MY JOURNEY TO KETOSIS
MY JOURNEY TO KETO BEGAN WITH A FAILED EXPERIMENT IN VEGETARIANISM
I’ve been consciously experimenting with my diet for over 20 years, since I first became a vegetarian at age 19, back in the mid 90s. And this decade long experiment ended when a diagnosis of anemia explained my chronic exhaustion, fatigue and weakness,
and I accepted what to me is now a fact that my Type 0 Positive blood requires some amount of meat to make new blood.
Now it took me a few years to fully get back into eating meat, and at first it was only medicinal amounts. But eventually, I ate all kinds of meat as well as grains, starches, sweets, fruits & vegetables…everything. This was not working for me either and I was having chronic digestive issues. So around 2008, I began exploring the specific foods that really did and did not work for me.
NEXT STEP ON THE JOURNEY: THE ELIMINATION DIET
Through experimenting with first eliminating and then reintroducing foods, I found many specific foods that consistently caused GI flare-ups. By 2011, I had cut out all wheat, corn and soy from my diet. For over 5 years now I have eliminated all soy except occasional lecithin, and all corn & wheat, including hidden ingredients like maltodextrin. This alone has been a miracle for my GI issues.
Now around 2013 I started cutting out grains and eating more along the lines of the paleo diet. And at this time I had a next-door landlady who ate all raw meat, raw dairy and vegetables. I experimented with eating lots of raw food as well, lots of fresh green juice & dehydrated raw crackers with raw cheese, a little bit of raw meat but not too much.
I kept experimenting with specific foods and eventually found that most all fruit caused minor problems, and that alcohol caused problems even in moderation. Even kombucha and jun, which are fermented from sugar and yeast just like alcohol, also caused my GI to have these issues.
So I was really ripe to be a full convert when I first heard about and started experimenting with the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting in 2015.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH FASTING
Now I’ve experimented with fasting, and the first time was at a silent meditation retreat in India in 2001. And after spending a year in India, I began practicing full moon fasting –that’s a full day of fasting once a month on the full moon –and I did this regularly for several years. This was also when I was a vegetarian.
But since coming back to meat in 2005, I really had not been practicing fasting at all. So it wasn’t until late 2015 that I really began to experiment with regular intermittent fasting, fasting 1 or 2 days each week and eating only one meal a day, snacking on fat or protein if I got really hungry.
I think it is partially due to my endomorph (kapha) constitution, but when I started fasting regularly and eating a high fat diet, I started feeling better every day. I felt mentally clearer, had a lot more physical energy, had a much more positive mood and outlook, and felt less sore and achy in my body as well.
But I was also having these nearly constant cravings for carbs and sugars, and I would feel nauseous at times, sometimes even having these really sharp stabbing pains in my stomach and intestines. I diagnosed that I was dealing with candida overgrowth–as this has been an issue for me on and off for decades –and I decided that I needed to some more internal cleansing of my microbiome in order to be free of the cravings, the intestinal pains, and the nausea that often would arise when I was fasting.
CLEANSING THE MICROBIOME TO EASE DISCOMFORT OF FASTING
So I began to do regular cleanses with ozone and colloidal silver, and lactobacillus probiotics, while cutting out most carbs and sugars. But I still allowed myself to eat some carbs and sugars at times, limiting them to around 10% of my total diet.
But by continuing to regularly cleanse and restore my microbiome with natural antibiotic compounds and live probiotics, I started to naturally crave things like cabbage and Rejuvelac (lactobaccilus drink) and the cravings for sugars and carbs died down and became much easier to ignore.
ITS MUCH EASIER TO FAST IS AFTER CLEANING YOUR MICROBIOME!
What I found through this process -that I really want to share with you- is that it is far easier to stop eating carbs and sugars AFTER you clean out all the microbes that love sugar from your microbiome. As long as your GI is full of fungus and yeast, then fasting in ketosis is going to bring you some challenging discomfort.
I really see no advantage in suffering through the pain of fasting with a gut full of fungus.
I think starting a regular practice of intermittent fasting or even a full-on ketogenic lifestyle is daunting for many people because they are so accustomed to accommodating the demands of fungal microbes like candida. You know candida overgrowth can make it difficult to distinguish between your true hunger and the false cravings of these parasitic microbes. They will even punish you with difficult symptoms if you fail to meet their demands.
So I definitely believe that cleansing your microbiome of any overgrowth of fungus and yeast is the single most effective thing you can do to facilitate a successful transition into intermittent fasting and ketosis, especially as a lifestyle.
CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR KETO SUPPORT
So I really hope that hearing about my journey with different diets has sparked your curiosity and inspired you to experiment with your diet, whether with elimination to which foods really work for you, or with ketosis and intermittent fasting.
If you are just getting started in ketosis there are definitely a few products you will want to take to support you, such as ketone bodies bound to magnesium, potassium or even small amounts of calcium.
One other important supplement to support fasting is shilajit, as this will ease stomach nausea and also help to cleanse your microbiome. On the page below you can find links to great ketone products and high quality shilajit, which has been tested for heavy metals and other impurities.
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I’m Kevin Asher, thanks again for watching (or reading) and be well!