Therapeutic fasting is turning out to be a powerful tool for changing how the metabolism of both your cancer cells and your normal cells operate, making the cancer cells more susceptible to the chemo drugs, while making your healthy cells less susceptible to collateral damage that causes the common side effects. I reviewed the literature on what timing of fasting was used for experimentation and how long a fast appeared the most effective. Here’s what I came up with:
I am fasting for 36 hours pre-chemo and about 24 hours after the end of the chemo. Since my chemotherapy administration takes about 7-8 hours, that’s about 72 hours in all. So, dinner on Tuesday is my last meal, and dinner on Friday is my first refeed. Chemo is all day Thursday.
During the fast, I consume organic coffee, black, herbal teas, and about 500 mls of homemade bone broth as two “meals” during the first 24 hours (Wed). And water or bubbly water. On chemo morning, I have coffee at the hotel, then fill my thermos for the clinic. Mid morning, my companion will go refill my thermos with black coffee at the coffee shop and I will continue to sip on that, plus water. Mid afternoon, I will get a thermos of herbal tea. That will usually get me through to the evening – more tea. Post-chemo, I feel rather blah, so staying with coffee, tea and water for another 24 hours is no real hardship. But I feel well enough to get out of my recliner and cook dinner on Friday night, not the usual post-chemo reaction.
During the rest of the 3 week cycle, I maintain a ketogenic diet with lots of vegetables, meats, eggs, olive oil, butter, and several varieties of homemade psyllium-containing keto breads (1-2 g carb/slice). I maintain mild ketosis – 0.3-0.6 usually.
It’s working for me!