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100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 14

2 weeks down, a bunch more to go. Things are still going well on my “only eating Keto Chow” challenge. No boredom, no desire to “cheat” – I had Chocolate Mint, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Root Beer Float for my meals yesterday, it had been a REALLY long time since I had the root beer, it was really yummy. Yesterday I tested my blood ketones using my Keto-Mojo and it showed 4.0 mmol/dL – that’s really getting up there! In the past, I’ve seen as high as 5.8 but I doubt I’ll get that high using heavy cream because it has more net carbs compared to doing oil.

Speaking of which, let’s talk about net carbs and tracking. Way back in the day I was using MyFitnessPal – they have some interesting social stuff and a really large database of user-submitted data. They also have a really large database of user-submitted data, and it seems like the majority of the user-submitted data is, well, trash. When there are 5 entries for “Salted Butter” – each with completely different data, especially the number of carbs, it gets a little old. So, several years ago I switched over to Cron-O-Meter. Unlike MFP, Cron-o-Meter uses a curated database so every entry is verified as accurate. It also has a “Keto” setting and will calculate your net carbs (with or without sugar alcohols). Really cool stuff. I have a full article about how to track your net carbs and set up Cron-o-meter, you should check it out. Here’s my Cron-o-meter entry for yesterday:

By |2019-01-15T11:45:00+00:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Keto Chow Crêpes (Savory or Sweet)

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By |2019-01-15T18:21:29+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Keto Chow Recipes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 13

New week, Mondays are always fun 😜! My scale says I’m down 11.2 lbs since starting 13 days ago, probably because I mostly did a water fast yesterday.

Yesterday we had some of our neighbors over for dinner. The lady does keto, her husband… he eats what she cooks =) Anyhow, we made beef with broccoli and a Ham fried rice cauliflower that Carrie Brown happened to have made the recipe for last week, perfect timing! Everybody seemed to love the food, I drank my Keto Chow 😁 – I did plan ahead a bit and made the Spicy Taco Soup flavor, when I went to drink it from the Hydroflask it was still crazy hot so I poured it into a mug, it was still hot so I added a bit of cheese. Still Keto Chow! It was the first (and only) thing I ate yesterday so I figured it was a good idea.

Before I went to bed last night I mixed up a bunch of Keto Chow for this coming week. I got a bag of Chocolate Mint and one of Root Beer last week (two of my new favorites) so I used those along with some Raspberry Cheesecake and plain Chocolate. Looking forward to having my Chocolate Mint hot for breakfast today!

By |2019-01-14T10:34:34+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week Jan 14-Jan 20: 10% off sale on Vanilla 21 meal packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Vanilla Keto Chow. Vanilla is a really versatile flavor and lends itself to all kinds of hacking and tomfoolery =) A few months ago, in a thread in the KetoChow subreddit, we had a bit of awesomeness from MrCharismatist about Vanilla:

What’ll really blow your mind is that all you need is Vanilla and some bottles of Torani sugar free syrup.

Vanilla + Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough syrup is fantastic.

Vanilla + Orange tastes strangely like Froot Loops in a good way.

Vanilla + Red Raspberry is dead on “Red Snow Cone”.

As to Chicken Soup, there’s no need to overthink it and boil water in a kettle to a certain temp. As long as it’s still warm after you put cream or butter in it, it’s fine. My kitchen sink is shockingly hot and I just use it straight.

I’ve got six weeks of chocolate, sevenish of chicken Soup left. When I reorder it’s going to be all Vanilla and Chicken Soup.

To which LavernicaDeLuca replied:

Absolutely agree with the vanilla is all you need. It’s an amazing base for adding flavors. I love adding peanut butter to vanilla, it’s a dream come true for a peanut butter fanatic like me, I just use PB as the oil, it’s amazing. And of course, vanilla is great on its own too. It’s definitely my favorite KC.

There’s also this entire thread just about Vanilla Keto Chow and how versatile it is, give it a read. There’s even more fun, check out the flavor reviews of 2.1 Vanilla!

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

I started keto about 3 weeks ago. I have been drinking a shake a day. It seems to keep me feel satisfied til my next meal, I especially like the thickness it has. It also satisfies my sweet tooth.

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.

First of all, it’s really delicious and I think the other reviews speak for that as well. I have been doing Keto for a year and needed to find something to help get me out of a stall and this was just what I needed. I replace one meal a day (I used the calorie calculator on the site to give me the ounces of heavy cream I would need). This is also perfect to curb that sweet craving. I can’t wait to some other flavors!

By |2019-01-14T08:28:31+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 11

Did a new “official” weigh-in for DietBet today, it’s actually for exactly what my 4% is supposed to be to “win” DietBet. You always weigh more with clothes and stuff on – I went back and weighed myself again after taking a shower and it was 2.7 lbs lower =)

I got the results from the city weight loss challenge last night, according to them I’m in 13th place with a 3.84% loss. I expected a lot of people to lose REALLY a lot the first week, mostly of water weight and the #1 person is down 7.67% or 14.9 lbs. We’ll see how well persistent loss works out =)

By |2019-01-12T10:26:17+00:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 10

1/10 of the way done, see that was easy, right?

Yesterday we did the taste tests. It was actually a lot of fun and REALLY interesting to watch. We were on one side of a two-way mirror in a darkened room, watching people taste different keto meal replacements for nearly 6 hours. Some people would react visibly, others showed no signs of what they were thinking at all. One of the biggest confounders was that one of the products uses a lot of ground nuts and such for the fat and those settle so quickly that the participants had to stir up and swirl each cup before testing – and some didn’t so they just tasted the watery part. From what we saw, Keto Chow is definitely going to come out as the winner but we won’t have the statistical analysis for a few weeks.

