Woke up with a dehydration headache today, some water and ibuprofen took care of that. My gut is feeling much better, just in time for me to royally mess things up! =) Today is my second-to-last day of doing the liquid coconut oil. That means I have fewer than 48 hours before I eat carbs for science (and will likely feel like crap). In case you missed yesterday’s post, I’m going to be using skittles, sprite, and some M&Ms in addition to the dextrose to hit my 2000 calories for that week. And in case you’re wondering why the crap I’m doing all this, the original plan is laid out on this page.
Based on the way I’ve been feeling the last few days I think I was “lucky” enough to have a run-in with the stomach flu at the same time I started the liquid coconut oil. Anyhow, I am feeling better today, likely in no small part from me doing the Savory Chicken Soup flavor of Keto Chow for breakfast and lunch.
I mixed up the 191g of dextrose I was planning on using for each meal next week… yeah, it was a LOT, so much that it wouldn’t even dissolve in the water and it was WAY too sweet. So I’m going to take a page out of Dave Feldman’s book and use some candy. I spent a bunch of time at the 7-11 across the street and ultimately decided that I’m going to use skittles, sprite, unsweetened almond milk, and a daily bag of M&Ms. It’s funny to me that using dextrose straight is unpalatable but put it in soda and candy and it’s just fine.
- Why candy and Sprite? Same reason I’m using dextrose: pure carbs with no other nutrients. My other nutrition is covered by Keto Chow, I’m just looking for calories (in this case from carbs).
- Why the Almond Milk? to make the Keto Chow taste better in the absence of heavy cream.
- Why the M&Ms? to break things up a bit but mostly to add some fat, otherwise my fat intake is excessively low and I might start to get weird effects. I’ll be hitting 16% fat which is about right per the AHA and ADA recommendations.
Here’s what each day should look like:
Days 32, 10 days left! I fasted yesterday until about 4 pm, which turned out to be a bit of a bad idea. The Carrington Farms liquid coconut oil is WAY better for my GI compared to the Piping Rock as it has a lower percentage of MCTs, still, it’s not close to the same as consuming avocado oil or heavy cream. To keep the experiment isocaloric (same calories every day, no matter what) I needed to consume 3 blender bottles over the next 4 hours. In the past this has been really easy, wasn’t yesterday and by the end of it I needed to go lie down and wallow in freakish misery
forever (sorry, just quoting the Dread Pirate Roberts). I’m looking forward to 10 days from now when I can go back to Heavy Whipping Cream + Avocado Oil like normal (and I’m going to eat a steak).
Last night we continued our family tradition of getting together and watching the Superb Owl ads… with some football in between them. Honestly, I’d have to say Tide won – wasn’t even close. I think they would have even beat Oreos a few years ago with the quiet library fight ad. Aside from that, I didn’t really care which football team won, I just like a close game and I was quite pleased, highly entertaining until the very end. Because I wasn’t going to be eating any of the food, it was a little hard for me to summon the drive to make much. Still, everyone pitched in and we had a rather respectable spread of keto food, including veggies, pork rinds and dip, keto peanut butter bars, keto egg nog, cheese and more cheese, and some jalapeno poppers I found at Walmart.
I’m probably going to mix up a test meal of the dextrose today to see if it mixes well and has the right sweetness without sucralose.
Will all the hubub on Sunday I forgot to post anything, so this is a placeholder that I’m back-dating so the series numbering doesn’t get messed up =)
So yesterday was my first day doing Coconut Oil, the package of the one I was using said “93% MCTs” so I should have seen this coming. About 20 minutes after I drank my first one I felt a bit weird and dizzy… and ran to the bathroom. Second One a few hours later was kinda the same story. The third one last night I felt really dizzy, so much so that I had to sit on the sofa instead of playing Munchkin which made Levi really sad.
So today I’m switching to a different liquid coconut oil: Carrington Farms. I’ve used it in the past and didn’t have any gastrointestinal issues. I’m hoping that it works well. I ran to my local “Walmart Neighborhood Market” this morning not knowing if they would have it, turns out they had 3 different brands of liquid coconut oil! That was unexpected. Anyhow, if this doesn’t work I’ll switch to using less coconut oil and some heavy cream since this week is all about saturated fat.
