Your Biggest Keto Questions? I’m Attending the Metabolic Health Summit (For You!)


 

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Metabolic Health Summit 2019 – Long Beach, CA

I’ll be heading to LA in a few weeks to attend this amazing “keto science conference” and I want to bring YOUR questions with me!

Metabolic Health Summit 2019 Keto Conference

I’ve always been fascinated by the science behind the ketogenic diet, and even more so lately as I’ve been watching new research emerge and testing new things myself.

There are so many recent developments in the research and clinical practice of keto medicine, most of which you just get bits & pieces of – and that’s if you happen to come across them on the web.

And of course there’s tons of misinformation floating around online too, leaving people with A LOT of contradictions & questions!

The Metabolic Health Summit is “where keto meets society.” They bring together the world’s most respected scientists and clinicians to share their research and their results in clinical studies on the ketogenic diet and various metabolic therapies.

 

Topics covered at this event include fact-based findings on keto medicine and nutritional/metabolic therapies such as:

  • insulin resistance
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • cholesterol
  • type 2 diabetes
  • cancer
  • brain tumors
  • hypertension
  • inflammation
  • alzeimer’s
  • autism
  • epilepsy
  • mental health disorders
  • testosterone problems
  • cardiovascular health
  • hormonal function
  • autoimmune disorders

And much more, including weight loss and nutrition of course – covering the whole spectrum of keto science and therapeutic nutrition!

You can scan over the schedule & topics for MHS 2019 here:
https://metabolichealthsummit.com/pages/tentativeschedule

To say I’m excited about attending would be a HUGE understatement. 😉

Metabolic Health Summit 2019 Keto Conference

 

What first piqued my interest in the event was a series of live videos and interviews leading up to this event, where they were specifically talking about Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and studies on the use of exogenous ketones to improve cognitive function in those patients.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve taken a HUGE interest in this after reconnecting with my father recently.

This is a terrible picture of me lol, I was fresh off a day at the river!

Rebonding with my father over FBomb all natural keto fat bombs

At the point that we reconnected last summer, he hadn’t eaten solid food in almost two years. I discovered though that he LOVES the all natural nut butter packets and I’ve been finding ways to get a variety of nutrients in him with my “keto stash” of liquid or soft foods!

I was really inspired by the studies and results of a ketogenic diet for cognitive function in older patients in those studies, and have witnessed DRAMATIC improvements in my own father in short time too – specifically with his short term memory and level of alertness.

Some of the things that have worked well so far are the FBOMB Nut Butter Packets (his favorite!), Ketologie Keto Shakes (which have collagen and MCT in them), and also Pili Nut Butter – which is made from a very nutrient dense nut.

Keto Liquid Diet Options

While I don’t expect to “save” my father, seeing IMPRESSIVE improvements in his cognitive function is both encouraging and interesting!

At this point it’s all about daily health & happiness, or simply: quality of life.

The fact that I’ve found things he ENJOYS (that also improves his health and daily life) makes our visits fun for us both. 🙂

The Videos That Piqued My Interest

I think you’ll really ENJOY the Interviews and Educational Videos on their YouTube channel. I did! Those alone will answer A LOT of your burning questions on health issues as they relate to a ketogenic low carb diet (or vice versa).

Those are the videos that really pulled me in, and encouraged me to do more testing – both on myself and on my father. The fast results have just piqued my interest even more!

My Own Testing & Experiments

I’m not sure how much of this I’ve talked about publicly, or whether I’ve put it in one place where everyone would have seen it, but…

When I test a food, it takes me SIX FULL DAYS to do a clean keto testing experiment. When you’re doing true “clean testing” you only introduce ONE single new thing into your diet at a time.

Since it can take up to 72 hours to fully metabolize the foods you eat, I will eat super simple for three full days prior to doing a test.

This gets my body into optimal ketosis and at baseline levels. I then test ONE food, and otherwise continue eating super clean/simple for another three full days after.

During which there’s a lot of finger pricking and testing of course! 😛

Blood Glucose and Blood Ketone Testing

I use the Keto Mojo Glucose & Ketone Testing Kit and we have a 15% off discount coded in my affiliate link here. I love mine!

This allows me to see how any given food or “keto product” affects me, impacts my blood glucose levels and ketone levels, and whether I experience any side effects from certain ingredients.

When I first tried Lolli’s Low Carb Granola for example, she had FOUR flavors. I tested each flavor individually, six full days per test, which took me almost a month! (lol)

But by doing such a “clean test” I discovered that not only are her products VERY keto friendly, they actually *improved* my ketone levels!

Of course they were delicious at first bite, but I like to KNOW if foods are truly “keto friendly” – or not. 😉

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Most of the time I stick to simple foods that I know WORK for me: raw pecans, berries in moderation, eggs, salmon, meat and greens (plain, just salt & butter), etc.

