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Christmas

I realise I haven’t written much about Christmas. I had a really lovely day with family and although it was exhausting I enjoyed it very much. The previous Christmas I wasn’t feeling at all well so it felt incredible being able to be so much more alert than I used to be. At the same time I am in touch with others in my situation and sadly I hear a lot of upsetting news so Christmas was also a time for somber reflection for me.  On a positive note I was able to play with my nephew which I couldn’t do last year and I had cuddles with my neice. 🙂

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Exercise with an acquired brain injury- swimming

I think more swimming pools need to be available for anyone who has had any kind of acquired brain injury. Any kind of exercise in the pool is great and I think there needs to be more support for people in my situation and worse. Being in the swimming pool has allowed me to adjust exercises to my needs and I feel as though any support in this area is not well known. It becomes like a little secret for some reason. I’m very excited about going swimming tomorrow for a second consecutive day which is really tough for me. I always make sure I take precautions, take things slowly and rest, but I still feel very fortunate. 

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MCT powder and baking- I know nothing and want to learn

I’m working on a cook book with my favourite ketogenic recipes to help others.  Next week I will be making this low carb bread (4.3g carbs per bun, no grains) and I will be adding my Japanese MCT powder solution to it to see how it bakes. I enjoy experimenting with foods and trying new things.  This experiment should be interesting, I’ve been doing more research on the Maillard reaction (I didn’t know much about it before, but it’s a baking thing!) to see how the MCT powder might react to baking and I think it will be ok. The Japanese manufacturers of the powder suggest that it should be ok but I’m not sure about the UK equivalent (I will compare in January out of interest! I am also wary of going crazy will ground almonds so I’m going to experiment with alternatives, have a play to see what works and what doesn’t. I’ll do this all after Christmas which I’m finally getting excited about! http://omicsonline.org/effects-of-medium-chain-triacylglycerols-mct-on-the-maillard-reaction-2157-7110.1000224.pdf

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Sleep is important!

Sleep is vital, your brain loves sleep. I am a sleep genius so I know. 😉 I enjoy learning about sleep, this website is pretty good. We all know it’s important but we seem to like to see sleep as an inconvenience rather than a priviledge. Why not take the Sleep IQ quiz yourself or simply learn more about sleep? I certainly appreciate it much more now.  http://sleepfoundation.org/quiz/sleep-iq-quiz http://sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/healthy-sleep-tips

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Japanese MCT powder- how we compare

I finally tried one of my many samples of MCT powder from the Japanese company Nisshin OlliO Group. It was actually more palatable than the oil for me and easy to transport in these little sachets. It looks quite milky when you mix it! It made me think a lot. Translation of the packet: Front: Name: Powdered fat: Ingredients: Medium chain fatty acids, dextrin, modified starch. Contains: 13 g. Best before: See base. Storage: Store in a dark place away from moisture or heat. Back:  To Eat – As it melts easily into hot or cold foods, it can be added to a variety of dishes. – Using one 13g pack at a time, use three packs a day as a guideline. Nutritional Information Per pack (13g) Energy: 100 kcal Protein: 0 g Fats: 9.7g Carbohydrates: 3.1g Sodium: 3.5 mg Potassium: 0.16 mg Phosphorus: 0 mg Medium chain fatty acids: 9.1g Here is the patent showing how they make it into a powder- I was curious! http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8911980.html Can be used to treat protein energy malnutrition (PEM).  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/18231629/ More about what is happening in and around Japan with these products: http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Consumers/Nisshin-OilliO-to-push-calorie-boosting-oil-to-Taiwan-s-seniors My thoughts:  It is quite striking to me that in Japan and South Korea these types of products are being used mainly in clinical settings and for the elderly while in this country use appears to be primarily for superficial reasons or for the dietary treatment of malabsorption syndromes (primary use of MCT oil since the 1950’s). We have started to improve focus in this area but culturally we don’t seem to value the research as much. I feel we are moving forward but still at snails pace. In this country we are still in the stage where nutrition in care homes and in NHS hospitals is still not appropriate…

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Cold and flu

I still have a cold (boooo!) but I’m feeling alright now so it’s just a mild, snotty irritant that I can cope with. No swimming today but I’m feeling pretty good relatively speaking! 🙂  I have started to drink homemade chicken broth which is great for the immune system and it’s something I would like to continue even when I get better.  I first considered doing this after reading an article by Ben Greenfield. I knew this before but I can be quite lazy. Some good reading here, Ben is a clever guy and is very well qualified to write about this.    http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2014/09/what-is-bone-broth/ As I say I can be lazy so I followed these instructions for home made broth or stock or whatever you like to call it!  http://wellnessmama.com/5888/how-to-make-bone-broth/ This is also pretty good, ketogenicdietresource is very useful.  http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/homemade-chicken-broth.html

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Lots of coughing, not sure what to do

I seem to have a cold. Not sure how this will affect me as I haven’t been sick for a very long time. My facial paresthesia has come back and I keep coughing, pretty sure the two are linked. I know that having a cold can be a seizure trigger. I think I need to rest as much as possible and continue to eat well. I’ve had a rest day today, it’s pretty boring but necessary. If I was otherwise healthy I would just plough on through it but I need to be sensible and look after myself.  I have reflex epilepsy since I had my brain haemorrhage in April 2013 so if I keep things under control I should be ok. 

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