OK, turns out liquid coconut oil tastes pretty good. That’s a relief! So I’ll be using it as anticipated for this week. I got a blood test this morning to cap off the week of macadamia nut oil. Unlike previous weeks, there were few people there and no hint of civil unrest =)
Last night I discovered I was late to a Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet for my youngest son. It was nice to simply grab the final blender bottle of macadamia Keto Chow and run. They had taco salad and nachos, I could have done keto with the food there but didn’t need to as I was packing my own =)
KETO in the BAKERY! As promised, today we feature Lemon Curd Cheesecake Trifle and Chocolate Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Sugar free, less than 4 net carbs. Naturally gluten free. We will launch new products every week if demand is high. It’s up to you people!! Spread the word! #keto #ketobaker #glutenfree #sugarfree #ketorocks #healthylife #lehibakery #sugarhighconfections
I talked to the owner of the bakery (who is on a keto diet). They currently do the lemon curd trifle and salted caramel cheesecake and will be coming out with cookies and cupcakes soon. The sweetener used is Truvia (Erythritol). “The cheesecake is simply cream cheese, heavy cream and Truvia. The almond short crust is almond flour and butter with a bit a sea salt. The lemon curd is lemon juice, egg yolks and Truvia. The caramel sauce is just caramelized Truvia” 4 net carbs for the lemon, 2 for the cheesecake. I won’t be eating any of it anytime soon but my kids are going to love it!
Huh, I’ve been doing this experiment for 4 weeks now. That’s funny, I hadn’t even realized that until I started this post and wrote down what day it was. It seems that the previous 4 week experiment I did was WAY harder to do, maybe because I wasn’t chewing gum or drinking diet soda. Last night I mixed up the final 3 meals with Macadamia Nut Oil and also mixed up tomorrow’s Coconut Oil ones. I’m really looking forward to switching!
Only eating Keto Chow for this experiment hasn’t been terribly difficult aside from the social aspect. I was at the store today buying food and such for my family (without a dishwasher and with the kitchen under construction, we go through a lot of paper plates and such… we also go through a 5lb bag of shredded cheese a week it seems). Anyhow, I passed by the frozen chicken wings and was a little sad that I wasn’t going to be making any chicken wings for the Superb Owl get together we’ll be having this Sunday – you know, the one where everybody watches a bunch of rather funny advertisements with some football sprinkled between? We’ve kinda made it a family tradition with my parents, and often my brother, coming over. We have a bunch of amazing snacks, predominantly keto ones for the last 2 years, and have fun. This year my dad and I are both only eating Keto Chow and we’re the only ones that eat the wings, so none of those this year. I think one of my kids is going to try making Keto Peanut Butter Bars – I might help her a bit =)
I’m on my second-to-last day of macadamia nut oil. I need to mix up 3 meals worth for tomorrow and then it’s time for coconut oil! woohoo! The experiment is still going well, haven’t had any problems at all in the last while. My tooth still hurts from getting a crown, though not as bad – so it’s still a good thing that I’m doing a liquid diet. My wife finished up the 4 week Keto Chow only experiment she was doing last Friday so she’s been making meals from Maria Emmerich’s 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse – yesterday it was pork chops, they did indeed smell good but I soldiered on and drank my macadamia nut oil… I mean Keto Chow (that tastes like macadamia nut oil).
Today we got a bunch of blood test results back. You can see my results for this current experiment by visiting the results spreadsheet on the “Chris” tab in columns N-S. It’s interesting to compare Heavy Cream to Grape Seed Oil to Heavy Cream. My LDL came back up and so did my fasting insulin.
I put together the packaging we’ll be using for the “Sample The NEW Things!” bundle, check it out:
Spent most of the day working on packaging for Keto Chow 2.1. I also made a centralized page with details about 2.1 so I can have a single point of
failure information about the changes and timeline. I’ll update that page as we go along.
Let’s talk a little about packaging, because: why not?
The individual samples of Keto Chow 2.0 are in a REALLY large stick-pack package. It’s very similar to the tear open drink mixes but as big as they can make them. They work well but are a bit weird to open and people mistake them for a protein bar. With Keto Chow 2.1 we’re switching to a square-ish pouch package that looks rather like a protein shake package. This gives us a better form factor and we can run them easier. The stick pack was a necessity with our smaller batch sizes we did with 2.0, we’re going bigger with 2.1. Now, here’s a fun one: what about the packaging material? I looked into using something less expensive, maybe an opaque plastic? Nope. The thick foil we’re going to continue using offers significantly longer shelf life. That means you can buy them, put them somewhere and not have to worry about using them in 2 months. I consider that a better product so it’s what we’re sticking with.
I recorded a podcast yesterday, won’t be out for a few weeks though. Today I’ve been working to get things lined up for Keto Chow 2.1 which is now even more imperative as Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cookies & Cream 2.0.2 are out of stock and won’t be resupplied until 2.1 comes out.