And of course I also enjoy the all natural macadamia nut butters myself, especially when I’m on the go or traveling – or hiking. They’re super convenient, satisfying and a perfect “energy shot” when you’re fat adapted. 😉

Fat Bomb Fairy - Spreading the FBomb Love!

In addition to hearing the science and studies that may benefit my father from the top physicians & scientists around the world (not just some random internet page)…

I’m interested to learn more from the case studies about the health benefits of intermittent fasting and also exogenous ketones (when to use them, and when NOT to).

Plus how to identify “food culprits” and properly test for intolerances or issues. And GUT HEALTH – I want to learn EVERYTHING that I possibly can about gut health! 🙂

One of the things I’m SERIOUSLY considering testing next is an all liquid keto diet. I’m thinking I’d like to try it for maybe 3 full days – with various broths, shakes, and maybe the liquid nut butter packets as well.

Why all the testing?

I suppose I went backward with this by not prefacing that first, lol – apologies.

I’ve mentioned here and there I’ve had some issues over the last year. Not just with long periods of weight loss stalls and odd weight fluctuations (even in ketosis), but also with my overall health.

Lately I’ve experienced inflammation again for example. But why?

While I’m working with my doctor on all the “usual things” I’m also very interested to experiment myself – and learn more about gut health issues, ingredient triggers, the benefits of going dairy free or doing intermittent fasting, etc.

All of course in clean testing “one thing at a time” mode, which requires tons of patience and discipline. 😛

So yes – I’m STOKED about the Metabolic Health Summit!

I’ve been eating a ketogenic low carb diet for almost 8 years now, by the way. Even at my lowest weight, way below my goal weight actually, I continued “eating keto” for health reasons.

I was in a near fatal car accident when I was 20 years old that resulted in a head trauma and back injury. I’m deaf on one side and have regressive memory loss, but worse than that was the chronic pain from my back injury.

The older I got the less mobility I had as it turned into inflammatory arthritis, sciatica, and all the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Prior to switching to the keto diet there were days I couldn’t even lift my coffee cup to my mouth. I was in constant debilitating pain.

And now?

I got back up on a water ski for the first time in 23 years, LOVE hiking and rock climbing, and can dance for hours in 4″ heels. 🙂

I never in a million years would have dreamed that I could live a FUN active lifestyle again. It’s amazing to me how something as simple as your diet, the foods you eat, can impact your life SO much!

Like I said, I find this all deeply fascinating…

So much more information is available now than ever has been before. All of my adult life I honestly just thought food was for eating and for enjoyment. The concept of “food as medicine” (outside of weight loss being a healthy thing) never actually occurred to me.

Experiencing those results firsthand has me HUNGRY to learn more! Pun intended. 😉 lol…

What are YOUR biggest science & health questions or concerns as it relates to a ketogenic low carb diet?

Leave a comment and let me know. I’m taking notes and taking a list of questions with me to the Metabolic Health Summit conference – and will share the answers and information I learn there with you…

I’m curious: do you eat keto simply to lose weight or maintain your weight loss, or are you using nutritional ketosis for health reasons too – like I am?

NOTE: I personally don’t think you should EVER do anything just because everyone else is doing it, or because someone said it works for them. Knowing WHY you should test something, and what works for YOU (or with your combination of issues/needs) is the key to being the healthiest version of yourself. 😉

Agree?

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. Don’t forget to weigh in this week! 🙂

 

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19 Responses to Your Biggest Keto Questions? I’m Attending the Metabolic Health Summit (For You!)

  1. DOROTHY A NEMECEK says:

    WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF HAVING CHEAT DAYS LIKE ON A HOLIDAY OR BIRTHDAY AND GETTING RIGHT BACK ON LOW CARBS? DOES IT RUIN ANY OF THE BENEFITS BESIDES GOING OUT OF KETOSIS ?

    THANK YOU,
    DOROTHY

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Dorothy,

      That depends on a lot of variables – first being how often you do it. There are always holidays, birthdays, special occasions, births, deaths, weddings, trips, parties, etc – plenty of “excuses” to eat junk food.

      Second being any known or unknown health issues. A history of high cholesterol for example – you definitely wouldn’t want to cycle between high fat and high carb/sugar. That’s a recipe for disaster! (scary)

      As for me, I eat keto to stay out of chronic pain due to a lower back injury. The inflammation pinches my sciatic nerve so if I eat off plan I’m in debilitating pain and my feet and ankles swell to the point of total discomfort. So that’s not a pleasant result and definitely a deterrent for me personally, lol.

