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My decision to start a ketogenic nutrition

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Well today Daisy’s question of the day is: Can a chocoholic and pasta eating freak like me, just stop eating carbohydrates for longer than one day?

If you would have asked me, before I read “Starve a cancer, feed a cold“, which I accidentally (is there such a thing?) happen to run into on this website, I would have definitely given you a big “hell no!” But after reading it, I was honestly shocked, disgusted and yeah…just shocked again. I mean, if you’ve read my story, then you know that last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After I had my 5 minutes with cancer (that’s what I call it now), I do recall getting a nutritional program recommending that I eat lots of carbohydrates for energy. So basically that’s what I did. I ate lots of pasta, bread, rice etc. in the hopes of nurturing my body and making it healthy again. And, due to my positive aspect of enjoying life one day at a time, I must say I splurged often and ate tons (okay not tons, but heck quite a bit) of chocolate and sweets for that matter.

Reading the above mentioned blog, sent me literally on a mission. On a mission to find out the truth about the possible effects of sugar on potential cancer cells and/or tumors in the body. I spent many hours researching and in the end said to myself, if this is something that is known for over more than 50 years, why aren’t we doing this? Why is this not common knowledge?

I mean I live in Germany and maybe the message hasn’t gotten out here fast enough. I definitely am aware that sometimes, it does takes a while before one can to get a copy of a good american book and even a great film, but in terms of medicine…heelloooo!!! So I took a deep breath, looked at myself in the mirror and said “Girlfriend you better try this!” Just so that you get a clear picture of my situation, I’ve been feeling great ever since I stopped the chemotherapy. Recently I’ve had some blood work done and my results are truly amazing, after 4 months of meditating, letting go of the past, living in the moment and seeing my cancer as a sign from my body, that I needed to change something. I was supposed to have had 7 Chemotherapys plus radiation but only did two. During this process, I realized that I would rather die, than to put that poison into my body, but that was really a personal decision. I take my hat off to each and every cancer patient, who does all of the sessions recommended. Every single one of them deserves a medal of courage and strength for what they go through during this time with their bodies.

So back to the question of the day. Is it possible? YEEESSSS, it’s really possible! From the moment I decided that I was going to cut down on my carbohydrate/sugar intake and seeing it as something proactive for my health, I realized that I was, yet again, doing something for myself and on my own. I was taking care of me! So now let’s get down to the facts. Getting started was practically very easy. I went shopping and stacked my fridge with everything I needed and then I began eating the recommended protein, fat (I looovee avocados and nuts!!)and vegetables and surprisingly enough, I felt great and really full after every meal. I didn’t even crave any sweets for about 1 week.

Then came the temptation of a birthday party. At first, I didn’t want to eat cake, but I didn’t want to insult my friend, so I wound of eating a small piece. All I can say is: Big mistake! After that, I craved sweets for 2 days. But I didn’t give in to my craving and so I ate some almonds or sucked on a teaspoon of natural peanut butter and then everything was okay again.

It’s been almost 4 weeks now. Have I managed to keep eating low carb? Well, yes I have and I’m damn proud of it. I don’t think I’ve ever gone for more than one day without eating some kind of sugar shit. But I have to say, it’s pretty amazing, because I feel wonderful. I have tons of energy and I’m not tired in the afternoon like I used to be.

Okay, ok it’s only been 4 weeks I know and tomorrow is my birthday. Well, I’m planning on baking a low carb chocolate blueberry cake and a normal cheesecake. Lots of friends are coming over, who don’t even know that I’m doing this low carb thing. But it’s kind of exciting for me. I know that I can manage to keep doing this, if I only stay away from sugar (which has become totally easy because I sprinkle everything I used to drink or eat with sugar now with cinnamon). So there you have it!

