Maryann’s ketodinner

Since I have started a keto diet for migraine all my friends look at me like an alien.

They are happy because I lost all my over-weight and because I have solved the migraine problem I had since I was very young.

At the same time, however, they are all ready to shoot judgments on the danger of a long term ketosis. According to them a life without carbohydrates is not life, that brain and muscles need sugars to work and so on, but mostly they’re convinced that without carbohydrates it’s a sad life.

I try to explain that it is not so, that I eat more than before and that I don’t miss anything and that I eat even desserts… low carb keto desserts of course!

But they look at me almost with pity and their eyes seem to say, ‘ okay … without carbo she’s getting crazy!’

So tired to explain always the same things I’ve decided to invite them to a keto-dinner at my home.

They accepted just to be kind and I am sure that they said each other that after dinner they could go for a pizza or some spaghetti somewhere.

A couple of them told me that with a barbecue it would be easy to prepare the dinner.

But there wouldn’t be any barbecue that evening because I was going to cook keto dishes.

They were skeptical, and I’m sure they thought that a good barbecue would be better.

I begged them to come without any kind of cakes or ice-cream and if they had had the bright idea to bring desserts the hens were going to eat them … better be clear!

On the evening of the dinner I set up the table with all the good things I’ve prepared and I kept them covered until they all arrived.

I explained that the dinner for them, rather than Keto, was low carb because, unlike me, they did not have to calculate the amount of carbohydrates introduced daily, but that each dish was absolutely keto.

A couple of friends brought some spaghetti. I told them that if at the end of the dinner, if they were still hungry, I’d cook them. One of them put on the pot!

When I uncovered the dishes on the table there was a moment of complete silence.

There was ham, slices of bresaola rolled with provolone sticks, biscuits made with chia, sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds cooked in the oven and with tomatoes cut into very small cubes, olive oil, oregano and basil, a big plate of Gricia with very low carb pasta, diced turkey with capers, grilled zucchini, an egg roll stuffed with cheese and ham, a pizza with a zucchini crust, a roll made with zucchini and eggs stuffed with cheese and arugula, Parmesan chips, green salad. There was even bread made with the ketoflour to clean up dishes!.

They all started to eat with skepticism, but after a while, they said it was all yummy and they couldn’t believe to the notes on every dish with the total amount of carbs.

The dish that had the most was the Gricia, but they ate only a little plate little because full of other things.

When we finished to eat and we removed the dishes desolately empty I brought in the desserts.

There was a magnificent Caprese powdered with icing 0 carb Erythritol, chia seed pudding, a cheesecake without a cookie base, a keto-choco fudge and little glasses with a base made with one of my cookies recipes, softened cream cheese with a little of whipping cream, sweetened with Erythritol and a few drops of vanilla. On the top of the cream I put a Blueberry and a teaspoon of Blueberry 0 carb syrup.

When I took out the coffee ice-cream from the freezer they all started to clap hands with joy!

They finished everything. They ate the crumbs too!

At the end of dinner they couldn’t believe that they have eaten such a little amount of carbs.

They were satiated, but didn’t feel full.

When they went away I gave them back their spaghetti … of course raw!

Do they will still talk about how bad is my keto-diet?

I hope I convinced them that it’s a very good diet!


Hi, my name is Maryann and I’m writing from Italy. I’m 58 years old and since I was very young I’ve always suffered with headache.
In the beginning it wasn’t too bad, but growing up it became worse and worse. I used to pass my days in silent dark rooms, without going out with my friends.
Almost every day I had to take medicines just to be able to do simple things. Some days I brought my son to school and I wasn’t able to go back home and so I waited for four or five hours sitting in my car waiting the end of my son’s lessons and go home with him.
My family just walked around me on tiptoe to let me rest.
I saw many doctors and tried many preventive medicine. The only thing I obtained was to feel as a zombie. I was afraid to go out alone and to drive. I was very depressed.
On December 2014 I made contact with a doctor that was using as a treatment for migraine a Ketogenic diet.
On January 2015, after blood tests, I’ve started my diet. I felt very good since the beginning. From a daily headache I’ve passed to one/two maximum days of pain per month and they are very easy to combact, sometimes they go away only with a couple of cups of a good Italian coffee, sometimes else I need to take a medicine, but very rarely.
I’m full of energy, I sleep very well. I’ve lost all my overweight. My blood tests are perfect and no pain! What else can I want??
I love my new life and my family too.
I hope I can be on a Ketogenic diet for a long time. I don’t have any difficult without carbs and there are a lot of low carb recipes that I like to make when I have cravings.


