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Ingredients for Keto Chow 2.0 finalized

Just a quick update on Keto Chow 2.0: Last week we gave a check for half payment on the first batch of Keto Chow 2.0. Today I got the film template for the single serving size. I also got the final ingredient list. Of note: there’s an enzyme blend for all those lactose intolerant peoples, also the only sweetener that will be used is sucralose; no AceK, no stevia.

Here’s the full ingredient list as it will appear on the packaging:

Whey Protein Concentrate, Acacia Gum, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin Blend (Vitamin A Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, dl-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Mixed Tocopherols, L-Methylfolate, Methylcobalamin, Niacinamide, Calcium d-Pantothenate, Thiamin HCl, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine HCl, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin K2, Boron Amino Acid Complex, Dicalcium Phosphate, Chromium Picolinate, Copper Gluconate, Potassium Iodide, Ferrous Gluconate, Magnesium Citrate, Manganese Sulfate, Molybdenum, Nickelous Sulfate, Selenomethionine, Vanadyl Sulfate, Zinc Gluconate, Choline L-Bitartrate, Lutein, Lycopene), Potassium Chloride, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Enzyme Blend (Cellulase, Amylase, Papain, Bomelain, Protease, Lipase, Invertase, Lactase, Maltase), Sucralose.

Now we get to play the “when will we get it” game – it’s possible we will have it in time for the New Year’s weight loss resolution mayhem, which would be awesome. 6 weeks minimum, probably longer.

By | 2016-11-08T12:37:27+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Excellent, short, BBC documentary on low carb diets

This entry is part 146 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

Over the weekend, a link to an excellent documentary showed up on /r/keto. It’s really a good overview of a high fat, low carb diet with a decent amount of time spent showing how to do it effectively. They do an excellent job exploring the controversies too. I would absolutely recommend it for anyone wanting to know some of the quick details of keto (and it’ll be a good intro to the junk you’re going to hear from doctors and family when you start!). For those in the US: a “stone” is 14 lbs; for those elsewhere, it’s 6.35kg – they really like their archaic weight measurements!

I read through some of the comments, one thing that jumped out was his GP (primary care physician) told him she can’t say how this affected his liver and kidneys. Yeah, they have blood tests for that. I’ve gotten them. She’s hard to take serious saying things like that. She also recommended he do it for only 3 weeks. Today is my 3rd Halloween where I will not be eating any candy since I started keto 3 years ago just before Halloween. Doing it indefinitely is awesome!

Others noted that it’s ironic that all of the doctors they interviewed who advocate the government dietary guidelines are overweight and some are obese. Especially the guy in charge of the obesity clinic, if he can’t lose weight on the accepted low fat diet, how can they expect people to take their stance seriously?

I also loved this comment:

“What we are concerned about is the lack of substantial long-term evidence for it’s ease of use…”

The “ease of use” argument always gets me. The only reason you could consider a LCHF diet harder to follow is because of how everyone else eats. If we never had to go to work events, family events, or parties where there’s nothing but carbs and everyone questions our diet, it wouldn’t be hard at all! But some of these doctors/dietitians in here are saying that’s a reason to question the inherent effectiveness of the diet. Makes no sense.

If the youtube link stops working, you can also get it from here.

By | 2016-10-31T11:25:36+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Categories: Ketogenic, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Sale on Strawberry, extra discount on Strawberry day packs!

Doing something new today: normally I would have just done a 15% off sale on all the sizes of Strawberry, but we have a bunch of Strawberry day packs on the shelf and I don’t want them to get old…. so we’re marking those down 25%. So, instead of the normal $11.45 price, they’re down to $8.59; order 7 at a time and the additional 5% bulk discount kicks it even further down to $8.16 each! The week and samples of strawberry are 15% off.

By | 2016-10-31T06:08:10+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

New site feature: Custom Calorie Calculator

This entry is part 145 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

I just added a new tool to the Nutrition Information page: a calorie customizer.

It’s simple to use, just put in the calories you want for the day and it’ll tell you how much heavy cream to use. It will also tell you how many grams of carbs, protein, and fat you’ll be getting in each meal. It’s pretty awesome =) One thing to note: some of the fine details are different from what you’d get on the nutrition labels – among other things I discovered the protein content and calories for the heavy cream were off by a tiny amount. This calculator is using all the latest information I have available. and using the USDA values for Heavy Cream. The heavy cream you use may have slightly different values too (which I think is what happened, I probably had values in for the “Darigold 40” I get from Costco).

For fun, it’s also right here:

By | 2016-10-27T10:55:18+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, Preparation, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |4 Comments

15% sale on Vanilla (all sizes)

We’re back from our cruise – did you miss us? =) Our minions did an awesome job keeping everything running while we were out. We did a 4 day cruise with all our kids down to Baja California (Catalina Island and Ensenada). This last week was the longest I’ve gone without Keto Chow for years – I still did keto on the cruise and it wasn’t hard to do at all – if in doubt you just head over to the burger grill nad get some patties with cheese, then throw some bacon at it. Man, I ate a lot of bacon.

