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100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 89

This entry is part 95 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Hoo boy, day 89! I did Chocolate and Chocolate Mint Keto Chow with butter for breakfast and lunch, didn’t even bother heating them up – the butter was fantastic. I think when I’m done with the 100 days, I’m going to stick with using butter a fair majority of the time. I think butter would also be a great option for travel, TSA doesn’t care about butter 😉

See you all on day 90, I have some cool stuff for tomorrow so watch out for it!

By |2019-03-31T18:17:44-06:00March 31st, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 88

This entry is part 94 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Hey there, welcome to day 88! I did start losing weight again after about a week-long stall. As of now, I’m down 39.7lbs since starting this challenge on January 2.

I’m here at the office for just a bit and then on my way to help my dad. Today for lunch I’m drinking Chocolate Keto Chow with BUTTER as the fat source. Didn’t even bother heating it up, I’m just drinking it cold and enjoying it. Because you have to heat the water to get the butter to emulsify, the heat causes the cocoa powder to separate once it cools. A good shake fixes that right up but it’s interesting. The Chocolate Peanut Butter and Mocha should have the same issues but none of the other ones likely will. Here’s my Breakfast, Dinner, and Lunch: Creamy Tomato Basil, Chocolate Mint, and Chocolate.

Before ShakingAfter Shaking
Before ShakingAfter Shaking
By |2019-03-30T13:48:47-06:00March 30th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 87

This entry is part 93 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Butter, butter, butter, butter, butter, butter, butter, butter, butter, butter, butter, BUTTER!

Last night we mixed up a bunch of meals of Keto Chow with butter as the fat source, 3 meals at a time using an immersion blender and warm water; then we poured them out into blender bottles and stuck them in the fridge. I think I did 6 meals of Creamy Tomato Basil, 6 of Chocolate Mint, and either 3 or 6 of regular Chocolate. I tasted the Chocolate Mint in the video that accompanies this post, it was good. Keto Chow with Avocado Oil is fine, especially if you mix it with a blender, but I personally like the Heavy Cream more and I think I like it with butter best. I have an empty mug of Chocolate Mint on my desk that is making me pretty sad. I’ll be having some of the tomato for lunch later today, that’ll be happy times (until it’s gone too).

Went to LabCorp this morning to get my latest blood draw. The phlebotomist started recognizing me finally and remembered my weird experiment. So that was fun =)

By |2019-03-29T09:54:56-06:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 86

This entry is part 92 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

I’m stalled out a little on my weight loss – holding steady at a 38.7 lb loss since I started this 86 days ago. Today is my final day of doing all of my fat in the form of 45ml of Avocado Oil and 15ml of MCT (per meal), starting tomorrow I’ll be doing 66.67g of salted butter per meal (200g per day) and continuing that for 2 weeks to finish out the experiment. I prefer heavy cream to Avocado Oil and I’m guessing that I’ll quite enjoy the butter. I’m planning on making a video showing how we mix up the butter so it doesn’t separate out when refrigerated.

One of our friends asked yesterday why I think I’ve lost 38+ pounds doing only Keto Chow compared to normal food. Here are my answers:

  • I’m not snacking. At all. This is a huge deal for me and I think snacking is my Achilles heel, extra calories and carbs tend to creep in that way.
  • I’m getting an insanely low amount of carbs. The last week I’ve been averaging 1.7g of net carbs PER DAY with 23.1g of total carbs, 21.5 of that being from acacia gum fiber, which is fun stuff: starts as fiber, gets metabolized by your gut bacteria into short-chain fats like butyrate, which gets turned into BHB. There’s more about that on  https://www.ketochow.xyz/acacia-gum-features-and-benefits/
  • Strangely enough: when I transitioned from heavy cream to avocado oil, I increased my calories by 300 a day but the weight loss didn’t really change appreciably.
  • I’m never overeating – kinda goes along with the whole snacking thing
  • I’m also not under-eating, it goes against many of the cornerstone fundamentals but I’m forcing myself to eat 3 meals a day regardless of if I’m hungry and I’ve only really felt hungry twice, both times I think I was just thirsty. I don’t think that’s impacted weight loss but it is still interesting.

Yesterday I finished cutting together the “behind the scenes” footage from the commercial shoot. We’re planning on showing that, along with the commercial, in a week or two – doing it on YouTube as a “premier” so that everyone can watch it together for the first time. Should be cool stuff!

By |2019-03-28T10:24:09-06:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Beverly’s Week 12 (Week 6 of Science)

This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow - Beverly's Experience

Since I am currently eating my first meal of each day at 4:00 p.m., I am not calling my first meal “breakfast” and my second meal “lunch”.  My fantastic husband and I ask each other things like, “which shake is that?” or “how many shakes do you have left?” to communicate which “meal” of the day we are eating or anticipating.  I do refer to my last shake of the day as “dessert” though and probably always will.  That last shake of the day is always warmed in a big mug, and I always look forward to it.