ciao, I ask sorry to everybody for my incorrect englesh. I suffer from cluster buster headache from more than 30 years. I’m episodic, 4 months a year. my CH is very painful and aggressive. I can sleep max 2-3 hour a night. from about 16 years I decide to don’t use any medical treatment. in the beginnig of december when CH start I discovered the chetogenic diet. for me was really surprise. after 20 days of diet, pain was disappeared. sometimes I still have a very very light discomfort but not any pain.


1 marzo alle ore 9:15

I started the ketogenic diet in November 2014.

Until then, I suffered from chronic cluster headache and chronic migraine with and without aura.

Migraine appeared in the first years of my life, as I remember myself suffering that pain already at the nursery school; while cluster headache appeared in my late twenties, I do not have precise memories about that because it was a period of great changes in my life and I had little time to think about my sickness. I only remember that I swallowed any medications that I could find to be able to live.

Migraine turned chronic even before I became an adult, while cluster headache turned chronic in the early 2000s.

In the last 10 years, until February 2015, I must have had hardly 30 days without cluster headache, while migraine gave me breath a few hours on a few days per month, but for the rest of my days my head was always plunged into the pain.

Thinking about my life, as long as I lived with my birth family nobody has ever wanted to talk about my sickness, as if it was something to be ashamed of. I wondered why we could talk about the others’ illness while we had to conceal mine.

Unfortunately when it’s your head to hurt, people think it depends on brain problems, and that so much pain can only be caused by wrong behavior or attitude.

It comes to my mind one of my sisters asking me a thousand of questions about what I had done to get such a vomit and other effects of the pain, she could not understand how was it possible, while I felt that everybody in my family thought I was the cause of all that sickness.

Later on, when many doctors too said it was impossible to have headache every day, even I gradually started to think I myself was the cause of my sickness. That is the worse thought I’ve ever made.

How long it took to understand that my head was right and that the “only” problem I had was a disease mostly unknown at that time.

I’ve grown up this way, always with my head aching little or much every day, even if I only counted days with a strong pain, otherwise nobody would believe me – indeed they never believed me.

Mariella, a childhood friend of mine I’m still in touch with, told me that she well remembers my perpetual sickness, she also remembers all the times they brought me home from school because of the strong pain.

It makes me feel good listening to her words, they are like a precious balm that heals many wounds, it is as if I took care of the little girl I was and of her sickness, although that little girl made it despite everything.

Here self-confidence reaches vertiginous peaks.

In my life I’ve tried all sorts of things with scarce and fluctuating benefits, until I started the ketogenic diet. By now it’s more than a year I’ve been following it

Results: cluster headache expired on 2nd April 2015, and migraine attacks firstly halved and since last 10th January I’ve only had 10 hours of pain, and not even too strong.

I’ll keep on following the ketogenic diet as far as I can, my blood test are ok and I’m fine. I’m almost 65 and I’ve got the energy of a girl of 18

I feel a deep love for those who suffer from these diseases, and I would like that SHE (headache) had the right visibility.

I fight for that and sometimes discouragement overwhelms me.

You just cannot let that a pain that accompanies a person for her/his lifetime goes unnoticed. No, you just cannot.

Thank you so much to all those who always help us.

I love you


Ferrara (Italy)

P.S.I asked Rita (my son’s fiancée) to translate this text for me, unfortunately I have not a word of English.


