My experiment with the ketogenic diet

Bacon and eggs for breakfast, strawberries and double cream for morning tea… sound too good to be true? Yes I thought so too. Until I was crippled with inflammation and the ketogenic diet seemed like the ONLY thing to do.

WHY the ketogenic Diet?

A few months ago I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease named Ankylosing Spondylitis (try and say that three times fast!). Leading into the diagnosis my joints were not only sore, but were physically calcifying- It was MRI after MRI with a few X-rays thrown in for good measure. I had constant pain in my back, hips, and legs and was unable to walk properly, let alone train, sit or even sleep without the use of pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories and pain killers. I was told I would have to stay on these for life to control my flare ups and perhaps consider anti tumor medication as well.

Sounded AWESOME…. But after beginning to experience the side effects of a 6-month round of NSAID’s (Non steroidal anti inflammatory Drugs) I decided that enough was enough.

After eagerly searching scientific journals for clues on the latest scientific studies, I was intrigued by the latest literature surrounding the effects of a high fat, low carbohydrate diet on the management of the disease. The ketogenic diet itself is nothing new, being positively linked to the treatment of many diseases such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Epilepsy, Cancer and PCOS.

At first it sounded a little extreme, but I felt like I was living in hell, so anything was worth a try!

What is a ketogenic diet?

Without getting too technical the ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate diet with moderate protein. It is a well-known fact that the body predominately uses glycogen as its first choice for fuel. When the body has run out of its glycogen stores the liver begins to make ketones from fat, which are then used to fuel the body in place of glucose.

Approximate Energy Requirements for the ketogenic diet:

70% from fat

20% from protein

10% from Carbohydrates

Many people are concerned with the lowered intake of protein, however the amount of protein we are told to consume is also dramatically overestimated. We need enough protein to repair and rebuild our cells, however the excess will only convert to glucose to use as energy and this is something we don’t want in the ketogenic diet. Ketones can be measured in the blood and initially in urine (though urine analysis for dietary ketosis can be unreliable)

What do I eat?

 

Ketogenic diet blog

But isn’t fat bad?

The government and media have liked you to think so! However its now coming to light that we have been fed some of the biggest lies and cover ups in the history of nutrition, all in the name of money. Fat was NEVER the enemy, yet somehow we have been brainwashed to think that it was… Stay posted to my blog on that soon!!

The results of my experiment.

I was lucky enough to have a few friends who were trialing a ketogenic diet for athletic performance with great success. This gave me the first hand advice I needed to select a blood glucose and Ketone monitor to track and measure my results. Whilst this isn’t essential I wanted to make sure I was in nutritional ketosis for a period of more than two weeks before I ditched the pharmaceutical drugs.

Most of you know I love to work out, yet for over 12 months my exercising has been hampered. For the past 6 months I had done nothing but a few handstands and ¼ squats… To say I was going crazy was an understatement.

Today as I write this blog I have been off ALL pharmaceutical drugs including my NSAIDs for 8 days. I had tried coming off my medication before, but would only ever last 2 days before I was crippled with pain.

I managed to feel so good this week that I even worked out twice, if these initial results are anything to go by then it is certainly something I will be keeping up!!

Worth considering…

My Dr. did NOT recommend this diet (instead I was directed to that hideous thing they refer to as a ‘food pyramid’ and pharmaceutical medication) The ketogenic diet may not be for you either, but if you take one thing away from reading this post it is to question what you are told, listen to your body and take control of YOUR own health.

– Amber xx

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      admin says:

      Hi Johan, I still follow this way of eating and continue to have great results… occasionally I will indulge in carbs and enjoy holidays but I always return to this style of eating as it is how my body functions best.

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