I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy in 2006, but my symptoms seemed to take a turn in a different direction in late 2007, and the diagnosis was changed to Essential Myoclonus. Then in 2010 I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Finally, after a muscle biopsy, it was determined that I have Mitochondrial Myopathy.

Share my journey - coping with the testing, the medicines, nutrition, digestion problems, exercise, the emotions, uncertain diagnoses and no telling what else!

"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 KJV

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Trying the Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle

I've been studying anything and everything I could get my hands on about mitochondria and cellular energy production ever since I received the diagnosis of Mitochondrial Myopathy. Since the doctors can't offer much in the way of treatment, other than suggestions of taking CoEnzymeQ10 and B vitamins, it seemed that if I were to improve - it was going to be by improving my diet.

So over the last year I've studied several books and searched all over the internet for information about Paleo, Biblical diets like the Maker's Diet, and most recently Low Carb High Fat (LCHF), or Ketogenic diets. These are not "diets" in the usual sense of the word, but lifestyle changes. I found quite a few points of common ground in all three of these approaches.

All three emphasize eating the way God meant for our bodies to be fueled, long before the food industry convinced us that stuff in pretty cardboard boxes was better for us than real food. And all of them would be appropriate for my Type II Diabetes.

After seeing Dr. Perlmutter on the Dr. Oz show some time ago, I bought his latest book, "Grain Brain", and found his approach to make sense for me.

So I've been grain free and also greatly increased my fat intake for about the last two weeks and can definitely tell the difference in my energy level. And I don't just mean I feel peppier - I've actually not been as cold as I normally would have been. It may just be a placebo effect, but I'll take it, either way!

I'm hoping I will see some of the brain fog lift as well, as I reduce the inflammation in my gut that gluten has probably been causing. In all the years of digestion issues I've had - I have never been tested for gluten sensitivity, even though I have been diagnosed with IBS and GERD, as well as experienced several ulcers over the years. Since I have so many symptoms of gluten sensitivity, it seemed worthwhile to experiment with the Grain Free approach for at least a couple of months.

I don't think the dietary adjustments required in a LCHF or Ketogenic diet are something that everyone would want to adhere to, but the continued pain, lack of energy, and brain fog I've been experiencing now for several years has made me desperate enough to try just about anything that looks safe.


Anji Knutsen said...

How's it going? What kind of fats have you increased? I know that there are good ones and bad ones.

Bon Appetit!

Dirty Butter said...

We cook with extra virgin olive oil and I've added coconut oil to my diet, too. Also, on this diet you can have up to 3 eggs a day. Animal fats are supposed to be limited to grass fed meats, but when that's not possible it's suggested that you eat lean meats.