I am Francesca, Angelica's mother. Angelica is 12 years old, and she suffers from a chronic illness. In 2021, after unsuccessful therapies, we introduced the ketogenic diet. It was not an easy path, but in the end, this ketogenic diet improved her health and allowed her to return to dancing.
The ketogenic diet in children represents a special dietary approach, which comes with several challenges in everyday life. Since there are only a few schools willing to accommodate these specific needs, one should start looking for a suitable option early on. Schools capable of supporting the ketogenic diet often have extremely small class sizes and a higher staff-to-student ratio. Consequently, our choice quickly fell on a school with a focus on physical and motor skills development, where all types of school diplomas are possible.
Kyle is 9 years old and was born with the FoxG1 syndrome. He lives with his parents and a 5-year-old brother near Stuttgart. The FoxG1 gene is responsible for the development of the brain in the organism.
In this report, Mama Tina tells the story of how Kyle came to follow the ketogenic diet
Who am I - Who are we?
Hello, my name is Elisabeth. I am four years old and live with my family in Upper Bavaria. I am a happy, fun-loving and inquisitive girl. Unfortunately, I have a handicap. I have what is called "drug resistant epilepsy".
Especially on trips with children, parents need to take a lot of equipment with them. From a change of clothes and diapers to baby carriages, strollers and buggies - there really is quite a lot that we can and must think about. Of course, this means a lot of planning and organization, even if it's a short trip. Of all the things, the right provisions for the little ones are a must. This is a very special topic anyway, as I have found that tastes are very individual, especially in children. However, if a child is prescribed a ketogenic diet, provisions play an even greater role.
In a previous blog, I have already described that traveling always requires an intense preparation phase - especially with a toddler on a ketogenic diet. Elisabeth enjoys eating the same things in phases and then - quite suddenly overnight - expresses new food preferences. Therefore, we now limit our overnight stays to visits with grandparents and mainly focus on individual day trips. This way, I feel the safest - especially because the preparation of ketogenic meals has become somewhat easier as a result. In this case, I even like planning somehow.
I finally got the travel bug again after two long Covid years and booked a trip to the south. My destination was Porto and the anticipation was great. For me, traveling doesn't just mean choosing a destination and planning activities, for me it means thinking about what food I need to take with me, what I can get locally or do I need to have some sent to the hotel from Kanso in time.
When Elisabeth has her heart set on a new sweet, the search for everyday solutions always begins for me as a keto mom. I eagerly consider how I can "ketogenize" the corresponding products and perhaps even visually recreate something. Always with the goal in mind that Elisabeth can also enjoy the supposed pleasure of these delicacies. After all, the diet is an enrichment for her life and she should feel it as such at any time.
Do I have to give up sweets on a ketogenic diet?
I already asked myself this question at the beginning of Elisabeth's dietary change. Even today, I often hear from other parents who are starting the diet that these little treats can often cause a lot of worry. Especially with young children, I often feel that this is a big issue: Seemingly on every corner, I see different sweet snacks - gummy bears, chocolate or bars of all kinds - in numerous colorful packages.
Every year, the MUD Master Obstacle Run takes place here in the Lower Rhine region. It's an exciting obstacle course reminiscent of a real marine course. You have to slide, crawl, climb, or jump to overcome spectacular obstacles.