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Live Stream recording from Oct 13, 2020

This entry is part 36 of 37 in the series Live Streams

Every Tuesday night we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we talked about:

  • This week we have the bulk bags of Banana on sale for 10% off
  • Lots of flavors are back in stock: Beef Soup Base, Strawberry, and Mocha.
  • The bags for Raspberry Cheesecake were “proofed” today, should be printed very soon.
  • Speaking of printed bags, did you see the Lemon Meringue bags are printed?
  • Surprise! The Lemon Meringue is in stock!!!
  • We have a giveaway going right now on our Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to sign up for them!
  • “Ever accidentally refer someone to Keto Chow?” – Brenda made an accidental friend due to an email typo!
  • Best ways to make chaffles using Keto Chow
  • How goes “Butter Week” of the Olive Oil vs Butter experiment?
  • Can you mix flavors together? How? What are some awesome combinations?
  • How long does Keto Chow last in the refrigerator?
  • Can you use Coconut Oil in Keto Chow? What Fats have been tested?
  • Karen had some problems adding a Keto Chow rewards code to her order. Let’s talk about that.
By |2020-10-17T12:46:11-06:00October 17th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Live Stream recording from October 6, 2020

This entry is part 35 of 37 in the series Live Streams

This week we have two special guests: Tara and Jeremy from Tara’s Keto Kitchen

Tara Wright is a Certified International Health Coach trained by The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. She began her keto journey in early 2017 when diagnosed with Endometriosis. Finding herself unwilling to take the treatment path mapped out to her by her doctor, she decided to try the keto diet to balance her hormones and reduce inflammation in her body. She found that keto not only helped reduce her Endometriosis symptoms but also treated her ADHD without medications. After losing 25 pounds and reclaiming her health, she created the popular YouTube channel “Tara’s Keto Kitchen” in July of 2017. She is passionate about making keto sustainable over the long term. You can find her blog & keto recipes at wholebodyliving.com and on the YouTube channel “Tara’s Keto Kitchen”.

Jeremy Wright is a Captain in the National Guard, a fitness enthusiast, and is passionate about brain health. After losing three grandparents to Alzheimer’s disease and finding out he was genetically predisposed, he turned to the keto diet as his #1 line of defense in 2017. After losing 35 pounds with the keto diet, he joined forces with his wife Tara to teach and coach others. Together, Tara and Jeremy specialize in making the keto diet sustainable over the long term and have helped thousands of people get started and change their mindset around what a “diet” should be. Join them live each Sunday evening on their YouTube Channel at 6pm Central.

Every Tuedsay night we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

By |2020-10-10T11:55:38-06:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Live Stream recording from September 29, 2020

This entry is part 37 of 37 in the series Live Streams

Every Tuedsay night we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we talked about:

  • This week we have Spicy Taco on sale for 10% off.
  • We have 2 giveaways going right now on our Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to sign up for them!
  • Can you use Keto Chow if you are not in a low carb diet?
  • How do you fix the “keto flu?”
  • For optimal success, get an accountability partner!
  • What are some keto friendly, idiot proof ideas for treats?
  • Christy Davis has been showing people who experience digestive issues that adding some beef gelatin frequently makes “bubble gut” go away. 1 teaspoon per shake. If using cold water you have to “bloom” it, with hot water you do not. Use 3 teaspoons to make it thick like pudding. Check out https://amzn.to/3ckeYvC and https://amzn.to/2ZWNU0f
  • We had a follower use half a scoop of Savory chicken soup plus some almond flour, salt, and onion powder to use as a breading for fish.
By |2020-09-30T08:32:41-06:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Live Stream recording from September 22, 2020

This entry is part 34 of 37 in the series Live Streams

Every Tuedsay night we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we talked about:

