I have been doing the Ketogenic Diet, along with my oldest daughter who is on the autism spectrum and it is working for brain fog...big time. It is more accurately, the Modified Atkins Diet, but people understand what we are trying to do more if we call it Keto.
We started out trying out the diet with the whole family but it didn't seem to work properly for anyone except DD and me.
But now are are in a groove and sticking to the diet has become easier and easier. The hardest part about this diet is that I am a bread person. I like good, yummy bread. Luckily, there is a kind of bread used with this diet known as "fathead" bread (or bagels), because they are introduced through a movie (that I haven' seen yet) about carbs and fat called, Fathead.
Anyhoo, I just call the these cute little guys, Keto Buns. The recipe is very simply,
preheat oven to 400 degrees
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella
- 1 3/4 cups of almond flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 oz cream cheese
- First you melt the cream cheese and mozzarella together in a big glass bowl in the microwave for 120 seconds. Stir and then microwave for another minute.
- Then stir in the almond flour, salt and two eggs.
- After it cools down enough to be able to kneed the "dough", mix it all up with your hands, then pull it in to about 8 or 9 balls and place them on parchment paper in the oven. Bake for 16 minutes.
To make the "brown bread" rolls, I added 1/4 cup of pureed fresh spinach, then let them cook for 26 minutes so that the outside was completely brown and not green. They are a little more substantial and feel very much like bread. The inside is delightfully green but not noticeable with lettuce and mayo added.
My favorite way to eat these are with mayo, tomato, lettuce and sometimes sliced avocado. Yum!
I made about 20 of them today so that I could freeze them for the week.
When I cheat with the diet I feel awful. I get a headache and a stomach ache. But what motivates me to stick to this, is that I like how I feel and I don't want to give it up. I feel clear-headed and it is amazing. I have noticed that my daughter has much less brain fog too, and she is doing very well in her homeschool classes and is able to help around the house much more. So for us two this diet is working really well, making the effort worth it. I have to be careful that she doesn't loose weight on this and have succeeded. But the weight loss aspect of it has been an added bonus for me. The diet is hard because it is very restrictive with the foods you can eat and the foods you can't eat. It is very weird to avoid carrots and apples (because they are high in carbs). But I am getting used to it now, and after making the Keto Buns about 20 times now, I think I have it perfected and they are quite simply yummy.