We’re back for another info-packed episode of Keto Talk! In this episode, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole answer your questions about Overwhelming Carb Cravings On Keto, Deposits Of Cholesterol On Face, Genetic Liver Cirrhosis, Bloating On Keto, Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment, and more!
“It’s not the ketogenic diet that failed them, it’s how they prepared for it and what they were eating that was not working for them.”Dr. Will Cole
People can so easily psyche themselves into doing keto badly and then blame keto for not working: Tried the Keto Diet, and I Hated Each Second of It
“I think the best ketogenic approach in the world will become unraveled if you aren’t sleeping and are stressed.”Jimmy Moore
What can I do to help get rid of the persistent and overwhelming carb cravings that hit me even while eating keto?
Hey Jimmy and Will,
I recently joined in on Jimmy’s 7-day fasting challenge on Instagram and they were so incredibly helpful. I was really hoping that would be a reset for me and a springboard into eating clean keto. I’ve been struggling for years with on again off again low-carb eating, but I just have super intense carb cravings. I ended up going through my time of the month and struggling through that last day of the fast and then crashed and burned back into eating tons of carbage afterwards. I caught your emotional eating JIMMY RANTS episode and I just need some help with figuring out how to conquer the craving insanity that I just can’t always willpower through. I want to be successful once and for all, but I’m feeling like a failure here, yo-yoing at very high weights, with Type 2 diabetes. I know that the answer to this lies within eating a keto template and I’m not afraid to put in the hard work to make it happen. But I definitely feel controlled by food. I refuse to believe that I have to have a dangerous weight loss surgery to conquer this problem, but I’ve been winning some battles but losing the war for years. What do you recommend for the obsessive, overwhelming cravings, and persistent thoughts about food? How do I get actual control over this?
Thanks so much,Rhonda
If cholesterol isn’t a bad thing, then why did keto lead to these permanent deposits of cholesterol underneath my eyelids?
Hey Jimmy and Dr. Cole,
Thanks for this podcast. I started reading Jimmy’s book Cholesterol Clarity recently because I developed these yellow bumpy lines under my eyes and was told it’s because I have high cholesterol. I went to the doctor and immediately they wanted to put me on statins. I hate going to the because of this kinda thing. They didn’t even go over the results with me. They had the front desk call me and tell me I had a high cholesterol number and that there was a prescription for statins waiting for me at the pharmacy. I didn’t take them, of course, and I retested after a three-month, 30l-pound keto weight loss and it was even higher. The doctor again insisted I take a statin and I again refused.
My question for you guys is if cholesterol isn’t bad, then why do these permanent deposits of cholesterol end up on my face? They look horrible and I’m told they will never go away on their own. How and why does this happen? I wanted to show you these yellow things on my face and I wondered if you had any knowledge about them. Thank you for answering my question.Louise
Would a genetic liver cirrhosis condition be hindered or helped by eating a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet?
Greetings Jimmy and Will,
My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with liver cirrhosis which developed as en effect of a genetic disorder he was not aware of. He’s never been much a drinker and he definitely doesn’t drink now. He works out regularly and eats somewhat “healthy” according to his doctors. He’s in great shape especially for someone with only 20% liver function. I read somewhere that a hepatic diet is made up of primarily carbs since protein breakdown is impaired and fat is bad for the liver. I by no means consider myself an expert on nutrition and metabolism, but this sounds like total BS to me. It doesn’t make sense to feed your liver carbs which turn into sugar. In my mind, it just makes sense that a keto diet is the way to go in conjunction with coffee enemas perhaps. What do you think? I want to learn and do as much as I can to help my boyfriend have the best life and the best health possible.
Why do I have bloating when I eat keto foods? Why won’t my Ketonix breath ketone analyzer show the presence of ketosis with anything I do?
Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole,
I love your show and never miss an episode because it really helps keep me on track. I’m a 31-year old breastfeeding female and have been eating keto since January 2017. When I transitioned to keto, I had already been breastfeeding my daughter for 10 months and I was starting to struggle with weight gain and hunger that was much worse than when I was pregnant. I ate whole organic foods and took probiotics for years but still consumed far too much sugar (honey, coconut sugar, and grains) and I knew I had to make a change when I started gaining more weight than I ever had in my life and having an insatiable appetite for sugar.
My transition was rough and I had keto flu and lightheadedness for weeks despite consuming plenty of water, salt loading, and taking a multimineral supplement. Urine test strips at the time showed that my ketones were off the charts high. At the beginning of my pregnancy my hemoglobin A1C was prediabetic, but after a few months on keto it was down to normal. My fasting blood sugar in the morning is now 83, and it drops to 76 after my 25 minute beginner’s strength training workout and 59 two hours after my usual breakfast of scrambled eggs. In the evening, 2 hours after dinner, it is around 80. I lost about 30 pounds in the first months and my milk supply never dropped (I’m still breastfeeding now, almost a year on keto later, with no problems.)
I love the ketogenic way of eating and am so thankful to be off carbs, but I have two main concerns: the first one is constant bloating. When I still ate carbs I had stomach pain every morning that improved after eating breakfast. Now that I’m keto I tend to feel very bloated after meals. I eat dairy and nuts, but temporarily cutting them out of my diet and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Sometimes my worst bloating is after eating something like riced cauliflower with bacon. It seems like everything sits in my stomach too long. And I really can’t handle seltzer water! I once had a UGI endoscopy in my stomach for the stomach pain years ago and it showed everything normal except for low stomach acid. Could that be the problem? How do I increase stomach acid? I also sometimes have nausea and an acid taste, like reflux symptoms, although I’ve never had heartburn.
My other concern is with testing my ketones. I use the Ketonix breath analyzer and no matter what I do, I blow green. If I have a glass of dry champagne the night before and keto treats full of almond flour and cheese, I blow green the next day. If I intermittent fast for three days and eat very strict keto, I still blow green! How is this possible? Am I truly in ketosis? Thank you so much for your help!Rachel
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Would the inevitable diabetic neuropathy be rectified more effectively with IF and keto than with Gabapentin?
My boyfriend’s mother was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, she suffers from horrible neuropathy and finds it very difficult to sleep at night which is very common. I have read on the Internet that people with neuropathy most of the time are prescribed a drug called Gabapentin. To my surprise, they are also prescribes to patients as antidepressants. The more I think about it, long-term use of these drugs has to be very difficult on the kidneys and liver which is a double whammy for diabetics who already have issues with both of these organs.
To me, it seems intermittent fasting and keto can help solve this neuropathy without the need for any risky medications. In your functional medicine practice, Dr. Cole, have you found this to be true in your patients?