The Journey Continues

This website is a place for me to share my family’s journey with nutrition. I’m starting this now, because I have a daughter who currently suffers from absence seizures

Back in 2018, I wrote a blog about my daughter’s health condition as I was embarking on a journey yet again, to treat and heal her body with food. Here’s the post from back then to get you caught up!

This website is a place for me to share my family’s journey with nutrition. I’m starting this now, because I have a daughter who currently suffers from absence seizures and we are attempting a paleo-transitioning-to-ketogenic diet for her before we decide to take the plunge to medication. Don’t get me wrong – I’m in no way, shape, or form, against modern medicines. I think it’s absolutely fantastic that we live in a time where scientific advancements have made it possible to heal all variety of ailments and disease with pharmaceutical drugs. However, I also believe in the body’s ability to heal and recover, and I know for certain, that what we eat and the nutrients our bodies use for fuel, play a massive role in that process.

So why should I share this journey with the internet? Firstly, because maybe somebody out there who has been through this same thing will stumble upon this website and be able to help me out (please, if you have any success stories or advice for me, reach out. I’d love to hear from you!). Secondly, perhaps someone else will find their way over here and discover the answers they’ve been searching for, for their own family or child.

Here are some interesting facts:
{This information is taken straight out of ‘The Ketogenic Bible’. If you want some hardcore reading, go pick one up! I got mine here:

“…a ketogenic diet may have anticonvulsant effects because it lowers blood glucose levels. It is thought that a neuron’s capacity to trigger activity is highly dependent on glucose, so a general restriction of glucose may limit a neuron’s ability to reach and maintain the high levels of synaptic activity necessary for seizures to occur (Bough et al., 2007; Greene et al., 2003).”
“One of the most highly cited studies investigated the implementation of a ketogenic diet in children who were resistant to anti-epileptic drugs (Vining et al., 1998). After three months on a 4:1 ketogenic diet (90% fat, 10% protein and carbs), 54 percent of these young patients experienced a greater than 50% decrease in the frequency of seizures. After a year on the diet, 10% became seizure free.” (Amazing!!!)

Anyways, I’ve been doing a ton of research and have found lots of other information on the web regarding kids & ketogenic dieting. It certainly is not easy. We’ve only just started this week and already my daughter is going through some major carb-withdrawal symptoms. As of today, we will have to take a small step back (because of the stomach discomfort & nausea she’s been experiencing) and try to find the best possible way to ease her body into this. I have reached out to a dietician to help us in this process so that I can make sure we are providing her with the best possible nutritional solution. I’m aware that there’s a chance it won’t work for her, and if that’s the case, I’ll definitely update. I’m hoping and praying that she can be seizure-free through nutrition and avoid the two years minimum on anti-epileptic drugs.

Thanks for stopping in. I hope this becomes an informative little site where I can potentially encourage you to take your health into your own hands, be the advocate you need to be for your children, and find the answers you need to find!