book.

On the flip side, whilst sitting in the garden I decided a lovely ice lolly would go down a treat and had an epiphany. I should buy lolly moulds to make my own healthy lollies without sugars. I have decided that coconut water lollies would be very tasty! (Oh and maybe a Pimms and lemonade one and gin and tonic one?!)

‘Mushroom of immortality’ and Second Opinions rolled into one

I have been fortunate enough to have contact with Dr Ellen Copson who is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology and Honorary Medical Oncology Consultant for the UHS Foundation NHS Trust since I was told the canSer has metasised. She allows me to email her with questions and mostly reinforces what I have already been told.

She has emailed to suggest that I may benefit from a second opinion and has given me the name of a breast cancer oncologist in London. I find this really helpful knowing that I could seek the opinion of another specialist if needed. It’s also surprising that we are entitled to a second opinion on the NHS. I am certain that most of us wouldn’t have known this and it just proves how much is available to us if we knew about it. If I want to proceed with this all I have to do is ask my GP to fax a referral letter to him.. Simplezzz. I may just do that.

It is only a few weeks til I go to visit Dr Kate James for a couple of days of therapy. Her approach is through diet, supplements, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, (EFT) Emotional Freedom Techniques and more. She has suggested I start taking chaga and reishi mushroom supplements. First impressions are they taste disgusting! But of course I will persevere with them of course especially since I researched them.

 

has been used to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the body and to extend the span of life. This fungus was been documented as early as 4,600 years ago in Chinese medicine where it earned the names: “King of the Herbs” and “A Gift from God”. It is used for the treatment of many forms of cancers and tumors in the Siberian regions. Due to their regular consumption of Chaga, these indigenous people have very low oncologic diseases. Many of them have been documented to live for over 100 years. WOW!

 

is hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings,”. This immune-boosting mushroom also works wonders in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as the T-cells are then able to fight cancer cells more effectively. However, reishi may help the body defeat cancer in not just one, but four ways. In addition to boosting the immune system, the glucan in reishi helps immune cells bind to tumor cells. Many experts believe that it also actually reduces the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another substance in reishi, called canthaxanthin, slows down the growth of tumours.

 

As a result of these amazing anti-cancer abilities, laboratory research and traditional medicinal usage of reishi to fight cancer is so positive that the Japanese government officially recognizes it as a cancer treatment! This is enough of an incentive to take them. Even if they simply stimulate my immune system. I have to admit I am feeling really well. Long may it continue.

Had a great start today… whilst doing a spot of yoga overlooking my garden a Red Admiral butterfly came to the door and fluttered in front of me for a while. That put a smile on my face. It made me think of my friend liking butterflies to me and their symbolism of celebration, change, positivity, freedom, fun and joyous times. Ye ha! I’m a butterfly baby!