Lazy Keto

I saw the term “Lazy Keto” on social media recently and thought that quite nicely describes what we are currently doing. We don’t measure out food on a gram scale unless we batch cook a favorite recipe, we don’t count carbs, we don’t check ketones very often and we cook meals that are below the 3:1 ratio he was originally prescribed. We are still very strict about what our keto kid eats, and if I had to guess we are still probably in the 2:1 ratio range.

We aren’t quite doing MAD (Modified Atkins Diet, 1:1 ratio) in which you focus on keeping your carb count to under 20 grams per day (for reference a medium size banana has about 27 grams of carbs and 8 oz of apple juice has about 26 grams of carbs). The 20 gram carb limit varies depending on your dietitians calculations of age, height, weight, BMI and individual nutrient requirements. But we have instead evolved a more give-and-take approach. Continue reading “Lazy Keto”

What do Parents of Keto Kids Eat?

I get this question all the time “Do Ken and I eat Keto too?” Yes! We follow the Ketogenic diet too, off and on, and see lots of benefits from it! We both have lost weight, we have more energy (especially mid-day when we used to have to drink coffee or soda just to stay awake) and we can often skip meals without too much difficulty. At first we did it as a way to lend support to Drake and to experience what he was going through. But now we do it as a way to stay healthy and energized.

One of the misconceptions we have noticed with the Ketogenic Diet is that people think it is high in protein; like Atkins or Paleo. But it is actually high in fat, and low to moderate in protein. You will have trouble getting into ketosis if you eat too much protein. 70% of our calories come from fat; the other 30% come from protein plus carbohydrates. We generally avoid refined and processed carbohydrates, starchy vegetables, or high-carbohydrate fruits. Higher fat meats are better for getting into ketosis, like non-lean cuts of pork or beef. This would seem like a recipe for heart problems and clogged arteries, but Ken and I have both recently had blood work done, and our cholesterol and blood pressure levels have not increased. And recent research supports our experience. Continue reading “What do Parents of Keto Kids Eat?”

What Do Keto Kids Eat?

Ketogenic Foods by Ratio.

The classic ketogenic diet of a 3:1 ratio means that for every 3 grams of fat you eat, you can eat 1 gram of carbohydrate plus protein. So 3:1 means that for every 4g you eat, 3g of that are fat and the remaining 1g is carbs + protein. That works out to eating  over 75% fat. Wow, that is a lot of fat … and math! So where does all that fat come from? What do keto kids actually eat? Sticks of butter, slices of bacon, glasses of heavy cream? Well, yes and no.

There are three main types of fats in foods: saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Eating foods that are high in these fats (yes, even saturated fat) is the goal of the ketogenic diet. Eating enough fat in the right combination (or ratios) with carbohydrates and proteins, is how you get into ketosis. Eating low-carb foods is equally key, and sometimes one can get fixated on the question “how many grams of carbs are allowed for this meal???” But simply eating low carbohydrate foods is not enough to get into ketosis. This is why parents of keto kids need to be very specific about the foods their kids eat, and precise about calculating the macro nutrients. Continue reading “What Do Keto Kids Eat?”

Halloween Teal Pumpkin Project for Keto Kids

Teal Pumpkin Project for Keto Kids! Make Halloween special for kids on restrictive diets with non-food treats!

We actually didn’t pay too much attention to the Teal Pumpkin Project last Halloween (the first Halloween for Drake on the Keto diet) because I assumed it was solely for kids with severe food allergies to still be included in the trick-or-treating experience by having a separate candy bowl of nut-free and dairy-free candy.

But of course for Keto kids, all Halloween candy and chocolate is hands-off.

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Keeping Keto Sweet

The best and worst low carb sweeteners for keto kids. How to keep Keto sweet and have your child eat tasty treats on the Ketogenic Diet.

The general advice given to parents of Keto kids by their dietitian in regards to sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners is: “Use With Caution” and “Avoid Altogether Until Seizure Control”!

Soooo, it can be a bit confusing on how exactly to proceed in incorporating sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners into everyday use and how to cut through all the marketing hype on low carb products so you only use foods that won’t effect blood-sugar levels or digestive systems. Continue reading “Keeping Keto Sweet”

Short Cuts

Top 10 list of sanity-saving short cuts for the Ketogenic diet. For the Keto Kid on the Go!

This post is dedicated to all the stressed out Mamas (and Papas and Grandparents) who are running around to three+ grocery stores in order to buy all the food on their keto shopping list. Who are reading the nutrition labels to find that one cream cheese with the most fat, who are scouring the Web for ideas, insights and new recipes, and who are looking for short cuts to this labor-intensive and super-expensive diet! There is nothing quite like the joy of finding a product in the store that your Keto kid can just simply eat!

I am writing this post on the one-year anniversary of Drake’s Keto diet hospital initiation experience ­(Facebook kindly reminded me of this memory in my newsfeed) and it got me thinking of how overwhelmed and confused I was at first. We had over a month between Drake’s diagnosis and the hospital stay and it took that whole time for Ken and I to process the implications of the Keto diet and to realize that every single food Drake ate needed to be adjusted or no longer eaten. Continue reading “Short Cuts”

TSA Approved Cooler Bag

Traveling by plane on a strict Ketogenic diet can be very challenging. But with a little bit of extra planning, preparation and work, the security check and flight can go relatively smoothly. Fingers crossed for no delays!

Traveling with young kids can be logistically taxing in the first place, and then adding in a restrictive diet can make it seem downright impossible, but it can be done with these tips.  Continue reading “TSA Approved Cooler Bag”

Out to eat as a family

When we first learned how rigid this diet can be we immediately came to the conclusion that we would have to hide in our house, stop going out to eat, limit our travel, and protect Drake from being exposed to a world full of off-diet choices. I despaired that Drake would be a food jealous, food unconfident, limited in his life experiences, sad little kid. Maybe I was a little bit overdramatic at first.

So after a few months we were happy to find out that we could still take Drake out to eat again if we were careful and managed expectations. We no longer went to our favorite kid-friendly restaurants, a Mediterranean Bistro and a Mexican Restaurant, but instead favored places with a really good hamburger. You can get a burger at a grill with no bun and it is generally pretty safe and only cooked in oil (but ask your sever if you have any concerns about hidden carbs). We stress to the server that Drake can’t take a bite without two sides of mayonnaise, and that usually does the trick for bringing the all important mayo with the meal. Continue reading “Out to eat as a family”