What types of food will my child be able to eat?

Your child will still be able to eat a variety of different foods. This list is a good starting point and it will expand as you become more comfortable and adventurous with recipes.

  • Fat - Double cream, mayonnaise, oil, butter.
  • Protein - Chicken, bacon and ham, mince, salmon and tuna, eggs, cheese.
  • Carbohydrate - Vegetables fresh or frozen eg broccoli, swede, cauliflower, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, spring onion, lettuce; low carb fruit eg melon, strawberries, blackberries, kiwis, raspberries, blueberries.

       

The diet is usually divided into 3 meals a day to include snacks if required. Each meal/snack is based on a specified amount of fat, protein and carbohydrate which will be calculated for you by your dietitian in line with your child's nutritional requirements.  Your ketogenic dietitian will work closely with you to produce appealing and appetising menus for your child to enjoy. 

Will meals look similar to the meals my child eats now?

Your dietitian will help you calculate ketogenic recipes for lots of tasty foods and snacks for your child to enjoy. Some examples are: scrambled eggs and bacon, omelettes, Bolognese, pizza, roasts, quiche, salads, tuna mayo, chicken nuggets, bread, muffins, pancakes, waffles, cookies, puddings, yoghurt, fruit shakes, ice cream and ice lollies - to name just a few!

       

Is my child too young to try the ketogenic diet?

The ketogenic diet is frequently used for children from 2 years of age upwards, although the diet can also be used for babies from as tiny as 6 months – and sometimes even younger.

Is the diet suitable if my child has special dietary requirements?

The ketogenic diet can accommodate most dietary requirements and can be used for different cultures and food restrictions. Children with food allergies and those who are vegetarian, vegan or follow a kosher or halal diet can also access the ketogenic diet, as can children who are tube/PEG fed and those who have gastrointestinal restrictions.

How long does it take for the diet to work?

Some children improve within a week while others show a slower response and take up to 3 months or more to respond.

How long will my child have to be on the diet?

This will depend on how much benefit there is from the diet. If your child is seizure-free or has had a marked reduction in seizures for 2 years, most doctors would suggest a trial of slowly changing back to a more normal diet. However if your child has been diagnosed with Glut-1 deficiency the ketogenic diet may be a life-time treatment.

Is the ketogenic diet bad for your heart?

Although the diet is high in fat, this fat is changed into ketones. Ketones are used by the brain for energy and should not increase the risk of heart disease. Cholesterol levels will be monitored whilst on the diet. 

What are my next steps?

If you would like to seriously consider the ketogenic diet as a treatment option for your child please speak to your consultant, paediatrician or GP to request a referral to see a ketogenic dietitian.

How do I find out more about the diet?

Request a FREE Daisy Garland Ketogenic Information Pack NOW

What ketogenic support does The Daisy Garland offer?

Our on-line Parent Support Group – Daisy’s Keto Café – is an interactive buzzy café for keto parents and carers. This invitation-only café is a safe place to share worries, thoughts, advice and keto recipes.

The Daisy Garland has funded 21 Ketogenic Dietitians all of them working within the National Health Service treating thousands of children FREE of charge with the ketogenic dietary therapy.

Every child starting the ketogenic diet in the UK is offered a complimentary Daisy Garland Ketogenic Welcome Box bursting with essential items to get your keto journey off to a positive start.

The Really Useful Ketogenic Diets Book, written and produced by us is a user-friendly book packed with essential information, it explains the different diets available, answers FAQ’s, features parents’ testimonials, our dietitians’ Top Tips and has plenty of tempting recipes for you to try. 

Our Ketogenic Dietitians host Ketogenic Cookery Events and Coffee Mornings. Keep your eye on our Events page for updates and more information.