Monthly Archives: September 2017

//September

Staying Keto on a River Trip, reminder: get your electrolytes

Last week I went on a 4 day Grand Canyon river rafting trip. It was really cool. I went to spend some time with my dad who was doing a Night Photography workshop – I didn’t have nearly as good of a camera as the other photographers, plus it was the first time I was actually shooting milky way photos instead of just holding the lights. I still got a few really cool shots:

If you want to kill some time there’s a photo album of all the various photos and videos I took. I also had a GoPro strapped to my chest taking a photo every 10 seconds that I later correlated with the GPS tracks. There are 3200 photos between album 1, and album 2. It’s a bit easier to watch as a hyperlapse video.

Going into all this I was worried about what I would be able to eat. I put on the sign-up form in the dietary restrictions section that I was on an “Atkins diet” (meh, it’s easier to explain than Keto and essentially I’m just continually doing the induction phase of Atkins, so whatever). The reply I got was:

Thank you for sharing your dietary restriction of “Atkins diet” with us.  Please review our menu below which does have many options that should fit your dietary needs.  Feel free to bring additional food items to supplement if needed.  When bringing supplemental items you will want to ensure that it would not require any special preparation or use of our cooking facilities.  Due to the demands on the guides they are not able to accommodate special requests.

OK, I can understand that. I looked over the menu and decided I would make whatever was available work. Worst case scenario I would just do intermittent fasting: eat when keto food is available and skip eating when it’s not. My dad (also doing keto) brought along a few cartons of Trader Joe’s shelf-stable whipping cream so we could make Keto Chow on the river. Here’s how it went down:

Day 1: Keto Chow for Breakfast. I had another one ready for lunch and decided to drink it early (at like 10) so I wouldn’t have to worry about keeping it cold. Lunch at the ranch was meat and cheese for sandwiches. I didn’t know what dinner was going to be so I ate some meat on a cheese sandwich. There was a guy named Leon from Australia that saw me eating it and asked if I was doing Keto or something… wait, what? Yeah, he had been doing keto for a few months but had stopped for their trip. I tell you: the day is fast approaching where I won’t have to explain my way of eating! Dinner that night was a bunch of carbs plus some roast beef grown there on the ranch. Only had salt and pepper, so I ate some of that too.

Day 2: Bacon, eggs, and carbage for breakfast, I had the bacon and eggs =) Lunch was on the river and was tuna salad cones (which I later adapted for my own use). I piled up some tuna and mayo onto cheese. The funny thing was others in the group were starting to copy us and skip the bread: “If they can eat the center of the sandwich then so can I!” Dinner was spaghetti and garlic bread. There was really nothing I could eat so my dad and I split a carton of whipping cream and had Keto Chow for dinner. Two of the guides are sisters and their mom was put on a ketogenic diet by her doctor so they knew what was up. They said their mom had a hard time finding keto food and sticking with the diet – I happen to have something that helps with that =).

Day 3: Bacon, eggs, and carbage for breakfast, I had the bacon and eggs =) Meat and cheese for lunch again (mostly cheese), more people skipping the bread. Dinner was steak and shrimp (plus some other stuff I didn’t care about).

Day 4: Big sausages, eggs, and carbage for breakfast, I had the sausage and eggs =) Lunch was a sandwich in the bus back to Las Vegas (I gave away the brownie, chips and got an extra mayo packet for my cheese and meat).

I felt like I was doing rather well sticking to my diet. I had been overdoing it on the protein a bit but I was still keeping the carbs down probably between 20-50g (yes that’s wide margin). BUT my electrolytes were getting low. I started to really feel it on the morning of the 4th day. An abnormally high requirement for Magnesium runs in my family and I had only brought 4 Magnesium Malate pills. My normal diet of Keto Chow for most meals makes that more than sufficient but that morning I was starting to feel cramps in my thighs, calves and other large muscles. I also had a headache growing and was feeling pretty tired. I had planned a bit ahead and brought along a bag of “Real Salt” that had some potassium chloride mixed in as well – I mixed about 2 teaspoons of that into some tepid water I had in my bottle and drank it. It was way saltier than I normally like but it REALLY tasted good: yep I was definitively low on salt. A few minutes later I felt just fine.