Today I’m drinking one of the new test flavors: Spicy Taco Soup. I think it’s a nice change and I also think we have all of the 3 that we’re going to do finalized. We tested the Beef Stew flavor and the Clam Chowder flavor again today, they were good but I think people will want to add beef, veggies and such to the beef and will want to add clams, cauliflower, bacon, and such to the clam chowder. Then we thought “hey, what if we don’t have any added flavor – then people can use it as a base for whatever they want” BOOM. We tried that, just the full mix including the beef protein and beef bone broth and it tasted actually pretty good, without an overpowering flavor you’d need to overcome with the stuff you add. So now I get to start working on the 3 we decided on:

  • Beef Soup Base (the unflavored one)
  • Spicy Taco Soup
  • Creamy Tomato Basil

Let’s see how quickly I can get it all done =P

By |2019-01-11T12:31:27+00:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 09

I’m still going well on the “just eating Keto Chow” – Oh Hello Bakery brought by some of their stuff yesterday, they feel bad “tempting” me with it – meh; I’m a big boy, I can handle it! This morning I mixed up a couple test batches of the Spicy Taco flavored stuff I’m experimenting with, we’ll see which flavor concentration tastes the best. Yesterday’s test of the Creamy Tomato Basil went really well, the consensus was the one with more flavoring was better – the only problem is it uses 33% more flavoring which will increase the price accordingly. I did get detailed nutritional information on the ingredients I’m playing around with and each meal of the Tomato Basil should have 0.96g of net carbs – that’s actually far better than I had anticipated, adding heavy cream adds another 2-4g, using butter or bacon fat should add virtually no additional carbs.

Today we’re going to be doing our blind taste test, REALLY looking forward to it! It took quite a long time last night to mix up all of the stuff. 4 different products in 2-liter pitchers, one in the bottles they come in.

By |2019-01-10T08:53:13+00:00January 10th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Beverly’s Week 1

Week 1 of my 100% Keto Chow challenge is now complete.  It has not been easy!  I really miss snacking the most.  A handful of almonds or a string cheese stick here or there sure sounds good to me.  When I feel the urge for a snack, consuming some table salt usually does the trick for a while.

But grocery shopping is a breeze!  All I needed to buy this week was heavy cream and avocado oil.  No thinking or meal planning required.  Soooo easy!

We have been busy with a flooring project in our living room after some ceramic tiles buckled a few weeks ago.  My amazing and hard-working husband did all of the difficult work but I did try to help a little bit.  Have you ever had a dust storm occur inside your home?  Let’s just say it is not fun but it has kept me occupied.  And we now have a beautiful wood floor in that room.

We went out to lunch with some family members on Sunday at a favorite local barbecue joint.  I drank a Diet Coke and totally enjoyed the opportunity to talk to a somewhat captive audience.  I think it can be more uncomfortable for the people around me than it is for me when they are eating and I am not!

The first couple of days this week, my calories were well over 1300 so the next time I made shakes, I used less heavy cream.  I almost always make three shakes at a time in my blender.  The first prep day, I used 8 oz per batch (810 calories).  The second prep day, I used 6.66 oz per batch (675 calories).  This lowered my calories enough so that adding heavy cream to my coffee no longer pushed my calorie count too high for the day.

Something else I did differently on the second prep day is I poured the blender contents holding three shakes into four bottles and added more water to each one so I would perhaps feel like I was getting to eat (drink) more food each day by eating four times instead of three.  I have mixed feelings on if that was successful or not.  I like my shakes thick rather than thin so maybe sometime I will pour the equivalent of three shakes into four bottles but not add more water to each one.  A challenge like this involves some experiments and small adjustments along the way.

My husband prefers avocado oil in his shakes plus he has different macros than mine.  So I end up taking notes every time I make shakes, and I often re-check my math before I start the prepping process, which is never a bad idea.  After our recent dust storm, I advised my husband that I would be adding some extra dust to his shakes for good measure.  😉

While he is drinking mostly shakes himself, he does still have some small keto meals and snacks but usually when I am not around.  He admits that he really misses eating out with me but he supports my efforts and my focus on this project.

When I started out the week, we had only the Chocolate and Salted Caramel flavors in our pantry so it was exciting when an order containing the flavors Pumpkin Spice Caramel and Cookies and Cream arrived on Friday along with two more bags of Chocolate.  My husband and I both like the Chocolate flavor the best but we both also enjoy having something different once in a while!

My net carbs were a little high (in the 20s) all of this week because I was using Sweet’N Low sweetener packets in my coffee and tea (in case you don’t know, all those sweetener packets contain fillers and slight carbohydrates).  I have been aware of this for years but I was completely in denial about how many packets I was actually using each day!  Yesterday, I made the switch to liquid sucralose.  There will certainly be an adjustment phase as I get accustomed to the flavor difference and figure out how many drops I need to use but I am already pleased to see a lower net carbs total at the end of the day.


Have I lost weight this week?  Yes and no.  I dropped 5 pounds the first day, which was obviously water weight.  I went from 140 on January 1 to 135 on January 2.  The scales on January 8 again said 135.  Maybe the Ankerl calculator was right when it indicated 1300 is the maintenance point for me.  I am going to try for closer to 1200 calories per day in Week 2.

If you ever have questions or want to chat with other Keto Chow users, check out the Keto Chow sub on Reddit or the Facebook support group.

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