Author(s): Dawn Marie Martenz
The ketogenic diet, which is very high in fats and low in carbohydrates, was first developed almost 80 years ago. It makes the body burn fat for energy instead of glucose. When carefully monitored by a medical team familiar with its use, the diet helps two out of three children who are tried on it and may prevent seizures completely in one out of three. It is a strict diet, and takes a strong commitment from the whole family. The ketogenic diet is not a do-it-yourself diet. It is a serious form of treatment that, like other therapies for epilepsy, has some side effects that have to be watched for. "The Keto Cookbook" is a cookbook for those using the diet to treat epilepsy and other neurologic conditions. The ketogenic diet is extremely strict - where one extra bite of food can have serious repercussions on a child's health - and thus hard to maintain. "The Keto Cookbook" is a cookbook for those using the diet to treat epilepsy and other neurologic conditions. The ketogenic diet is extremely strict - where one extra bite of food can have serious repercussions on a child's health - and thus hard to maintain. It contains 96 recipes grouped by breakfast and brunch, appetizers & snacks, lunch, dinner, and sweets and treats. The book includes a 16-page color insert illustrating each recipe. Since many children start the Keto Diet before they speak, the pictures of the meal and snack options allow children to choose what they want, helping overcome food refusal due to lack of variety of foods and/or child's loss of control over food options. It addresses common eating personalities such as "grazers", children with texture aversions, the sweet tooth, unpredictable-eaters and adventurous-eaters. There will be options for all. Most parents of children on the ketogenic diet are busy and do not have the time or resources to experiment with different foods and preparation methods, so this book provides them with options that have been tested and are kid- and Registered Dietician- approved. There will be symbols on the recipes to indicate which food personality for which they are most appropriate. Or how long they take to make. For example, a recipe for cookies would have a symbol indicating that a "sweet-tooth" child may like this recipe. Allergy information is also available for the top eight most common children's allergens. The book provides tips for "keto-proofing" your life, from the kitchen, to the car, to the classroom. Sample shopping lists and vacation guidelines help families prepare for the unexpected. It includes sample letters for getting through airport security, guidelines for visits to the hospital and outpatient procedures, and ways to prevent accidental "breaking" of the ketogenic diet. Features of "The Keto Cookbook" include: 96 kid and dietician tested and approved recipes for the keto diet presented in full color; recipes will coded by symbol to indicate personality type and cooking times; allergy information for the eight most common allergens; practical suggestions to help people "keto-proof" their life, from the kitchen, to the car, to the classroom; and, four sample shopping list and vacation guidelines will help families prepare for the unexpected.
Dawn Marie Martenz is the mother of a child on the Ketogenic diet. She ended up at the Children's National Medical Center in DC after she went through tireless trials of different combinations of Anti-Epileptic Drugs. Her child lives with Dravet's, a severe myoclonic epilepsy found in infancy. Her child is now seizure-free. Laura Cramp, RD, LD, CNSC works at the Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC. She manages the dietician staff, performs daily patient assessments, evaluates the menu and educates the medical and food service staff on pediatric nutrition and the Ketogenic Diet. She is in charge of outpatient use of the Ketogenic diet.
1. A Short History of the Ketogenic Diet; 2. Charlotte's story; 3. Community and Household Hazards; 4. Recipes: a. Breakfast and Brunch, b. Appetizers & Snacks, c. Lunch, d. Dinner; e. Sweets and Treats; 5. Resources: a. Sample letter for visiting the ER or outside hospital, b. Sample letter for travelling (TSA), c. List of stores/products, d. How to compile simple meals (protein fat carb)