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42 Day of Keto Chow – Day 13: week 1 blood tests

This entry is part of 13 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

I got the first round of results back from the blood tests I did on January 12. For the most part, I’m not seeing anything particularly interesting but that’s mainly because these are the “baseline” ones to show what a week of eating only Keto Chow and heavy cream will look like. HDL is 52, LDL is 116, LDL-P (particle count) is 1242 (which is high). Glucose is normal and my fasting insulin is 4.4 which is quite good. You can see all the results of all my tests here.

My Hemoglobin A1c (which acts as a measure of the amount of glucose my red blood cells have been exposed to over their lifetime) has been steadily going down throughout my experiments. Glycated Hb A1c is the measurement typically used for the diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus (not to be confused with “diabetes insipidus”). In the US it’s expressed as a percentage with numbers higher than 6.5 signifying diabetes, elsewhere it’s in mmol/l with values > 48 signifying diabetes. Typically you want lower numbers with <6% or <42 mmol/l. My first test in October 2017, my A1c was 5.1; In November 2017 it was at 4.9, and now in January it’s at 4.8. I wasn’t diabetic before I started doing keto, though I had a “deranged metabolism” that didn’t handle carbohydrates properly (you can tell because I was fat) and likely would have gone that direction in a few more years.

The 2 Keto Dudes do a better job of explaining what’s going on with diabetes but the interesting thing is that most doctors will prescribe enough insulin to keep blood sugar “low” but not in an ideal range. If you use insulin to bring down blood sugar and you go too far, you’ll actually end up in a coma. The problem is that (I’m working on memory here and a search didn’t find where it’s discussed at length) for each percent of HbA1c there’s an associated increase in all-cause mortality. Meaning if you use insulin to come down to a 7.0 – you are likely to die more than a person with a 6. Dang, I’m going to have to find the reference – it may be this but I’m not sure.

People with Type 2 diabetes make too much insulin and still have high blood sugar, those with Type 1 don’t make enough. The cool thing is: insulin is just a part of the regulation of blood sugar in your body and if that’s broken, guess what? there’s a backup! Your liver is able to synthesize all the glucose needed by your body. Provided you don’t introduce extra glucose into the equation, it’ll do a very good job regulating blood sugar all by its self. This is why people can go for month long fasts and not die without eating glucose.

By | 2018-01-17T15:48:25+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 11: soaring ketones, thoughts on exogenous ketones

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Day 11. I still haven’t had “breakfast” yet today. At 07:30 I went in to get a crown, 3 hours later it’s done but I’m still numb and not particularly hungry yet. Fortunately for me, when I do eat I’m not going to need to chew. Got the crown today so I could squeeze it in this last week of my “day job” before I quit on Friday. It’s a little scary but mostly I’m looking forward to only having a single full-time job next week.

My blood ketones are predictably coming up with the insanely low net carb count I’m doing with the oil. Yesterday I got up to 3.2 mmol/dL:

Now, your level of blood ketones is NOT an indicator of how much weight you’ll lose, and unless you are doing a ketogenic diet for treatment of epilepsy or Alzheimers you really don’t need to stress about ketone levels. Still for my own tests, it’s cool to see the levels going up. It’ll be interesting to see if/how they go down when I start on heavy cream again this Friday. Speaking of Ketones, let’s talk a little about taking artificial, or “exogenous”, ketones.

To start off with: I’ve been doing a ketogenic diet for over 3 years and to date, the only exogenous ketones I have taken were in a competitor’s keto “meal replacement” (at 200 calories I wouldn’t consider it a meal but whatever) that had beta hydroxy-butyrate salts in it (ketones). It wasn’t very good and I didn’t even finish the one drink (and I still have 11 in a box somewhere). Aside from that, I’ve never bothered. I figure I want to use my own fat to make them, and doing it that way is cheaper anyhow. I’ve heard a lot about exogenous ketones and I think they do have their place with:

  • High-performance athletes that need a jolt of energy faster than MCT oil can provide
  • Treatment of epilepsy or Alzheimers
  • People new to Keto that aren’t making enough ketones themselves yet but they also don’t have enough glucose left.

For that last group using exogenous ketones could be a good way to get through that first week in conjunction with extra electrolytes. The problem with exogenous ketones is there are a lot of unknowns right now in what the long-term effects are, mostly due to the “handedness” of natural vs. artificial. Within organic chemistry, you’ll often have molecules that can be assembled in two different ways, one a mirror image of the other. When life on earth creates the molecule, generally it’s always done the same way due to RNA sequences and other proteins that are running things. When you create a molecule in a lab, all bets are off and you will often end up with both types. Our enzymes know what to do with the ketones made in our livers, they don’t really fit the mirror image ones. Another problem is that in our bodies you have all 3 of the ketones being produced in concert, with the ratios of each tightly controlled. When you take only one of the ketones artificially it can mess things up because ketones aren’t just a fuel, they also act as a powerful signaling pathway that tells our cells what to do. This is of even greater concern when you take artificial ketones while still eating a carb-heavy diet full of glucose. We are not designed to have high glucose at the same time as high ketones, it’s simply not how things work.

So, in case you’re wondering if I’m going to add ketones to Keto Chow: the answer is “No.” =)

By | 2018-01-15T11:10:49+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Flavor of the Week January 15-21: 10% off sale on Salted Caramel 2.0 week packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Salted Caramel 2.0. Check out the flavor reviews of 2.0 Salted Caramel!

