Sunday, May 30, 2010

Photoshoot With the Beckner Kids!

The Beckner clan is not only family but good friends of ours. They decided that they wanted to get their kids pictures taken with us for Mother's day. My husband is new to the photography world but since he has been taking pictures he has gotten a lot of awesome feedback for his ability. Here are a few from the session that we had with the Beckner kids. Love them!

Homemade Popsicle Recipe You Must Try!

1/3 Carrot juice(Trader Joe's Organic Carrot Juice)
1/3 Black Cherry juice(Sprout's RW Knudsen)
1/3 Pomegranate juice(Trader Joe's Organic Pomegranate Juice)
(All 100% pure juice)

This popsicle is so good. You would think it would taste weird because of the carrot juice but I gaurantee that the kids will love them!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Start to A New Adventure!

Wow! It's been awhile since I last posted. In the last two months we have been very busy especially with Zane. As most of you know we have been fighting seizures on a daily basis and lately they have just gotten out of control. We tried raising his medication levels but it seemed to do nothing. The seizures had gotten so bad it seems as though we were using a rescue med everyday. This is something that we couldn't live with and we were tired of watching him suffer on a day to day basis. Something had to be done.

That something is the Keto diet. If you have never heard of this here is a quick overview on what it is.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet primarily used to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet mimics aspects of starvation by forcing 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 fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures.

Since Zane is tube fed this was the route we wanted to try. So far he has been on the diet for almost two weeks. Within these two weeks we have seen three bad seizures. This is unheard of in our household. It seems to be working! It takes about 1 month to 3 to see the full effect. If it's working then we will start to wean his meds off. This is a big deal to us and we hope this will be the answer for him.