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Flavor of the Week November 27-December 3: 10% off sale on Salted Caramel 2.0 week packs

Our Cyber Monday sale may have come to an end, but the sale on Salted Caramel is still going. For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Salted Caramel 2.0. Check out the flavor reviews of 2.0 Salted Caramel!

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

I was iffy at first about this produc before tasting it, but one sip and I immediately ordered a week bag and several other flavors to try. I will definitely order again.

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:

Very easy to order. Shipped immediately and arrived promptly and in good condition.

By |2017-11-27T21:59:09-07:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

N=me experiment, final results – Dave’s making me do it again =)

OK, I got the blood test results for my final week back – you can see all 5 results on this spreadsheet. I haven’t done a thorough write-up on the results of the experiment yet because I have indeed convinced Dave Feldman to give me his thoughts. The short version is: my week 3 results (pure avocado oil, spiked my triglycerides, tanked glucose, etc…) got Dave pretty excited. Something about hypothesis validation or other =) He asked me if I was willing to go back and try it again. For Dave? Absolutely.

So, I took a week off experimenting and I’m going to start it right back up again: this time I’m going to do a week of Keto Chow only with 1/2 of the fat from avocado oil and half from heavy cream – the idea is to see if I hit a half-way point relative to the lunacy of my 3rd week results. Then I’ll get a blood test, do it for another week, and another blood test.

Meanwhile, Dave has promised to analyze my results. It may be a week or more as he’s busy with family and I don’t want to call down the wrath of his wife upon me =)

By |2017-11-27T13:42:18-07:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |3 Comments

2017 Cyber Monday sale is live – 10% off Salted Caramel, free shipping, and more

OK, I just turned on the 10% sale on Salted Caramel! That part of the sale will continue for the rest of the week but the other sale items end today!  Whether you’re stocking up your own supplies, getting something for that crazy person doing keto, or getting ready for your New Year resolution to lose weight – this sale is for you.

  • November 20 – 26  we had a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Vanilla weeks, that sale ended just now…
  • Starting on “Cyber Monday” we will have a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Salted Caramel weeks.

Here’s what we got going on – Black Friday, November 24 – Cyber Monday, November 27:

  • Sold Out! The first 100 orders over $100 get a free Keto Chow “food pyramid” T-shirt (while size supplies last, we have limited numbers of the various sizes).
  • Sold Out! The first 50 orders of 4 weeks get a free Keto Chow HydroFlask insulated bottle
  • “Free” USPS Shipping. You just need to enter the coupon code SHIP17. USPS Priority Mail (usually 2-day) shipping within the United States is free with a coupon. We aren’t doing free FedEx shipping, nor are we doing free international shipping; but you still get the same $17.50 discount on shipping: just add the coupon code. Note that you’ll want to order 4 or fewer weeks at a time to get the discount (if you order 8 then it puts it in 2 boxes and you’ll only get the discount on the first box). You can use the discount code more than once so feel free to get a bunch!
     There are 2 places to enter the coupon code, either on the shopping cart page, or on the checkout page. You HAVE to enter the code to get the discount.
  • 5% off ALL week bags of Keto Chow.
  • $10 off “Sample all the Things!” a sample of every flavor (except Peanut Butter, we should get those in a few more weeks) – comes with a Keto Chow branded Blender Bottle.
  • $5 off the “Base Powder” week size – handy for customizing Keto Chow with your own protein powder/flavor/sweetener – plus it’s WAY cheaper to ship internationally – I can fit 5 “weeks” in the same flat rate envelope I use for a single full week.

Head on over to the Keto Chow store now!

By |2017-11-27T04:26:26-07:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

2017 Black Friday sale is live

OK, it’s been live since I enabled it at midnight but here’s a handy reminder just in case you forgot. Whether you’re stocking up your own supplies, getting something for that crazy person doing keto, or getting ready for your New Year resolution to lose weight – this sale is for you.

  • November 20 – 26  we are having a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Vanilla weeks, that sale ends Monday morning…
  • Starting on “Cyber Monday” we will have a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Salted Caramel weeks.

Here’s what we got going on – Black Friday, November 24 – Cyber Monday, November 27:

  • The first 100 orders over $100 get a free Keto Chow “food pyramid” T-shirt (while size supplies last, we have limited numbers of the various sizes).
  • Sold Out! The first 50 orders of 4 weeks get a free Keto Chow HydroFlask insulated bottle
  • “Free” USPS Shipping. You just need to enter the coupon code SHIP17. USPS Priority Mail (usually 2-day) shipping within the United States is free with a coupon. We aren’t doing free FedEx shipping, nor are we doing free international shipping; but you still get the same $17.50 discount on shipping: just add the coupon code. Note that you’ll want to order 4 or fewer weeks at a time to get the discount (if you order 8 then it puts it in 2 boxes and you’ll only get the discount on the first box). You can use the discount code more than once so feel free to get a bunch!
     There are 2 places to enter the coupon code, either on the shopping cart page, or on the checkout page. You HAVE to enter the code to get the discount.
  • 5% off ALL week bags of Keto Chow.
  • $10 off “Sample all the Things!” a sample of every flavor (except Peanut Butter, we should get those in a few more weeks) – comes with a Keto Chow branded Blender Bottle.
  • $5 off the “Base Powder” week size – handy for customizing Keto Chow with your own protein powder/flavor/sweetener – plus it’s WAY cheaper to ship internationally – I can fit 5 “weeks” in the same flat rate envelope I use for a single full week.

Head on over to the Keto Chow store now!

By |2017-11-24T11:29:21-07:00November 24th, 2017|Categories: Site or Store Stuff|Tags: |0 Comments

2017 Black Friday, Cyber Monday (plus Saturday and Sunday) sale

It’s time for our annual after Thanksgiving sale! Whether you’re stocking up your own supplies, getting something for that crazy person doing keto, or getting ready for your New Year resolution to lose weight – this sale is for you.

  • November 20 – 26  we are having a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Vanilla weeks, that sale ends Monday morning…
  • Starting on “Cyber Monday” we will have a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Salted Caramel weeks.

Here’s what we got going on – Black Friday, November 24 – Cyber Monday, November 27:

  • Sold Out! The first 100 orders over $100 get a free Keto Chow “food pyramid” T-shirt (while size supplies last, we have limited numbers of the various sizes).
  • Sold Out! The first 50 orders of 4 weeks get a free Keto Chow HydroFlask insulated bottle
  • “Free” USPS Shipping. You just need to enter the coupon code SHIP17. USPS Priority Mail (usually 2-day) shipping within the United States is free with a coupon. We aren’t doing free FedEx shipping, nor are we doing free international shipping; but you still get the same $17.50 discount on shipping: just add the coupon code. Note that you’ll want to order 4 or fewer weeks at a time to get the discount (if you order 8 then it puts it in 2 boxes and you’ll only get the discount on the first box). You can use the discount code more than once so feel free to get a bunch!
     There are 2 places to enter the coupon code, either on the shopping cart page, or on the checkout page. You HAVE to enter the code to get the discount.
  • 5% off ALL week bags of Keto Chow.
  • $10 off “Sample all the Things!” a sample of every flavor (except Peanut Butter, we should get those in a few more weeks) – comes with a Keto Chow branded Blender Bottle.
  • $5 off the “Base Powder” week size – handy for customizing Keto Chow with your own protein powder/flavor/sweetener – plus it’s WAY cheaper to ship internationally – I can fit 5 “weeks” in the same flat rate envelope I use for a single full week.

Head on over to the Keto Chow store now!

By |2017-11-27T04:27:46-07:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

Going all-in – quitting my “day job”

Well, it’s been a long time coming, and likely should have happened quite some time ago. January 19th, 2018, will be my final day at my soon-to-be-former “day” job as a SalesForce admin for a non-profit. I’ve held off this long for a number of reasons (insanely good health insurance, I like the team I’m working with, I’m helping people) but it’s gotten to a stage where I really have no other choice and it’s time to move forward.

This should alleviate much of the work my awesome wife has been taking on, and I should be able to move stuff forward with Keto Chow better. It should also mean our fantastic customer service will be even better AND the warehouse in South Jordan will be open for longer hours. Same-day shipping cut-off will be later too, so you may be able to order as late as 1 or 2 pm (mountain) and still get your order shipped out that same day.

Exciting times!

By |2017-11-15T11:30:40-07:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |2 Comments

N=me experiment: 4 weeks of *ONLY* Keto Chow – 3rd week tests back

This entry is part 189 of 209 in the series Ketogenic Diet

I have the second-to-last test results from my experiment back. To quickly recap: I’m doing a test where I’m only eating Keto Chow and only drinking water. Nothing else. No snacks, no diet soda, no gum, no nothing. I am taking the Keto Chow fish oil pills as they are required to get the right EPA and DHA Ω3 fatty acids, and I was taking a magnesium malate supplement (I need more than normal) but I recently stopped that because the version of Keto Chow that I’m testing (v2.1rc2) has additional magnesium malate in it and the supplement I was taking had a gram of dextrose (which sucks). Here’s my complete food log and information from Cron-o-meter for the experiment so far, and here are my blood tests, updated with the results of my latest blood test.

The week proceeding this test was interesting. The short version is: I was at a tech conference with no refrigeration so I was using avocado oil instead of heavy cream. Because of this, I was getting around 2g of net carbs (or lower) A DAY. On the test, my insulin was low, my glucose showed in the red because it’s so low, my LDL-P is below 1000 and my triglycerides are higher. It’s almost like my body is using lipoproteins to transport energy (adding another data point to Dave Feldman’s hypothesis).

The last 5 days since this blood draw, my ketones have come down from the 4.5-5.5 range to the 3.0-3.5 range and my weight loss has slowed a bit too. I’m guessing this is due to using heavy cream as the fat source. Starting today through the end of the experiment, I’m switching from all heavy cream to half heavy cream, half avocado oil. Avocado oil is OK but not nearly as yummy as heavy cream, so I’m hoping that by splitting it I can get the good taste plus lower net carbs. Even with 100% heavy cream, I was still under 10g net carbs though. Protip: heavy cream has half the calories as oil for the same volume. If you’re replacing heavy cream for oil you use 1/2 as much (roughly).

A few days ago a post showed up on the Keto Chow Subreddit: Full month on KetoChow – 13 lbs lost and loving it and this showed up last night: Week 1 with Keto Chow and not much else . . .– looks like I’m not the only one doing this, N=3 then =)

 

On a final note, I’d like to illustrate one of the interesting challenges with this experiment. The evening after I got this blood draw, I was in charge of preparing the food for a neighborhood game night (I was also in charge of bringing the Raspberry Pi with the 4 player arcade version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I had previously prepared a brisket with my sous-vide (recipe and more coming =) so I just needed to smoke it, along with the chicken legs and the bratwurst. I also made pulled pork using the InstantPot. It was a truly glorious sight to behold once it was all done.

I didn’t eat any of it.

I had thought about eating some before, but I decided that there were too many variables shifting around (coming back from a trip, switching back from avocado oil to heavy cream, etc…) plus I wanted to keep the inputs clean. I fully intend to do a press release after all this is done announcing that I lived for 4 weeks on JUST Keto Chow and I didn’t want to have to add a little asterisk footnote: “*except that one meal where I pigged out on brisket” (on an aside, anybody know how to do a press release? =) Really, it was just like cooking any other meal I didn’t eat these last 3 weeks (like the CavemanKeto chili I made Sunday). Once committed to this course of action, I just keep going. It’s a little like fasting in some respects. I’m not the only one cooking though, my awesome wife has been feeding the kids some really great keto meals too.

