Alfredo Sauce


Last night I made roasted chicken over egg noodles with Alfredo sauce. I flavored the chicken with a generous amount of salt and some Italian seasonings. The egg noodle recipe came from www.meatrx.com under the recipes tab. The Alfredo sauce was something I threw together, and it turned out well. The recipe is below.

Ingredients:

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

4 oz cream cheese

4 oz parmesan cheese (I shredded the cheese to help it melt faster.)

1 cup cream

½ cup chicken broth/chicken drippings

½ tsp garlic

¼ tsp parsley

¼ tsp thyme

 

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.

Cook on low to medium heat until the butter and cheeses are melted and all ingredients are well combined.

Stir sauce while cooking to keep from scorching/burning the sauce on the bottom of the pan.

 

Chemo Hair Keto

I have not had a hair cut in over three years.

During the summer of 2016 I had my long hair cut to shoulder length. As the summer progressed and more information was discovered about my cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment plan, I decided to have my hair cut very short in September. I had always wanted to know what I would look like with short hair…and now I know.

It was not pretty.

I started chemotherapy at the end of September 2016, and after about three or four weeks of weekly treatments my hair began to fall out more and more. It was thinning and balding in places, so my husband and I decided it was time to shave my head.

 I am thankful my identity wasn’t really wrapped up in my looks. I was never really into beauty products nor hair products. I didn’t know how to do fancy hairstyles; it was up in a “ponytail” most of the time.  However, it was still traumatizing to have my hair falling out in handfuls when I would wash it in the shower. It was sad and fascinating at the same time. I did cry about it a few times, but I did not allow myself to dwell on it too long. I would remind myself that it was only temporary.

Flash forward to 2019 and I receive a metastatic disease diagnosis. The treatment plan suggested was more chemotherapy followed by a hormone blocker. We decided to follow the standard of care again, and I would endure four rounds of a different chemotherapy drug. It was another one known to cause hair loss.

This time I decided not to cut my hair short because I knew that it was not a good look for me. My hair was finally long enough that it looked good again.

 Throughout treatment my hair continued to thin but it did not fall out like the first time. My husband would continue to provide encouragement that my hair was not bad enough to warrant a short haircut or shaving. It was just a bit thinner than before.

So, why was my hair reacting differently?

I think it was due to the fact that we had adopted a low carbohydrate, whole food diet. We stopped eating processed “foods” and began to really research nutrition.  This change goes back to my brother and sister-in-law introducing us to the ketogenic concept that I talked about in my previous post. I also, inadvertently, ended up fasting a day or two after treatment due to severe nausea and vomiting that had to be controlled with potent anti-nausea medications. I did not know at the time that there was information out there about the protective effects of fasting during chemotherapy.

One might argue that the difference was in the chemotherapy drugs that I received. He or she might be right. However, this last chemotherapy caused more nausea, vomiting, electrolyte wasting, neuropathy, tinnitus, and taste changes than the first set of drugs ever “thought” to cause. I was only supposed to be in the clinic every three weeks for treatment, but I would end up back in the clinic a few days after treatment for magnesium and potassium infusions because the levels were too low.

Now, as some would say, here’s “the rub.” If the ketogenic lifestyle and/or fasting can have a protective effect during chemotherapy, why isn’t anyone talking about it? Why is it only now starting to see a little bit of light in the media? The research and information have been out there for a while now.

The ketogenic nutritional, dietary advice was not given to me by any of the medical professionals taking care of me. It was all information that I had to find and search out on my own.

Here are some links to information I found in a recent Google search about chemotherapy, hair loss, and the ketogenic lifestyle:

https://healthybodyhack.com/can-ketogenic-diet-help-cancer-patients-reduce-chemo-side-effects/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5842847/#!po=20.8333

https://news.usc.edu/118758/

https://www.dietdoctor.com/cancer-patients-tolerate-chemotherapy-better-fasting-ketosis (video)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2815756/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCjm7Kk-Ods

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lcOj0RYzPY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZMDu1TXWjQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vueb9k3DiA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd0xVYEpESk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBGYRGSpQ44

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7203648/ (This one is about alopecia in a child.)

 

Carnivore Breakfast Pizza


The kids and I made our own breakfast pizza last week and it was delicious!

Ingredients:

  1.  1 pound bacon
  2. keto/low carb country gravy
  3. dozen eggs
  4. salt, pepper, and seasonings to taste
  5. sprinkling of cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Weave the bacon to make the crust and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Make country gravy for sauce.
  4. Season and scramble the eggs in a skillet.
  5. Shred cheese.
  6. Spread gravy of bacon crust, add scrambled eggs and cheese.

We split this pizza between four people, but I will leave the serving size up to you. 

Country Gravy Sauce:

Add a couple tablespoons of bacon grease to a skillet. Add and melt two ounces of cream cheese. Add 2/3 cup heavy cream and whisk until bubbly. Have water nearby for thinning. (We added 1/4 cup of water to thin the gravy just a little.) Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Smothered Meatballs

 

Meatball Ingredients

3 lbs ground beef

2 eggs

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp garlic powder

pinch of thyme

 

Sauce Ingredients

bacon grease (or beef tallow, lard, butter, or ghee)

8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 yellow onion, sliced

1 cup chicken broth (It’s all I had on hand, but I bet beef broth would be better.)

1 cup heavy cream

4 oz cream cheese

salt and pepper to taste

 

  1. Preheat oven 375°F.
  2. Mix all meatball ingredients together in a bowl. (Don’t be afraid to use your hands.)
  3. Form the meat mixture into 1 – 2 inch balls. You can do this the classic way by rolling small amounts between your hands to for the balls, or just use a cookie scoop and a spoon. (The spoon helps pack meat into the scoop and remove excess from the edges.)
  4. Bake meatballs for 35 – 40 minutes on a jelly roll pan or other baking dish with a lip or sides (to catch the drippings). Using a baking rack is also an option here if you want the fat drippings to be separated from the meatballs.
  5. While the meatballs bake, sauté sliced mushrooms and onion in bacon grease to desired tenderness.
  6. Add cream cheese and melt.  Then add in chicken broth and heavy cream.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve how you like:

Spoon sauce mixture over meatballs in bowls.

Add meatballs and sauce mixture to casserole dish or large serving bowl and mix together.

Add meatballs and sauce mixture to slow cooker on low/warm setting and stir. This allows to keep the food warm until everyone is ready to eat.