  • This week we have Chocolate Mint on sale for 10% off.
  • Chocolate Mint: what’s the flavor like?
  • We’re doing a poll
  • Can prepared Keto Chow be frozen?
  • What fats work best for different flavors?
  • Everything you might want to know about electrolytes and the new Keto Chow Daily Minerals. When to use them, how to use them, why to use them! (or not)
  • I’d like to reiterate that we do not add flavors or sweeteners to our electrolyte supplements. They taste salty and bitter. Please feel free to add stuff, use them for cooking, spread them out throughout the day.
  • How do you calculate the carbs, protein, and fat? What PERCENT of calories should be from carbs or protein?
  • Cool simple things people have made with Pumpkin Spice Keto Chow (aside from the shakes): Pudding using yogurt as the fat, Joe’s Custard, Drop Biscuits.
  • Christy Davis has been showing people who experience digestive issues that adding some beef gelatin frequently makes “bubble gut” go away. 1 teaspoon per shake. If using cold water you have to “bloom” it, with hot water you do not. Use 3 teaspoons to make it thick like pudding. Check out https://amzn.to/3ckeYvC and https://amzn.to/2ZWNU0f
  • If you mix Keto Chow hot, do you need to wait to drink it?

Here are the final results from the polls:

By |2020-09-23T07:34:22-06:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Live Stream recording from Sep 15, 2020 – Special guest: Amy Berger

This entry is part 33 of 37 in the series Live Streams

Every week we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we have a special guest: Amy Berger from Tuit Nutrition. We first met Amy on the Low Carb Cruise in 2018, since then we’ve hung out with her at various conferences. Amy has a very practical, no-nonsense, easily understood, and non-dogmatic approach to nutrition and health: “Keto without the crazy”. Amy is a U.S. Air Force veteran and Certified Nutrition Specialist who specializes in using low-carbohydrate and ketogenic nutrition to help people reclaim their vitality through eating delicious foods, and showing them that getting and staying well doesn’t require starvation, deprivation, or living at the gym. Her motto is, “Real people need real food!” She blogs at http://www.tuitnutrition.com , where she writes about a wide range of health and nutrition-related topics, such as insulin, metabolism, weight loss, thyroid function, and more. She is the author of The Alzheimer’s Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline.

Recently, Amy also started blogging for us at Keto Chow, you can see her posts on our “Keto Basics” series: https://www.ketochow.xyz/series/keto-basics/

Join Chris and Miriam every Tuesday night at 7:30pm Mountain (9:30 E, 8:30 C, 6:30 P) on our live stream broadcast! We’ll be answering questions, talking about upcoming news, events, giveaways, and more!

By |2020-09-16T11:44:10-06:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Comparison of electrolyte supplements and the importance of electrolytes on Keto

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Keto Basics

Electrolytes are super important when doing anything that lowers your insulin. That could be simply not eating a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates, doing intermittent fasting, doing extended fasting, OR switching to a well-formulated ketogenic diet and lifestyle. By far, one of the most important electrolytes is sodium, which is funny because it’s one of the easiest to get (SALT!) and yet it’s one of the more controversial electrolytes due to decades of ignorance and misinformation. If you want the full story on salt, I’d recommend checking out the work of Dr. James DiNicolantonio – he does a far better job of explaining the science behind salt and its importance than I ever could.

The short version of why salt is so important to those lowering insulin is this: as insulin goes down, that signals to the kidneys they no longer need to un-naturally hold on to so much sodium. If your supply of sodium is low, your kidneys will start to dump potassium instead, and if potassium and sodium are low then magnesium will go “out the window” and into your toilet. From a diet and nutrition standpoint, sodium is “cheap” and plentiful. Potassium is “expensive” and harder to get. Magnesium is extremely “expensive,’ difficult to find, and even harder to find in a form that can be absorbed readily by humans.

So: keep your salt intake adequate to preserve potassium, and especially magnesium.

Our bodies are really good at maintaining blood levels of electrolytes in a tightly controlled range, to the extent that testing the efficacy of topical (applied via skin) magnesium supplements is practically impossible (you would need to cut out a chunk of skin after application and test it for minerals BEFORE it enters the bloodstream). If and when electrolyte levels in the blood begin to drop, “reserve” electrolytes will be pulled from muscles, bones, and other tissues to maintain the blood levels of the electrolytes. This will first manifest as a headache or fatigue (the dreaded “Keto Flu!). If magnesium is low, it will often show up as muscle cramps and eventually as weakening of bones.

