My name is Katie and I eat a ketogenic diet.
It took me 43 years and about 1 million dollars to figure out what my body really needs, and I think I may have finally found it. Fat.
In the keto diet, you eat mainly fat, moderate amounts of protein and just a few carbs (like less than 25g in my case). You keep track of calories and macros, but focus on eating enough fat each day. The idea is that this will promote ketosis in the body, which is where you switch from using glucose for fuel and start using fat for fuel.
This is the exact opposite of pretty much every other diet I have been on. Go freaking figure.
Many people drop a lot of water weight immediately, but that didn't happen for me. My body holds on to things like a toddler, so for the past 17 days, I have lost a small amount of weight. However, I have seen inches slide off my body. I can fit into clothes I couldn't fit into before. I have more energy, I'm happier, I'm more creative, I don't have the sugar crashes, I am nicer, I am motivated to get shit done. In all, this is feeling really good to me. And I'm not sure about this part, but I am SURE that cancer cells in my body are starving. At least, I am totally imagining that they are.
Will this work for me? Hell if I know. However, several cancer researchers, including the one I'm working with, are studying the effects of this diet on people with certain cancers. The reduction of inflammation in the body and robbing tumors of glucose shows very promising results in treating and perhaps even eliminating certain kinds of cancer. Can I get a hell yeah!?!? Fuck cancer.
So, yes, I'll be the guinea pig. I'll eat a lot of avacado, butter, olive oil, leafy greens, berries, and chicken (among other yummy things). I'll read the reddit boards and get more ideas. I'll see what kind of results I get - at the END of the summer.
The most challenging part of this for me is not getting frustrated at some perceived lack of progress and diving head first into a vat of pizza and ice cream. The one consistent thing I have done is give up on myself before I ever see real progress. So I am committing to this for the entire summer, and recognizing that the most amazing thing I can do is be CONSISTENT for a few months.
Wish me luck, even if you think I'm crazy.