My migraine starts with the arrival of menarche at the age of 12 and since then has always been present in my life, with stops only during my pregnancy! When I was young it was associated with vomiting and stomach ache. After few years, only headache. I visited several headaches and followed all prescribed treatement centers throughout Italy, moreover I tried two or three times with the acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, psychiatrists. Unfortunately none of these treatments was effective. In 1997 I was hospitalized for 10 days in the hospital in Milan to detox myself from drugs I had to take every day, and after being discharged I also abandoned the prescription they gace me, because worsened my headache. I kept going on visits with neurologists but always with bad results. After trying with other medications I definitely resigned. Then my doctor in mid-February 2016 began to prescribe me the ketogenic diet based on a food replacement based on a specific formula of protein powders specifically developed for neurological purposes and only vegetables with a maximum daily of 50 grams of carbohydrate. After only three days, I went into ketosis and I left the painkillers. Currently, at the end of February, it is about 15 days which, despite having a slight headache, it goes away by itself! I am very pleased considering the 51 years that I keep suffering of migraines. Thanks God, there is the ketogenic diet.
Giusy – Milano – Italy

Riccardo Filmaker

Here the experience of Riccardo Filmaker:

I’ve experienced the Keto diet for 2 months last year and I’m currently a member of the Ketogenic Diet Page here on FB. I’ve tried it under control of my doctor and anyone who wants to try it, has to do it under a specialist surveillance. Besides that, I can say that my migraines almost disappeared. Unfortunately I suffer a lot from tens headeache and it seems there’s not much to do with it.


This the experience of Sandra Barilli:

I’m 51 years old and I’ve been suffering from headaches since I was a child. Under the supervision of a headaches-center I tried many prophylaxis and many different triptans (abusing them made them losingtheir effectiveness).
I started my first diet on the first of October, 2014. Before that I
had an average of 14 cephalalgies per month, and I could get reliefonly using triptans. During diet the average is 5 and sometimes I can even getbetter just using a common analgesic: it was never the case before;not only that, but they are also softer!
After the first three months of diet I stopped taking Laroxyl and
Inderal without any problems, actually I even felt better.
I lost about 9 kg of weight, then I made it steady, since I didn’t
need to lose more.
The actual important thing was.. feeling a normal human being! No
fears of having headaches at the worst possible times, no need to besure to have drugs in the purse.. no worries about losing holidays orparties. A new life.
It wasn’t easy, I had to work hard because the desire of eating pasta,fruit, even bread was strong. It’s hard to go to a restaurant with friends or’s difficult to listen to comments about the
weight loss, or about a diet which appears absurd (even to doctors).The worst was my mother, she would offer me bread, pasta, sweets every single day! But even if it was hard, nothing came close to “just” a week of cephalalgies.
Because I work with honey, last April I had to interrupt the diet.
Some months after the pains were back, so as soon as the “honey
season” finished I started the diet again, and I’m currently on it.
This time since I have more experience I’m trying new recipes, and the food is way more tasteful (of course accordingly to the diet). Thus I can please my palate and at the same time have very good results about the headaches. Last month I took only two triptans and two common analgesic, with the latter being less strong than what I was used to. For whoever suffers headaches, whoever is unsure about this method: I strongly advice you to go on this diet. If you have just started: don’t give up, because it is well worth it! 

Maria Grazia

my name is Maria Grazia Guerrazzi, 56 years old, I live in Rome, Italy.
My headache started 1973 and kept on until January 2015.
Often I considered euthanasia during those past years because of the pain… the pain was unbearable and one never knows if and when it will have an end.
In December 10th 2014 I went at a Doctor for a visit as a practitioner in order to ask to start the ketogenic prophylaxis against the caphalagy. Since that day I was reborn!

Started the diet, I immediately stopped other drugs ( i usually took anti-epileptics drugs twice a day).
Today, if necessary, I take a painkiller.
Meanwhile I could celebrate my first year without headaches.
Today I can make plans, and I can support initiatives that interest me … I did not remember that you could be so “light” and happy.
Today my family is more relaxed … not only my husband and my son.. but also everyone around me ..

Doc , nickname given to my doctor, has always been for me and for all of us, in the group of persons suffering on headache, a constant and responsive presence. A friend.
I do not know how he does, but has the special gift of always being there, for everyone with tips encouragement, laughter, studies.

I hope that this testimony could be important for other people who have headaches because a normal and beautiful life may be available for everyone: it is easy to follow the diet after learning the rudiments.

your faithfully
Maria Grazia Guerrazzi

Le 13/03/2016 Maria Grazia Guerrazzi