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Welcome to A Ketogenic Way of Life!

My name is vysila and I am the creator, owner and moderator of this community (heck, I may be the only member ever as well). I created this community because I couldn't find another comm on livejournal dedicated to ketogenic eating, and also because sometimes it's hard to be the only keto person in a community that is dedicated to "healthy eating and lifestyles". Most of those communities focus on whole-grains and high carb, low fat eating.

I've been eating keto for three years and have enjoyed benefits like a 30 pound weight loss, lowering of blood sugar levels (I am diabetic) and elimination of medications. I expect to be a keto eater for the rest of my life.

This community is intended to be an informational and supportive community for those individuals who have undertaken a ketogenic way of life and for those who are interested in learning more about keto. It is not intended to ridicule or criticize anyone who eats differently.

The following types of posts are prohibited here:
1. Criticism or ridicule of ketogenic diets as unhealthy
2. Criticism or ridicule of any other diet as unhealthy
3. Personal attacks on members or posters

The following types of posts are welcomed here:
4. Honest questions intended to learn more about keto
5. Personal anecdotes about experiences with keto
6. Links to videos, articles and research concerning keto, as long as they conform to the first rule posted above
7. Keto recipes

Here's a handy link for your research needs:
Keto Information Resource Post

Please read the community's profile for additional information.

I would appreciate it if new members and visitors would post an introduction.

misc - daisy
This comm has been sadly neglected, I know. With the recent furor over the new LJ TOS, I debated deleting this comm. But now I see two people have actually joined the comm, presumably because they are interested in learning more about keto. I hope that these members found something of value here.

I added a couple of new links today, one to Dr. Jason Fung's website. He offers a huge amount of articles (about on a weekly basis) and lots of videos. And another one to the 2013 ADA guidelines which do include low carb eating.

At 5 years in, I remain committed to a ketogenic way of life as a means to health. It's ridiculously easy to maintain, because the foods are so very filling and satisfying (not to mention delicious!). There is an adjustment period called the "keto flu", which is where people fall off the program. But if you can stick with it (adding extra salt and lots and lots of water helps immensely), you will soon be past that phase and enjoying things like an energy boost and mental clarity.

My lab results continue to be good, although at age 65 I finally had to bow to taking a low dose of blood pressure medication.

Keto Resources Post
misc - daisy
Here is a list of links to videos, websites, research articles and books that have positive information about low carb and/or ketogenic diets. I plan to update this resource list as I find items. Because I am diabetic, these links are unsurprisingly geared toward managing diabetes. Please help me get some links that focus on other diseases, particularly epilepsy.

Note: I receive no monies from any of these links; they are provided merely for convenience


Article from Diabetes Self Management in 2008 regarding ADA approval of low-carb diet (additional links to the ADA website are in the article):
ADA's New Guidelines

Article from Medscape in 2013 regarding ADA aceeptance of low-carb diet in controlling diabetes (their main objection seems to be that some people don't stick with it):
New ADA Guidelines Focus on 'Eating Pattern' not 'Diet'

Article from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition:
Metabolic Effects of Very Low Carbohydrate Diets

Article from the Experimental and Clinical Cardiology Journal:
Long Term Effects of a Ketogenic Diet in Obese Patients"

Abstract of article from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:
Evaluating the Association of Saturated Fat with Cardiovascular Disease

Article from the Journal of Nutrition:
Comparison of Low Carb and Low Fat Diets

Article from the Annals of Internal Medicine:
Weight and Metabolic Outcomes After 2 Years on a Low-Carbohydrate Versus Low-Fat Diet
This article reflects the raw article; it contains a link to the abstract of the final edited version inside the article.

Article from Nutrition and Metabolism:
A Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Another article from Nutrition and Metabolism:
Ketogenic Diet vs. Low Glycemic Index Diet

Article from PLoS One (peer reviewed open access online journal)
A Randomized Pilot Trial

Medical Blogs & Websites

Dr. Peter Attia’s website:
The Eating Academy
(Doctor, science researcher & athlete who has metabolic syndrome)

Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt’s website:
Diet Doctor
(Swedish physician who spearheaded the ketogenic way of eating in Europe. The entire website is amazing and the page on eating low carb high fat is essential)

Drs. Michael & Mary Eades’ website:
Protein Power

Dr. Richard K Bernstein’s website:
This is the same Dr. Bernstein whose book "Diabetes solution" I highly recommend. He has been a Type I diabetic since 1946.

Dr. Jason Fung's website:
Intensive Dietary Management
A nephrologist (kidney doctor) and a big advocate of fasting as a medical management tool. Site is full of articles, videos and patient success stories.

Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator Franziska Spritzler’s website:
Low Carb Dietitian

Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator Kelly Pounds' blog:
Low Carb RN


Blood Sugar 101 Author: Jenny Ruhl Written by a diabetic for diabetics, this book advocates a low carb diet as one of the underpinnings of successful diabetes management

Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets Author: Jenny Ruhl In her followup book, Jenny examines low carb diets in more detail

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living Authors: Jeff S. Volek, PhD, RD; Stephen D. Phinney, MD, PhD An outstanding book, the authors are the most knowledgeable and respected researchers in the ketogenic arena

Diabetes Solution Author: Richard K. Bernstein, MD While I generally shy away from anything that sounds like it might be promoting a "cure" for diabetes, this book is written by an 80+ year old physician who has been a Type 1 diabetic since 1946. He has successfully controlled his disease by eating a ketogenic diet, with minimal insulin usage.