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Sep 25, 2018 10:36AM
I am currently half way through neo adjuvant chemo. I have TNBC and figured I have to throw the book at it and do everything on my end that I can do. Upon diagnosis I eliminated all non nutritive foods. I was pointed to Keto by an oncologist friend. Yet I was warned off animal fats and high fat generally by an integrative medicine cancer specialist -- outcomes best for women who eat 20% fat or less. Not unlimited fat as Atkins dieters often do (and I did in the past).
My keto diet is not draconian (about 40 carbs/day) - I eat mostly vegetables, a small amount of low carb fruit, small amounts of meat chicken and fish, scant eggs, scant dairy, with lots of nuts, and other healthy oils, avocado etc.
I do one fruit smoothie per day -- I and have a good low carb high-nutrition recipe. I use about 1/3 C berries or other low carb fruit (varys). About 1/4-1/3 C "Califia" unsweetened nut milk Kefir, 3-4T "Cocoyo" coconut-based non dairy yoghurt for fat & live cultures, plus whey protein isolate powder, reishi mushroom powder, and super greens green powder w probiotics. Ice if desired. Mint if desired. Flax seeds if desired. The whole thing is <20 carbs and on days when you can't eat much you get a lot of nutrition in this. Extra can be frozen for popsicles.
I exercise regularly, and remain in ketosis on this plan. I also do fasting mimicking which 800 cals a day for 5 days leading into my chemo and day 5 is chemo day. (Valter Longo of USC developed it/ can google him). So if my rebuild edges me out of ketosis I go right back in before chemo.
I have the occasional diluted kombucha for a treat. I make "granola bars" from buckwheat, quinoa, sesame seeds, flax seeds, diced up nuts. Held together with 1 pack instant oatmeal (prepared) and one half mashed banana. Can add some diced dried cranberry, and flaked unsweetened coconut too. Bake in square pan for about 20 mins at 300. All good carbs.
I was recommended to do buckwheat, quinoa, and other complete protein carb foods, & lentils, sweet potato, etc in rebuild (by the integrative doc). I am doing small amounts of these foods the week following chemo for better digestion. Pre-biotics, too, in brown rice and green bananas, are important to feeding healthy gut flora, so I put a half green some banana in smoothie here and there during chemo week.
Some of the comments on other threads, where people are living on 7up and ice cream, really depress me. It seems so backwards to the best approach.
pCR after neoadjuvant chemo
7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
8/12/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
2/10/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes