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by Kerrie Gleeson February 24, 2015 3 min read

Hi everyone! Kerrie (nurse extraordinaire) back to give an update on how I am going on my high fat, low carb mission…needless to say, I am going excellently! 

A couple of my work colleagues (one an emergency nurse, another, an ICU nurse) have started using the Bulletproof XCT and Brain Octane oils and say they are loving rediscovering their brains! Very exciting! We are all very young. Around 50-52 years of age. So we have a lot of living to do and plan on making the rest of our lives extraordinary.

As a nurse educator and ICU nurse, I remain surprised at how long it is taking my fellow medical colleagues to catch on. There are small pockets of acceptance of the need for healthy fats and less sugar. However, on the floor at work, where the rubber meets the road, we still feed our patients what I believe is toxic food.

I am often amazed to think our hospital kitchens provide very little in the way of a decent diet for our patients when they need it most.

If you get sick and need to go to hospital, I totally understand. But the best thing for you is to get out as soon as you can. Why? To get yourself some decent food with high quality fat and protein that makes you heal. You can’t heal in a hospital that feeds you poorly. So I am going to keep you all posted on how I am going to try to change my student nurses’ thinking on the current food pyramid and how we have got it so wrong for so long.

I honestly think none of my medical and nursing colleagues would wish anyone harm in any way! We all joined this profession to be the best we can be. And I reckon we do an awesome job when people are really sick during emergencies. But we all learned some seriously wrong stuff.

It’s interesting. I heard a medical podcast the other day by a doctor who stated that when he finally graduated after 6 years of tough study, one of the presenter doctors on the stage said to the group that in 10 years time, they would discover half of what they were taught was wrong. I believe that to be true for the “medical model professions” like nursing and medicine. That is the model us nurses were trained in long ago. I do believe it is changing. But slowly. Our health education system needs a huge revamp. I’m not going to wait for someone else to start cause it’s taking so long. So I’m getting started and would love you to join me!

I have also started wearing the blue light blocking glasses to avoid interfering with my melatonin levels at night. I don’t do night duty anymore. It totally knocks out my circadian rhythm. Did you know that your brain actually detoxes whilst you sleep? So if you get poor quality sleep or not enough, you tend to feel the dreaded “brain fog”.

Melatonin is so important. It is naturally produced by our pineal gland in the brain but only when you are in a dark or dimmed room. Hence, it is normally secreted at night. It helps us to naturally wind down and prepare for good quality sleep. Artificial lights, especially blue light from our TV screens, laptops & computers mucks all that up. Going to bed to watch TV or read your laptop or phone before bed to chill out before sleep kind of defeats the purpose! Get those blue light blocker glasses on. Yeah, they don’t look gorgeous but you will sleep like a baby! Take it from me ;-)

Kerrie Gleeson
Kerrie Gleeson

Kerrie is an ICU nurse and also a nurse educator based in Melbourne, Australia.

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