As for the sale, you know the drill by now: we’re having a 15% sale on the “Gourmet Vanilla” flavor Keto Chow.

 

By | 2016-10-24T07:29:25+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |1 Comment

20% off sale on Cookies and Cream

This week we’re doing a 20% sale on all the various sizes of Cookies and Cream. It’s one of my favorites.

On an unrelated note, from today until Friday I’m not going to have net access to answer questions on reddit nor email. Orders are still going to ship on time and one of our minions will be fielding all the live chat tickets and website contact form requests.

By | 2016-10-17T05:12:54+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Keto Chow user’s experience with controlling seizures

This entry is part 144 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

Oct 12, 2016 a super awesome post appeared on the Keto Chow subreddit: “Keto Chow for seizure control“. This is an emotional subject for my family and it was awesome to see this post.

I asked Dan if he could email me some of his experience. He was kind enough to do so. The only editing I have done is to fix some formatting issues my blog introduced. Dan wasn’t enticed in any way for his experience though I’m deeply grateful he shared.

My name is Dan.

I was in an accident almost three years ago and received a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). For me this includes severe memory problems and seizures. I have occasional Tonic-Clonic Seizures (AKA convulsive, grand maul) but I mostly experience Complex Partial Seizures (AKA petit mal, focal seizure, staring-spell).

With only couple of minor seizures per day, medication was seen as a good idea, but no emergency. I was put on and taken off of a slew of medications. None were very effective (reduced seizures by only 60%) and all had terrible side effects. One rendered me unable to walk, some caused worse types of seizures, all caused serious and unacceptable emotional side effects. If people knew what these did to your thinking, they would probably not give them to children. In my opinion, these are very dangerous drugs. I found that I was at a high risk of having permanent side effects from the ASD (Anti Seizure Drugs) that were worse than the seizures, as well as increased seizure activity caused by going off the ASD. My memory impairment makes it very difficult to take medication accurately, and ASD needs to be taken on a precise schedule.

This finally ended up with my seizures increasing until in August I was having a minor seizure every 8-10 minutes and near daily convulsive ones. This makes normal function impossible and is very dangerous. My wife understood how Ketogenic diet is used in Seizure control. It is a well accepted practice in children for Refractory Seizures (Seizures unresponsive to medicine). It is unpopular in adults because they tend not to stick to the diet, though it is sometimes used with success on inpatients.

I also happened to be about 80 pounds overweight, and exercise is extremely difficult, even dangerous. (I have very little balance). So I went on a ketogenic diet, and the results were immediate. I went from more than fifty seizures a day to three days without any. My occasional seizures were very brief, and very mild. I found that the anti-seizure effect is not 100% tied to ketosis itself, so I could exceed my macros a little and it still works, but if I accidentally went way over (“sugar free” restaurant food that wasn’t) I would get a long seizure 10-12 hours later. So long as I stuck to my macros I was only getting a minor seizure every few days, better than with any medication. The only side effect? In ten weeks I have lost 60 pounds.

Let’s talk about that…

My doctor says she is happy if somebody loses ten pounds when she tells them to lose weight. Nobody, not one person, has lost anywhere near what I have without surgery. For me it has been effortless. But there were real problems too. The adaption was very difficult due to my underlying symptoms (especially electrolyte imbalances), but over quick enough. Where I was running into problems was my memory. I have a very difficult time tracking my intake, remembering which food is ok, and remembering to eat. Nausea is a daily problem that sometimes makes normal meals impossible.

I was telling my wife how I wished there was Soylent for people on Keto, and she looked around and found there is. We researched several and landed on Keto Chow. We went with Keto Chow because they seemed very honest and transparent, this was not some kickstarter-vaporware, this was a product that has been developed in cooperation with the users. You can tell there is real heart behind this product.

I ordered some vanilla and read cautionary tales about mixing techniques, texture, and mouth feel. Due to nausea I am pretty sensitive about texture. I need not have worried. I measured all the ingredients into my Blendtec and set it going on low for a minute. It was an ordinary vanilla milkshake in every sense of the word. No graininess, no aftertastes. Just milkshake. I eventually ordered other flavors, I like all I’ve tried. Chocolate peanut butter and vanilla are my faves.

Where Keto Chow really shines is how it makes Keto easy. I replace 1-3 meals a day with Keto Chow, assuring that those meals are perfect on their macros, and my electrolytes are good. When I am at my worst, when I can’t remember anything for more than a minute and can’t walk without assistance, my diet is spot on. Before Keto Chow I would play salad bar russian roulette… Hmm, will this food give me a terrible seizure? Or do I not eat and let my blood sugar go all wonky? Each Keto Chow is 33% of my day’s food I don’t have to measure, but I know it’s where it needs to be.

