HELP! I need somebody…..not just anybody.

No, I am not plagiarizing famous music although this was one of my favorites from the Beatles.  What I need is support and advice from my Keto friends in dealing with medical doctors, those same doctors who are lettered in the law of the American Medical Association, the USDA, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, big Pharma, insurance providers, and the giants of the food industry.

If I were a rich man (hmmm, yet another of my favorite tunes from the past) I would blast those doctors who are in my insurance network with a piece of my mind and find a doctor who understands nutrition and especially a doctor who is Keto friendly.

I can hear you all saying, “Yeah, Larry, good luck with that idea.”

Adding insult to injury is the fact that I have two doctors to whom I must suck up – my Medicare doctor and my VA doctor.  Both of them toe the necessary establishment line promoting the same 60 years of medical malpractice which has led us into unprecedented epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  If I were less rational and level-headed, I would say it has been a conspiracy to line the pockets of the insurance, pharmaceutical, sugar and farming industries…..hell yes, I will take the plunge and call it a conspiratorial plan to make a few people rich at the expense of millions of unwitting consumers.

Ahhhh, I am feeling much better already.  But HELP!  Won’t you please help me?  My last lipid profile in November was amazing.  Since starting keto in late June of this year, I have dropped 30 pounds (most of it belly fat and love handles), I am no longer pre-diabetic, I lowered my trigs by 50%,  and raised my HDL by 20%.

Did my doctor say, “Congratulations, Larry, you have done a great job?”

No, instead a verbal assault about my LDL which had climbed from 150 to 200.  “You are going to have a heart attack or stroke.  Are you taking the statin I prescribed?”

End of conversation.  He ended with the N word – non-compliance.

“But, Doc, let’s talk about diet and nutrition.  Let’s discuss new research which is proving that LDL and total cholesterol are not the bad boys you think they are.  “Let’s give peace a chance”.….hmmmm, too many songs from the 60s in my head. 😁

My friend, David, a doctor of oriental medicine and acupuncturist, understands my dilemma.  But, my insurance will not pay his bills.  Here’s my question to you, my readers.  How do I get the medical service, Medicare and VA, to which I am entitled with providers who are living in the year 2019 with all its newest research and nutritional information?  The 1960s were great years for music, but the medical profession….I fear they bought a bill of goods supplied by corporate greed.

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my KETO journey – let’s eat

I AM NOT A DOCTOR NOR A NUTRITIONIST.  WHAT I AM SHARING ON THIS POST IS SIMPLY MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

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Less than 6 months ago when someone mentioned the word breakfast, I usually ran out the house – I HATED BREAKFAST.  Those endless bowls of oatmeal, the dry toast, eggs (only 4 per week allowed) missing the delicious yolks, and a cardboard-like substitute for real bacon.  YUK, call me back into the house when dinner is ready.

As many of you have done, I trusted the USDA (US Department of Agriculture), AMA (American Medical Association), and AHA (American Heart Association) to provide guidelines for a healthy path to good nutrition.  We suffered through those soy products pretending to be real meat, the array of sugar-free cookies, and the cups of decaf, decaf and more decaf coffee.  Lastly, to add insult to injury, we endured the fat-free dairy products.  Have you ever tasted anything as tasteless as skim milk on a bowl of bran flakes or fat-free cottage cheese with a dash of cinnamon?

Like the wise men of old used to say, “the proof is in the pudding.”  My pudding wasn’t anything like the homemade tapioca or chocolate pudding which Grandma made years ago using real food.  Enter the miracle of KETO.  Yes, after 60 years of suffering, the American dieter now has scientific, nutritional, and medical research to support a return to the real foods of yesteryear.

It’s more than a diet, it’s a new lifestyle.  I now fast about 18 hours between supper at 6:00 PM and the first meal of the next day around noon time.  I no longer have cravings just an hour after supper leading me to forage the refrigerator and cupboards in search of something that will satisfy – usually candy and chips.  I eat when I am hungry during the afternoon hours and don’t eat if I am not hungry.  The biggest challenge was to eliminate sugar and grains entirely.  No compromising!

I’d be a fool to give up KETO.  I have another 15 pounds to lose (already lost 22 pounds), I am no longer pre-diabetic, energy levels are up and recent blood work was outstanding.  Skin tone and insomnia have improved as well as attitude.

Okay, let’s talk about my standard fast-breaking 1st meal of the day.

  • 3 strips of bacon
  • 3 whole eggs, free range when I can afford them
  • 2 cups of fresh, chopped kale
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  •  chopped fresh tomato or sweet pepper
  • a handful of berries, blueberries are affordable this time of year
  • a cup of bullet proof coffee with a tsp of butter rather than cream

Heating my favorite 8″ cast iron skillet on the stove, I cut the bacon strips in half and fry until crispy.  Plate the bacon, then add to the bacon grease the garlic, onion, broccoli, and pepper and kale.  Cook that for about 5 minutes stirring once or twice.  Make a nest in the kale and slip the eggs into the nest.  Cover with a lid, cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the eggs are set.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Eat hearty, it’s a man sized meal guaranteed to keep the hunger at bay all day.

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