So…  you can see…  I have not lost any weight in over five weeks.  In fact, I am up six pounds from my lowest weight.  This morning, the scales said 124.8 (down 10.8 pounds since January 2).  The first time I saw 124 was on February 17 (more than five weeks ago!).  My lowest weight was 118.8 on March 18 (down 16.8 pounds since January 2).  That was 9 days ago!  This can be flat-out discouraging and is a perfect example of why I do not normally weigh myself every day.  Those scale numbers can sometimes even affect my mood though I try to tell myself they do not matter.

But let’s look at this again.  Literally as I am writing this post, I am looking at the chart above my words and am seeing (being reminded) that I essentially lost no weight the first five weeks of this journey – so this recent five weeks of essentially no weight loss is really the same as that.  Right?  Hmm, that gives me a slightly new outlook.

Since I eat exactly the same thing every single day, there is certainly no direct connection between my morning scale weight and my daily caloric intake or food choices.  Times like these are when we dig in our heels and remind ourselves to KCKO (Keep Calm, Keto On).  I wanted that weight loss trend of Weeks 6 to 8 to continue on at the same rate.  I was excited by it!  But that is not the reality of my journey.  And I am overall still trending in the right direction so I should be encouraged by that reality and stay the course.

And I can now know/show that higher ketones for me do not equate to greater weight loss.  I am maintaining/gaining weight yet my ketones are higher now (especially after adding MCT oil) than they have EVER been.  Higher ketones do not mean faster weight loss.  Good to know!

AVERAGE DAILY KETONE LEVEL
First six weeks of challenge with heavy cream:  2.0
Week 1 of science with heavy cream:  2.5
Week 2 of science with heavy cream:  2.7
Week 1 of science with avocado oil:  2.5
Week 2 of science with avocado oil:  2.8
Week 1 of science with avocado oil & MCT oil:  3.2
Week 2 of science with avocado oil & MCT oil:  3.1

The butter phase of this challenge is going to be so much easier now that Chris has discovered that butter will not separate after being emulsified into a shake made with warm water.  With this information, I know I can pre-mix my shakes just like I have done all along.  And since Chris is sending me a bag of the Creamy Tomato Basil soup, I am excitedly planning to incorporate that flavor into my rotation!

There are only 15 days remaining on this 100 day journey!! Can you believe it???
All I can say is this:  I am ready to EAT MEAT!

p.s. If you are someone who likes charts or who is interested in the cholesterol results of the science phase, please visit Chris’ spreadsheet.  (I am “Female 3”.  The “100 Days of Keto Charts” tab is super interesting!)

Facebook Live recording from March 27, 2019

Every week we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! This week we talked about:

  • 0:01:24 – Does Keto and Keto Chow work for Type 2 and Type 1 diabetics
  • 0:04:30 – Mixing up Keto Chow with BUTTER
  • 0:12:08 – The story of Chris cutting his hand
  • 0:13:18 – Bulk discounts on samples – buy 21, 54, or 91
  • 0:16:02 – Orange Cream on sale this week
  • 0:19:12 – Day 84 of my experiment: 100 days of eating nothing but Keto Chow
  • 0:20:43 – Which oil is best to use with Keto Chow? Can you add MCT Oil?
  • 0:24:21 – Status of the new savory/soup flavors
  • 0:26:13 – Fun with the new shopping cart system
  • 0:34:23 – Talking about KetoFest coming to Connecticut in July (hopefully)
  • 0:37:24 – Status of the “Top Secret” item
  • 0:44:20 – Problems with zippers on bags and storage
  • 0:46:50 – The commercial is nearly ready for release
  • 0:49:38 – Does too much protein stop Ketogenesis? Difference between “ketosis” and “ketogenesis”
  • 0:59:07 – Cristy had a dream that her teeth fell out and she had to drink Keto Chow for the rest of her life and wasn’t mad
  • 1:00:25 – What is the shelf life of Keto Chow?
  • 1:03:41 – Jenny had several questions: Have people used Keto Chow to lower blood sugar? How about high cholesterol? Will HWC raise cholesterol?
  • 1:06:53 – Still rambling about Cholesterol
  • 1:09:05 – The Berry Clinic burned, how to support Dr. Berry
  • 1:11:00 – What is Keto Chow and where can you get it?
  • 1:11:28 – Any plans for more non-savory flavors? (pina colada, smores, etc…)
  • 1:14:00 – How does Keto Chow compare to the Slim Fast keto shake? Best forms of vitamins.

