About me and Keto
Welcome to my website!! I am currently an Oncology Dietitian working with the ketogenic diet; mainly with brain tumors. I hope this website serves as a way to increase your knowledge of the diet, gain some insight as to how it might be helpful in the oncology setting, try some new recipes and learn about ways to optimize your nutrition if you’re following a keto diet!
Now, if you’re just getting started, I would like to quickly go over what a ketogenic diet for cancer REALLY is about. The ketogenic diet is not to be confused with a low-carb or modified atkins diet where you are only restricting carbohydrates and not protein as well.
The ketogenic diet is a well-established medical treatment for refractory pediatric epilepsy, with its use in the United States dating back to the 1920s continuing to the into today. Prior to this, fasting and fasting like diets can be seen dating back to biblical times. Compared to a standard Western diet, the ketogenic diet is significantly higher in fat, little to no carbohydrates, and contains adequate (but not excessive) amounts of protein. When following a “classic” or “3:1” ketogenic diet, individuals are aiming for at least 80% of total calories to come from fat. By doing this, the amount of available glucose, or the sugar that provides energy to our body, is decreased. When this happens, the body is stimulated to break down its own fat for fuel, in the process, creating ketone bodies (acetoacetate, acetone, and β-hydroxybutyrate). This can happen to normal individuals who go very long periods of time without eating (>24h), but also when you are properly following a ketogenic diet. Known as the fasting-mimicking diet, the available ketone bodies can cross the blood brain barrier and are a critical energy source for the brain when glucose availability is low. If you are following a medically supervised ketogenic diet for cancer, it is critical to decrease carbohydrate intake and also There is a reason behind this. It is necessary to also restrict protein intake. This is because protein intermediates can be made back into glucose.
I do not believe that everyone will benefit from a ketogenic diet. However, I do believe that most Americans need to lower their overall carbohydrate intake, especially those coming from refined and simple carbohydrates (breads, crackers, cookies, chips, etc.) and sugar. I have personally seen the diet work both ways: I have seen true miracles come from proper implementation of the diet, and I’ve also had people be miserable on it. It really depends on how it makes you feel and how you can fit this into your daily routine.