Ketogenic Diet Support



Are you looking for a nutritionist familiar with ketogenic diet protocols?

Have you had a hard time finding someone who understands and supports your decision to try this unconventional approach?

Would you like professional guidance to help implement this very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet to support your physical or neurological health?

I’m glad you’re here. Your questions and concerns are welcome here.

It isn’t easy to go against the grain – no pun intended. The ketogenic diet is very different from the mainstream advice we’re accustomed to hearing about what constitutes a “healthy diet.” It requires a very high fat intake, including (and perhaps especially) saturated fats from animals, and high-cholesterol foods, such as eggs and butter. It eliminates all grains, whether whole or not, and also restricts vegetables and fruits to only those with the lowest glycemic indexes and loads – nothing starchy, like potatoes or parsnips, while emphasizing greens and cruciferous vegetables, like kale and broccoli.

Properly planned ketogenic diets are safe and nutritionally sound. They can provide all the calories, vitamins, and minerals you need to support your body’s natural repair processes. And properly executed ketogenic diets are based on fundamental facts of human biochemistry and physiology. There’s no room for fear-mongering, popular sound bites, or political correctness. Ketogenic diets are a logical, science-based, and non-toxic approach to try either on their own or in conjunction with conventional medical and pharmaceutical strategies. Yes, ketogenic diets are radically different from anything else you might have tried in the past, but if what you had tried in the past had been successful, you wouldn’t be here, seeking an alternative.

I have followed the work of several doctors and researchers who are pioneering the groundbreaking research regarding ketogenic diets and other metabolic solutions for cancer and neurological conditions, including:

I am also well-steeped in both the medical and popular literature regarding the efficacy of low-carbohydrate, high-fat, high-cholesterol diets for a stunning variety of conditions. I have read the academic and popular works by the following authors:
I have followed a low-carbohydrate diet myself for approximately ten years, and have implemented intermittent periods of ketosis, so I am familiar with the challenges—and also the joys—of eating this way.

Additionally, I wrote the thesis for my master’s degree in human nutrition on the therapeutic use of ketogenic diets for Alzheimer’s disease. The ketogenic diet is potentially effective for a wide variety of devastating conditions that are rendered even more devastating because they are often unresponsive to conventional treatments. It seems particularly promising for neurological and neurodegenerative illnesses, such as Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. Human trials are also being conducted for using ketogenic diets as adjuncts to the traditional chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. A low-carbohydrate diet—but not necessarily one that is ketogenic—can also offer stunning improvements in obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease.

If you would like to hear me explain why and how ketogenic diets work -- specifically for neurological conditions -- I encourage you to listen to a podcast I recorded for the Real World Paleo podcast. You will likely come away with a new appreciation for the potential of this nutritional strategy to give you or loved one a vastly improved quality of life.


*If you’ve been looking for someone to help you navigate the complex and new dietary landscape your ketogenic diet requires, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I can assist you with the following, and more:
  • The basics: which foods to include and which to avoid
  • New foods: introduce you to foods that you might be unfamiliar with, but that are wonderful to include in a KD: coconut oil/milk; butter from pastured cows; beef tallow and lard from pastured cattle and pigs; dark, leafy greens like kale, dandelion, and mustard
  • Preparation methods: how to add good fats to your dishes and how to cook some of the new foods you might be trying
  • Making your KD work in the real world: tips for attending social functions and dining out—yes, it can be done!
  • Increasing ketone levels with “extras” beyond the diet, such as fasting or incorporating low-level activity (like walking)
  • Perhaps most important: reassuring you of the safety of this diet! I will help you understand why eating more red meat, more cholesterol, and more animal fat, and eating no grains, no fruits, and relatively few vegetables can be highly therapeutic for a body struggling to regain health, and why there’s truly no reason to fear adopting a diet that is quite the opposite of what we’ve been told will keep us healthy.

If you are considering adopting a ketogenic diet for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact me. I’m happy to offer an absolutely free consultation to answer your questions and address your concerns so that you can make an informed decision about whether a ketogenic diet is a suitable course of action. My email address is tuitnutrition@gmail.com. I am located in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, DC, but I can conduct consultations via phone or Skype.

In the meantime, I cannot recommend the following site highly enough. The Ketogenic Diet Resource site is the best one-stop-shop for virtually everything you would want to know about the whys and wherefores of ketogenic diets:

Ketogenic Diet Resource - by Ellen Davis


Thank you, and be well. It takes courage to step outside the mainstream and even consider an unconventional option, so give yourself credit for coming even this far, whether or not you ultimately decide to try a ketogenic diet.






Disclaimer: Amy Berger, M.S., NTP, is not a licensed physician, and Tuit Nutrition, LLC is not a medical service. The information contained on this site is intended to help support health through nutrition and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition.  

21 comments:


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  2. How much for the consulting services?

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    1. Hi there. Please email me directly using the "contact me" section at the right side of my website and I'll send you my services and fees. Thanks!

