Did Someone Say, “Birthday Cake?”

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.

Katie

Faith is taking the next step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

10 thoughts on “Did Someone Say, “Birthday Cake?”

  1. Katie, I’m so proud of you for sticking to this diet! It has been fun to see the old Katie come back to life. You’re so much brighter now. Those constant daily seizures made you always be in that post-seizure funk! Imagine how different your life could be after a year!!

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  2. Katie…thank you for letting me “share in your journey”….I (Linda) will speak for the entire family and say…”We are so happy to hear this good news and will pray for your continued success!” Keep up the good work

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