If you have high levels of electrolytes, your body gets to do a few things. First, it’ll store the electrolytes away for later use when levels are low. After all the storage space is full, it’ll tell your kidneys they don’t need to re-absorb as much. This is a key thing I learned from Dr. DiNicolantonio: your kidneys have to pull out all of the electrolytes, along with the toxins and water that’s being filtered out. Then, based on insulin and other signals, the electrolytes and other needed nutrients are pushed back into the blood as needed. If there isn’t a need to get back some of those minerals, it’s LESS WORK for the kidneys.

Again: an overabundance of electrolytes will generally represent LESS WORK for the kidneys. Sort of “oh, you already have enough of that stuff, OK I’ll take a break then!”

Can you overdo it on electrolytes? Yes, but the result is typically far better than a deficiency. Your sweat might be a little saltier, your urine may be a little more expensive; and in extreme cases of high electrolyte intake, you may have an extra bowel movement to clear out unabsorbed electrolytes (especially too much magnesium).

Saltier sweat vs. the prospect of headaches, fatigue, and cramps – I typically go for more electrolytes. The question becomes: how do you GET those electrolytes?

For sodium, the easiest, cheapest, and most savory (see what I did there?) is simply salt. For that, I cannot recommend Redmond Real Salt enough. It’s fantastic and it’s what we use for salt in our Keto Chow shakes (despite the issues with a bit of grittiness). Salt your food, salt your water, add extra salt to your Keto Chow shakes! If you’re doing an extended fast, you can also use the Keto Chow Fasting Drops which we created at the request of Megan Ramos from The Fasting Method.

Potassium is harder to get. You can use some “Lite Salt” (Potassium Chloride). You can eat some avocados or other foods high in potassium, or at least that historically have been high in potassium.

Magnesium is hardest of all and suffers from the same problem as potassium, but to a greater degree: the process of growing food and then shipping it away to be consumed breaks the nutrient cycle, causing modern foods to have far lower levels of magnesium, potassium, and other minerals than they typically would have had historically – that article only talks about vegetables and fruits but the meat that grows from eating plants grown in depleted soils suffers the same effects. Getting magnesium is further frustrated by the FORMS of magnesium typically found in magnesium supplements: Magnesium Oxide – it looks great on a supplement label with high amounts of magnesium… that YOU can’t use. Humans aren’t very good at absorbing magnesium that’s bound to oxygen, the efficiency is typically in the single percentages. Magnesium Citrate is absorbed easily by is also used as a potent laxative. Magnesium Chloride, Malate, and Glycinate are better with the latter two being magnesium bound to an amino acid and the former being magnesium bound into a chloride. Any magnesium supplement that doesn’t use a QUALITY magnesium you can absorb is worse than worthless – it’s a false sense of hope that you’re getting magnesium, that you simply will not.

OK, let’s compare some Electrolyte Supplements!

Prompted by an exchange on Facebook, I decided to put together a spreadsheet that would compare various electrolyte supplements, with breakdowns on exactly what you are getting for your money. How much 1000mg of potassium costs in a specific supplement. How much 1000mg of quality, bioavailable, Magnesium costs. How many total milligrams of electrolytes are you getting in each dose and what each milligram of minerals costs. You’ll find that different electrolyte supplements target wildly different doses, with some at 670mg of electrolytes in a half teaspoon, and others at 4400mg in a tablespoon! Breaking it all down is the only way to compare rock salt to rock salt.

Electrolyte Comparison Chart

In the comparison sheet, you’ll find that the least expensive supplements by cost per 1000mg of TOTAL electrolytes is sorted to the top. You can change the sorting order by going to the menus and selecting Data > Filter Views > and selecting one of the saved views. Or you can use one of these handy links to look at electrolyte supplements according to your personal electrolyte needs:

My plan is to continue to add additional electrolyte supplements to the list as I find them, and as people direct them to me, similar to the comparison of keto “meal replacement” options you’ll find elsewhere on this site.

