In case you've missed some previous posts, the LGIT consists of eating only low glycemic AND low carbohydrate foods. Luella will be limited to 60 grams of carbs total during a day. Just to give you an idea of how many carbs are in the foods you eat on a daily basis... 1 slice of 100% whole wheat bread has 13g, a serving of potato chips has 15g, a can of Mt Dew has 46g, one large order of McDonald's french fries has 63g!!! Luella will only be allowed to have about 15g per meal (15x3=45g) and the remaining 15g each day will be for snacks. Eating low carb is a bit challenging but taking into account the gylcemic index makes things even more challenging. The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement of glucose (blood sugar) level increase from carbohydrate consumption. A low-GI food will release glucose more slowly and steadily.
This basically cuts out sugary snacks and drinks, grain-based foods (pasta, bread), some fruits, etc... Luella will be able to eat meat, cheeses, some veggies, and some fruits (in small quantities - she got 6 grapes at breakfast with her eggs!). I am still exploring, trying to find some more ideas but we have a good platform to start right now.
Thinking back to when we first started thinking about dietary approaches to seizure control, I actually didn't want to think about it. We had talked about doing the Ketogenic Diet a year ago last summer and when we didn't - I was relieved. Then this spring when we talked about the LGIT with Luella's neurologist, I didn't want to think about it again. I have done a lot of praying about this. I know it will be hard on Luella to not have the cookies / candy / ice cream and also a change for our family since we can't eat those things in front of Luella. I'm happy to say that I feel pretty good about starting this diet now, not "great", but I'm positive about it and I hope that we see some reduction in Luella's seizures. Maybe having two seizures last week, and the last one giving me such a scare, gave me the push I needed!! Thanks for all of your prayers too to get me to this comfortable point!!
This past weekend was Luella's last hurrah - getting to have cake and LOTS of frosting at her baby cousin's 1st birthday party! My next challenge will be trying to figure out how to make and decorate a cake for Luella's 3rd birthday next month and how (or if) we go Trick or Treating! We are committed to trying this for a couple of months before we decide if it's working or not.