Not much is going on, settling into my new job. My tooth still hurts so it’s good I’m on a liquid diet. Just like last time I did an experiment like this, there isn’t much left over of the food I’m eating after it’s gone through my system so no much comes out… if you get my meaning. It’s not like I’m constipated, there just isn’t much there.
Looks like I have a mustache =)
Day 18 of my experiment. Hey, let’s talk about weight loss! I started this experiment on January 5th and I’m currently (as of this morning) down 14.7 lbs. Some of that is due to me eating a bit more than normal right before the experiment to fit in a few more yummy foods before I stopped eating, and some is from Christmas/New Years; but I currently weigh less than I did when I finished my December experiment. I’ll call that definitive progress =). My ketones are most definitely lower doing heavy cream compared to just oil: around 1.3-1.5 compared to up in the 3’s. That’s not a problem but it is interesting.
I noticed something yesterday when I was getting out of the shower: My back wasn’t sore and neither were my arms. That’s odd because the day before (Saturday) I spent around 3 hours shoveling over a foot of snow and typically I’d expect to be exceptionally sore. Kinda weird.
This week I’m gearing up to go to San Francisco for an event we’re sponsoring on Wednesday. It’ll be rather interesting: I’ll fly there, set up a table and hand out samples, and then head back to the airport. I’ll have maybe 5 hours before my flight so I don’t want to go through the hassle of getting a room so I’ll just camp out in the airport and try to get some sleep on the chairs, maybe watch some “Flash”.
For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Vanilla 2.0. Didn’t we just do vanilla a few weeks ago? Yes, we did, but that’s what we have the most in stock, so that’s what’s on sale =) Check out the reviews of 2.0 Vanilla!
Amazing product for the price. Doesnt cost much more than the items Chris uses to make it. Ingredients are publicly available. Chocolate Peanut Butter tastes so much like Reece’s is insane.
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:
I was introduced to Keto Chow by a few coworkers who had used it before. I bought the salted caramel and the cookies and cream to try my first week (doing 2 meals a day of Keto Chow, and 1 Keto Meal). The product is super easy to use. I do 1/3 a cup of heavy cream and the rest water for my caloric needs and the shakes keep me SO full. As far as taste, I’m not overwhelmingly in love with the flavors but they aren’t bad. I definitely recommend preparing your shakes at minimum 12 hours beforehand, but I noticed that the longer the time between preparation and drinking, the more the flavors come through. Either way, I bought 2 more bags to continue! Lost 6 pounds my first week and ready to keep going.
Not much to report here, everything is going OK still. I do have far lower blood ketones doing heavy cream, 1.3 mmol/dL this evening when I tested. That’s still a good number and I’m clearly making sufficient ketones. Tomorrow is my first full day self-employed. I remembered to change the “business hours” for Keto Chow on Saturday to reflect that we’ll be open longer.
Second day back on heavy cream, I’m quite enjoying it. Tastes really yummy.
Today was a bit of a slow start, it snowed pretty hard last night and I wasn’t particularly anxious to get going on that but eventually, I did. Took the kids sledding this afternoon too.
Tonight we have our Salt Lake and Utah County Keto Meat-up, we host it at the Keto Chow warehouse, mostly because I have the location available. There are several other meetups about Keto here in Utah but almost all are vehicles for multi-level marketing Keto//OS exogenous ketones. That bugs me so I don’t push anything Keto Chow related. I’ll answer questions if people ask but I’m not going to do shameless self-promotion.
In a fitting end to my week doing grapeseed oil for my fat source, last night my blood ketones were 3.9 mmol/dL (again: not chasing ketones but it’s nice to see those rise, especially since I got another person that emailed me yesterday claiming that you can’t do keto while consuming sucralose… whatever =) Why did I get higher ketones (5.5) when I did avocado oil before? It may have something to do with that I was also using MCT oil at the time and this round I’m not – in a few weeks when I do the week of liquid coconut oil (which has a LOT of MCTs) we’ll see what happens then. For now, I’m back on 400ml of 40% fat heavy whipping cream per day. Confession: the week I started this experiment I went through cron-o-meter and added EVERYTHING I would be eating for the following 6 weeks, it’s really easy to copy and paste. Each day all I have to do is enter my ketone level and mark the day as complete =) It’s kinda like cheating but not really.
I can feel my plantar fasciitis starting to act up again in my right foot. It could be psychosomatic but I’m guessing that it’s legitimately acting up due to the inflammatory properties of the poly-unsaturated grapeseed oil I’ve consumed all week (1323 ml over 21 meals). I’m really quite happy to be going back onto heavy cream again, it’s like an old (non-inflammatory) friend. In case you need a refresher, here is the breakdown for heavy cream (mine is a little different as it has a slightly higher fat content at 40%):
I went in for my weekly blood test this morning and then did my exit interview at my
day job. Exciting and scary all at the same time, I’m now officially self-employed full-time. To top it all off, the post office just delivered a pair of shipping cages for Monday. They’re going to start picking up our mail every day instead of us needing to take it to the post office and unload it manually. I’m pretty stoked!
Hey, tomorrow we’re hosting a Keto Meat-up here!
Day 14, last day of grape seed oil! The kids had a really good dinner last night (see above) – it was about everything I could do to not eat some of the pork, it smelled AMAZING. Speaking of not eating stuff, today was my last full day at my soon-to-be old job, we did a meeting where we got together and brainstormed solutions to problems. Our product manager brought in (at her own expense) a bunch of food including some diet soda for me. I actually forgot to eat breakfast until lunch and am just finishing lunch at 2.
Tomorrow I get to do the blood test for the grapeseed oil week… and then wait for the results until next week. Should be interesting to say the least.
I got the first round of results back from the blood tests I did on January 12. For the most part, I’m not seeing anything particularly interesting but that’s mainly because these are the “baseline” ones to show what a week of eating only Keto Chow and heavy cream will look like. HDL is 52, LDL is 116, LDL-P (particle count) is 1242 (which is high). Glucose is normal and my fasting insulin is 4.4 which is quite good. You can see all the results of all my tests here.
My Hemoglobin A1c (which acts as a measure of the amount of glucose my red blood cells have been exposed to over their lifetime) has been steadily going down throughout my experiments. Glycated Hb A1c is the measurement typically used for the diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus (not to be confused with “diabetes insipidus”). In the US it’s expressed as a percentage with numbers higher than 6.5 signifying diabetes, elsewhere it’s in mmol/l with values > 48 signifying diabetes. Typically you want lower numbers with <6% or <42 mmol/l. My first test in October 2017, my A1c was 5.1; In November 2017 it was at 4.9, and now in January it’s at 4.8. I wasn’t diabetic before I started doing keto, though I had a “deranged metabolism” that didn’t handle carbohydrates properly (you can tell because I was fat) and likely would have gone that direction in a few more years.
The 2 Keto Dudes do a better job of explaining what’s going on with diabetes but the interesting thing is that most doctors will prescribe enough insulin to keep blood sugar “low” but not in an ideal range. If you use insulin to bring down blood sugar and you go too far, you’ll actually end up in a coma. The problem is that (I’m working on memory here and a search didn’t find where it’s discussed at length) for each percent of HbA1c there’s an associated increase in all-cause mortality. Meaning if you use insulin to come down to a 7.0 – you are likely to die more than a person with a 6. Dang, I’m going to have to find the reference – it may be this but I’m not sure.
People with Type 2 diabetes make too much insulin and still have high blood sugar, those with Type 1 don’t make enough. The cool thing is: insulin is just a part of the regulation of blood sugar in your body and if that’s broken, guess what? there’s a backup! Your liver is able to synthesize all the glucose needed by your body. Provided you don’t introduce extra glucose into the equation, it’ll do a very good job regulating blood sugar all by its self. This is why people can go for month long fasts and not die without eating glucose.
Day 12, ketones up slightly at 3.3 mmol/dL. The numbness from my molar crown wore off yesterday just in time for a dull ache to replace it. I doubt I could have chewed anything before this morning so I would have been doing 3 meals of Keto Chow yesterday anyway =) Late in the afternoon I noticed that the crown has a high spot in the middle so I’m going back to the dentist today to get that taken care of. Any weird “bathroom” issues I had at the beginning of the experiment are completely gone now, which is what I expected.
This morning I mixed up 80 meals of Keto Chow 2.1 to take me through a few weeks. Of note: I made 20 meals of the Savory Chicken Soup flavor, mostly so my wife could have some that wasn’t messed up. The coloring test ones we got kept coming with the sweetener in it, which makes for a really weird taste. Anyhow, that’s what I’m drinking for breakfast today. I put a bit of water into the bottle, added the fat, powder, then hot water and shook it up. Put in in my backpack for the 5 minute drive and it’s still nice and warm.
Cookies and Cream was the very first flavor we got as part of the latest round of Keto Chow 2.0 – the final round before I would be doing Keto Chow 2.1. All was well and good for quite a while but it proved to be more popular than I had anticipated and we sold out of that batch a few weeks ago. Originally there wasn’t going to be any additional Cookies and Cream until 2.1 came but that is likely to be in another 6-8 weeks at the earliest =( The place that we’re using to manufacture Keto Chow had a few hundred bags left over so we asked them to make some additional Cookies and Cream (along with any of the other flavors they could) and we received a delivery of the “emergency” product today.
I’m working as hard as possible to make sure that we don’t run out of stock on 2.0 before we can restock 2.1 – that’s the goal. Ideally, we will get 2.1 coming in with enough 2.0 remaining to put up as the “Flavor of the week” sale for a while =)
And to avoid getting inundated with the obvious question =) 2.1 changes a few ingredients (whey protein > milk protein, magnesium citrate > magnesium malate, selenium sulfate > selenium chelate) but the big change will be additional flavors. 10 new flavors, to be exact, though I still haven’t revealed what they are going to be =)