Day 0 of the trip, as we rounded a corner and saw Las Vegas off in the distance, I realized I was in Dave Feldman’s home turf. It was too late to hang out with him that night but we arranged to meet up after returning to civilization. We ended up at a Jason’s Deli having a very early dinner. Dave was doing another of his n=1 experiments on himself so his food was… uncharacteristic =) I’ll not spoil the surprise when he reveals his next results. Suffice it to say that he normally eats 3000 calories/day to maintain his weight and was currently gaining weight on 2000 calories/day because he was eating differently. He is sharing some advance info about his experiments over on his Patreon page though. I will report that Dave took photos of all his food so I didn’t get the $100 bounty prize for anybody that catches him not taking a photo before he eats.

Dave has gotten a lot of unjustified criticism from lipidologists (who, frankly, should have been the ones making the discoveries he is finding but they have too much invested in the current model to admit to being so terribly wrong). He is absurdly methodical with the way he does his testing and not only tracks, but takes a freaking picture of what he eats AND a picture of anything he doesn’t finish too – just in case there’s a potential question about his methods. He also declares his hypothesis PUBLICLY before doing a test instead of crafting the narrative to fit the results he likes.

Anyhow, it was a really fun conversation and totally worth the detour.

I tried to find some magnesium supplement pills when we stopped in Mesquite, but all of them were magnesium oxide. Effectively worthless as the least bioavailable form of magnesium. I dosed up on Magnesium at 2 A.M. when I got home and felt just dandy when I woke up 3 hours later to get the kids ready for school (my awesome wife left for the Kansas City Low Carb conference while I was on my way home).

Flavor of the Week September 25-October 1: 10% off sale on Mocha 2.0.1 week packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Mocha 2.0.1. Check out the reviews of 2.0 Mocha!

Speaking of reviews, you should check out our store reviews on Google, and the reviews of Keto Chow. Here’s a “taste”:

I absolutely love Keto Chow, not only does it taste great, strawberry 🍓, yum, the nutritional value is A+. I have been Keto for 9 months, happy to have found a great tasting addition to my menu.

Here’s another, should be noted that I publish all of the reviews that come in – bad or good – as they are, typos intact. The only ones I remove are spam posts from people wanting you to buy pills to “enhance performance” and such:

This flavor is amazing — really caramelly with a very distinct “burnt sugar” taste which just makes it taste more real. Delicious, especially if you add it to coffee!

By | 2017-09-25T05:47:36+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week September 18-September 24: 10% off sale on Cookies & Cream 2.0.1 week packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Cookies & Cream 2.0.1. Check out the reviews of 2.0 Cookies & Cream!

Speaking of reviews, you should check out our store reviews on Google, and the reviews of Keto Chow. Here’s a “taste”:

Keto Chow is the keystone of a good day of healthy eating and healthy living, whether I’m eating strictly keto or simply eating well.

Here’s another, should be noted that I publish all of the reviews that come in – bad or good – as they are, typos intact. The only ones I remove are spam posts from people wanting you to buy pills to “enhance performance” and such:

This is great! When the instructions say to “stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes, but over night is preferred”, read and heed! First time, I tried 30 minutes and it was ok but I was left with that nasty artificial sweetener after taste that we all know and hate. Every time after that I’ve left it in the fridge for AT LEAST 4 hours and it’s been nothing but great since then. Highly recommended.

By | 2017-09-25T05:45:06+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eating Keto to Save the Planet (I’m serious)

A lot of people have concerns when they start keto that “well sure, it’s healthy for me but what would happen if everybody started eating like this? Wouldn’t it destroy the environment?” There is a simple thing you can do to stop desertification, lower atmospheric CO2, improve soil health, AND your own health: increase your consumption of ruminant agriculture products. Wait, isn’t that the opposite of what everyone says? Don’t cows destroy the planet, lick your dog, and emit greenhouse gases that will destroy the world? (seriously, you gotta watch that clip!)

Not even close, quite the opposite, and it turns out you’ve been taught that way because John Harvey Kellogg and others pushed a vegetarian agenda way back in the 1800s.

Look, they were wrong about fat being bad for you, carbs being good for you, cholesterol causing heart disease and much more. Why would they be right about this? What if it’s ALL been a lie? OK, so this is going to be a bit of a dive down a rabbit hole, I’ll take you through it in the order I ran across the pieces, I recommend you visit each link and come back here for the next one.

