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Whitney on food and epilepsy
If you would have told me a year ago that food played a part in seizure management, I probably would have rolled my eyes and said thanks but no thanks for the info. I knew to avoid the foods that triggered my seizures but that was about it. I’ve shared plenty of times how much I’ve struggled with weight management throughout my life. Actually, it was 4 years ago after dropping about 80 pounds that my seizures decided to show up again after being dormant for 17 years. What I didn’t realize was that it was up to me to get them under control while continuing to lose the weight and keep it off. Over the last 2 years, I started reading more about different diets and chronic illnesses but still was skeptical of it all. I realized I had to change my relationship with food in order to have better control of my seizures.
Before we dive in, I want to reiterate that what worked for me, may not work for the next person. Always talk to your doctor about any adjustments to your diets. As an epilepsy patient and advocate, I spend a lot of time researching everything. Researching medications, treatments, triggers, doctors and everything in between to take control of my seizures. It never dawned on me to pay more attention to what I was putting inside of my body (besides meds) than all of the external factors.READ MORE
*Please note, this post is reflective of Whitney’s experience and for informational purposes only. If you have questions about your own health care plan, we recommend you talk to your doctor or health care provider.
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