Been an avid Paleo follower and eater for coming on 2 years. Everything was pretty well tweaked and dialed in in regards to food and fitness (CrossFit, lifting heavy, etc).
I had my question answered on Robb Wolf's podcast not to long ago so I'll spare you all the details. Long of the short is I was in a skydiving accident which has left me a paraplegic from a spinal cord injury (T12).
What I got from Robb was to eat a keto diet.
Does anyone care to expand? I appreciate all your help.
Paul Jaminet has more than you ever wanted to know about ketogenic diets:
From a quick overview, you better learn to love coconut oil :p
There's also MCT oil, which is basically just the MCTs from the coconut oil (which are what release ketones after digestion.)
The MCT oil helps keep people in ketosis much more effectively than CO, but both are great. MCT is however more processed, although since MCT is a saturated fat, it's not prone to oxidation like other PUFAs or MUFAs. Strictly speaking about ketosis, MCT oil achieves what CO can't. Although CO has numerous other benefits, including the MCTs. If your only goal is to get into ketosis easy and stay there, I'd take a few teaspoons of MCT oil a day and lower your daily carbohydrate intake. Once you're in ketosis, you can just sort of do a maintenance dose with the CO/MCTO and take a tablespoon in the morning or teaspoon with every meal.
I'm not a physician, but I would also think that you always want to minimize inflammation, but particularly when you are trying to maximize healing. I wonder if taking natural anti-inflammatories, such as fish oil and turmeric (you can make a nice tea from turmeric root, and then add a little fat such as coconut milk to aid digestion of the tea) would help?
I've worked with spinal cord injuries a lot (I'm a psychologist), and it seems like the name of the game in healing is continuing to move what you can, and keeping testing the outer limits of your ability. I imagine you're already doing that, but keeping on with your range of motion work, your stretching, your movement, and your therapies can really help too.
I would definitely try keto. Here is Emily Deans' input on it.
"For the brain, [ketosis] means a lower seizure risk and a better environment for neuronal recovery and repair."
I think neuronal recovery is a prime target to aim for.
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