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

I have purchased twice from them so far and both times have been a great experience. Ordering is straightforward and shipping is very fast!!! They let you know what’s going on with your order status every step of the way!!!

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:

I have been sort of stalled with my Keto progress and the winter holidays weren’t helping. Decided to try Sample all the Things! along with 16:8 fasting to jump start me.

I haven’t tried all of the flavors yet, but I’m really happy with the product so far. I use the shake to break my fast and the mixture of the ‘sweet treat’ indulgence feeling and the ideal macros seems to help me keep calorie intake moderate during my feed window.

After three days of this, experienced a whoosh (sudden drop in weight after a stall)! Feels like I’m back on track, cravings are under control, focused and energetic … all the good things are happening. Once I figure out what flavors I like, I plan to order more to keep on hand.

By | 2018-01-15T05:57:15+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 09

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

I wasn’t very hungry at all yesterday doing Grape Seed Oil, so I drank my 3rd one after we went bowling. This morning I woke up to my guts making gurgling noises – which was kinda weird. Anyhow, today I spent almost all day getting speakers installed into the walls of our family room in the basement. Working like that I usually don’t get hungry either but I remembered to eat to keep the data from the experiment valid.

Tonight I mixed up 7 meals of Keto Chow with grape seed oil using a test batch of Keto Chow 2.1. Didn’t take long to mix (which is good since I’m rather tired).

Doing oil instead of heavy cream has my net carbs for the day exceptionally low and my blood ketones show it. Last night I hit 1.8 mmol/dL and tonight I was up to 2.2!

By | 2018-01-14T21:08:48+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 07

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Day 07 – going well still. Ketones are still steady at 0.6mmol/dL Tomorrow is my first blood test for the experiment and today is my last day of doing heavy cream only in my Keto Chow. I’m mixing it up a bit by adding raspberry flavored Torani sugar-free syrup (which is one of the tips you’ll find on the flavor hacks page AND you can use it on Keto Pancakes) since vanilla can get… boring sometimes.

Taking the probiotic yesterday worked like a charm (it always does for me, which is fortunate) though I did find out that at least one of my kids has a stomach bug that’s unrelated to doing Keto Chow for all his meals (which he isn’t doing ANY of his meals as Keto Chow), there’s a possibility it’s unrelated but who knows?

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 06

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Day 06. I had a pretty bad dehydration headache this morning. I actually stopped on my way to work and grabbed a small jar of pickles, ate them all and drank the juice. USDA reference database says it had approx 33.6 calories with 3.7g net carbs. I’m still counting it as “Keto Chow only” though. I do feel better, pickle juice always makes me happy =)

My blood ketones are still hanging out in the 0.4-0.6 mmol/dL range. I expect in 2 days that’ll jump up quite a lot when I start my week of GrapeSeed Oil. (more…)

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 05

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

This is from last night, finished uploading while I was sleeping. We’ll see if I can make videos a regular occurrence for these updates.

Flavor of the Week January 8-14: 10% off sale on Chocolate 2.0.1 week packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Chocolate 2.0.1. Check out the reviews of 2.0 Chocolate!

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

I really enjoy the peanut butter chocolate flavor. I tend to get tired of “shakes” for meal replacements, but this one actually tastes delicious so I doubt I’ll be tired of it anytime soon!

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:

I have been sort of stalled with my Keto progress and the winter holidays weren’t helping. Decided to try Sample all the Things! along with 16:8 fasting to jump start me.

I haven’t tried all of the flavors yet, but I’m really happy with the product so far. I use the shake to break my fast and the mixture of the ‘sweet treat’ indulgence feeling and the ideal macros seems to help me keep calorie intake moderate during my feed window.

After three days of this, experienced a whoosh (sudden drop in weight after a stall)! Feels like I’m back on track, cravings are under control, focused and energetic … all the good things are happening. Once I figure out what flavors I like, I plan to order more to keep on hand.

By | 2018-01-08T04:43:47+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |2 Comments

It’s finally happened: we’re doing advertising for realsies

We’ve had a few ads here and there on Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit. We’ve done booths at Keto Con and will be at Breckenridge 2018, plus an appearance at the HVMN get together in San Francisco in a few weeks. Today our ad on the Livin La Vida Low Carb show went live. Best part: I totally got “jimmylovesketo.com”

On a side note, I have 3 suckers subjects that are going to be repeating part of my earlier experiment involving living on just Keto Chow, this time for 3 weeks but importantly, they’ll be doing a week of Keto Chow with Avocado Oil and we’ll see how that affects their triglycerides. I am going to be starting my fatty acids n=1 experiment this Friday with the final test just before Breckenridge, should be cool!

By | 2018-01-02T21:58:09+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week January 1-January 7: 10% off sale on Vanilla 2.0 week packs, Closed New Years

To start, all of the shipping services are closed today (January 1) and so are we. Just wanted to remind everyone =) You can see the list of days we are closed over here.

Back to the flavor of the week and a big welcome to all the new people checking out Keto Chow and Keto in general! For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Vanilla 2.0. Check out the reviews of 2.0 Vanilla!

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

This is by far the best shake I have ever had. I can drink it every day and not get tired of it. I crave it and look forward to having it. It feels like a treat. I blend it with ice and not as much water and use a spoon to eat it like ice cream. I’ve lost 40 pounds since starting keto chow.

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:

I’m a Desk commander, and having these squirreled away in my office has saved me from the abundance of convenience foods in the area more than once.

By | 2018-01-01T08:22:43+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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