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100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day -1

This entry is part 5 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

I did just learn that UPS isn’t going to be picking up the packages we shipped today, that’ll delay those packages by 1 business day but 2 actual days. Guess I should have known that since it’s on their website. Bunch of slackers!

We are having our traditional “Keto New Year’s” party tonight with our family and some friends. There are 2 boxes of crackers for the children that aren’t doing keto but the rest of the food will be ultra low carb (and delicious!). It’s also the last party I’ll be having any food at for about 4 months, so I gotta make it count =) Here’s what we’re planning on:

  • Bacon wrapped Jalapeno poppers
  • Little Smokies in “G Hughes” BBQ sauce
  • Shrimp (with low carb cocktail sauce – it’s sugar free ketchup and horseradish)
  • Diet soda with heavy cream
  • Keto Eggnog
  • Bacon Ranch Cheese ball with crackers
  • Spinach artichoke dip
  • Deviled eggs

Just to be clear: I’m not trying to gain any weight before the contest, that’ll just be more to lose.  I actually lost weight this morning according to my scale. I’m just enjoying some fantastic keto foods before the experiment starts up. Speaking of the weight loss challenge: there are 136 people doing the Keto Chow DietBet challenge, that’s more than I anticipated, cool!

On a COMPLETELY unrelated note: I needed to do some bulk editing of the draft posts for the 100 days of Keto Chow (I used a plugin and a CSV to pre-populate them so I won’t mess things up), ALMOST everything came through right except for the order the posts would appear in the series. They popped into what looked like a completely random order. That meant I got to dust off my SQL skills and do a JOIN query to get all of the postmeta.meta_value for all the posts.post_title LIKE ‘100 Days of Keto (Chow)%’ then I got to change the value and re-populate them into the database with the right number. This was the kind of thing I used to do ALL DAY back in 2009-2014, it’s amazing how quickly I have to go back to StackExchange and get the correct syntax.

 

By |2018-12-31T15:41:32-06:00December 31st, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week Dec 31-Jan 6: 10% off sale on Salted Caramel 21 meal packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Salted Caramel. Check out the flavor reviews of Salted Caramel!

In case you missed the earlier posts, I’m going to be doing 100 days of straight Keto Chow starting on January 2. I also set up a DietBet challenge for anyone that needs a little motivation to achieve their own goals in 2019, it will run for 4 weeks and you still have time to join in and win some Keto Chow gift certificates. You aren’t required to do only Keto Chow for 3 meals a day like I’m going to be doing (nobody is going to come over and police you =) but if you’d like to, hey it’s an option! I’ll be posting daily here on the blog as well as doing daily video updates as well. Should be an interesting 14 weeks!

Anyhow, back to what’s on sale this week: speaking of reviews, you should check out our store reviews on Google, and the reviews of Keto Chow. Here’s a “taste”:

Easy to shop. Received product in 2 days as promised. Starting tomorrow, Dec. 27th.

Here’s another review, it 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:

The shake is great, but the ziplock closure on the bag is terrible. It makes it a huge pain to get the bag closed and moving it quite often opens the bag back up.

The bad zipper issue is caused by a batch of bags we got that, frankly, didn’t have the zipper we specified and said zipper isn’t designed for powder. There are 3 ways to deal with it:

  1. Take a toothpick and clean out the zipper.
  2. Use “flour and sugar” lidded storage containers – you can find these at your local stores or online.
  3. (my preferred solution) Give the zipper a few good flicks with your fingernail:

By |2018-12-31T06:15:39-06:00December 31st, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |4 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day -2

This entry is part 4 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Hoo boy, we’re getting closer to the starting of the challenge! Since I won’t be much fun in respects to going out to dinner for the next 14 weeks, last night my wife wanted to go out to dinner one last time – so we went to a Brazillian BBQ Churrascaria. It’s the kind of place where they bring around spits and slice off slabs of delicious fatty meat. Good stuff.

Tonight I’m going to be smoking pork short ribs. That’ll be yummy =)

Tomorrow we’re going to have our New Year’s party. I’ll post about that later, this is a short post =)

By |2018-12-29T20:52:35-06:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day -3

This entry is part 3 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

3 days until the madness begins =) In case you missed yesterday’s post: In addition to doing 100 days of Keto Chow only, doing a weight loss challenge for my city, and doing some science – I also set up a DietBet challenge so that others can get some motivation for 2019. It’ll run for 4 weeks from January 2-31. You aren’t REQUIRED to do only Keto Chow like I am, but you are welcome to do so if you wish (I’m not going to be policing anyone =). Just to be clear: I am going to be having diet soda and occasional sugar-free gum. I’m also considering using some of the various recipes that use keto chow as an ingredient during the first 6 weeks of the 100 days when my primary goal is straight weight loss only. Once I enter the science and controlled variables phase, things will get far more rigorous.

