I followed a vegan, no soy, ketogenic diet until October of that year (about 6 months). In July, my younger brother was diagnosed with acute leukemia, and the stress of juggling an intense grad school experience, running my business (since he wasn’t there, and was my business partner), TA’ing for classes, and driving to the hospital every night in the middle of construction (2 hours each way) made it impossible for me to find the time to make food.
I stopped eating and finally broke down after a few months, and called the Relief Society president in my ward – a service leader in my Church congregation – and asked if people would bring us food. People brought food, but it’s pretty hard to cook a no-soy vegan ketogenic meal if you haven’t researched it.
Then I started getting sick, and I decided that for my health, and my brother’s, I’d put my diet on hold until my stress was gone and he was healthy.
He was declared cancer-free in January of the next year, and I graduated from the MBA program at BYU that April. I began the diet anew, this time putting soy back in to make it easier. Eliminating soy hadn’t done much that I could tell in my health, and tofu specifically became a mainstay for me.
I followed a ketogenic diet for almost another year and a half, and during that time had no relapses into bipolar mood swings. I finished the diet, returned to eating a no-sugar vegan diet, and haven’t had a depressive episode since. I consider myself cured of bipolar… And attribute that cure completely to following a strictly ketogenic diet over a significant period of time.
I’ve had to relearn all the habits that were based on living the highs and the lows. For example: for a really long time, I didn’t do laundry… because I was never on an upswing. That’s when I did laundry in the past.
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I know very few people ever read this blog. But I wanted to at least give an update to those that did.