My Keto 2 month anniversary came and went 5 or 6 days ago. It was without fanfare. I’m fairly confident I was sticking to a high fat, low carb diet that should have been ketogenic. Unfortunately, my Ketonix meter indicated I was producing only “small traces of ketones” every day. I tried lots of different food combinations and timing exercise differently, but wasn’t able to get up to “moderate” ketone production, according to the meter. I tried to not eat till later in the day. I tried to eat 90% fat. I went days at a time eating only egg yolks, oil, and olives, with a little meat here and there just to hush my hunger. No dice. Only “small traces of ketones”. This resulted in very slow weight loss, and in the last few weeks, increasingly poor sleep.
I started getting tired of oily egg yolks, olives, and avocados. I could have lived with it if I was losing body fat, pounds, or feeling better….I guess I was feeling ok most days, but it was tiresome eating weird food – and not too much of it – and not seeing much progress. I only lost a few pounds in 2 months.
So a few days ago I started eating some carbs at night, and sleep improved right away. The very first carbohydrate meal I ate involved about 3/4 cup of rice noodles. Unfortunately the next day – Depression. It’s as if I hadn’t JUST spent the last 2 months eating absolutely nothing starchy. First time I have it again, the depression is back. Poisoned again by endotoxin (aka lipopolysaccharides, aka LPS).
So I got to thinking about this.
For years now, whenever I eat lots of fiber or starch my monster of a gut pathogen dumps all over the place, screwing up my ability to think, reason, and get through the evening without yelling at someone. It makes me depressed, irritable, tired, hopeless, and mean. A while ago – I don’t know when – maybe after my 2nd round of antimicrobials last year that made no difference – I came to accept that this intruder was always going to be with me and I just had to work around it. Never eat starch, and if I did, follow it with lots of activated charcoal. I said to myself, I’ll just never eat raw fiber – I’ll accept that vegetables must be well cooked. Say good bye to salads, apples, and most other things that normal people eat when they try to eat a nutrient-dense diet. (Side note: I have no idea why I’m able to eat avocados. They have lots of soluble fiber in them. Must not be what my pet pathogen likes to eat.) I’d already said good bye to dairy, sugar, starch, polyunsaturated fats, most processed food, nightshades. Not much left, but I was willing to do it.
But not if I’m getting no results.
Anyway, I’ve decided to refocus. Stop worrying about weight loss (I took the scale out of my house, in fact), stop worrying about what I can and can’t eat. My singular focus right now is on eradicating this endotoxin-producing gram-negative madness from my gut. I think my gut is keeping me inflamed, hence my inability to lose weight. Sure, it’s possible insulin is still playing a role (and I haven’t tested it again since 1 month into keto when my level was 20), but really…I just can’t believe that with exercise and LCHF it’s not come down to an acceptable level by now.
I saw some progress in my attempts to slay The Beast with my Great Garlic Experiment in 2014. I was able to eat starches for a while afterward, without depression. I think that it’s susceptible to the antimicrobial properties of garlic. I’ve decided to do the garlic thing again. In the meantime I’m learning everything I can about LPS, how to kill it, how to neutralize the inflammation it creates. There’s really no good how-to manual on this. Nourish Balance Thrive had me take probiotics with lots of fibers. Maybe that works for most people, but for me that turned out to be a very bad idea.
I’m going to kill this bitch. Pubmed is going to help me.