Nina's story- Epilepsy and the ketogenic diet
In this article, Nina introduces herself and provides us with an insight into her daily life as well as her experiences with epilepsy and the ketogenic diet.
My name is Nina, I'm 30 years young, and I'm part of a loud, large, and loving blended family. I live together with my boyfriend in Upper Bavaria. There, we have created a beautiful home where we enjoy hosting friends and family. My greatest passion is baking cakes and pastries. I also find great joy in coming up with creative recipe ideas. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends in the city, go cycling, or simply relax and put my feet up :). On hot summer days, you'll find me by the lake, soaking up the sun. Professionally, I work as a speech therapist in a school and in a kindergarten for individuals with special needs. I love my job. I can empathize particularly well with children with epilepsy and their parents because I myself have epilepsy. Today, I can openly talk about it, which wasn't always the case.
My Journey to the Ketogenic Diet
At the age of 6, I had my first seizure, which was initially diagnosed as a febrile seizure. Afterward, the seizures became more frequent, and at the age of 7, I received the diagnosis of epilepsy. I used to have numerous seizures and auras weekly. After trying many ineffective medications and undergoing a somewhat unsuccessful surgery, I had to consider other options. In 2018, a neurologist in Munich recommended the ketogenic diet to me. Despite my desperation, I was initially very skeptical about this idea. I adamantly refused to change my diet. The effort seemed too significant, and I doubted its effectiveness – my suffering was not yet severe enough at that time. It was only when the seizures worsened, accompanied by panic attacks, and I was confronted with a life without independence that I saw the ketogenic diet as a possible solution.
My advice: Try to educate yourselves independently and gradually reduce carbohydrates. This will make it easier for you during the adjustment period in the clinic. Don't be discouraged if ketosis isn't always perfect or if you make mistakes in measuring. The ketogenic diet and its success are worth the effort.
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Cooking tips with MCT fats
The most important information summarized briefly:
- Half a teaspoon of MCT oil is approximately 1 g/ml.
- One teaspoon of MCT oil is approximately 3 g/ml.
- One tablespoon of MCT oil is approximately 6 g/ml.
- MCT margarine is ideal for spreading on bread as well as for sautéing and baking.
- MCT oil can be used for salad preparation and for gentle frying at low temperatures (approximately 150°C).
- Do not keep MCT fats warm for too long, heat them too hot, or reheat them (in the microwave) as this could result in a bitter taste.