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“It has been suspected that many cancer cells are heavily dependent on sugar as their energy supply, but it turns out that one specific type––squamous cell carcinoma––is remarkably more dependent,” said senior author Dr Jung-whan “Jay” Kim.
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Nearly all cancer cells share one common trait: they feed off carbs or blood sugar in order to grow and multiply.
When you eat a ketogenic diet, some of the standard metabolic processes are altered and your blood sugar levels go way down.
Basically, this is claimed to "starve" the cancer cells of fuel.
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There's more research available indicating that the ketogenic diet could help treat certain cancers like colon cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, as well as other metabolic diseases such as polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes and epilepsy.
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Cancer loves sugar!
Another reason to follow the Keto way.
It certainly makes me wonder whether following governments’ so-called healthy dietary guidelines incorporating Low fat, high carb diets is really the right thing to do.
Cancer cells thrive on sugar/glucose. They don’t like fat. The ketogenic diet is a healthy fat low carb diet that could help starve cancer cells. I wonder why it’s not recommended more often.
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I had resigned myself to the common thought that as one grows older, metabolic rate slows down, resulting in weight gain. Following the government recommended dietary guidelines of low fat, high carbs and plenty of exercise did not do anything to help me maintain or lose weight.
Since starting intermittent fasting at the beginning of the year, I was pleased that I had managed to lose a little bit of weight and then I stagnated. It was very frustrating. But I persevered.
In September I came across the Ketogenic ‘diet’ or lifestyle. This is virtually the opposite of the government recommended dietary guidelines. This is where you consume a small quantity of carbs, usually not more than 20 g, moderate quantity of protein, up to 50 g and a high quantity of healthy fats, 80-90 g. Processed fats like sunflower oil, margarine, rapeseed oil do not fall into this category. Healthy fats include olive oil, butter, avocado oil, ghee, coconut oil.
I quickly adapted to the Keto way as I had already been practising intermittent fasting, eating within a 5-6-hour window. As I got further into this lifestyle, I found that I could go virtually 24 hours before having my next meal. This was because of the higher fat consumption, which kept me satiated longer.
As I continued with this change in lifestyle, I found that the stubborn weight was coming and staying off, despite the high quantity of healthy fat I was consuming. Inches began to fall off, belly fat started to melt away, the spare tyres got smaller and I could see a more defined waistline. I was over the moon. I had finally found a way where I could eat healthily and lose and eventually maintain my weight.
I had spent a lot of time researching this way of eating. One thing led to another, and the more I researched, the more information I found, the more I began to experiment. I experimented with eating different types of foods and the different ways of fasting. I had done a 40-hour fast and then a 50-hour fast quite easily. This week I completed a 5-day Autophagy fast. It wasn’t like the previous fasts because I was still eating 1 meal a day. This time the amount of protein consumed should be up to 20 g and carbs up to 50 g. I managed to keep both proteins and carbs at 20 g for the 5 days. This 5-day fast helped to bring me down to my goal weight, which I had set at the beginning of the year at 52.5 kg. On Saturday morning and this morning, I weighed 52.6 kg. Yes - goal achieved. Now all I need to do is to maintain it.
I have decided that I will do the 5-day Autophagy fast every month. I like it because by keeping nutrients to a low level, the body will find the nutrients in the body by recycling the old or unhealthy cells in the body. It’s like a spring clean. It reminds me of the game ‘Pac Man’, which I used to play in the 1980s, where Pac Man chomps up the dots.
At the end of the day, autophagy and fasting have been shown to help improve insulin resistance, which in turn reverses metabolic disorders. Perhaps one day soon governments all over the world will wake up to the fact that their 30+ year old ‘healthy’ dietary guidelines have been incorrect. This is the way I will be following to maintain my good health.
AUTOPHAGY FASTING- Day 5
Wooohooo!!! You made it! Our last day of Fast Training Week!
I would love to hear what you all learned from this exercise this week.
Every fast I have done has provided me with great insight into my relationship with food and what different foods do to my body.
Most people only judge their food choices by what the scale says or how their clothes fit. Then they restrict calories without every looking at what types of foods they are eating and how it affects them.
What I love about these fasting weeks is that they provide you with lots of opportunities to learn.
For example, I heard many of you say how hard it is to keep protein low. Well keeping protein low periodically is a fabulous way to stimulate autophagy. So throwing in some low protein days into your diet variation plan would be really smart.
