Two years ago, during a ski trip with my family, I suffered a severe concussion and my brain hasn’t been the same since!
After months of struggling with post-concussion syndrome, I had lost hope. During that time, my son’s epilepsy went out of control and we were running out of options until I came across the Ketogenic diet.
The Keto diet has been around since the 1920’s as a treatment for children with epilepsy. An increasing amount of research is underway in order to understand the mechanism in which it controls seizures. There is also emerging evidence of its potential benefits for other neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and TBI (traumatic brain injury). The decision was clear, Zach and I were going Keto!
Zach for his seizure control, and I to try to repair my broken brain.
Initially the diet was a tough sell – not everyone in our family of 5 was on board with cutting the carbs they loved so much. I had to push through the resistance, and needed to get creative in the kitchen. The carb-craving-complainers bought in when their days were filled with Keto ice cream, Keto chocolate fudge, and surf-and-turf dipped in butter! Over a year into Keto life and I’m so grateful I have found a way of living that allows us to eat the foods we love, while improving my resistant husband’s gastrointestinal condition, control my son’s epilepsy and boosting my brain health.
The Keto diet consists of high fat, very low carb, and moderate protein intake. The ultimate goal of the Ketogenic diet is ketosis, meaning your body is burning fat for fuel, not sugar.
A now popular application of Keto is weight loss. If one is consuming very low carbs, the body has no choice but to pull fat from the reserve to produce ketones as energy. The low carb intake allows insulin levels to remain steady and optimize hormone balance. In addition, ketones help diminish hunger making people in ketosis crave less and feel more satisfied after meals, there by making the Ketogenic diet an easier way to undertake a weight loss program than to just cut calories via a low carb diet alone.
In addition to weight loss, the Ketogenic diet itself has potent anti-inflammatory properties and could diminish the risk of many illnesses. While many people could benefit from a well balanced keto lifestyle, there are many factors to considers before you run to the grocery store and buy your bulletproof coffee and transition into Keto overnight.
Change is hard and it will benefit you to have a coach to adopt a Keto lifestyle
There’s an African proverb that says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”