Sometimes I find life very humbling.
When I see clients in my Naturopathic clinic, I always do my best to put myself in that person's position. What do they struggle with? What support network do they have? How hard are they on themselves? Do they even have the energy to help themselves?
I see the overwhelm when I ask them to take on a whole new way of eating ....whether that be just a healthier version of the diet they already eat or whether they need to take on the GAPS or SIBO diets (not for the faint of heart), the low histamine diet, a Paleo diet, the AIP diet, Wahl's protocol, Gluten Free, Dairy Free etc. Yes, there really are THAT many therapeutic diets ....and this only scratches the surface.
This time last week, I took the plunge into a Modified Ketogenic Diet for my daughter, Ayla. She has a congenital brain condition called Polymicrogyria and part of that condition is seizures. For the past 6 years, seizures have been a nightly occurrence. We've tried everything. No drug touches it and so far, no diet has touched it either.
I arrived at the hospital full of confidence (we had to chat with the Dietician ....seriously, not my fave past time) and get all of Ayla's tests out of the way. I was thinking ..."yep, diet is what I do for a living. It'll be tricky for a few days and then we'll be fine". Holy Shit!! is an absolute understatement. After 3 hours, I walked out of there with my head exploding with information. There's twice daily blood glucose tests and ketone tests to do. There's precise amounts of fat that need to be added to EVERY meal and snack. Every bit of food that passes her lips needs to be put through an App to calculate the amount of carbohydrate (she's only having 10-13g of carb per day). The meal and snack planning .....far out! the meal and snack planning!!!
If you saw me in the clinic last week, I apologise. I was so overwhelmed by it all that I couldn't even put words into sentences properly.
And this is where I feel humbled. I'm reminded again of what you guys go through when I make a change to your diet. For me, it takes MAJOR changes to flip me out ....it's my job after all. But for you guys ....the slightest change quite likely has exactly the same effect. I say Gluten Free and think to myself, "Piss easy ....you got this". Meanwhile, your mind is in overdrive saying, "What the hell do I eat???".
So here I am, one week in ....feeling semi in control .....but humbled to my core. And I just wanted to share that with you. And let you see what yumminess I've been making today!
Ohhhhhh fat bomb ...where have you been all of my life! Today I've made Bacon Guacamole Fat Bombs from KetoDietApp.com. These babies are amazing! So good that I'm serving them up as a 'nibbly' at our patio party next week. We're using fat bombs to keep Ayla's blood glucose levels in check and her ketones up.
(Ketones are a by-product of burning fat for energy and they're able to cross the blood brain barrier and fuel the brain cells. Ketones are thought to be very healing in brain and nervous system disorders ....think MS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and seizure disorders)