Yesterday was my worst day in months. I had a bad fall in a doctor’s office, had to be assisted everywhere, couldn’t keep anything straight. Because of this I did three meals of Keto Chow, at the end of the day my macros were perfect, I had not once felt hungry, and I spent no valuable cognitive resources on meal planning. My worst moments are when I absolutely need my diet dialed in, and Keto Chow makes this easy. It has turned a serious liability into a stable benefit. When my diet is well controlled I not only rapidly move towards a healthy weight, and reduce seizures, but I also get more out of physical therapy, I recover from things faster, I am less of a burden on my family.

This is about quality of life.

For those that haven’t read “Why I Make Keto Chow“, my first introduction to the ketogenic diet was when our oldest son started having seizures back in 2008. After trying most of the common anticonvulsants (with no success) the neurologist sent my wife home with some information on a dietary treatment to control the seizures. He told her that if they didn’t have success with a medication soon then we would need to try a ketogenic diet. Glancing through the information he provided, my initial reaction was “holy crap, that sounds impossible!” all of the dietary restrictions and rules were more than we could handle. We would be like this family. My wife will correct me but I think medication 16 or so (she corrected me: it was 12) was the one that finally worked to control his seizures without rendering him an effective fixture. He eventually grew and we reduced and then stopped his medication (under the guidance of a neurologist) and he hasn’t had a seizure since 2009.

2009 was a long time ago, but to this day if he makes a weird noise (as boys are want to do) that sounds at all like one of the “grand mal” seizures he had; it all comes rushing back and he gets a scolding for something innocuous like popping his jaw (and freaking out his parents). It was a difficult experience. If there is anything that I could do to aid a family going through that I wouldn’t hesitate. When I read the “Keto Chow for seizure control” post to my wife, she teared up because it’s painful remembering that and thinking about others going through it. To hear that something we have made is benefitting someone so profoundly is more validation than I can handle and I get emotional too.

Yes, that’s Deron Williams in the photo. Several Jazz players (and cheerleaders) came to visit kids at Primary Children’s Hospital where my son was after his first really bad case of seizures.

By | 2016-10-14T07:17:50+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Keto at a Conference, round 2

This entry is part 143 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

A year ago I detailed how I used HydroFlask insulated containers to keep my Keto Chow nice and cold while I was attending classes at the DreamForce Conference in San Francisco. I did it again a few months ago when I used a similar tactic on a trip to DisneyLand. Well, last week was DreamForce again – but this time, I had a new trick in my arsenal: Keto Chow muffins. I used the “brownie” recipe since it makes nice, substantial, muffins that stood up quite well to being in a backpack for a few days. I cooked 12 meals worth a day before I left and froze them so they would last longer out of the fridge. When we reached the AirBNB (that was half way to San Jose, it was nuts) I put my bags of muffins in the fridge along with the Trader Joe’s shelf-stable whipping cream.

For liquid Keto Chow, I brought along 4 days worth of Cookies & Cream in day packs – made for easy transport and since I was mixing up 3 blender bottles at a time, I used a carton of cream and a day pack of Keto Chow in their entirety each time. The blender bottles would go in the fridge for overnight chilling and most of the time I just kept it in the blender bottle and had that for breakfast with 2 meals worth of the muffins in ziploc bags in my backpack (along with keto snacks). Here’s my backpack ready for a day of class:

Ready for Class

The muffins were nice and flexible since they should last unrefrigerated for at least 3 days. If I ended up having something keto at a restaurant, the muffins would go back into the fridge when I got home for the next days’ meals. In all, it worked out great: I stayed in ketosis, didn’t gain any weight on the trip, and didn’t have to worry about meals. This last point was really important as our AirBNB sucked for finding a place to eat. One of the guys I was traveling with ended up having several of my muffins on several occasions rather than going out for food after a long day walking around.

I ate Keto Chow in class, in line, walking down the street, I even ate two of the muffins on Alcatraz island (in the area where food is permitted, naturally).

By | 2016-10-14T07:17:50+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

20% off all flavors of Days

This week we’re going to try something different: instead of doing a sale on a specific flavor, we’re doing a sale on a size! We introduced day packs as an option in June 2015 and they’re quite popular for testing out a bunch of flavors, or for easier storage or transportation. I’ll be blogging more about it in a bit but on my recent trip to San Francisco I used day packages. People in high-humidity areas also tend to like them since they can be used quickly after opening without falling prey to the humidity.

So, grab some day packs. If you’ve never tried making keto chow in a blender, 3 meals at a time, now’s your chance (I put in 237ml of heavy cream, the powder and enough water to fill it up to 48 ounces, blend and split between 3 containers at 16 oz each). Or maybe grab some strawberry and some Torani or Da Vinci sugar free syrups and have a flavor party!

For fun:

By | 2016-10-14T07:17:50+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |0 Comments