It’s been two months now since I started the Modified Atkins Diet. Everything has continued to go well. I have had a few seizures, but it has been about half as many as I was having before. They are small motor seizures and do not affect my thinking. I can still enjoy life and the seizures do not make me tired and confused. I’ve continued to get good sleep almost every night. As an extra bonus, I have lost 20 lbs. My neurologist has been very pleased with these results and how well my body has responded to the diet.
I’ve always been someone who finds a few favorite foods and just rotates them. I have been able to find a few meals that I like. My typical breakfast is eggs and sausage or bacon with tea and 2 Tbsp. of heavy whipping cream (for extra fat).
Unfortunately, I have always had trouble with lactose; however, for a lunch snack I’m able to get away with a Greek yogurt (3 carbs). Some options to go with that are almonds, pepperoni slices, summer sausage, raspberries, coconut clusters from Costco, or unsweetened shredded coconut, to name a few.
I found some 5 carb taco shells at the grocery store. (Mission brand, whole wheat, Carb Balance). I use these for bread and I often make tacos. It’s all about reading labels. I enjoy making a chicken wrap, or something with hamburger. We made a really yummy meatloaf the other night as well. Lettuce and other veggies have carbs in them so I have to pay attention and eat those in moderation as well.
I have eaten out three times while doing this diet, once for breakfast which is easy. The other two times I had a hamburger and a grilled chicken sandwich using lettuce leaves for the bun. So it can be done.
I use an app to help me look up foods without a nutrition label. I also have another app that helps me track my carbs, fat, protein, fiber and calories in my day. Modern technology is wonderful!
Every day I take a multi-vitamin, calcium and a fiber supplement. I have to pay close attention because fiber has carbs in it. I have to factor those in as part of my 15-20 a day (We only count net carbs). I also find fiber in raspberries, nuts and seeds, and the taco shells have quite a bit of fiber in them as well.
This month I had a birthday. We usually have dinner or go out to eat. Birthdays usually involve some kind of dessert. This year we decided to have a girls’ night and go to Mamma Mia at the Valley Summer Theatre. We had such a good time! That musical is so entertaining and the cast was awesome! Very well done!
I made a simple dessert of 1/2 cup frozen raspberries with whipped heavy cream (with 1 tsp of sucralose), and cinnamon and sucralose on a low carb taco shell. To go with it, I made a “root beer float” using diet A&W root beer and 3 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream. Surprisingly not all diet root beers are created equal, and A&W is my favorite for the root beer float option. This is becoming a staple to get enough fat in a day.
Getting enough fat in the day has helped me stay in the correct range of ketosis. I test about twice a week. I have had to limit my protein a little too. The nutritionist has been very helpful to figure out a good balance; I am so thankful to have her.
We decided to get together as a family and do homemade pizza as part of my birthday celebration as well. The pizza is no Papa Murphy’s or Pizza Hut but it is still satisfying and has a good taste. I make it with a low carb taco shell, Trader Joe’s marinara with 1 carb per Tbsp, 1 oz of grated cheese with less than 1 carb, 6 pepperoni slices, 1 oz cooked pork sausage, and 1 or 2 slices of crumbled bacon. I heat it in the microwave to melt the cheese. (I preheat the sausage to a safe temperature since I keep cooked sausage always available in the refrigerator.)
Another satisfying dessert is sugar free jello with homemade whipped cream and raspberries. Atkins brand also makes different bars and treats. I enjoy the chocolate coconut bars. They are similar to a Mounds candy bar. To be fair, I do miss my favorite M&M’s and Oreos. However, I choose to stick with this diet and have less seizures, which is way better than all of those sweets. I remind myself to be thankful for the foods I can eat, instead of missing the foods I can’t eat.
I am looking forward to this upcoming Fall. I’m excited to be able to be more involved at church and confident that I won’t have to leave early or fear having a seizure. Every day I have more confidence.
Thanks for following me on this journey and feel free contact me with questions or leave a comment below.
Faith is taking the next step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.