For the last several years I’ve been
doing a therapeutic ketogenic diet which is very high levels of fat–two and a
half cups of fat a day, nine cups of low glycemic vegetables–and I’ve been using
that to treat my terminal malignant brain cancer because cancer can only
ferment glucose so I deprive it of glucose and give it plenty of fatty
acids and it can’t grow or spread or do anything. My name is Allison Gannett and we’re here at Holy Terror farm which is where I live and work. I have many
different hats for occupations I’m a cancer survivor a ketogenic diet coach. I’m a world champion extreme skier and a climate
change consultant. I also teach women to jump off cliffs for a living! In 2013, I
started behaving very strangely and one day I almost burned the house
down making bacon and at that moment my husband knew that I wasn’t just acting
bizarrely that something was truly wrong. He brought me to the emergency room and they found a baseball-sized tumor in my brain and the diagnosis was terminal
malignant brain cancer. They rushed me into surgery and said please sign this
paper–I don’t even remember signing the paper nor do I remember them–you know,
telling me the odds of coming out of a brain surgery that severe were not good.
They extracted one baseball-sized tumor out of the front of my brain–you can see
the little dent my head right here and the scar is actually hidden up here in
my hairline–very nice that they can do that these days–and they did miss
another tumor right here by my ear. I call him Junior
and jr. is kind of my barometer anytime I want to eat something sugary or carb-y
I think about junior as a little Pacman and it keeps me from ever cheating. So a
friend of a friend suggested that I get in touch with Dr. Nasha Winters of
Optimal Terrain Consulting immediately. She put me on the ketogenic diet. So my
day will often start with harvesting food out in the garden and I harvest
food for myself, which would be a lot of leafy green spinach and chard and kale
and things like that. Then I’ll pick fruits and vegetables for the dogs,
the chickens, the pigs. I will always start off my meal with lots of homemade
fats I also use some farm-fresh olive oil from California. Stir fry up–I try to
get about four cups of low sugar veggies in my meal. This morning I had pumpkin
pancakes which were made with fresh eggs and the pumpkin that we harvested this
morning. The amazing thing about being on this diet that I never expected is not
only is it yummy and delicious but it’s had a lot of interesting side effects
that I never expected. My Polycystic ovarian disease has completely
disappeared in two years. My Hashimoto’s thyroiditis was gone in eighteen months.
My breast fibroids were gone in five months and those probably would have
turned into they were worried about cancer with those. You know, I make
recipes of all my favorite foods that I used to like like macaroni and cheese
and pizza and ice cream and brownies. I figured out how to make all
of those without sugar and Lakanto been key for that for me because it’s
the first non-glycemic sweetener that actually tastes good. When my doctor put me on the ketogenic diet, my first thought was what do I eat, you know? how do I get all this fat in my diet and what do I do to replace all the things I
love like where’s my ice cream? Where’s my brownies? Where’s my pancakes?
And at first I just deprived myself of all that food and that wasn’t very fun.
And then I started playing with some recipes and trying some different
alternative sweeteners. I grew stevia and yokan and tried
flavoring things with those and they were okay but it wasn’t what I
remembered. And then my husband was trying all my recipes and he hated
everything! He thought all the sweeteners –he was just making horrible faces
every time I made ice cream–and then one day I ordered Lakanto on the internet
and I made ice cream–vanilla ice cream and I handed it to him
and he had this big smile on his face and he was like: “this is the best ice
cream I’ve ever had!” I couldn’t believe it! He hadn’t liked anything I’d made in over a year and a half so ever since
then we’ve used nothing but. I could have my cake eat it to. Cure my brain cancer and have a brownie and ice cream for lunch every
day. I sometimes have ice cream and brownie for breakfast–but I still get my
nine cups of veggies in every day. When I help other people with my
coaching, to have them use the ketogenic diet for cancer or for Alzheimer’s or
diabetes–it has to be delicious for them in the same way. It’s delicious for me so
I helped them recreate their favorite recipes and having a sweetener that is
palatable and yummy and non glycemic non GMO is so important to me and to them.
Because without those recipes and those favorite comfort foods, we won’t be able
to be on the ketogenic and use it to be so therapeutic.