What the Atkins/Ketogenic diet is
The Atkins diet or Modified Atkins Diet or ketogenic diet all seek to limit the intake of carbohydrates which forces the body to convert fats and proteins to energy which in turn places the body into a state of ketosis – where the body learns to use proteins and fats for energy instead of glucose or carbohydrates.
Ancient Greek physicians treated diseases, including epilepsy, by altering their patients’ diet. An early treatise in the Hippocratic Corpus, On the Sacred Disease, mentions the disease; it dates from c. 400 BC. Its author argued against the prevailing view that epilepsy was supernatural in origin and cure, and proposed that dietary therapy had a rational and physical basis. In the same collection, the author of Epidemics describes the case of a man whose epilepsy is cured as quickly as it had appeared, through complete abstinence of food and drink. The royal physician Erasistratus declared, “One inclining to epilepsy should be made to fast without mercy and be put on short rations.” Galen believed an “attenuating diet” might afford a cure in mild cases and be helpful in others.
The first modern study of fasting as a treatment for epilepsy was in France in 1911. Twenty epilepsy patients of all ages were “detoxified” by consuming a low-calorie vegetarian diet, combined with periods of fasting and purging. Two benefited enormously, but most failed to maintain compliance with the imposed restrictions. The diet improved the patients’ mental capabilities, in contrast to their medication, potassium bromide, which dulled the mind.
To effectively starve cancer cells of their glucose it is important to stick to a strict diet regimen, but luckily there are tons of great recipes already available for the Atkins, MAD and ketogenic diets. The most important thing to keep in mind however is that you need to remove ALL sugar from the diet.
Foods list for the Atkins/Ketogenic Diet adjusted for those taking Cachexit
Meat – Beef, veal, lamb, pork, bacon, venison, chicken, duck, turkey, goose, quail, ostrich and pheasant
AVOID: Processed meats such as ham, salami, biltong, droewors
Fish – All fish including tuna, salmon, sole, trout, hake – do not eat pickled or cured fish or fish which have added nitrates or processed fish such as sardines in tomato sauce
AVOID: Processed, cured or picked fish. Canned fish such as tuna is fine.
Shellfish – All shellfish can be consumed but limit oysters and mussels to 100g per day
Eggs – Any and all kinds of eggs may be consumed
Cheese – Avoid aged or processed cheeses. Fresh cheese such as ricotta, paneer, cream cheese and cottage cheese may be consumed in small LIMITED amounts. A limited amount of gouda cheese may be used – ensure its fresh and not aged gouda
Spices – all fresh spices and herbs may be consumed but check labelling to ensure no added carbohydrates or sugars in premixed spice combinations
All cold pressed oils can be consumed.
Dairy – Limit cream to 90ml daily or 30ml sour cream daily. This includes sour cream. Avoid: Milk, low fat milk, yoghurt. All low fat milk must be avoided as they contain added carbohydrates or sugars.
Fats – Real butter is allowed. Mayonnaise – freshly made using eggs etc – recipe provided is allowed.
Avoid store bought mayonnaise as they often contain sugar.
Salad ingredients – You can have up to three servings a day of the following salad ingredients:
Lettuce – 50g per serving
Mushrooms – 75g per serving
Celery – 125g per serving
Cucumber – 125g per serving
Peppers – 125g per serving
Radishes – 100g per serving
Tomato 50g per serving
Spring onions – 100g
Sorrel – 125g
Rocket – 50g
Vegetables – you can substitute ONE salad serving per day with one serving of the following vegetables:
Asparagus – 125g
Avocado – half an avo per day
Brussel Sprouts – 90g
Cabbage – 100g
Cauliflower – 100g
Courgette – 100g
Mange tout 60g