Just because the fast is over, don't lose the lessons you learned this week. There is an opportunity here to change the way you approach your food. So think about what you want to take from this fast into your daily life.
I'd love to hear from you all what your insights were from this week and what changes you might make to your diet going forward.
If you have any other questions about your experience this week, post in comments below.
Hope you've enjoyed this fast!
Day 5 of the 5-day a Autophagy Fasting Challenge.
After 25 hours fasting, my blood glucose is 5.0 mmol/l, blood ketones is 4.6 mmol/l making a GKI of 1.1. Fantastic!
Today, being Friday is usually a no-meat day. I’ve prepared cauliflower mash with lots of butter, Brussels sprouts, avocado, spinach and sauerkraut. I’ve followed it with Avocado Chia seed pudding.
I’ll go back to eating a normal Keto meal tomorrow. As I’ve been used to eating OMAD (one meal a day) for some time now, that will continue.
I’ve used the Carb Manager Ap to track my foods. I use separate monitors for blood glucose and blood ketones as it is more convenient. The On Call Dual monitor can measure both, but it involves changing the key code, which is too much messing about.
AUTOPHAGY FASTING-DAY 3
You all are doing great!
I know that the low protein is tough, but what I love is how many ah-ha's you are having around what foods have protein in them.
That's the point of this fasting exercise... to help you see the power of the foods you eat.
Here's something to think about when it comes to protein,
-protein spikes glucose
-when glucose goes up insulin kicks in
-when insulin kicks in autophagy stops
So if autophagy is our self repair tool, and we are always eating high amounts of protein, then no cellular repair is happening.
This is a fundamental principle of aging.
You age more quickly when your cells are damaged.
When you start to tap into the principles of autophagy your cells will start to detoxify and repair. All on their own!
But here's why autophagy expert Naomi Whittel says she likes low protein days:
"The reason you want to under-eat protein on some days of the week is similar to why you want to start intermittent fasting – it comes back to the dance between glucagon and insulin. Lowered protein intake means lowered insulin levels and higher glucagon. And recall that higher glucagon means autophagy is active. Since your body can’t make its own protein, if you don’t eat it (or eat enough of it) then it’s forced into recycling its existing proteins. This recycling activity is a fundamental task of the autophagy process."
So even if it's tough this week to keep your protein low, your body is healing and repairing because of it!
Stay the course! You will see as the week goes on, your body will get more and more adapted to this way of eating.
Reach out if you have any questions! I love hearing all your experiences, so please keep sharing!!
I'm cheering you all on!
DETOX BENEFITS OF LOW PROTEIN
The #1 HARDEST thing about autophagy fasting is keeping protein low.
I'll tell you the #1 BEST thing in a moment...
Eating 20 or less grams of protein goes against everything we've been told about a balanced diet.
But then again, so does keto!!
High protein is great! It stimulates the mTOR pathway, which helps you create tissue, like muscle.
mTOR is also what ages you. If your cells are replicating faster, they are aging faster. Every time a cell duplicates, it wears down the caps at the end of the DNA, known as telomeres.
So if you are eating high protein every single day of your life, that is not balanced either.
Take care of the cells you already have with autophagy! Autophagy cleans the cell by recycling old and unneeded components. Cycled smartly, it does not affect muscle mass.
Why would your body destroy the useful stuff when it has so much else to work with? It is smarter than that.
If you have overtaxed liver or kidneys, they will thank you for the break. A low-protein diet is often recommended to help treat certain health conditions like kidney disease.
The #1 BEST thing about autophagy is the potential to unstick you from a plateau.
We're seeing a lot of weight loss in the Resetter group right now, and it's only halfway through the week!!! Remember, autophagy macros are:
<20 g protein
<50 g net carbs (you can go lower if you want)
60% of calories from good fat
>17 hours fasting, break your fast with fat
So, based off the example in the image, you will want to add some good fats like olive oil salad dressing, coconut oil fat bombs, or avocado oil in vegetable broth.
I hope this helps you turn the #1 hardest thing into the #1 best thing!
Day 3 Autophagy Fasting challenge
I remembered to take my blood readings today before eating after a 24-hour fast. Blood glucose is 5.1 mol/l (91.8 mg/dl). Blood ketones 3.2 mmol/l. GKI is 1.59. I’m absolutely over the moon with this result.
Today I have prepared cauliflower mashed with butter and seasoned with turmeric, black pepper and salt; pea shoots, Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, grilled avocado and tomatoes with clarified butter seasoned with turmeric, black pepper and salt, 2 rashers of bacon fried in clarified butter. Finished off with 1/2 portion of chia seed pudding with raspberries.
