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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Peanut Butter Keto Fudge 4:1

Sugar-free, low-carb keto treat for your keto kid. Easy to make! 4:1 ratio.

 

Peanut Butter Keto Fudge 4:1
Peanut Butter Keto Fudge 4:1

Here is a low-carb sweet treat that is really simple and easy to make. These Peanut Butter Keto Fudge squares only take about 10 minutes to prepare (or longer if you keep eating the mixture as you go), then pop them in the fridge to set, and you have a perfect treat for the lunchbox or for after school. Make sure you use full fat regular cream cheese in a block for best results, not the spreadable kind. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Keto Fudge 4:1”

So Delicious Keto Pumpkin Muffin

Pumpkin spice muffins! Low-carb, high fat and perfect for the lunchbox. 3 : 1 ratio.

These So Delicious Keto Pumpkin Muffins have become a standard snack in Drake’s bag for school. Perfect for fall and for having your whole kitchen smell like pumpkin spice!

So Delicious Keto Pumpkin Muffin.
So Delicious Keto Pumpkin Muffin.

Hazelnut flour has become my new passion! It isn’t cheap, but it is well worth the price for that rich buttery sweet taste and amazing smell. Who needs scented candles when you can bake with pumpkin spice and hazelnut four. Continue reading “So Delicious Keto Pumpkin Muffin”

So Delicious Keto Smoothie

Enjoy this So Delicious Smoothie with your keto kid. None of the juice or high-carb fruits. Rich and creamy. 3:1 ratio = Yummy!

Back before Drake started the Keto diet I loved whipping up fruit smoothies for everyone — and to be honest that was the only reason I used my ninja food processor. After a year of mainly using it to grind nuts, I am back in the smoothie making business with this simply recipe! This smoothie does not disappoint — it is rich and creamy and goes down smoothly (wink). Perfect for hot summer afternoons or an after school treat.  Continue reading “So Delicious Keto Smoothie”

Keto Coffee Cake

Low-carb, high-fat coffee cake you can enjoy with your keto kid. 3:1 ratio.

 

Baking day yesterday resulted in a new recipe that came out better than expected, Keto Coffee cake! It’s a perfect 3:1 ratio snack all on it’s own! and super yummy when paired with berries and cream. I’ve been eating it more than Drake lately (shhh, don’t tell him) while he’s at school. It’s a perfect 3 o’clock-pick-me-up snack with a cup of English breakfast tea or coffee. It almost rivals real a Coffee Cake or Almond Danish. Continue reading “Keto Coffee Cake”

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”

Rationalization is a powerful thing

Glut1 kid, Drake Lane, thrives on the high-fat, low-carb, low-protein Ketogenic diet. But how strict should a six year old kid who does not have seizures be?

To some degree the Glut1 Deficiency kids who don’t have epilepsy or seizures are the kids who you can experiment on; who can be the guinea pigs for doing things with less rigidity and more flexibility. We keep asking ourselves, how strict should we be with a recovered wobbly little kid who does not have seizures, who will not loose seizure control, and who will not have breakthrough seizures. After an initial period of adjustment we decided to go off script a bit. Rationalization is a powerful thing.

We do this diet within a community — within the dietitian’s guidelines, but then we understandingly find ourselves completely on our own, customized to Drake, tweaked to what works for him and for our family. We find ourselves making our own roadmap of how strict we need to be. For example, having Drake eat more often and not at regimented times, helps him maintain his energy level and his mood. This diet is supposed to be a natural appetite suppressant, but no amount of advice from medical experts or online message boards ultimately deals with the stuff we have to live through. Continue reading “Rationalization is a powerful thing”

It’s a Fine Line

We’ve gotten into such a good groove lately with the Keto Diet that I have to remind myself just how much of a balancing act it is for Drake to stay in ketosis. Every day that passes has thankfully, so far, been another ataxia-free day and another day of his brain growing and flourishing. The daily routine of eating keto meals and taking various vitamins has enabled Drake to be our awesome, fun-loving, lego-building, bike-riding, TaeKwonDo-kicking crazy-cool kid. It is also a reminder of how much of a balancing act it is for him to stay on the knife-edge of ketosis.

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Morning prescription vitamins: K-Phos and Carnitine.

It is a fine line he has to walk. On one hand he has to eat enough fat to obtain and stay in steady ketosis. But if he eats too much fat he is in danger of ketoacidosis; which if left unchecked and becomes severe, requires hospitalization and can be life threatening. Then, on the other hand if Drake eats too many carbs and sugar, or crazily eats too much protein (which the body can turn into glucose) or too many calories, which can interfere with ketosis, he can get low-blood-sugar (Hypoglycemia) and become shaky and weak or get knocked out of ketosis altogether. Continue reading “It’s a Fine Line”

History of the Ketogenic Diet

The Charlie Foundation had its yearly symposium in Banff, Canada a few weeks ago and it reminded me just how much everyone on the Ketogenic diet owes this foundation for making this fringe form of treatment for epilepsy visible and available again. We want to personally thank The Charlie Foundation for opening the floodgates and raising awareness of the Ketogenic Diet as a treatment for not just epilepsy, but also for Glut1 DS and other metabolic and genetic disorders

Like Charlie Abrahams, my son Drake will be on the diet long term. He won’t be able to wean off of it after two or three years like the majority of epilepsy kids. This is it. Self denial will have to be a permanent facet of his personality. But we feel lucky that we are doing this “special diet” in 2016, twenty-two years after this Dateline Special.

This Dateline Special from 1994, of the Abrahams family, is the first time many people had heard of the Ketogenic diet. For the first time in four decades the Ketogenic diet had publicity! Continue reading “History of the Ketogenic Diet”

An Ode to the Breakfast Cookie

Three days after we got home from the hospital we went rebel.

I was extremely frustrated with the twenty recipes I had been given — three of which contained sugar-free jello, which is sweetened by aspartame instead of sugar, a no-no in my book (because of medical controversies associated with it). Our dietician wouldn’t give us a username and password to ketodietcalculator.org until Monday (a wonderful website that enables parents to calculate meals for their kids based on their ratio and calorie count), which was one day away, and we were entering food war territory over the amount of heavy cream Drake had to drink with every meal. The only recipe I had in which the heavy cream was cooked in, was the eggs, butter and cream recipe, and I desperately needed more like that — in which the fat is “baked in the cake” so to speak.

Drake was so stressed out from the hospital stay and the gross food combinations we were trying to get him to eat that he wouldn’t even pick up a fork and feed himself. We set up the iPad for every meal and let him watch videos while we fed him, not a sustainable scenario at all! The first time I made the Breakfast Cookie recipe I was terrified about doing so because it was at a higher ratio, a 4:1 ratio rather than Drake’s 3:1 ratio (which I could have easily remedied in the ketodietcalculator).

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