KetoCon 2018

KetoCon 2018

Before we get started let me just say…  “First time KetoCon attendee here.” 🙋  That being said, if you don’t want further details, just know it was great but the experience of the entire weekend was awesome (although exhausting!)  Ok, for those of you that want to know more, let’s dive in to the weekend that felt like “Summer Camp” as I heard multiple people refer to it…  seeing your keto fam for a short period of time, making unforgettable memories with people that understand your lifestyle.

 

 

That creative work I completed for Jade is the reason I was able to attend.  Being part of Jade’s creative team allowed her to list me as her guest and for me to attend.  I was very excited (as you can see) to learn more about the Ketogenic diet, reconnect with people, and meet people that had stories to share about their personal keto journey.

 

KetoCon Day 1 – Walking from the parking garage

 

After the opening ceremonies, Carrie Brown was first up on the main stage – although I was eagerly awaiting to hear my friend Gillian speak…  Another amazing epilepsy warrior I met via Life Elektrik, but more about her later when I cover her speech.  Back to Carrie…  I really enjoyed listening to her speak, because she talks a lot about mental health & the Ketogenic diet.

 

I know when I started the Modified Atkins Diet in 2015 I felt amazing physically & mentally – until I didn’t physically. (That’s another post.)  Since being on the Ketogenic diet, I have felt absolutely amazing  mentally.  Not a single day has gone by that I’ve felt any feelings even close to depression.  Anxiety does pop up, but I find it easier to control now.  I had never once considered the effect keto was having on my mental health.  I was so focused on trying to gain seizure control, that I didn’t realize the benefits I had gained for my mentally and outlook.  I was no longer staying in bed as long as possible to make the days shorter – avoiding my responsibilities and complaining about everything.

Carrie also spent a large part of her talk discussing the MTHFR gene mutation, which has been said to be controlled with a keto lifestyle. To read more about her thoughts on this topic visit her site here.

After hearing Carrie Brown speak, I went upstairs to a breakout room to listen to Gillian speak about her journey with epilepsy and the Ketogenic diet.  I met Gillian shared her epilepsy story via Life Elektrik and participated in our Q & A video series.  We had communicated many time via Instagram and email, but we had never met in person.  I was so excited to be meeting her, and honored to be able to hear her speak about her journey.  If you aren’t already familiar with Gillian, you can check out her website Keto All Day Everyday here and find her on Instagram here.

 

Let me just say, I couldn’t help but cry during Gillian’s speech.  She did an amazing job of balancing information and facts with her personal story.  I could feel her story and relate but I also learned a few things in the process.  It’s amazing to me that after 20+ years on this journey with epilepsy I still have so much to learn and there is still so much to be discovered.

Although stories were shared, and a lot of serious points were made, there was still plenty of time for fun…  Like this gem. Keto Krate was doing a giveaway, so I could resist participating for a chance to win the haul displayed at their booth.

 

Being silly for the Keto Krate giveaway at KetoCon.

 

 

 

Reconnecting & building new friendships

 

After Day 1 of KetoCon, I was invited to attend Keto Night Out, hosted by FBomb & Fit Keto Girls on the roof top of Corazon in downtown Austin.  The roof top reminded me of LA…  The weather was perfect, and company want great!

 

Heart shaped record installation in the Corazon lobby

 

I had a fun night fill with foosball, great conversation, and making memories…  I felt grateful to attend the party, surrounded by so many amazing people.

 

Jade & I

 

Jade, Nicole, Myself, Liz & Gillian

 

Jade, Nicole & Gillian

 

Myself & Gillian

 

 


Day 2 of KetoCon was a bummer…  I didn’t get to attend due to my sitter falling through without notice.  I missed out on some great presentations, but I made the most out of the day by having fun with Sadie.

 

Here’s a cute video of Sadie barking for her soccer ball (5 seconds long)

 


Day 3 of KetoCon:  Back on track!  I arrived early, because Jade was scheduled to be the first speaker on the main stage that morning.  I wanted to be there to take photos, offer support, and listen to her share her journey with epilepsy and the Ketogenic diet.

 

 

There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience during Jade’s speech.  Her mother was in the audience and it was emotional to hear her comment during the Q&A portion of the presentation, expressing her pride in Jade, sharing her love & support.

 

 

Jade & I at the FBOMB booth

 

Hanging out at the FBOMB booth allowed me to meet people and hear their stories of healing journeys through keto.

 

Drool worthy FBOMBS!

 

Wende & Myself

 

Since I passed on Terry Black’s on day 1, I decided to give it a try.  I heard mixed reviews before heading over, but it was too close to not try their BBQ.  No matter how good the BBQ, I did not anticipate the line…

I waited an hour in this line for BBQ.

 

Dill pickles, AlternaSweets BBQ Sauce & 1 lb. of Brisket

 

After lunch, I made my way back across the street to KetoCon just in time to get ready for the stories panel.  The audience asked questions, and members of the panel shared insight from their perspectives.  They all live a keto lifestyle for different reasons, so it was interesting to see how each question applied to their particular situations and how keto had been beneficial for their healing journeys.

 

Sorry, this one is from my phone, and the lighting was terribly dark.

 

Once the stories panel wrapped up, I headed over to the FBOMB booth to help Ross & Ruby packed up and get ready to head home to Arizona.  First to come down was the FBOMB!

Here’s a video of Ross having some fun with Ruby while breaking down the booth.

 

Myself & Ruby

 

Having fun before saying goodbye to my foosball buddy.

 

And, that’s a wrap for KetoCon 2018!

 


Sunday night was our final night together as a keto fam before “Summer Camp” ended, so we made the most of it by swimming at Barton Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an amazing weekend filled with incredible memories.

Christalle Bodiford is an artist, advocate, writer, and adventure seeker. As an entrepreneur diagnosed with epilepsy, Christalle brings a unique perspective of empowerment that inspires others to embrace a positive mindset and live with purpose. When she’s not writing or advocating, Christalle enjoys puppy snuggles with her scruffy terrier and outdoor adventures with her husband.

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