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Easy Keto Diet That Controls Epilepsy

Plus 3 Simple Recipes That Will Also Help You Lose Weight
Liana Werner-Gray
Liana Werner-Gray More by this author
Apr 10, 2018 at 03:45 PM

In a nutshell the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.

Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain-function. However, when there is little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and “ketone bodies.” The ketone bodies are three molecules; acetone, acetoacetic acid and beta-hydroxybutyric acid, which during a keto diet will pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. This is why people who practice a keto diet will report weight loss and experiencing more energy.

A ketogenic diet can also aid with treating some health issues including epilepsy.

What can you eat on a keto diet?

Healthy fats:.

  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Oil especially MCT coconut oil
  • MCT powder
  • Olive Oil
  • Nuts: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts
  • Seeds: chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
  • Organic Grass Fed Cheese


  • Seafood. Fish and shellfish are very keto-friendly foods.
  • Organic Meat and Poultry.
  • Free range or pasture raised Eggs.

Non-starchy low-carb vegetables:

  • Keto diet focuses on low carb vegetables. Consuming one serving of "starchy" vegetables like potatoes, beets or yams could put you over your entire carb limit for the day while on the Keto Diet.
  • Low-carb veggies can make great substitutes for higher-carb foods. For example, spaghetti squash and “zoodles” can be created from zucchini to replace wheat & spaghetti; cauliflower can be used to mimic rice or mashed potatoes.
  • You can eat as much leafy greens as you like including asparagus, cucumber, and zucchini while on the Keto Diet.
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Bell Peppers



  • Avocado
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Most fruits are too high in carbs to include on a ketogenic diet, but berries are an exception.


  • Unsweetened coffee & tea
  • Bone broth


  • Herbs and spices
  • Unsweetened mustard


  • Avocado with hemp seeds and lemon juice
  • Guacamole with celery or cucumber sticks
  • Shirataki Noodles
  • Olives
  • Organic Plain Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese.
  • Dark chocolate/cacao powder sweetened with stevia

Try Keto Diet for 2 days! Here is a simple plan for you to follow:

A typical day of doing the Keto Diet may look like this.


Breakfast: Intermittent fasting (stop eating by 7pm and start eating again the next day at 10am)

10am: Blueberries

Lunch time: Pasture-raised eggs with a side salad of avocado, hemp seeds, olive oil and lemon

Afternoon: Bone broth or guacamole snack

During the day drinking plenty of lemon water, and some unsweetened tea and coffee.

Dinner:  Zucchini noodles with Pesto (recipe below)

Dessert: Raspberries or none at all.


Breakfast: Intermittent fasting (stop eating by 7pm and start eating again the next day at 10am)

10am: A high-fat smoothie with coconut milk, MCT oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds and cacao powder.

Lunch time: Guacamole with vegetable sticks: carrots, cucumber and celery

Afternoon: Nuts and seeds

During the day drinking plenty of lemon water, and some unsweetened tea and coffee.

Dinner:  Meatballs and a huge side salad of leafy greens, with hemp seeds and a dressing of olive oil and lemon.

Dessert: Blueberries or none at all.


Breakfast: Intermittent fasting (stop eating by 7pm and start eating again the next day at 10am)

10am: Nuts and seeds with 2 boiled eggs or chia seed cereal with blueberries.

Lunch time: Cauliflower Popcorn (recipe below)

Afternoon: A high-fat smoothie with coconut milk, MCT oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds and cacao powder.

During the day drinking plenty of lemon water, and some unsweetened tea and coffee.

Dinner:  A piece of salmon with cooked broccoli and spinach, with a squeeze of lemon and olive oil.

Dessert: Dark chocolate or no dessert at all.

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For the vegan/vegetarian:

Here’s an easy guide to a vegan ketogenic diet.

“I’m not going to lie to you, it is absolutely tougher to be vegan or vegetarian on a ketogenic diet, but it is possible. You need to focus on two important groups to maintain a vegetarian ketogenic diet: proteins and fats.” Mark Hyman, M.D.

