Thursday, April 27, 2017

Reminding myself of why… #1 — Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

This past week has been rough… mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I have not been food sober as intended. In fact, I’ve pretty much screwed up in one way or another every day this week.
My body longs to be back in ketosis, but my brain and behaviors are not following suit. My back has a pinched nerve that’s been acting up, resulting in my right leg being swollen and painful. My cravings and hunger have been off the charts so I’ve not been fasting past 16–18 hours daily.
I keep messing up… eating things I know damn well I need to avoid (cereal, for instance). I’m killing my progress. I got on the scale this morning and I’m pretty much back to 286–287. I feel like such a failure.
Which makes me want to binge for the next few days and “start over Monday.”
I won’t allow myself to do that.
This morning I tuned into the Ketovangelist podcast (episode 103) and Amy Berger was on there talking about Alzheimer’s disease and how a ketogenic diet can help prevent this horrible disease. And of course, this information reminded me of one of my biggest “whys”.
I don’t want to get Alzheimer’s. I have to do everything in my power to stop this generational curse in it’s tracks. According to what I’ve learned so far, I’m at high risk since my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all suffered from this disease.
“Alzheimer’s results from a fuel shortage in the brain: As neurons become unable to harness energy from glucose, they atrophy and die, leading to classic symptoms like memory loss and behavioral changes. Medical and scientific journals are full of research showing alternate ways to fuel the starving brain, but no one has been bringing this essential information to the people who need it most — until nowIn a culture obsessed with miracle medications, the pharmaceutical route for tackling Alzheimer’s has been a massive failure. Pills and potions don’t address underlying causes, and regarding Alzheimer’s, they typically fail to improve even the symptoms. As a metabolic problem, the only effective way to treat Alzheimer’s may be a multifaceted approach that fundamentally reprograms energy generation in the brain. The good news is, the secret is as simple as switching to a low-carb, high-fat diet.” This is taken from the Amazon description of Berger’s book, The Alzheimer’s Antidote.
Berger pointed out in the podcast that even if you’re genetically wired for this disease (and I’m sure I am), you can reverse or prevent symptoms in your 30’s and 40’s. I still have time. I must do everything in my power to care for my brain. I can’t knowingly and willingly turn a blind eye to this knowledge. I won’t do that to my children.
Watching my mother SUFFER from Alzheimer’s still causes me so much grief. I lost her years before her body gave out. And even before the symptoms of that disease hit, she suffered from the effects of type 2 diabetes, which I’m also trying to avoid.
It’s not to late for me. I’m healthy. And I’m armed with knowledge my mother never had.
This isn’t about just weight loss. This is about improving my quality of LIFE and taking control of my HEALTH. This is about changing the lives of my children and preventing them from having to care for a mother that is slowly losing her mind. I won’t do that to them. I won’t accept that fate without fighting for a different outcome.

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