I will eventually have to raise my carb intake, because little Miss Daisy doesn’t want to lose more weight. Reminder: I want to cut down on my sugar intake, stay healthy and eventually starve some cancer cells that might have been resistant to my “smily” therapy. You can read about this here on my blog. I will definitely keep you informed of my progress with my new way of life. Maybe someone can share their experience with me. I sure would love it!

Thanks for reading.

Hugs

Daisy

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Today is International NO-CALORIE Day!

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Take the challenge today ! Stop worrying for one day, yes just one day, about what you can, should or shouldn’t eat.

If you been reading my blog, you know that I am a firm believer of positive thinking. But, this here goes beyond that. It about a question that’s been haunting me for many years. Why do people stress themselves out when it comes to eating and food? There are like a bazillion books on diets out there on the market today. You shouldn’t eat this and you can’t eat that…bla, bla bla. Heck, if we were to put all these books together, the only thing we’d probably be able to eat was paper. I see it now. Us chewing on recycled tissues, because after all they are friendly for the environment and they have like zero calories. Wait a second! Aren’t the models on “Heidi’s Top Model” doing this?

I mean seriously, it’s like telling someone not to think of a pink elephant. Of course, they are going to think about it. So, if you are telling yourself “I shouldn’t eat this absolutely delicious-super-duper-chewy-chocolate german cake and thinking about how many calories and fat it has, then guess what? You are probably, going to wind up eating it at some point or another. Just because you are depriving yourself of it. I also know for sure, that after you’ve eaten it (no rather like stuffed it), you will walk around the whole day hating yourself and having guilty feelings, just because you ate it. One question: Do you think that you any different from me? Well, not really. The only difference is that when I decide to eat that piece of cake, I will be enjoying it, savoring every single piece I put into my mouth, and I will be telling myself the whole time, how truly blessed I am to be alive to be able to eat this cake. And also how much I truly deserve it!

Yes, I know what you are thinking! Little Mrs.Daisy is thin, she doesn’t have to worry about dieting, she can eat everything she wants. Wrong! But then again true at the same time. True, I am thin and I can eat whatever I want. But it’s not like I won’t gain weight and like have a metabolism like a marathon runner. No, it’s only because I choose to eat whatever I pleasure and truly enjoy every single bite I eat, without ever stressing myself out about the calorie content, if it’s healthy or not or heck, even if it’s swimming in lard. That doesn’t matter! My secret is that I have fun eating, I eat slow and when I’m feel satisfied, I just stop.

Believe or not, I too used to have massive issues with my weight many years ago. I was the roller coaster queen of gaining and losing weight. When I think back, I remember how I used to stress myself out counting calories, depriving myself of the things that I thought where “bad” for my figure. I was on every diet that came out and promised it was THE diet. And guess? Nothing helped, well at least in the long run. It wasn’t until I finally let go of the power that I was giving to my food, that my weight problems disappeared. I no longer cared what anyone was saying or writing about food. I took control and decided myself what was good for me. Thank God, because now I don’t have these dialogs going on in my head, that prevented me from just living and enjoying everything, including food.

Did you know that everything you resist is stress for your body. It doesn’t matter if its real stress, like something threatening your life or a thought out stress, like you’ll get fat if you eat this or that. Either way your body reacts with the production of stress hormones, that are originally supposed to be there to help you fight or flee. Today we don’t have to run for our lives or fight a lion, but sometimes we have to fight with our bosses or children.

Fact is, it doesn’t matter if your worrying about bills, your health or about food. Stress is stress and when hormones like Insulin and Cortisol are produced, you can do whatever you want, but you won’t lose any weight. So I figure it out this way. Why not just enjoy the foods you love once in a while, savor them while you’re eating them and know that when you are feeling good, you are actually doing something positive for your body.

So with all this said, I now proclaim today as International NO calorie (counting) Day and hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to let go and enjoy something you haven’t eaten in a while. Give yourself permission to be free of worries about food and allow the joy that life is meant to be, to take over at least for one day.

Thanks for reading.

Daisy