You’ll notice that the Keto Chow Daily Minerals tend to be one of the least expensive (and usually IS the least expensive) options available for all 4 sorting methods (except sodium, it’s hard to beat Real Salt at that!). When we collaborated with Dr. Ken Berry to create the Daily Minerals, the primary purposes were to:

  1. Replace the minerals missing from modern diets due to the aforementioned depleted soils.
  2. Reduce the number of supplements people needed (frankly, I think Dr. Berry wanted fewer bottles of stuff at his house, so he had a custom supplement made just for him!).
  3. Use the best versions of the minerals possible with all pre-dissolved in their ionic state, ready for easy absorption.
  4. Not have anything added: no colors, no sweeteners, no flavors. If you want to add your own lemon juice or coffee, go for it. Want it straight because you are fasting or want to cook with it? also great.
  5. Include trace minerals, some only a few parts per million, to help with other as-yet-undocumented benefits.
  6. Price it as low as possible, while still being able to pay people to ship orders and keep the lights on.

How do the other Keto Chow Electrolyte supplements fit into the formula then?

If you’re like most people and not using the Keto Chow shakes for ALL of your 3 meals a day, we recommend using the Daily Electrolytes to establish a “baseline” of daily electrolyte intake. You’ll be “done for the day” for several with just that one dose, but you will still need more of other minerals – especially sodium and potassium. For those additional electrolytes: you can get them from the food you eat or drink. Or, if you need additional supplementation, from supplements including the Keto Chow Electrolytes. We have 3 different supplements available that you can use whenever you feel like you need more specific electrolytes:

  • Keto Chow Electrolyte Drops – designed to give a solid, balanced blend of sodium, potassium, and magnesium in high-quality forms you can actually absorb. Most people that just want to supplement electrolytes like this the best. No colors, sweeteners, or flavors. Works really well on steak or burgers, incidentally (no worries about heat degradation!).
  • Keto Chow Magnesium Drops – introduced to help Miriam stop getting headaches and muscle cramps at night, also helps her sleep better. Guess what, it’ll probably do the same for you! Uses a high-quality magnesium chloride concentrate and has a small amount of sodium and potassium, along with other trace minerals.
  • Keto Chow Fasting Drops – very high in sodium, with a workable amount of magnesium and potassium. The potassium in the Electrolyte Drops was too high for Megan Ramos of The Fasting Method, who asked us to make one that was more suited for their patients with kidney issues. Whatever Megan wants, Megan gets. The Fasting Drops are especially suited for dosing up sodium during an extended fast where insulin gets REALLY low and sodium requirements go up substantially. Still no flavors, sweeteners, or anything else to derail you while fasting, still has the same trace elements.

If you do happen to be using Keto Chow shakes 3 times a day (which isn’t required nor recommended to most people, it is POSSIBLE, however) then you will NOT need the Daily Minerals, period. You may still need some of the other electrolyte supplements as you feel necessary.

By |2020-09-22T00:14:02-06:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Live Stream recording from Sep 8, 2020 – Special guests: Neisha and Ken Berry

This entry is part 32 of 37 in the series Live Streams

Every week we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we have special guests: Neisha and Ken Berry! We will be talking about the new Keto Chow Daily Minerals that will be launching during the stream. Keto Chow Daily Minerals were developed in collaboration with Dr. Ken Berry, with the specific aim to give people a simple way to replenish all of the important minerals that have been depleted from modern soils and are lacking in modern diets. Daily Minerals’ main source of minerals is purified water from Utah’s Great Salt Lake where dissolved trace minerals can be found in their ionic form. Because they are already dissolved, these minerals are ready for quick absorption.

Join Chris and Miriam every Tuesday night at 7:30pm Mountain (9:30 E, 8:30 C, 6:30 P) on our live stream broadcast! We’ll be answering questions, talking about upcoming news, events, giveaways, and more!

By |2020-09-09T13:44:11-06:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Live Stream recording from September 1, 2020

This entry is part 31 of 37 in the series Live Streams

Every week we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we talked about:

  • This week we have Tomato Basil on sale for 10% off.
  • If you need the recipe to make chaffles here is the one we do: https://www.ketochow.xyz/2019/09/keto-chow-chaffles-sweet-or-savory-recipe/
  • If ever your keto chow comes damaged please reach out to our customer service team. We do a great job at getting these things sorted out.
  • If you have questions on how much fat to put in your shakes please go to: https://www.ketochow.xyz/keto-chow-preparation/prepare-keto-chow-2-0/
  • Have you heard about Lemon Meringue? We are sold out of our limited ediiton samples, however we have decided to carry it in the big bags!
  • Tara’s Keto Kitchen has a new cupcake cookbook: https://www.wholebodyliving.com/new-keto-cupcake-cookbook/ use the code “lovecupcakes” to get you $5 off the book.
  • Exogenous ketones: are they worth the money? What’s our opinion regarding Exogenous ketones? (they do have their place!)
  • Trying to have a thicker keto chow shake? Have you tried Gelatin? Our friend Cristy Davis at the keto village facebook page has been perfecting Keto Chow and gelatin. She does 1 tbsp for 3 keto chow shakes.
  • Our new simple modern vacuum flasks have been flying off the shelves.
By |2020-09-04T11:20:35-06:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Live Stream recording from August 25, 2020

This entry is part 30 of 37 in the series Live Streams

Every week we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we talked about:

  • Happy freaking Chocolate week! Chocolate is 10% off.
  • What’s your favorite flavor of Keto Chow?
  • Tomorrow evening we are doing an exclusive live stream in the Facebook Support Group
  • It’s the final countdown for Lemon Meringue – it’s below 1000 and the inventory number is accurate.
  • Joe and Rachel made Keto Chow Chili while camping.
  • There are a few VIRTUAL low carb events coming up:
  • Why would you get tiny weird lumps in your Keto Chow?
  • If you forget about a Keto Chow in the fridge, how long do they last?
  • If you’re brand new to Keto Chow we would recommend starting with heavy cream first.
  • Pricilla says everyone should add some diet root beer to Root Beer Float Keto Chow, Jenn says to put cherry cola in Chocolate.
  • By the way: diet root beer and some heavy cream. You’re welcome.
  • Julie put dark chocolate Catalina Crunch cereal in Mint Keto Chow ice cream
  • Tara’s Keto Kitchen has a new cupcake cookbook: https://www.wholebodyliving.com/new-keto-cupcake-cookbook/ use the code “lovecupcakes” to get you $5 off the book.z
By |2020-08-26T07:07:43-06:00August 26th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Live Stream recording from August 18, 2020

This entry is part 29 of 37 in the series Live Streams

Every week we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we talked about:

  • Savory Chicken Soup bulk bags are 10% off this week
  • Chocolate Toffee is back in stock.
  • There are a few VIRTUAL low carb events coming up:
    • Low Carb USA San Diego | August 27 – August 30 | $79 https://www.lowcarbevents.com/event/low-carb-usa-san-diego/
    • Proper Human Diet virtual Summit | September 11 – September 13 | $37 https://www.lowcarbevents.com/event/proper-human-diet-summit/
    • We have a great list of other conferences and events on https://www.lowcarbevents.com/ – most for the rest of 2020 will be virtual

  • We have a giveaway going on this week if you want to enter. https://www.facebook.com/ketochow/photos/a.1714686192117600/2637294119856798
  • People in Utah: this Friday and Saturday is FitCon. They are also doing a digital event, you can find out more information at https://fitcon.com/
  • Do you have to have 3 Keto Chow shakes a day?
  • How do you speed up weight loss with Keto Chow?
  • What are your favorite Keto Chow mix-ins?
  • We have a bunch of people doing a keto chow challenge.
  • Fun things to share: Carnivore crisps https://carnivorecrisps.com/
  • Tara’s Keto Kitchen has a new cupcake cookbook: https://www.wholebodyliving.com/new-keto-cupcake-cookbook/ use the code “lovecupcakes” to get you $5 off the book.
  • We really like Tara’s new planner.
By |2020-08-21T08:53:10-06:00August 21st, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments