Most people with epilepsy are able to stop the seizures from happening by taking epilepsy medication such as: Lamictal, Keppra, Topamax, Epitril and many others. There are some out there with epilepsy who cannot control their seizures with medication and there for have to go on a diet called Ketogenic diet.
This diet involves a high-fat, low-carbohydrate which helps to control seizures.
The Ketogenic diet is not dangerous but must be monitored by a dietitian and prescribed by a doctor. This is stricter than the modified Atkins diet which requires you to carefully measure the amount of calories, fluids and proteins that you are consuming. Diets like this are usually prescribed to little kids who have tried countless of medication and have rejected all of them. Before you actually go on the diet the child would have to fast for 24 hours with the exception of water under close observation by a doctor or nurse. After that the diet can be started by either increasing the ratio or the calories which is usually the protocol for Hopkins.
Now this might not seem totally complicated but if you have ever been on a diet you would know it is hard to strict to it. Sure you can eat the same usually foods that you eat before, but its not like weight watchers. The Ketogenic diet is very complicated and even though my information is coming from http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/dietary-therapies/ketogenic-diet it still makes you brain hurt.
The dietician recommends that your daily diet consists of 75 to 100 calories for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) and 1-2 grams of protein for every kilogram of the person’s body weight. There are many foods with fat in them but for the Ketogenic diet heavy whip cream, butter mayonnaise and oil (e.g. canola or olive). Since the amount of protein and carbohydrates are restricted in the diet preparing food should be done carefully. To me it reminds me of one of my friends who has diabetes. She told a group of students in elementary school that her family and her had to learn together what to eat and what not to eat. This same concept applies to children under the Ketogenic diet.
Children do have to take seizure medication while they are on this diet. Some are able to have a lower dosage that before they started the diet but it all depends on the doctor. Although no everyone has a masters in being a dietician so that's why you need someone who does to make sure the eating habits are going well. When I was a kid I used to go in the fridge every day and snack on food all day long, but with this diet you cannot do that. If I was ten and had to be on this diet I would be so pissed off. Like what if my father got home late from work what am I supposed to eat? Ten years olds don’t know how to cook, unless that child has a passion for cooking. All in All diets aren’t easy and we all know that but yet we doubt it every time. I bet there are tons of people who think dieting is easy until they actually do it.
In my opinion I believe that when you have to change you whole life style or just go on a “simple” diet it requires both physical, mental and emotional strength. We can all get grumpy when we have to change the way we eat. I know I get grumpy just by the thought have having to take my medicine every night. Its never easy it takes so much more than going on a website and getting help from someone. It takes determination, strength and hard work. Please don’t be that type of person who hears diet and suddenly think of weight watchers, this involves doctors and dieticians and support. In my opinion don’t go to weight watchers. Talk to a true dietician and get the advice you deserve because like all people with epilepsy you are different. Your body works differently and therefore you need someone who can point out those differences and create a system to work through it.
I can finally accept the fact, after reading this, that my math teachers were right about math being very important. This isn’t some diet that allows you to go on the internet and ask for advice.
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