  1. On the first stop of our journey, we have this audio recording of a presentation by Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, given at the 2016 Low Carb USA conference.
  2. I listened to that recording on my drive to work one morning, it was thought-provoking enough that when I got to work I tried to search for stuff I had heard and ended up on this page.
  3. Dr. Peter Ballerstedt also did a variation of his talk at the Low Carb Breckenridge 2017 conference – it’s a video so you can see his slides.
  4. Then the 2 Keto Dudes interviewed Dr. Ballerstedt on their podcast.
  5. He was also interviewed by KetoGeek, it was long enough it had to be broken into 2 parts: Part 1 & Part 2.
  6. Now comes a really fun one: 2 Keto Dudes also interviewed Dr. Gary Fettke who had just given this presentation regarding the ACTUAL history of the US dietary guidelines. The podcast was interesting enough to keep me wide awake driving to Idaho at 3 am to see the solar eclipse.

If you go through all of that you’ll discover some interesting info about some of the “narratives” (as Dr. Ballerstedt likes to call them), the history behind them and the truth. Is grass-fed beef better for you? Sure but not by much, likely not enough to justify the expense. Indeed, grass-fed beef does have MOAR omega 3, but the difference is so little that 1 ounce of salmon gives you more than 3lbs of grass fed beef. If your concern is over omega 3:6 ratios then you should never eat poultry or pork and if you get some soybean oil in your mayo then you’ve likely negated a LOT of grass-fed beef eating.

Then you get into the amazing effects of ruminant agriculture on soil health and how effectively it can sequester carbon, stop desertification and completely change the climate (for the better). I now have a burning desire to save the planet by eating more beef and using more milk products. Happily, the macronutrient sources in Keto Chow come from ruminant agriculture (whey/milk proteins and heavy cream FTW!).

Specifically, I think Dr. Ballerstedt does an amazing job at articulating his points and his “discussion” topics. He’s very deliberate in what he says and how he says it. That first link was so good that I made my kids listen to it one day while we were driving for a few hours. You should check out his Facebook page.

By | 2017-09-22T06:04:50+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Ketogenic, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Keto Clarity Academy – Keto Coaching

While we were in Austin for Keto Con we met a bunch of really awesome people. Among those were the team doing Keto Clarity Academy.

If you’re somewhat seasoned in all things Keto you will likely have come across the book Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Eric Westman. Really good stuff and one that the Ketovangelist recommended on a recent Book Recommendations podcast.

Jimmy, along with his wife Christine Moore, Julie Jordan, & Melanie Miller, are the leadership for a new service offering keto coaching. I’ll go ahead and steal their own description:

KETO Clarity Academy is a professional keto lifestyle school specializing in helping clients achieve their personal goals and improving their health gains, knowledge of the science of a ketogenic lifestyle and success. The scope of our business offerings covers areas such as KETO Lifestyle Coaching, personal improvement coaching, motivation, weight loss, online coaching, personal accountability offerings and health coaching.

We are in business to help the everyday average person that is struggling with health issues, weight gain and needs a clearer understanding of why their body is not responding to diets.

Our goal is to teach simple, practical ways to implement a whole-foods, nutritional ketogenic diet for optimizing weight-loss and health.

This video does a good job explaining what they offer:

You can also check out an (admittedly goofy) Facebook Live video that Melanie and Jimmy did to announce the project. They also have a Facebook page.

So, if you think they would be of help to you on your Keto journey, I recommend you check them out. We’ve interacted quite a bit with Melanie and Julie since KetoCon and my personal take is that they are deeply committed to helping people succeed at Keto. They’ve experienced many of the problems first hand and know how to help. From what they’ve said, the entire impetus for starting this was they wanted to be able to directly help people and previous programs they worked with didn’t allow for that as freely as they would like.

Anecdote time: At Keto Con we had 3 different people who were working at the convention and not doing Keto that really keyed onto Keto Chow (because, frankly, it tastes awesome!): an Austin City police officer doing security detail drank a half dozen “sample” cups for his breakfast, the Director in charge of the presentations and streaming actually bought a week bag after trying it, and a custodian lady tried Keto Chow and had been listening to many of the presentations. The custodian was an exceptionally nice and very humble woman that said her doctor said she absolutely needed to lose weight, after hearing what she did at the conference she said that she wanted to give Keto a try. Melanie and Julie heard that and jumped right in, offering to coach her for a severely reduced rate due to her financial circumstances. The Keto Clarity Academy team appears to sincerely care about helping people change their lives.

