"THERE IS NOTHING MORE WE CAN DO"

“THERE IS NOTHING MORE WE CAN DO”

My Mom's Story "You've got 6-12 months to live" "We can offer you chemotherapy, which might allow you to live a few months longer, or you can choose Hospice". This is what we heard from the oncologist as my mother and I sat in her office reviewing the 2 options available. "There is really nothing else we can do." So, at 80 years old, mom decided to do nothing. Her main reason? She didn't want to lose her hair. She also figured, at her age, what's the point in suffering through the last few months of her life with the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Dad and I supported her as best we could but now I realize the mistakes I made, the same mistakes that many loved ones, doctors, and dietitians do - we encouraged and nearly forced mom to eat and drink anything she could, including ... Read More
HEALING FROM BRAIN FOG AND ABUSE

HEALING FROM BRAIN FOG AND ABUSE

Like most compassionate people-pleasing nurse types, I generally keep thoughts and emotions to myself, hidden and safe in my isolation. It's easy to focus and distract myself elsewhere by taking care of others - patients, kids, pets, family and friends, and the all-important to-do lists. However, I feel a need to share my experiences and in turn possibly provide hope and thoughts for the increasing number of women and men struggling with the same challenges I did. I struggled for years from brain fog and anxiety. My spouse often told me I needed "help", and I believed him. So, I went to counseling, for as many years as he told me I needed help. Due mostly to provider availability and insurance, I went to four different counselors in total, over several years. At one point I was even diagnosed with adult ADHD, and prescribed drugs not only for ADHD but ... Read More
LCIF IN DISORDERED EATING

LCIF IN DISORDERED EATING

There are experts out there - nutritionists, physicians, concerned citizens - that say a low carb and intermittent fasting (LCIF) approach should not be used as a tool for people with a history eating disorders. I say those people giving that advise have never had an eating disorder themselves. When I refer to disordered eating behavior, I refer to someone with a dysfunctional relationship with food. This can include binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, or simply using food in any way for emotional regulation. A compulsive relationship with food can affect a person's day to day ability to function both physically and mentally, the ability to focus at work and at home, and can limit quality or life and general health. I believe, for people with food addictions and disordered eating, the standard "everything in moderation" as long as "calories in equal calories out" approach simply doesn't work. Instead, eliminating foods ... Read More
HOW LOW DO I GO?

HOW LOW DO I GO?

HOW MANY CARBOHYDRATES SHOULD I EAT? Ketogenic < 30g/day Low Carb 30-50 g/day Reduced 50-120g/day How many carbohydrates to eat depends on your current level of health, activity level and weight loss goals. Currently those eating the typical Standard American Diet are eating somewhere between 200-300 grams of carbohydrates a day. A Reduced Carbohydrate diet, generally considered anywhere between 50-120 g/day, is for those who are generally healthy, maintaining their weight, or have symptoms of adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism or other stressful mental or physical issues that need to be discussed with their provider. A Low Carbohydrate diet is considered anywhere 30-50 grams a day. This might be a good approach for weight loss, blood sugar regulation, mood issues, digestive problems, anti-aging, or general health. A Ketogenic diet is considered under 30 grams a day. This is often used to address neurological issues (Epilepsy Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc), and severe blood sugar ... Read More
SIX STEPS TO STARTING A HEALTHY KETO LIFESTYLE

SIX STEPS TO STARTING A HEALTHY KETO LIFESTYLE

Eliminate Sugar – Agave nectar, syrups, corn syrup, dextrose, maltodextrin, honey, fructose, maltose, sucrose, cane sugar, etc. Eliminate Hidden Sugar and Starch – Foods made with processed flour, grains, wheat, corn, rice, cereals, some fruit, fruit juice Eliminate Seed Oils – Vegetable, soy, corn, sunflower, canola, safflower, cottonseed, margarine, most salad dressings Add Healthy Fats – Saturated fat from animals – high fat dairy eggs, meat, seafood, butter, ghee, and healthy oils including avocado, olive, coconut, palm Eat Low Carbohydrate – Leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, berries, low-glycemic fruits Eat Moderate Protein – Fish, beef, lamb, poultry, high fat dairy, eggs. Note : Individual needs, goals, levels of health and fitness, as well as beliefs should be considered and appreciated ... Read More
STOP STRUGGLING WITH DIETS

STOP STRUGGLING WITH DIETS

Now I’m not saying Keto is necessarily easy, and you might fall off the wagon a few times, but it doesn't have to be complicated and can be gradually adopted as needed. For some this food is an addiction problem, a substance abuse problem, and eliminating carbohydrates and sugar is like losing a good friend. Some people will need slow, small changes, and some people may need to go cold turkey. It is a personal decision. Stop struggling with the next great packaged meal, point system, powdered drink, or starvation diet that won’t last, start making the lifestyle changes you need to start living again! Many people need support in order to succeed with significant change. Please contact me if you feel you need the guidance and support I can offer, as a nurse, a physiologist, and a person who understands chronic dieting, over-exercising and carbohydrate addiction ... Read More
BENEFITS OF A KETOGENIC AND FASTING LIFESTYLE

BENEFITS OF A KETOGENIC AND FASTING LIFESTYLE

You may be asking yourself why try another diet, why would Keto work when all other diets have failed. Isn't it just another fad diet? Despite what critics say however, the Ketogenic way of eating is a lifestyle change, not just another fad diet. Other than the catchy name, it is really nothing new - it is the way we ate before 1960 and It is the way our ancestors ate for centuries before that. Over the last 50-60 years, the average American has gone from eating about 5-15% of their calories in carbohydrates to 65-75%, most of it coming from refined and processed foods. Our bodies have simply not adjusted and we have become sick and fat because of it. The Ketogenic lifestyle, also called low carbohydrate, healthy fat (LCHF), generally involves eliminating processed and refined sugars, seed oils and starches and adding real food in the form of ... Read More