Sources of vegetarian protein include:

  • Tofu and tempeh
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs (if you’re not vegan)

Sources of plant-based fats:

  • Organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Grass-fed ghee (if you’re not vegan)
  • Avocados
  • Olives

Fun facts about the keto diet and how it is used for epilepsy:

The keto diet is being used in medicine to primarily treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children. “An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures. Almost half of children, and young people, with epilepsy who have tried some form of this diet saw the number of seizures drop by at least half, and the effect persists even after discontinuing the diet.  The original therapeutic diet for paediatric epilepsy provides just enough protein for body growth and repair, and sufficient calories to maintain the correct weight for age and height.” By Chukwuma Muanya (Assistant Editor) and Stanley Akpunonu The Guardian

The classic therapeutic ketogenic diet was developed for treatment of pediatric epilepsy in the 1920s and was widely used into the next decade. This classic ketogenic diet contains a 4:1 ratio by weight of fat to combined protein and carbohydrate. This is achieved by excluding high-carbohydrate foods such as starchy fruits and vegetables, bread, pasta, grains and sugar, while increasing the consumption of foods high in fat such as nuts, cream, and butter.  Most dietary fat is made of molecules called long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). However, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs)—made from fatty acids with shorter carbon chains than LCTs—are more ketogenic. A variant of the classic diet known as the MCT ketogenic diet uses a form of coconut oil, which is rich in MCTs, to provide around half the calories. Clinical trials and studies in animal models (including C. elegans) suggest that ketogenic diets provide neuroprotective and disease-modifying benefits for a number of adult neurodegenerative disorders. Source: Wikipedia.

“Atkins from 1972 was one of the first diets to implement a ketogenic lifestyle.” Dana Cohen, M.D.


Paoli A, et al. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013;67(8):789-96.

Ketone Bodies at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

The Earth Diet book, Hay House Inc 2014

KETO RECIPES Excerpts from “The Earth Diet” and “10-Minute Recipes” by Liana Werner-Gray.


These make a great quick protein snack on their own, or add them to pasta, pizza, salad, or soup!

Serves 4

Total time: 10 minutes


2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil, for cooking

2 large eggs

1 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon dried sage

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon dried parsley

¼ teaspoon turmeric

Heat a frying pan on medium with the oil. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add the ground beef and spices. Use your hands to combine the ingredients well, then roll the mixture into balls.

Add the balls to the frying pan and sauté for 8 minutes or until done.

Calories: 404.0 | Total Fat: 33.0g | Carbohydrate: 0.8g | Dietary Fiber: 0.3g | Protein: 23.4g



Zucchini Pasta with Pesto

Total time: 10 minutes

Serves 2


2 large zucchini

½ cup fresh basil

Juice of ½ lemon

2 cloves garlic

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup spinach

1 cup raw walnuts

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Make thin strips of zucchini using a peeler or a vegetable spiral. Set aside in serving bowls.

Blend the other ingredients in a blender until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. Add more oil until sauce reaches desired consistency.

Pour the sauce over the pasta.

Zucchini Pasta with Nut-Free Pesto: Use pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts.

Calories: 312 | Total Fat: 30g | Carbohydrate: 10g | Dietary Fiber: 3.5g | Protein: 6g


Cauliflower Popcorn

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves 4


2½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup nutritional yeast

¾ teaspoon salt

1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces

Preheat the oven to 325˚F.

In a large bowl, mix the oil, nutritional yeast, and salt until combined.

Add the cauliflower pieces to the bowl and toss until the pieces are well coated.

Add to a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes.


1. Add 1 tablespoon sesame seeds for extra flavor.

1. This can also be eaten raw.

Calories: 135 | Total Fat: 4.5g | Carbohydrate: 11g | Dietary Fiber: 5g | Protein: 9g


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About Author
Liana Werner-Gray
Liana Werner-Gray is an advocate for natural healing using a healthy diet and lifestyle. After healing herself of many health conditions through embracing a natural lifestyle, she began lecturing and teaching about the Earth Diet internationally. Continue reading