By | 2017-09-13T12:45:03+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Mocha Back In Stock

Just wanted to let you know, we have Mocha back in stock now. The bags say 2.0.1 but they were made with the new protein powder that uses Sunflower Lecithin instead of Soy Lecithin, which technically makes them version 2.0.2. It’s a really small change and only really important to people who get anxious about anything having anything Soy in it.

By | 2017-09-11T15:46:30+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|0 Comments

Flavor of the Week September 11-September 17: 10% off sale on Strawberry 2.0.1 week packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Strawberry 2.0.1. Check out the reviews of 2.0 Strawberry!

Speaking of reviews, you should check out our store reviews on Google, and the reviews of Keto Chow. Here’s a “taste”:

This is great! When the instructions say to “stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes, but over night is preferred”, read and heed! First time, I tried 30 minutes and it was ok but I was left with that nasty artificial sweetener after taste that we all know and hate. Every time after that I’ve left it in the fridge for AT LEAST 4 hours and it’s been nothing but great since then. Highly recommended.

Here’s another, should be noted that I publish all of the reviews that come in – bad or good – as they are, typos intact. The only ones I remove are spam posts from people wanting you to buy pills to “enhance performance” and such:

Quick shipping, great customer service in updating me where my shipment was. Happy with my keto chow; easy to mix up the night before for a grab and go breakfast shake. Would definitely purchase again.

By | 2017-09-11T06:40:56+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Dave Feldman – Cholesterol research reality check

This entry is part 187 of 190 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

In case you aren’t familiar with Dave Feldman, you may want to check out:

At KetoCon he unveiled the results of his new experiment. He hasn’t done the full-write up on the experiment and results yet, though if you purchased the KetoCon presentation video download, they just posted all of the presentation videos late last night and you can watch the presentation. I’m not going to spoil Dave’s big reveal so you may have to wait for him to do an update.

So what does all this have to do with Keto Chow? Way back in October 2015, Dave ordered a week’s worth of Keto Chow. In April 2017 he tried doing an experiment using keto meal replacement shakes to reduce variables and picked Ketolent instead of Keto Chow but said he would try Keto Chow later, which he did (Dave actually got the very first shipment of Chocolate 2.0)  I made sure that there was absolutely no expectation of favoritism or quid-pro-quo – more than that I saw it as an excellent opportunity to get some detailed feedback on how Keto Chow affected insulin levels. Dave reported back that he didn’t see a spike in insulin in his preliminary testing, SCORE! We got to meet up with Dave at KetoFest and talk about his experiments, which is always fun.

In Dave’s Keto Con presentation he thanked PTS Diagnostics, Ketolent, and Keto Chow for helping out with his experiment:

And on his experiment diary slide, well you can see what he was eating:

Straight up ketogenic meal replacement shakes. It allowed him to hit exactly 3000 calories a day including the days that he was adding in the “mystery ingredient” he used to drive down his cholesterol – it was still 3000 calories a day just with a different macronutrient mix. It’s pretty cool to be helping out with some really cool science and making Dave’s experiments easier and more accurate!

By | 2017-09-08T10:16:16+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Peanut Butter samples out of stock, temp change to sample bundle, Mocha availability update

This entry is part 186 of 190 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

Here’s a quick update on product availability. We are currently out of stock on the Chocolate Peanut Butter samples. Because of this, we just pulled Chocolate Peanut Butter from the “Sample all the Things” bundle – it’s either take out PB or not have the sample bundle at all until we get the Peanut Butter samples sometime in October. So we took it out. The price has been lowered accordingly.

Mocha week bags are going into production either today or tomorrow with delivery to us sometime early next week. We should be getting some Mocha on Monday anyway when the stuff we took to Keto Con gets back to us (there’s a dozen or so Mocha in that).

Speaking of Mocha…. I’m not a coffee drinker but if you are, you should really check out Tokelau coffee. it’s essentially “Bulletproof” coffee in a K-cup, complete with MCT oil and everything!

By | 2017-09-07T09:31:28+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Keto Chow at KetoCon 2017

This entry is part 185 of 190 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

I’ve attended, and even worked, booths at a fairly large number of trade show/conferences. This marks the first one I’ve ever PAID for. We really had a lot of fun, met some awesome people, and raised awareness of Keto Chow. Because of the number of photos, I’m going to point you over to this Google Photos gallery. All 4 of us at the conference were able to pop our photos into a shared pool, worked really well to gather them all up =)

Looks like next year Keto Con will be August 24-26, 2018. I’m guessing we’ll be there!

By | 2017-09-06T08:09:43+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, On Tour|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments