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A Keto family vacation

We recently did a family vacation down to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. When planning it, we decided to do all keto food for all 10 people going. It actually turned out really well and allowed a few of our children who hadn’t ever tried doing keto an opportunity to give it a try. Sadly they’ve gone back to eating carbs away from home but at least they recognized how crummy they felt eating candy the first time after the trip.

We rented a house (because frankly, it was cheaper than getting 3 rooms at a hotel, more comfortable, and overall better!). The kitchen was quite nice and there were enough beds for everyone that wanted their own bed could have one.

Our staples on the trip included:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – mostly for making Keto Chow but we also used it to cover keto pancakes.
  • Costco rotisserie chicken breast – makes the chicken salad really easy, just add mayo and other seasonings.
  • Keto Chow – perfect for drinking while driving!
  • Far too many almonds.
  • Low carb tortillas from Sams Club – they’re 5g of net carbs each so I didn’t eat them frequently but for little kids they’re perfect.
  • Carb Control yogurt from Kroger – also 5g of net carbs, not the end of the world but you don’t want them all the time
  • Eggs – with 10 people we went through almost 9 dozen Xlarge eggs.
  • Cream cheese – for the tortillas and to make keto pancakes
  • Sugar-Free syrup.

FYI: the recipe for the keto pancakes is silly easy – 8 ounces of cream cheese + 8 eggs in a blender. Blend. Cook. Done.

Drag around, it’s a 360 photo:

By | 2018-04-13T11:56:13+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Results and conclusions from 6 week fat experiment (42 days of Keto Chow)

This entry is part 44 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

I have my analysis done on the data from my 6-week experiment doing Keto Chow for all my meals and swapping out different types of fats to see how they impact my lipid panels. It’s all chronicled over on the page about the experiment, along with an extensive array of graphs and other fun stuff.

I also proved that at least in me: eating 2000 calories a day of mostly fat with some protein I’ll lose weight. Switch that to 2000 calories of mostly carbohydrates with a little fat and the same amount of protein (and again, the same 2000 calories), I will gain weight.

Fun stuff!

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 41, blood tests back

This entry is part 41 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

I was watching a video by Dave Feldman (where he had to keep pausing to eat skittles, it was great) and he talked about fructose malabsorption causing him digestive issues. I don’t think I have that problem which is why I haven’t had really bad problems during this phase. Again it seems that I dodged another bullet for which I’m grateful. I’m still anxious to get back into keto. Yesterday I bought the brisket and ribs for the meetup, they’re currently in the Sous-Vide cooking for a few days and I’ll finish them in the smoker on Saturday.

Got my Coconut Oil week blood tests back – REALLY interesting stuff. I’ve entered the data into the spreadsheet (check it out!) but here are some of the highlights:

  • I hit an all-time low LDL-P (particle count): 567. It’s down 43% from 996 the week before. 👍 (you’re looking for under 1000)
  • All time low LDL-C: 56, down from 78. 👍
  • I brought back down my triglycerides from 148 to 103 👍 (you want this below 100)
  • My HDL-C went WAY up (52% to be exact): from 40 to 61 👍👍👍 (you want this as high as possible)
  • A1c is still steady at 4.8 👍
  • Fasting insulin went WAY up, from 5.2 to 8.4 – the highest I’ve recorded so far. 👎

This test was the first time I saw a departure from the previous inversion pattern of LDL-C and Triglycerides which would go up and down opposite of each other. I don’t know if it was the high amount of MCTs in the coconut oil or what. Regardless, I can handily say that consuming almost entirely saturated fat for a week made my blood tests look AMAZING.

Here are some of the graphs from the spreadsheet:

Guests on another great Keto podcast: Ketonian Korner

Miriam and I (Chris) were guests on another awesome Keto podcast a while ago and it was posted yesterday: Interview with Chris and Miriam Bair Keto Chow

I should have posted about this yesterday but ran out of time with everything going on (live broadcast, replacing the fat in my Keto Chow with candy for an experiment, finalizing packaging for Keto Chow 2.1)

By | 2018-02-10T07:24:22+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 36: Carb Week Begins (with a live stream)

This entry is part 36 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

OK, here we go!

You can view my glucose tests as I take them on the “Sugar” tab of the spreadsheet here.

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 30, “fun” with coconut oil (actually MCT oil)

This entry is part 30 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

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.

By | 2018-02-05T08:35:53+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 28

This entry is part 28 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

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 =)

By | 2018-02-01T12:19:56+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 27, bunch of blood tests back

This entry is part 27 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

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:

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 25

This entry is part 25 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

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.

By | 2018-01-29T14:39:21+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 23

This entry is part 23 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Really quick update, not much to report other than that the Macadamia nut oil has a VERY strong flavor. Would not recommend using it to anyone but it’s what I’m doing and I have another 5 days of it. So goes life.

By | 2018-01-27T21:51:33+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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