Don’t worry: I put a bunch of the meat in the freezer for lunch on Friday after my final blood draw =)

Flavor of the Week November 13-November 19: 10% off sale on Chocolate Peanut Butter 2.0 Week Packs

Pop quiz: Anybody know what my favorite flavor of Keto Chow is? Here’s a hint. But hey, you don’t have to take my word for it, check out the flavor reviews of 2.0 Chocolate Peanut Butter!  For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Chocolate Peanut Butter 2.0. We unfortunately still haven’t received the sample size of Chocolate Peanut Butter yet. It’s all ready to go at the packaging place, they apparently have a backlog of jobs and are trying to fit ours in – it may still be 1-2 more weeks before we have the Peanut Butter samples ready.

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

Not only is the product top notch and helping me lose extra lbs but the website is very helpful and full of info that details the product and the keto diet.

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:

We are in our second ketochow chocolate. It has become the morning man for my two daughters. We prepare at night with a little bit of milk and they love a glass in the morning with eggs and bacon. They gone through lunch well and they come home hungry but not starving. Though it’s pricey, we believe they like it enough to continue purchasing. Thanks

 

By |2017-11-13T04:26:55-07:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Future Foods, Keto Chow, Ketogenic, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |0 Comments

4 years of DreamForce, this year: Keto Chow only

Every year there’s a really large (over 170,000 attendees) tech conference called DreamForce that’s put on by SalesForce in San Francisco. I’ve been attending since 2014, in fact, it was DreamForce 2014 that catalyzed my resolve to do a Ketogenic Diet. This year I didn’t just stay keto, I stayed 100% Keto Chow. I’m in the middle of an experiment where I’m only eating Keto Chow and only drinking water for all my meals. At first, I thought it was a terrible idea to do that during DreamForce, then I decided it was an awesome idea. Here’s how I did it.

In the past, I’ve stayed at hotels with refrigerators, this time that simply wasn’t an option. Most of the hotels near the conference were all booked up and the remaining ones fell into 2 categories: over $1000/night super swanky, under $75/night hostels with shared bathrooms. I went for the latter, luckily I got my own room without a bunk bed – but there wasn’t a fridge. I had to come up with a plan for preparing Keto Chow using only shelf stable ingredients. I’ve used Trader Joe’s shelf-stable whipping cream but I wanted to give Avocado Oil a shot, but before that – I wanted to give butter a shot!

I’m testing out a new version of Keto Chow, it’s very close to the current 2.0.2, just with some slightly different ingredients and with new flavors. One of these flavors is Savory Chicken Soup – it’s meant to be consumed while hot. If it’s hot, then I can use butter, which has the added bonus of not being liquid so I can make it easily through airport security without problems. I did the math and for my calorie target, I needed either a 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of Avocado Oil, or a half stick of butter in each meal. So I put a bag of chicken Keto Chow and a half stick of butter into a HydroFlask. After going through security I found a coffee shop and the nice lady filled up my HydroFlask with crazy hot water (for free!). I dropped in the butter and Keto Chow powder and waited for my flight. I finally drank it around lunch time and it was still hot enough to slightly burn my tongue.

I did learn a very valuable lesson for dinner that night: don’t put the powder in with the oil until it’s time to add the water too. If you do, the powder and the oil will not ever fully mix with the water and you get floating crunchy powder blobs. It wasn’t fun, I only drank about 3/4 of it.


The rest of my meals were made in my HydroFlasks or Blender Bottle using Avocado Oil. I got a great tip in a comment that I should use a large syringe to measure the oil. That worked exceptionally well with a 60 cc/ml syringe. I would pour the oil into a disposable plastic cup and then fill up the syringe, squirt it into the container and repeat for all 3 containers. The only clean-up was wiping off the syringe tip with a tissue. I would have sandwich bags with the powder pre-measured in my backpack; and as soon as I got to a place with either ice water (regular Keto Chow) or hot water (the chicken soup one) I would prepare 2-3 of the bottles.

