Monday, September 3, 2007

A Great Labor Day Weekend

The weather is giving one last Kansas sweat-fest kick before it starts nestling into fall. After a wonderful week of mild weather, we are back into the 90's with lots of humidity.

We started doing some tweaks to Mira's diet over the weekend and we think it is starting to show. First, we eliminated all of the flavored waters and Atkins shakes she has been having. We found that most of the prepackaged and store bought drinks have lots of additives in them, which can mess with her state of ketosis and make the diet less effective. Instead of the shakes, we now make our own, with Stevia (all natural no-carb sweetener) heavy cream, and all-natural flavoring through Bickford Flavorings. Sounds disgusting, but it is actually good. Sarah disagrees, calling the shakes 'bizarro-juice'. It's about as natural, carb-free, sugar-free, and simple as you can get and it will have a minimal effect on Mira's ketones.

It is extremely difficult to find flavors for drinks that don't either have alcohol, glycol, corn syrup, or some other bizarre additives I cannot pronounce. Most parents who try their kids on the Ketogenic Diet or the Modified Atkins Diet swear by the Stevia and/or Bickford add-ins for flavors and sweetening.

We also created a very strict schedule of ingredients and measurements for all of her meals and have really been calculating her carb intake. Since these tweaks over the weekend, she has been doing pretty well, only having one seizure Sunday and one today. Last night, she slept for 12 hours straight too.

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