We hosted a family “Christmas Breakfast” with my wife’s family today, a few days late and a few hours late; still fantastic. Everything we had out was keto:

  • Bacon
  • 4 different kinds of sausage
  • Keto waffles (some with Snickerdoodle Keto Chow, the rest with Chocolate Keto Chow)
  • Whipped heavy cream (with some liquid stevia)
  • About 2 dozen eggs
  • 4 different kinds of sugar-free syrups

The food that was brought in wasn’t so keto but that’s OK, I still enjoyed my food. Eating keto sucks =P (yes, that’s sugar-free maple syrup on my sausage).

By |2018-12-29T20:26:25-06:00December 29th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day -4

This entry is part 2 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Yesterday I announced that I was going to be starting a bit of fun on January 2, 2019: I’ll be doing 100 days of Keto using Keto Chow. Part of it will be for a weight loss challenge my city does, and part of it will be doing some science with controlled variables. I decided that everyone should be able to get in on the fun too!

You are officially invited to join in on the first month with me!

I set up a DietBet challenge this morning with the entry amount at $10 (the lowest I can set, I want the barrier to entry low!). The challenge runs for 4 weeks from January 2 through January 31. DietBet does its thing and there’s a pot for anyone that loses more than 4% of their body weight but we’re just going to be using DietBet so that they can handle all the verification and such. The REAL prizes are as follows:

  • Top percentage loser gets a $150 Keto Chow gift card
  • Second Place gets a $100 Keto Chow gift card
  • Third Place gets a $75 Keto Chow gift card

Employees of Keto Chow (including me) will also be competing, but there will be different prizes for them, so don’t worry =).

One thing to note: When you sign up, DietBet is going to try to get you to add a $5 membership and a trial of some exercise program. Personally, I’d recommend declining both:

By |2018-12-28T10:51:14-06:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 00 – Last day of “normal”

This entry is part 6 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Last night we did our yearly New Year keto party, the food was excellent. Today I had my last “normal” day before the 100 days of Keto Chow begins. We went sledding, that was a lot of fun. We also went out to dinner one last time as a family (no I’m not dying). I got the sensible 16oz prime rib along with “loaded” broccoli:

This morning I did the initial weigh-in for the DietBet Challenge and tomorrow I’ll do the initial weigh-in for my city weight loss competition. If you’re thinking about joining the challenge, there’s still time!

Lastly, we did our weekly Facebook LIVE. Here’s the version that went up live (I’ll have the higher quality one up on YouTube tomorrow):

By |2019-01-01T22:13:12-06:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Starting 2019 with a plan: 100 days of Keto (Chow) Day -5

This entry is part 1 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

In 5 days, starting January 2, I’m going to do 100 days of ONLY Keto Chow for all my meals. 6 weeks in, I’ll finish a weight loss contest and start some science. I doubt anyone will want to join in on the science portion with me, but everyone is invited to join on doing a solid 100 days of Keto with no cheating, no compromises.

Some time ago (4 years ago!) I participated in my local city’s January weight loss competition, ended up getting second place. There’s another one coming up on January 2, 2019, and I think I’ll do it again. The contest runs for 6 weeks. There are weekly weigh-ins for the contest and some modest prizes for the winner and runners-up. There’s going to be a lot happening with Keto Chow in the next 100 days so this will give me a push to blog about what’s going on daily. I’m planning on also doing a video each day as well.

Here’s my plan for the first 100 days (or so, it’ll actually be 101, whatever) of 2019:

  • Unlike in 2015 where I “leveled the playing field” by deliberately going off keto and replenishing my glycogen (water weight), this time I’m going to stay Keto just before the contest. I will, however, go a bit nuts with keto food at our yearly family New Year’s party. I figure that’ll do the trick and I won’t feel the negative effects of carbing up.
  • My lovely wife wants to do some kind of exercise together. Due to scheduling constraints and other logistical issues, we think the best fit is going to be doing the P90 program, which will allow us some flexibility in when and where we do it, while still getting the kids off to school. Personally, I’d prefer StrongLifts 5×5 but this is what we’re going to do (and the 90 days of P90 kinda set the tone for the rest of the experiment).
  • January 2 is the first weigh-in for the contest – it establishes the “baseline” against which the individual progress is calculated. The contest looks for % change in body weight.
  • During the first few days, I’m going to have the calories a little higher than normal, around 2200, to allow for an easier transition without any hunger getting me down. After that, I’ll switch to 2000 calories a day and go from there.
  • The first 6 weeks (up to day 42), my primary goal is weight loss. To that end, I’m planning on fasting the final 3-4 days before the last weigh-in.
  • I’m also hosting a 4 week DietBet challenge – come compete for Keto Chow gift certificates!
  • After the final weigh-in for the weight loss contest, I’ll resume eating 3 meals of Keto Chow a day, this time working on a variant of my earlier experiments. In those earlier experiments, I was changing variables on a weekly basis. This time I’m going to draw it out for a longer period to reduce the likelihood of the variables influencing subsequent results (I’m going to do each test for at least 2 weeks instead of just 1).
  • My plan for the following 8 weeks (with a blood test each week):
    • Keto Chow with just heavy cream for days 42-44 to recover from the fast and then get a blood test for the baseline of the science portion.
    • Keto Chow with just heavy cream for 2 weeks.
    • Keto Chow with just Avocado Oil for 2 weeks.
    • Keto Chow with Avocado Oil and MCT Oil for 2 weeks.
    • Keto Chow with butter for 2 weeks (this will be using the impending Savory flavors of Keto Chow that use beef bone broth protein instead of milk protein, ideally I’ll have “nearly production” versions ready for the test).
  • Dr. Jeff Gerber had some question about the results I got with an earlier experiment, this should help answer some of those more thoroughly.
  • I’m also planning on having an additional variable along with the fat type: number of calories. In my earlier 6 week experiment, I made sure it was isocaloric: the same 2000 calories a day for the entire 6 weeks. This time I’m going to add 100 calories each week and see how that affects the expected weight loss. Everything that I’ve learned indicates that if I keep my carbohydrate consumption to a minimum, increasing the calories (to a point, likely under 3000) should have little bearing on weight loss due to increased metabolism.
  • To that end, I’m planning on doing a Resting Metabolic Rate test at the beginning and end of the experiment. We’ll see how that turns out =)

