(Note from Erin: Diets are not and cannot be one size fits all because we are all different. But check out this story and have an open mind. This might just work for your body!)
Within the last couple of years, scientists and doctors have debunked the low-fat diet as healthy and the idea that cholesterol is the cause of clogged arteries and heart attack. Some doctors will even admit now that statin drugs are dangerous. In other words, we’ve made progress.
Because the truth is we need healthy fats to maintain good cardiovascular health. And those fats aren’t just good for our hearts; research has shown that a diet high in fat and low in carbs can reverse aggressive cancers (just not too low, we need carbs, too).
“The nervous system tissues and the brain require cholesterol and other types of fats to rebuild and sustain proper function. That’s why statin users have a high incidence of neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s.
Moreover, the cholesterol in the skin is what starts the process of conversion of UVB sunlight exposure to vitamin D3 in the liver. Without cholesterol, there is no conversion, thus a lack of vitamin D3.”1
A ketogenic diet is based on healthy fats, protein, and very few carbs. By eating this way, your body is in a metabolic state called ketosis. In a state of ketosis, the body uses fat instead of sugar or carbohydrates to produce energy and that means better health and weight loss.
But, it also helps starve cancer cells of what they need to survive: sugar. (Also, diets high in protein are also capable of feeding cancer cells so keep close to that 20 percent (or less) number of animal protein.) By lowering the sugar levels in your blood through limiting foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars, cancer cells are depleted of their primary source of energy, literally starving them to death.
Cancer cells “…have 10 times more insulin receptors than normal cells. This allows cancer cells absorb sugars coming from the bloodstream at a very high rate. So, as you continue to consume foods rich in carbohydrates and sugar, cancer cells will continue to increase and spread.”2
As a matter of fact, it is not a surprise that the lowest survival rates are among cancer patients with the highest blood sugar levels.
Ketogenic diet meal plans
Here are just a couple suggestions of healthy fats, low-carbohydrate vegetables, and protein. For more ideas, click on the many keto links throughout the article:
Healthy fats: avocados, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, raw seeds and nuts, cold pressed olive oil, organic eggs
Low-carbohydrate vegetables: cauliflower, cabbage, celery, collard greens, spinach, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, kale.
Protein sources: grass-fed beef, organic pastured poultry, wild game, fish and seafood, fermented dairy, grass-fed raw organic dairy (full fat).