I’m going to preface this post with a disclaimer:
- I’m not a doctor (I know, my mom is also disappointed. 😛)
- I’m not a nutritionist, or food expert.
- I’m just a human being – with mental illness & a plethora of other chronic health conditions – trying to live my best life, doing what I can to help myself.
- My doctor has approved (and is very supportive) of me eating keto.
- Check with your doctor about what is best for you.
My keto journey began 4 weeks ago. Last I weighed*, I had lost 8.1 lbs. Not bad!
*I did fall off the keto wagon a bit these past few days, due to some extreme personal stress, but I’ll discuss that in a minute.
What got me to researching the topic of keto diet and bipolar, is that I had an extremely stressful event this week, which is on the heels of another stressful event about 5 weeks ago.
Two very stressful events back-to-back like that normally does not bode well for my mental health.
Why the research?
Because even after these two major stress events, I didn’t tailspin out of control, and didn’t go manic or slip further into a depressive state!
As a matter of fact, my depressive state from the event from 5 weeks ago, is actually getting better – even with another event occurring! This. Never. Happens.
I had to figure out why.
My research blew me away, and definitely convinced me to get my butt back on keto and stay there.
Another bonus I noticed: is that I’m even in a good enough mental place to research. 😀
What did I find?
A ketogenic diet (keto) has been shown in studies to help improve overall mood in those with bipolar, and also those with epilepsy, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and schizophrenia.
Another study showed improvements in those with type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, chronic headaches, multiple sclerosis and more.
I could not believe it! I’m on 3 different meds, and they do help me; but I still cycle between manic & depressed. Up until now, the only way to “fix” it was to change either med doses and/or change meds and/or add another med.
Keto is much easier than more med changes, and no nasty side effects… but two great benefits: improved mental health AND weight loss. I’ll take it!
Diet vs Medication
Medication has saved my life. Whether or not keto drastically improves my mood long-term, I don’t plan to stop my meds without consulting my doctor.
Eating keto is something I can control – when so many things involving my health seem to be out of my control.
I’m going to remind you of the first bullet point in my disclaimer at the top of this page:
I’m not a doctorTraci Knoppe
So before you decide to go all holistic keto foody and ditch your meds, you absolutely need to talk with your doctor about all of this.
Seriously, don’t stop your meds!
Check with your doctor about what is best for you.Traci Knoppe
My biggest hope is that keto, in conjunction with my current meds, will help stop the rapid cycling with my bipolar. As I mentioned above, I’ve already seen that it has helped.
Since my doctor is in agreement with my keto eating plan, and me seeing results, I will definitely continue.
What About You?
Are you eating keto?
Have you found it has helped your mood, or any other symptoms of your chronic health conditions?
If you aren’t eating keto, do you plan to discuss it with your doctor?
Comment below and let me know.
P.S. If your doctor gives you the ok to keto; check out my friend Lynn’s free 90 Day Low Carb Challenge. She’s my go-to keto guru. 🙂