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.