That’ll keep me fuelled for another 24 hours.
I use the a Carb Manager Ap to track my food.
Here is what Dr Mindy Pelz recommends on Day 2:
AUTOPHAGY FASTING- DAY 2
How's everyone doing? I love all the posts, questions, and support you are posting here. That's the power of doing this with a group!
So yesterday I posted about how the length of your fast will stimulate different responses in your body.
Today let's talk about fat. Why fat first?
When you eat carbs & protein it spikes your blood sugar. The more you spike your blood sugar the more you signal to the body to release insulin.
Once your cells sense the presence of insulin, they stop the autophagy process.
It's a brilliant, yet simple way to extend your period of autophagy.
Fat will have a very little insulin response because it doesn't spike your blood sugar.
Today I want you to do a test so you can see how fat effects you.
Before you break your fast with fat, do a blood sugar & ketone reading. Then eat your fat meal. Then an hour later do another blood sugar/ketone reading.
Post your results here of those two readings. Also be sure to mention what food/drink you broke your fast with.
Many of you will see that your blood sugar will stay the same or even go down with fat. You also may notice that it won't pull you out of ketosis.
Some of you may not get that result.
But let's see what happens! Post your results here and tonight on my FB Live I will talk about what your numbers mean.
And one last trick...
For those of you who were hungry yesterday, eat more fat. It turns off the hunger hormone ghrelin and your brain will stop telling you to eat.
Hope that helps!
This is what I have eaten today about 24 hours later:
2 rashers of bacon, cauliflower mash, cabbage, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and finished off with raspberries and chia seed pudding.
The evidence is slowly coming out about how sugar adversely affects metabolic health, which includes cancer.
Here are the links to Dr Christy Kesslering's talk on cancer and sugar:
Part 1: https://youtu.be/GD10WiMc2L4
Part 2: https://youtu.be/rDuqqPrhfc4
I've often wondered, and I'm sure most people do as well, why the incidence of cancer has skyrocketed over the past couple of decades. I can't help linking it to the governments' recommended dietary guidelines of eating a low fat, high carb diet. I think most of us know that low-fat diets contain sugar to improve the taste. This way of eating for the past 30-40 years seems to have made more people sick than healthy. It's time to have a serious look at reducing carbohydrates (sugars & starches) including fruits as fruits contain fructose, which is processed differently and increasing healthy fat intake, which does NOT include processed oils like vegetable oils, rapeseed oil, soya oil, margarine, etc.
I decided to take the 5-day autophagy fasting challenge with Dr Mindy Pelz.
This is what she advises on the first day:
DAY 1- AUTOPHAGY FASTING
Welcome to Day 1!
If you are joining us in doing the autophagy fast remember there are 4 major rules to follow to maximize autophagy.
1. Fast 17 hours
2. Eat fat first
3. Keep protein under 20 grams
4. Eat carbs last, total under 50 net carbs.
So today, let's talk about what the length of your fast does for your health.
It is around 13 hours in a fasted state that your body switches over to burn fat for energy. 17 hours is the autophagy sweet spot.
The longer you stay in that fasted state the more fat you will burn & the more autophagy will happen.
Autophagy hits a maximum rate at around 72 hours.
Your insulin staying low for an extended period signals two major processes in your body:
2. Burning stored fat
Here's the really cool thing about Autophagy Fasting. When you break your 17 hour fast with fat, it will have very little effect on your insulin levels and therefore keep you in a fasted state.
And for those of you who have been fasting for a while, you can go longer than 17 hours if you choose.
Many of you have messaged me about all the weight you've lost since implementing fasting into your life!
The longer you fast, the more you force your body to heal.
It's one of the coolest examples of the inner wisdom of your body!
I have been practising intermittent fasting since the beginning of 2019. I discovered the Keto way in mid-September and have now consistently been eating OMAD (One meal a day). I have also done 2 longer fasts, a 40-hr and a 50-hr fast.
I had my meal on Sunday at 7 pm.
Today I had my meal at about 6 pm - 23 hours later.
I had a fried egg, cauliflower mash, cabbage, asparagus, pea shoots, 2 tomatoes, lots of butter and olive oil and finished it off with an avocado chia seed pudding.
Total net carbs: 16.7g, 109.4g fat, 21g protein.
I've been teaching yoga since 2009 and always had an interest in healthy living.