      I do know back before I got a handle on my binge eating and emotional eating issues and would go on/off plan once or twice a month, going in and out of ketosis constantly, both my regular medical doctor and my holistic healer told me my body was totally out of whack and I needed too stop doing that. 😛

  2. Brenda Metzler says:

    I’ve done the Keto diet for s few years with great success of my own.
    I wanted to tell you about my son. He is 17, has been a high school football player.
    He’s always been healthy. When he wanted to enlist with the Army National Guard, he found out he needed to lose a little body fat.
    I helped him with the Keto plan, and he did a great job! He lost more body fat than needed, lost 9 pounds and feels great!
    Yesterday he was sworn into the National Guard and will go to basic training after high school graduation.
    Thank you!
    Brenda

  3. Annmarie Amadeo says:

    HEllo Lynn
    I was on KETO and almost lost my 20lbs over 2 months wen my Platelets began to fall daily. My dr gav me literature that stays the cell membrane of Platelets are made of lipids and forced me to quit the diet. During those 2monyhs my Fibro/RA came to a screeching halt I was BETTER THAN EVER The BEST 52yo old version of myself. I noticed shaving nicks that’s bled too long hence I was concerned. Recently I added more carbs and tweaked my Macros and am giving it a go again. Would love any info u could bring back- as an RN I’m receptive and appreciative of ur efforts. Cheering u on

    • Annmarie Amadeo says:

      Just wanted to specify my FibroFog was eradicated and my systemic inflammation was both objectively & subjectively GONE. I no longer reached for my pain meds(Ultram)MY Range of Motion was dramatically improved as if the Tubman no longer needed a oiling can… the swelling in my hands was gone.. but the energy level and brain clarity was something I yearned for over 15years..so wen I was told u need to come off bc my Platelets continued to fall .. well I was so defeated. I wanted to continue and we’ll sign me up for Platelets transfusions.. sounds like I should’ve been committed and of course that wasn’t going to fly.. I looked into it and came across Epileptic kids and WillieVonBrand Disease.. I will be getting tested.. either way I want & NEED THE KETO RESULTS IN MY LIFE.. ANY HELP WOULD B APPRECIATED.. only other diagnose is severe neutropenia/leukopenia w/no etiology. HOPING U CAN CONNECT ME W/a NETWORK OF ANSWERS
      I TRULY AM APPRECIATIVE
      TY AGAIN

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Wow… I’ve never heard of that, but your doctor REALLY thinks that could have happened so quickly, in two short months?!

      I would look up Dr. Ken Berry on YouTube and see if he addresses this topic.

  4. Myrt Smith says:

    Just wondering if you use the Heads Up Health app along with your keto-mojo? I just started using the meter on 1/8 & took about 3 days to figure out how, when, etc. I am only eating butter, eggs & cheese omelets atm. but I am getting ready to start adding one food item at a time back into my woe. My reading tonight is 2.1. I think I’m ready 😉

    • Lynn Terry says:

      It sounds like it, Myrt! 😉 Did you watch the videos on their website? I found those VERY helpful.

      How is testing going so far??

      I haven’t set up the app yet, but that’s next on my list! Are you using it? If so do you recommend it?

  5. Patricia Stewart says:

    My friend has had gallbladder surgery
    and wonders if she should try keto
    as she was told to watch her fat intake
    What have you learned regarding
    Keto and gallbladder surgery?

  6. bonnie whitworth says:

    I Connected with you the end of 2014 and started watching my sugar grams, as carbs are sugar, read Jose Kruse book on 100 TMs and then you at that time was the carb lady, so I truly dove into process as medically speaking my doctor had a hard time controlling my high blood pressure, even though I was on meds, my mom lost her memory in later years because of the high blood pressure. So now with meds and the diet it has things in order and also the same problem you have with pain of inflamatory arthritis, sciatica and replacing a hip in 2010 because of it…..I started walking….walking….walking, for pain relief then in 2014 found that eliiminating the sugar…and only good carbs, I have remained in good health from further replacements of the other hip, etc. I will be 75 in March and have been maintaining my weight at 135 for 4 years….my high in the old days was 195, my weight in high school was 140. I am 5’5″ when I was younger I was just about 5’7″ because of the arthritis I started shrinking (getting closer to ground} ha ha….thank you for your encouragement over the years…hang in there….your young I am already on your e-mail list

  7. Linda F. says:

    I’m very interested in hearing what they say about the exogenous ketones and whether they are good for long term use, etc. and about any Keto news you can share!! Thank you!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m interested in that topic as well, Linda. Up to this point I have avoided them altogether and am not sure why I would use them or what benefits there are – but I look forward to hearing more at the Summit!

  8. Joyce K Becker says:

    Looking a way to lower cholesterol. Hopefully you can get some information on this. I need to find a doctor that doesn’t want to push pills.
    cholesterol 266
    trigly.-98
    LDL-184
    HDL-62

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