Today marks Noah being on the keto diet for two years!!! Wow. I do have to say it has come more quickly than I imagined!! March 5 will officially be the day we can say that he has only had 1 seizure in 2 whole years.
If you aren’t familiar with what the Ketogenic Diet really does to the body, here is my short version- Your body normally burns glucose for energy. While on the Ketogenic Diet, the body burns fat for energy. When the fat is burned, ketones are produced in the brain. Ketones control seizures. In ancient times, people would fast to rid themselves of seizures. The Ketogenic Diet mimics fasting, while the body can still have food.
All of Noah's meals are weighed to the nearest gram.
An example of what Noah eats:
breakfast- 15g crisp bacon, 22g butter, 45g fruit (low glycemic like strawberries or orange), & 60g heavy cream. I make his cream like ice cream- I can add a little sugar-substitute, food color, & natural flavor syrup. Lately he wants blue-raspberry!
lunch- 23g chicken tenders (which is about 1 1/2 nuggets), 16g ranch dip, 11g olive oil, & 50g cream.
A typical snack is 10g macadamia nuts with 4g butter.
There is no room for error & no room for "extras." His meals are calculated to be specific by calories and all of the meal must be eaten in one sitting for the diet to work.
Noah had hundreds of seizures a day. By day 4 on the diet (the first 4 days of the diet is initiated in the hospital) Noah was seizure-free. He has had only one seizure since being on the diet, and that was in the fall of 2004 due to an ear infection.
Noah is still the best little human being ever about it all. Just yesterday when he was having his cream, he looked at me with the sweetest eys and said "Thank you mommy for making yummy blue cream for me" and oh gosh did my heart want to break. Could he make it any easier for me?
Read about Noah's Story here.
Updated 3/5/12 Noah is still seizure-free, going on 7 1/2 years seizure-free now. He came off the Ketogenic Diet in August 2006.