Dr. Harris said awhile back that he was planning to post on this, but since he may not get to it for awhile, I was wondering if anyone else would like to take a stab at it... the obvious answer is "eat Paleo", but I was hoping for a detailed explanation on the how and the why...
I had breast cancer 3 years ago and after treatment scoured the web for info on cancer and diet... happened upon an article early on about insulin and cancer and brought this up with my oncologist. She said it's an area of research, but did not think it relevant to my situation as my blood glucose was "dead normal" (dug out an old CMP and glucose was 95 around that time). I was counseled by the office nutritionist AND psychiatrist as my weight was a concern (100 lbs after treatment down from 125 before...I'm 5'7''), so basically they didn't want me avoiding any foods! I cut out suagr and lowered carbs anyway and I'm now stable at 110 lbs.
I've been told on several occasions that I'm too skinny, but attributed this to being compared to the modern standard of "carb puff"...However, a thread on this site tipped me off that perhaps I am underweight. I had another CMP recently, and this time the glucose reading was 85... I'm pretty sure I will not gain, unless I increase carbs, so I am wondering:
-is it OK (better?) for a cancer survivor to be "underweight" if that helps keep insulin lower?
-or is the idea that eating excess carbs (but staying skinny) caused my cancer implausible in the first place? ***I'm thinking I was "skinny fat" or had "fatty liver" (is that the same thing?), but don't understand the mechanism... what exactly happened to all those carbs I was eating that I thought I was "burning off" with my high metabolism?
-is excess omega 6 a more potent cancer inducing diet pitfall than high carb?
-what about dairy? Now that I am grain -free, I am relying more on dairy to get enough calories... BUT I have read here and elsewhere that dairy spikes insulin as well!
Any input would be very appreciated!