Interview with Mama Sonja
Question 1: How were your first days and weeks transitioning to a ketogenic diet?
My initial skepticism about the potential effectiveness of the ketogenic diet disappeared as concerns grew over Elisabeth's continually deteriorating condition, despite the best medical treatment. This skepticism eventually turned into my greatest hope, and I was desperate to seize the opportunity that the ketogenic diet offered.
When I started the ketogenic diet for Elisabeth under medical guidance, my feelings oscillated between hope and fear. Hope that the ketogenic diet would help Elisabeth and fear of the consequences if the therapy proved ineffective. When it finally began, the initial days and weeks of the transition were challenging, at least in my perception, despite my prior thorough research. The abundance of new information, precise calculations, weighing and preparing meals, and the constant pressure to have appropriate food available at all times led to headaches. At the end of the second day of training, I thought to myself, "There's no way you can do this for the rest of your life." I had immense respect for the task.
Now, I have been cooking ketogenic meals for Elisabeth daily for over 3.5 years. And if I'm completely honest, there are still moments today when the diet takes a lot of time and effort, and I find it challenging. However, I have become very skilled and proficient, and I have discovered enjoyment in it. Today, I would say, "I love the ketogenic diet."
Question 2: What positive effects have you observed with a ketogenic diet?
Fortunately, our hopes were fulfilled. Elisabeth tolerated the transition well, and within 14 days, she became completely seizure-free at that time. Even more beautiful was the sight of how she began, perhaps for the first time ever, to perceive her environment precisely, clearly, alertly, and completely. It seemed to me as if there had always been a disturbing curtain in front of Elisabeth's perception, which was suddenly lifted, revealing a clear view of the beautiful world behind it.
Elisabeth could suddenly do new things that were previously impossible. Many new impressions flooded in, and she now registered everything, absorbing it more and more and reacting to it. But the most beautiful thing was, of course, the disappearance of sudden seizures. All in all, it was incredible! A miracle had come true for us. Thanks to the diet, Elisabeth is much better! I would even argue that the diet changed Elisabeth's life and saved her future. She made enormous progress, previously thought impossible. And the beautiful thing is: she continues to do so. The diet now provides the foundation for a truly magnificent life within her capabilities. For this, we are grateful every day.
Elisabeth also accepts the diet very well and eats with genuine joy and pleasure. Fortunately, we had no problems with it from the beginning.
Question 3: What initial mistakes can people avoid when starting a ketogenic diet?
Looking back, I can only say that I was too strict with myself at the beginning. The precise implementation of the diet, as prescribed by the doctor, is crucial. Every gram counts. If you work imprecisely, the end result will always be more variable. At least that's the case for Elisabeth. I always took the diet very seriously and still pay close attention to hidden sugars or carbohydrates in food or medications. I am extremely precise about that. But, especially at the beginning, I made it more difficult for myself than necessary. I always thought I had to offer Elisabeth a particularly wide variety of foods right from the start to make the diet as varied and tasty as possible for her. My goal was to make her enthusiastic about this diet in the long run. I put a lot of pressure on myself. If I had to start all over again today, I would approach it as follows:
I would simply create a handful of favorite recipes that Elisabeth genuinely loves and offer them in rotation. I would do this until I became much more familiar with the ketogenic diet, and daily life ran more smoothly.
Question 4: What are your favorite dishes and foods (Keto)?
Elisabeth's favorite dishes change from time to time. She also loves a diverse selection of foods. Regarding favorite dishes, I would describe Elisabeth as a "phase eater": today, dish X is her favorite, tomorrow it's dish Y. But generally, what has been well-received remains popular later on.
Elisabeth eats very well and enjoys it. She loves variety and likes to try new meals and foods, leading to a wide range of food preferences. She has always enjoyed noodles with creamy sauces (lots of sauce!), vegetable snack boxes as finger food, moist cakes, berries, raw vegetables, dips, and bread with various spreads or toppings. Above all, she loves avocados, eggs, and mayonnaise. Quality is always crucial to me, especially when it comes to food.
Question 5: Were you familiar with Kanso products before collaborating?
I have known and used Kanso products for a long time, having been introduced to them in the clinic, especially since we work with MCT fats for Elisabeth. The MCT oils from Kanso were the first products we used. We always kept a close eye on the expanding range of Kanso products and tested them as soon as they became available. We are always excited when there are new developments that make our daily lives easier.
Question 6: How do you like our products? Which ones are particularly good?
As I mentioned, the oils and margarine are indispensable basic products for us and are also well-received in terms of taste. Elisabeth also tolerates them very well. But I am genuinely impressed with all the products. In such a specialized segment, I am thankful and open to new product ideas on the market. Therefore, I use the entire range of Kanso products interchangeably, depending on their suitability in dishes. I particularly like using the DeliMCT creams as a spread, as it allows me to save some fat elsewhere and achieve a completely different taste result. I also use them for cooking and refining dishes. Elisabeth especially loves the DeliMCT cream with a milder flavor, as it strongly resembles mayonnaise.
When the DeliMCTCacao Biscuits came out, I was thrilled. That is a real relief and time-saver in the keto everyday life! They are great for on-the-go and quickly find their way into the lunchbox for kindergarten. But Elisabeth's absolute favorite product is the DeliMCTCacaoBars.
We recently introduced the new KetoBiota into our home. I find the versatility, speed, and ease of use of the product great. The powder is packaged in small portions, making it easy to use on the go without refrigeration, which I find very practical. I can mix it up quickly on the go and have a complete meal. Plus, it tastes really good. It will certainly be a new highlight for Elisabeth. I'm saying this not just because I write texts for Kanso, but because the products really taste good. I always try them myself before serving them to Elisabeth!
Question 7: What do you not like as much about the ketogenic diet?
Of course, the diet and the associated daily routine are time- and planning-intensive. However, this can be well-managed with proper routine. What I dislike is that due to the high amount of fats, the meals are often very liquid, and many products and foods need to be refriger