Here is the high-quality UHD4K recording straight from the camera:

Here is the original Facebook live recording, complete with the user comments

Keto Chow weekly Facebook LIVE

Every week we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! This week we talked about:0:01:24 – Does Keto and Keto Chow work for Type 2 and Type 1 diabetics0:04:30 – Mixing up Keto Chow with BUTTER0:12:08 – The story of Chris cutting his hand0:13:18 – Bulk discounts on samples – buy 21, 54, or 910:16:02 – Orange Cream on sale this week0:19:12 – Day 84 of my experiment: 100 days of eating nothing but Keto Chow0:20:43 – Which oil is best to use with Keto Chow? Can you add MCT Oil?0:24:21 – Status of the new savory/soup flavors0:26:13 – Fun with the new shopping cart system0:34:23 – Talking about KetoFest coming to Connecticut in July (hopefully)0:37:24 – Status of the "Top Secret" item0:44:20 – Problems with zippers on bags and storage0:46:50 – The commercial is nearly ready for release0:49:38 – Does too much protein stop Ketogenesis? Difference between "ketosis" and "ketogenesis"0:59:07 – Cristy had a dream that her teeth fell out and she had to drink Keto Chow for the rest of her life and wasn't mad1:00:25 – What is the shelf life of Keto Chow?1:03:41 – Jenny had several questions: Have people used Keto Chow to lower blood sugar? How about high cholesterol? Will HWC raise cholesterol?1:06:53 – Still rambling about Cholesterol1:09:05 – The Berry Clinic burned, how to support Dr. Berry1:11:00 – What is Keto Chow and where can you get it?1:11:28 – Any plans for more non-savory flavors? (pina colada, smores, etc…)1:14:00 – How does Keto Chow compare to the Slim Fast keto shake? Best forms of vitamins.

Posted by Keto Chow on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

By |2019-03-27T15:21:51-06:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Keto Chow|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ring around the Root Beer Float

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Ring around the Root Beer Float
Creamy, cool and elegant this old-fashioned gelatin brings back memories of root beer floats on hot summer days. The carbonated water lightens the gelatin and adds a little sparkle to the root beer. Try cherry, vanilla or even lime soda water to add another layer of flavor to this creamy delight. Equipment: Ring Mold
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 overnight
Servings
servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 overnight
Servings
servings
Instructions
  1. Place the cold water in a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over the surface.
  2. Allow the gelatin to soften for a minute or two
  3. Place the pan over medium-low heat and heat while stirring until all the gelatin has dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling. About 190-200 degrees.
  4. Add the sweetener and stir until completely dissolved
  5. Set the gelatin mixture aside to cool slightly
  6. Whisk or blend the keto chow, heavy cream and one cup of the carbonated water together until there are no lumps remaining. Mix in the gelatin.
  7. Gently stir in the rest of the carbonated water being careful to keep as much carbonation in it as possible. Pour the mixture into your ring mold or an attractive serving bowl.
  8. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  9. To serve, unmold onto a platter or serve in the bowl garnished with fresh whipped cream and berries if desired.
Recipe Notes

Taffiny Elrod March 2019

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100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 85

This entry is part 91 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Here we are, day 85, 17/20 through my experiment! Everything is going fine on the nutrition front – nothing much to report on that. I did answer a relevant question on the keto subreddit yesterday from a person that wanted to know if they can eat the same thing every day: https://bit.ly/2JHEboZ

This morning I received my most recent blood test results. They’re interesting, to say the least. This week I was recovering from a cold AND I was using 45ml of Avocado Oil + 15ml of MCT oil in each shake. Compared to the previous 2 weeks where I was using only avocado oil, there was a MASSIVE change in my LDL (particularly small LDL) and my Triglycerides. My HDL has continued to go down (and likely won’t come up until I begin the butter portion later this week). You can get the full data from my shared spreadsheet: https://bit.ly/2HMIMUo

By |2019-03-27T09:48:15-06:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 84

This entry is part 90 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Back in January when I came up with this scheme of doing 100 days of only Keto Chow for all my meals, I also pre-loaded the blog post entries onto the site, complete with a header photo for each day, those have been there ever since, with the list of “draft” posts slowly getting smaller each day. After I post this one today, there should be 15 left and they all fit onto one page. I re-lost the 1.3lbs I had gained on Sunday – figured it was water.

https://youtu.be/AtWW-muN7eg

I spent much of yesterday mixing up two 21 meal prototype batches of the Creamy Tomato Basil for Beverly and for me. Now that we know you can use butter with the regular flavors (see yesterday’s post) having more savory flavors isn’t as much an issue but it’ll be nice to have as well. I’m really stoked for Friday, mmmm…. butter.

By |2019-03-26T09:37:13-06:00March 26th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Keto Chow Orange Cream Dreamsicles

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Keto Chow Orange Cream Dreamsicles
Summer is right around the corner and orange and vanilla is one of my favorite flavor combinations so I couldn’t resist making keto dreamsicles with my Orange Cream keto chow. The sour cream in this recipe gives the popsicles a little tang and the oil helps keep them creamy in the freezer. Equipment: popsicle molds, blender
Course Desserts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 overnight
Servings
popsicles
Course Desserts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 overnight
Servings
popsicles
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until fully mixed
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight
  3. To unmold briefly dip the outside of the popsicle molds in warm water and gently remove the pops.
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Taffiny Elrod March 2019

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