Thursday, November 21, 2013

Clearing Cobwebs

I am having so much fun this morning! I've been reading through my buddy's new website. He's been working on it for months, and it is FABULOUS. It helps us brain tumor fighters make sense of research studies, explaining things for us non-scientific minded people. I'm over simplifying, of course, but the website is just crazy exciting. It's so informative, concise, and helpful.

My buddy Stephen, with his new breakthrough website, is always helping me understand things. We bounce ideas and theories, it's a lot of fun. On top of researching, our email conversations often remind me of things that I've forgotten. One of the latest, exceedingly exciting helpful details that had skipped my mind, is about diet. I forgot about one of the first research studies I conquered dealing with calorically restricted diets. It dealt specifically with the standard American diet, and the ketogenic diet. It then went into restriction of both and the effect on controlling cancer cell growth/brain tumor growth.

I have been constantly beating myself up because I am not capable of staying on the restricted ketogenic diet. Rereading through it, though, reminded me that technically, restricting the standard American diet actually led to lower tumor weights (as opposed to the restricted ketogenic). Of course, the study was conducted with mice - not humans, but that's mostly how they're deducing the effectiveness of the KD-R. Here's a graph from the study, if you click HERE or on the graph itself, you can read the whole thing.

Sometimes I get caught up in a concept, forgetting other contradicting info that I've read. I feel so relieved to be able to drink my green smoothies in peace, without guilt. All I want to do is make the best decisions for my health, but sometimes all of the info coming into my mind gets jumbled, and disorganized. I remember choosing the ketogenic diet because of the seizure activity in my brain, I saw the restricted ketogenic diet as a tool to hit two birds with one stone. However, as you know, the restricted ketogenic diet makes me miserable. My body craves veggies. I love them.

So finally, I have come full circle, I am back to green smoothie heaven. And I don't even have to feel bad about it. And as it goes, restricting calories is a lot easier to do when you can fill yourself with lots of big leafy greens. To celebrate I just blended up an old trusty favorite for brunch.

Old Trusty
2 large kale leaves - stems removed
1 small frozen unripe banana
water to the consistency you prefer
1 tablespoon orange flavored fish oil


  1. Sorry if I missed it, but where is this website again? It sounds very useful!

    I was thinking about trying some of the diet and recipes I've seen on your blog. I've been trying to eat a healthy diet, but I'm having my second craniotomy on Monday morning, so it's clearly not working for me.

    Thank you so much for the blog, it has been a valuable resource to me for new ideas and information.

    Best wishes!

    1. Hey, No problem! Good luck with the surgery. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

  2. Could you provide a link to stephen's site? Thanks!

  3. Sure! I'm working on a nice big link to the site, and a write up. For now, here you go...enjoy :)

  4. Thanks for the nice big link!!



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