How is Avocado Oil? Well, if I hadn’t ever tried Keto Chow with heavy cream, I would think it’s awesome, but I have – so I still think it tastes far better with heavy cream and that’s what I’m using now that I’m back home. For shelf stable purposes, for people with issues digesting the heavy cream, for those that are lactose intolerant, or for people that want insanely low net carbs, avocado oil is an amazing option. I’m planning on putting a bunch in my basement for emergency food storage. Coupled with Keto Chow powder and water, I’m set!

Most of my Cron-O-Meter entries for the last week look something like this:

Yeah, that’s 1.4g of net carbs for the whole day! That’s insane. We’re talking 100% of my daily nutrition: with all my fat, all my electrolytes, protein, and more – with 1.4g of net carbs. Along with the low net carbs, my blood ketones were consistently in the 4-5.5 range.

Staying Keto Chow only at the conference really wasn’t that hard. When everyone else was standing in line for a lunch box, I was on-time for my next class. When everyone else was trying to find dinner accommodations, I drank mine (and often headed back to the hostel to sleep!). At the “DreamFest” concert, while all the people were scrambling to get hotdogs or the other food available (yeah like any of it would be keto friendly!) I just went and grabbed a seat – no fuss, no muss. The grand total cost of all my food for 5 days was $55.71 – that’s a screaming deal at just over $11 a day.

The picture collection at the top of this post is the “headshot” photos they offer for free in the “Admin” zone at DreamForce. I’ve gotten one each year I went. The first one was taken about 2 weeks before I started Keto. That year during DreamForce I gained 4lbs. The next 2 years I was, and stayed, keto – but I still gained 2-3 lbs during the conference. This year? I lost 2.2 lbs the 5 days I was gone.

N=me experiment: 4 weeks of *ONLY* Keto Chow – 2nd week tests back

I have the second round of test results from my experiment back. To quickly recap: I’m doing a test where I’m only eating Keto Chow and only drinking water. Nothing else. No snacks, no diet soda, no nothing. I am taking the Keto Chow fish oil pills as they are required to get the right EPA and DHA Ω3 fatty acids, and I was taking a magnesium malate supplement (I need more than normal) but I recently stopped that because the version of Keto Chow that I’m testing (v2.1rc2) has additional magnesium malate in it and the supplement I was taking had a gram of dextrose in it (which sucks). Here’s my complete food log and information from Cron-o-meter for the experiment so far, and here are my blood tests, updated with the results of my last blood test.

Insulin is up a bit though still quite low, my cholesterol is much the same as before other than my LDL-P count continues to drop. At this rate, it’ll be under 1000 around the time the experiment ends. CRP is higher but still in a good range. Still not dead from living on fat.

As discussed in my initial post about doing this experiment, I don’t have refrigeration available so I’ve been coming up with ways to adapt. Primarily I’ve been using avocado oil. I’ll be posting more about this when I’m actually back from the trip, but I’ll say right now that I absolutely prefer heavy cream. Avocado oil isn’t bad, and if I hadn’t ever tried Keto Chow with heavy cream I’d probably think it’s super awesome. For people with dairy or digestive issues, or people wanting something shelf stable it’s an amazing option that works very well. Avocado oil also has 0 carbs, which means my net carb totals for the days I ate only keto chow with avocado oil are a CRAZY low 1.4g – for the ENTIRE DAY. That’s insane, as is the 5.3 mmol/L of blood ketones I’m currently registering, I actually hit 5.5 a few days ago. Weird that the only ongoing biometric I have right now is blood ketones since I don’t have a scale or anything else. It’s going to be interesting Friday morning after I get home to see what happened to my weight this week =)