So there you have it. Now it’s written down so I’ll actually do it. I think it’s pretty ambitious.

By |2018-12-28T11:03:22-06:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Order $100 and get ONE Keto Chow Blender Bottle for just $1 – new Keto Chow logo and shopping cart coming

We’re going to run this promo through the new year but we’re starting it now! If you order over $100, you can grab a Keto Chow Blender Bottle for $1. These aren’t the cheap knock-offs, they’re the real thing – we have several that we’ve been using since 2014 and they’re still as good as ever (although those ones didn’t have a Keto Chow logo on the side, mostly because that logo was designed in January 2015).

I don’t have a way for it to give you a free bottle for EACH $100, it’s one per order, sorry: platform limitations. Speaking of logos and platform limitations: We’re going to be doing some major changes around here in the coming month or so.

Change #1 is a new logo. As mentioned earlier, the current logo was designed in 2015. It consisted of Chris (that’s me) grabbing a bunch of design elements that had to do with weight loss, shakes, powder, and sciency stuff; picking a font, and Miriam put boxes around it. We have been working with an actual design company to get a brand new logo that better speaks to what Keto Chow is. We’re not quite ready to reveal it just yet, but it’s coming. That’s one of the reasons we are doing a sale on the Blender Bottles with the old logo, and we didn’t want to be “those guys” that don’t give you a heads-up beforehand. That’s lame.

Change #2 is a new shopping cart. The problems with the current platform have been an issue for some time. Especially problems with people not being able to check out and other availability problems. We are nearly finished getting the new shopping cart ready to go and are hoping to have it LIVE before the beginning of 2019. One caveat: instead of creating user accounts for everyone in the new shopping cart, we’re going to let it start fresh. You will be able to use social account to log in to the new system though. I’ll also keep the old cart running for a few months so you (and we) can refer back to it during the transition for order history and such.

By |2018-12-24T09:55:59-06:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|0 Comments

Flavors of the Week Dec 24-30: 10% off sale on Eggnog *AND* Pumpkin Spice Caramel 21 meal packs

Normally we put one flavor up on sale, this week we decided to do 2: Eggnog and Pumpkin Spice Caramel. We have a bunch on hand (and don’t worry all you Eggnog feinds like me: these aren’t limited seasonal flavors!) and we wanted to get them to people before New Years (probably too late to get them by Christmas unless you live nearby our store in South Jordan, UT). For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of both Eggnog and Pumpkin Spice Caramel 2.1.  Check out the flavor reviews of 2.1 Eggnog and the reviews of Pumpkin Spice Caramel.

We sometimes get asked: “what can I do with Keto Chow besides make shakes?” The best place to start is our Keto Chow Recipes page. Here are several that happen to use Pumpkin Spice Caramel or Eggnog as ingredients:

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

Delicious and Filling. I was, like many others, surprised at how good these tasted. I used less heavy cream than listed on the nutrition label (as I’m a short female who needs fewer calories) and with some vigorous shaking they came out incredibly thick and creamy still. So happy that I found this product!

Here’s another review, it 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 particular review is by Jimmy Moore. He’s written a few books about Keto =)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqfJjtJgTtd/

By |2018-12-24T06:45:14-06:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

Keto Chow Eggnog Marshmallows

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  1. Mix 1/2 cup water and gelatin in stand mixer bowl and set aside.
  2. Butter a 9x13 glass baking dish. Can add powdered swerve if desired and set aside.
  3. Heat 3/4 cup water, erythritol, and keto chow until it’s bubbling and well combined, stirring continuously.
  4. Add keto chow mixture to gelatin and start with whip attachment on low for 5 minutes.
  5. Be careful because it is very hot.
  6. After five minutes increase speed to high until its fluffy and doubled in size.
  7. Add to buttered baking dish and let cool before cutting.
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By |2019-03-19T14:04:07-06:00December 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , |0 Comments