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  3. Hello,
    I am desperately looking for a Nutrionist who is familiar or expert in kentogenic diet. Please help me as my son is relapsed from brain cancer, the doctor said it could be glioma. The surgery will be scheduled next week. Please help me

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    1. I recommend you contact Miriam Kalamian: www.dietarytherapies.com

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  4. Amy, you would probably appreciate Nick Lane's book 'The Vital Question.' He approaches cell biology from a different perspective than the nutritionist--he's looking at evolutionary first causes. But he explains in a very lucid way how cell respiration evolved from fermentation as a source of energy. Anyone who is looking at Thomas Seyfried's work will know why that's pertinent.

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    1. Funny you should mention Nick Lane. I'm in the middle of his book on mitochondria now. It's a little dense and not an easy read, but it's FASCINATING. :)

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  5. Reactive Hypoglycemia, Insulin Resistant, High Stress Life.....Ugh. Is it feasible to continue with very low carb lifestyle. Losing a little weight wouldn't hurt my feelings :-)

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    1. Well, what's the alternative? Some other diet? If you have reactive hypoglycemia and are insulin resistant, than in my opinion, low carb is probably the best way to go.

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  6. Hi i have been doing the Keto diet for 2 weeks now, I am following the Keto cycle program from Jason Wittrock and on the program it says after 2 weeks to have my first carb day, is 2 weeks long enough to be fat adapted? I am 20 years old, male, college student, and I am already feeling sharper in the mind and more energetic.

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  7. Hi I have been doing the keto diet for 2 weeks now, I have stuck to under 30 g of carbs and most of which is dietary fibre. I have been following a program called the Keto Cycle by Jason Wittrock and it says after 2 weeks I have to have my first carb day. Is two weeks enough to be fat adapted? I have already felt more energetic, happier, and sharper in the mind after two weeks. I am a male 6'2 178lbs and 20 years old. Thanks!

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    1. It depends on what your goals are. There is no "need" for a carb-up day, but I can't comment as I know nothing about your situation other than your age and weight. Carb refeeds are not necessary, but some people find they do well with them. You should probably ask Jason, no? It's his program... ;-)

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  8. Hello, Amy
    My mother has had AD since roughly 2005. We have had her on a no sugar, no starch diet since 2013. I can't say she has improved, but her advancement has been slow. Even so, it was even from the start, before we improved her diet. Should we have expected actual improvement?
    I looked for a link to buy your book but haven't found one. Can you send a link? Thank you

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  9. Hi Ann, my book is available on Amazon, (Paperback and Kindle versions are available now, and there might be an audible version coming at some point.) See here: https://www.amazon.com/Alzheimers-Antidote-Low-Carb-High-Fat-Cognitive/dp/1603587098/

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    1. Hi Amy, I just listened to your interview with Dr Perlmutter...excellent info, thank you!
      I would love to see you put out an audio version of your book. My mother is legally blind with Macular Degeneration @ age 87 and is the sole caregiver for my step father, age 84, who has AD. Thank you for endeavoring on this journey to bring solutions for AD to the world. Much gratitude!

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  10. Hi Amy, I have been on a Keto diet since Mid Feb. I stopped taking insulin (Diabetic since 1995 ), since day one, and have lost about 20 lbs ( putting me at about 180lbs), and my BG's are generally between 120 and 175, avg about 150 i guess. I am wondering if eating too much protein can cause the rise in blood sugar, and to counter this i am guessing i should do more prolonged fasts... (and eat less protein). My wife is vegan, so to get meat protein i generally dine out, and its harder to calculate i think - I guess i need about 65 gr. protein a day to match lean body mass...

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    1. Hi Ed, 65g protein is very low for an adult man. Eating a very large amount of protein might affect blood glucose in some people, but I would not recommend decreasing below 65g per day. In fact, that is low for a small-framed woman, let alone a man. Your BG is now 120-175, but what was it before? There's a chance it is already vastly improved from what it was in the past.

      Also: when are you testing that you are seeing 120-175? Is that your fasting level, or after meals? If after meals, how long after your meal are you testing? Are you taking any medication? Many medications affect blood glucose even when you're eating low carb.

      Fasting can be helpful but I cannot recommend it without knowing more about your individual situation and health history. I can say, though, that 65g of protein per day sounds pretty low to me for a grown man. Consider booking a consultation if you'd like individualized advice. (See the "Services" tab on my website.)

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  11. Hi Amy - wondering about Keto for APOE4 folks? Have you researched and/or written about this? Thanks!

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    1. I touch on it briefly in my book, but your #1 best resource for ApoE4 info is: http://apoe4.info/

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  12. Hello Amy,
    I am from Chile and was wondering if you know anyone who would be able to elaborate a simple ketogenic meal plan for me. We don't have all de brands and products you have in the US.
    I haven't found anyone in my country to help me.
    Best regards,

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    1. Hi anonymous...My Type 1 Diabetic husband and I, (insulin resistant) have been eating a ketogenic diet for about six years. We do not use "Products." We simply eat whole foods...beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish, and shell fish, etc. and leafy green vegetables with butter or coconut oil or olive oil or lard or talllow. Read through the above comments where Amy recommends some excellent sources of support. Good Luck

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