How Jade controls her epilepsy with keto
I had currently had a seizure and
had to switch to a different medication
and the medication that I switched to was
making me extremely ill.
I became underweight
and I had a stomach gastritis.
I kind of looked
like I was slowly disappearing.
My name is Jade Nelson
and I’m from Austin Texas.
I also do some lifestyle coaching,
working with people
on building self-care plans.
I’ve been on a ketogenic diet
for 2 1/2 years now
and that was due to my epilepsy.
I’ve used medication but up until
2 1/2 years ago a phone call changed that,
from my little sister.
And she said,
“Look into the ketogenic diet”.
And that literally changed
my whole world and life.
I’m doing a slow and steady approach
because I’ve been on the med so long,
but I’m on the least amount of medications
I’ve ever been on in my life
and that’s a pretty powerful thing.
Research – that’s the one thing
I would tell anybody.
Don’t step into a doctor’s office
and just say, “Tell me what to do.”
All different types of approaches
to dealing with epilepsy,
whether it’s emotional,
if you want to go the medication route
or the CBD oil route or the diet,
I want you to go out there
and figure out what to do
and research everything you can
no matter how scary it is.
That information is going to empower you
to make really well-informed decisions
and play a role
in your own healing process.
I sometimes felt like I was always trying
to explain what I was doing
or kind of defend it.
It’s still within the keto community low-carb,
it’s still hard to relate sometimes,
because you’re doing it
for different reasons
and it’s hard to explain that, when you hear
the saying, “Don’t chase those ketones”…
Well, I’ll chase them,
because I’d rather be seizure free.
The thing I can say is
I’m actually happy about life, I feel hopeful.
My purpose in this life is to actually share
the stuff I went through
in hopes that it will reach someone out,
and every time I get to sit in front
of a camera like this or stand on a stage
and share a small part of myself,
all of that stuff I’ve been through healed me.
And I think each person
that’s given a diagnosis,
you can sit there and you can say this is end
no matter what the diagnosis is.
Or you can say, “This is the beginning and
I’m going to simply take that fork in the road
“and go a completely different direction
and I’m going to use it to empower myself,
to change who I am on the inside
and how to affect others around me.”