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March Update - Epilepsy and Clean Eating

Saturday, March 30, 2013

This feels as if it's been the longest winter ever! We had a nice day today and I hope we are on the way to warmer more spring-like weather. I managed to get a bike ride in today although it wasn't as long as I had planned but it felt good! It was still a bit chilly and the wind was stronger than I thought it was going to be but at the end of the day, a day on the bike is still a good day.

As for my March update, my resolution was no sweets. For the most part, I did very well. I admit to sneaking in a few jelly beans yesterday. My mom dropped off some baked goods for me to take to the nursing home I visit and she not only put jelly beans on the cupcakes (not a good idea for hospice patients) but she then gave us the rest of them. I took as many as I could into work but had to pick the rest of them off. A few made it into my mouth before they hit the trash can. But if that was my only slip-up then I consider the month a win! April will be do drinking alcohol during the week. I'm not a huge drinker to begin with but with some stress lately, I've been having a beer or two during the week and it really isn't necessary. I'm a two beer/wine max gal so it's not a problem but it's not a bad thing to cut back on either.

Another change which has taken place this month is my family (my ex and myself acutally) are making some changes to how we eat in an effort to help my son. He has epilepsy and has had two seizures in less than three months. He's 17 and of course this means no driving. He gets angry about it and honestly, it's frustrating for his dad and me too since it was nice when he could get himself back and forth to work. Obviously we do what we have to but it really just sucks all the way around. In an effort to try to control the seizures though, we are instituting Operation No Processed Foods and Clean Eating. We aren't saints by any means but we are off to a good start and honestly, the effort is easier for me since I already eat fairly healthy anyway. (This should also be really good for my ex-husband as he always seems to have some medical issue he's fighting. Next week is hernia surgery. ) I love Kale chips and have switched to Almond milk; will be purchasing my meat from farmers who will deliver it to work and am a fan of spaghetti squash. We are getting as many of the processed foods out of our houses and eating more fresh items. Our hope is that elimiating as many preservatives and processed foods from my son't diet, it will help control the seizures. He did need to lose some weight and has dropped 8 pounds already emoticon so we are moving in the right direction. I do want him to learn to control his portions and to eat in moderation but soda (in any form) is the one item I have put my foot down and he is not to have any. Studies do show that soda and aspartame can be triggers for an epileptic episode. I've suggested to him, when faced with the temptation, to ask himself if a soda is worth not driving for another 6 months. My guess is he'll make the right choice. emoticon

I'm excited about how clean eating could potentially help us control his seizures. It's one of those deals where we don't know exactly why he has seizures or if he'll ever grow out of them. My fingers are crossed he will but in the meantime, we need to take control of what we can and his diet can make an impact and at the end of the day, it can't hurt him!
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DDOORN 4/22/2013 3:36PM

    Operation No Processed Foods and Clean Eating sounds like a can't lose proposition and a win-win for everyone! Hoping for super outcomes with your son and his seizure disorder...it's got to be SO TOUGH for a teen to wrestle with this!

Don

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/30/2013 9:06PM

    Clean eating is the way to go!! Plenty of veggies will help with your son especially those with folic acid. I have epilepsy so I know how he feels, but I'm able to drive now. I haven't had a seizure since '90.

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NANCYPAT1 3/30/2013 8:44PM

    Clean eating can help almost ALL health conditions. I will keep your family and especially your son in my prayers. This might really bring some interesting side effects of getting healthier for ALL of you.

Have a Happy Easter and no more of those Easter candies. - LOL

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