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What not to eat and drink for people with epilepsy.


 I am sitting here wondering if a change in my diet wo uld better control my seizures. Does anyone know of any fooor driinks  you are not suppose to have with epilepsy. I know alcohol is out because it interacts with some medications. Is There anything else?

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Comment by Monica Ranee Rosales on May 30, 2015 at 1:02am
Grapefruit juice interferes with most medications. This does work for some people but not all. I had Epilespy for years and eat and drink whatever I want. I have friends with Epilespy who do not eat dairy and gluten foods and they are seizure free for over 10 years.
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Comment by Carole Gulbransen on September 21, 2012 at 10:18am

To clarify,  I would AVOID the foods  (like soy, dairy, wheat), and partake of the Estrogen-inhibiting foods like Broccoli, cabbage, berries, citrus fruits, grapes, green beans, pineapple, cabbage, melons, etc. 

Comment by Carole Gulbransen on September 21, 2012 at 10:02am

Thanks for asking!!!!   After making just subtle changes to my diet I am seizure free.  There is hope!    The complex-partials seemed to be aggrivated by hormonal changes around the menstrual cycle, so not only did I make changes to my diet by avoiding wheat, dairy, sugar, processed foods, but I also checked out foods that supposedly had Estrogen-producing qualities and/or Estrogen-inhibiting qualities and began focusing on these during that 2 week period (before/during/after).  This seemed to make a big difference.  Also just keepin' on with avoiding known triggers (lack of sleep, stress, etc.) and working on better breathing techniques - like Yoga -  since studies have shown disordered breathing (Hyperventilation?) is common among those who have Seizure Disorder.   A great resource book that I found helpful is: "Treating Epilepsy Naturally" by Patricia A. Murphy.     I know trying something new can be overwhelming, but maybe just make some small changes over a few weeks and see what happens!!!!!  

Comment by bryan farley on May 22, 2011 at 11:57pm



I can tell you what has worked for me. Most people think I am crazy. I never would have believed that I could have eaten this way, because I loved eating and cooking.


Once I changed my diet two years ago, my health improved dramatically. I started eating healthy. I stopped eating beef and pork. I stopped eating processed flour. I do not add any sugar to my food. I do not add salt. I do not drink coffee. Very little dairy.


Two years later, I eat and drink whatever I want. It just so happens, I have changed what I want. I do not want to eat ice cream or candy. I do not want a mocha. Sometimes I eat cheese. Salt tastes very salty, so I avoid foods with it.


I noticed strange things about my body. I often thought I was tired because of my meds, but I was actually tired because I ate a whole package of ravioli. Once I was tired, I drank coffee. Then I couldn't sleep and I was jittery. So, I took more medication and became dehydrated and tired. I was so out of touch with my body.


Now, I select food that is healthy. I eat a lot of raw food. Raw and unsalted nuts. I drink fresh juice. I make smoothies from fruit.  Real fruit. Or I buy smoothies, but only the healthy kind. I love chicken, but grilled. No fried food or fast food.


My body craves healthy food now. If I ever "splurge,"  I eat cheese and a healthy cracker.


I carry food with me everywhere, and I snack. I drink water and a couple types of tea. I have access to healthy food which helps. Some people do not. My wife and kids do not eat the same thing that I do. I miss some of the food culture, but I also notice that other people use food to hide emotions.


Occasionally, I drink a beer or a glass of wine, but I am really moderate with any alcohol, because I can feel how it changes my body. I also choose something good so I can enjoy it.


feel free to ask more questions

Good luck.

Comment by Paul Nim on May 22, 2011 at 11:37pm

A few years ago, an article was printed in www.epilepsy.com. It had input from people on what to eat and what not to eat. Since then, I've tried to stay away from junk food and/or MSG, but the results may depend on each individual.


I also came across an article which could be just as helpful. It is entitled: Is it really true that people with seizures can't eat junk food. It was published two years ago, at the same website, but you might have to type the whole name of the article.

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