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Keto Chow on Keto Connect’s latest product review video

We’ve sent stuff fo Keto Connect to review before, they do keep making small errors mixing it up (didn’t use enough water this time, used olive instead of avocado oil) but anytime you make it through their review on a positive, it’s a win! Matt doesn’t pull any punches and if your product is stupid, he won’t hold back. One of these times I’m going to get them to use heavy cream – just you WAIT!

The Keto Chow fun starts at the 9:17 mark but I’d recommend watching the whole thing. And subscribing to their YouTube channel.

 

By |2018-09-11T10:32:08+00:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic|Tags: |0 Comments

Miriam (and Chris) will be LIVE on Facebook with Carrie Brown tonight!

At 8 PM Eastern (That’s 7 Central, 6 Mountain, or 5 Pacific) we will be joining Carrie Brown on her weekly Facebook Live event. Set your alarms! The live video will initially appear on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/flamingavocado and we’ll make sure to put it on ours as well.

By |2018-08-27T11:48:06+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Do Low Carb Diets Cause Early Death? (video)

This entry is part 204 of 204 in the series Ketogenic Diet

So there’s been a big to-do the last few days about a new study that purports to indicate that a low carb diet will cause an early death. The news headlines have been rather extreme, and it seems that everyone has forgotten the PURE study from 12 months ago. Regardless: our friend @kendberry.md Ken Berry, MD, put out a video discussing, at length, everything going on in this study.

From the description of the video:

Do low-carb diets really lead to early death? Here is my response to the recent article published in the Lancet Journal of Public Health. I’ve included links below because I want you to actually read the study and verify what I’m saying. This topic is so important, and this field of science is so dubitable, that you can’t take anyone’s word about it, you need to read it yourself.

Harvard University currently is highly esteemed in the fields of medicine and nutrition research. The Lancet is currently highly esteemed in the fields of medicine and nutrition publication. But, if they don’t both stop publishing rubbish such as this as valid science from which we can glean valuable information, the reputations of both will suffer soon. Main-stream media’s blind, thoughtless parroting of whatever Harvard and the Lancet say is actually crippling both institutions, and destroying their credibility.

Your one life and your health are too important to entrust blindly and thoughtlessly to “expert opinion” you need to read and watch and research for yourself, and listen to your own body.

By |2018-08-21T08:33:30+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Ketogenic|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Using Keto Chow while camping, hiking, traveling, etc…

I have people asking for solutions they can use for doing keto while camping, hiking, staying in a hotel (with or without refrigeration), or otherwise traveling. I thought I’d share some of my recent experience. The headline image above is from when I was making Keto Chow for 2 of my kids and my wife.

July 2018 has been a little crazy for me; with Keto Con, a 4 day-30 mile hike, family vacation, scout camp, Ketofest, and Low Carb USA all strung together. Particularly challenging was the hike, and later the scout camp with my oldest son since I wouldn’t have any refrigeration nor anything resembling a kitchen. The camp also wanted $6 a meal for amazing dishes like spaghetti, or grilled cheese sandwiches. My plan for the days I would be at camp was to bring:

They did have lots of clean, cold, mountain spring water available. The basic routine every meal went like this:

  1. I would grab my dry blender bottle.
  2. I’d put in the amount of avocado oil I wanted, it was marked on the side of the blender bottle with a marker to make measuring super easy.
  3. Add a scoop of Keto Chow powder.
  4. Add the water.
  5. Shake it up – from step 3 to step 5 you want to minimize time as much as possible to avoid clumps, try to hit fewer than 5 seconds.
  6. Go help some kid with something for 5 minutes (this lets the protein dissolve more so it’s not gritty).
  7. Drink
  8. Use the soap, water, and bottle brush to wash out the bottle – this is easier with hot water but I’ve used cold without problems.
  9. Leave the lid off and let the bottle dry.
  10. You’re ready for the next meal.

In the cases that I had access to refrigeration, using heavy cream was also an option instead of avocado oil. That entire sequence (steps 1-10) only takes maybe 5 minutes, not counting however long you take to drink the meal and it’s super handy when it’s raining but you already have your Keto Chow in your tent with you

So, there you go – a week’s worth of Keto Chow weighs around 1000g with 21 meals worth of avocado oil clocking in around 2000g (about a half gallon worth). Provided you have access to water, you can stick to a strict Ketogenic diet easily (oh and depending on the flavor you get, your net carbs for the DAY will be around 1.5-4g (more for chocolate compared to salted caramel and the others).

By |2018-07-31T11:57:39+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, On Tour|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Keto Chow 2.1 update: Cookies and Cream should be available tomorrow evening, Salted Caramel is next

Time for a Keto Chow 2.1 Update!

Cookies and Cream 2.1 went into production this morning, we’re expecting to go grab several hundred tomorrow evening, test, and then put them up on the site for sale. I’m guessing it’ll be about 30 hours from right now. Salted Caramel is supposed to go into production after that with Base Powder either before or after Salted Caramel (they ran out of the tiny scoops for the Base Powder and more were scheduled to arrive today).

Along with updating the How to Prepare Keto Chow page for 2.1, there are a new set of videos that are updated for v2.1 also. The biggest thing to know about version 2.1 is it’s thicker, especially if you’re using heavy cream, and that necessitates more water.

Speaking of which, Let’s talk about the reception of Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter! I have a thread on the Keto Chow subreddit asking for reviews. For the most part, people like both. Let’s talk about the major changes people are finding:

  • Like I said, KC 2.1 mixes up thicker. This has some big implications to not just the viscosity but also to the flavor. To get the same thickness as v2.0, you have to add additional water. That means you have more volume for the same amount of powder.
  • More volume means you’re likely to stay full longer! (yay!)
  • More volume also means that the flavor and sweetener are diluted across more volume – that will make the flavor and sweetness less intense compared to v2.0. Depending on your personal tastes, this is either a great thing or a bad thing. Some people are upset by the change, others are ecstatic.
    • On an aside: we tried to get the intensity of the chocolate flavor to be close to 2.0’s, going so far as to increase the amount of “chocolate milkshake” flavor from 0.4g a serving up to 0.96g a serving.
  • The sweetener was reduced 20% (from 100mg to 80mg). Again, some people love the reduced sweetness, others do not.
  • The place that made the bags and applied the zipper does not seem to have used the zipper we told them to. The new zipper is thinner and tends to get clogged with powder. It’s annoying but it’s usually a quick fix:

By |2018-04-16T12:13:15+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Keto Chow at the Low Carb Breckenridge 2018 Conference

This entry is part 193 of 204 in the series Ketogenic Diet

We returned yesterday from the Low Carb Breckenridge. It was really an awesome time. We met a lot of great people, hung out at the “cool kids” party house, ate some yummy fat (along with a little protein =) – I consider it a rousing success and I still haven’t even gone through the stack of annotated business cards to follow up with people yet! Photo Gallery:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/tvZBAtxJoqfjR8qH3

I had a chance to do a “5 Minutes of Fame” quick presentation about my most recent experiment – ended up at 2:47 which left extra time for Siobhan Huggins to go 6:57 =)

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 43 (done)

This entry is part 43 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Took my final blood test and had my final DEXA scan. I did some updates to the experiment page too. Should have the blood test results by Wednesday of next week.

By |2018-02-16T15:51:37+00:00February 16th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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:

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 40!

This entry is part 40 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

So close… only 9 meals left! It’s getting harder and harder to only eat the food in my experiment. I thought I had some kind of superhuman ability to stay on track, turns out it was likely just the result of solid keto eating. Making dinner for everyone else and not eating any of it hasn’t been a problem and now it’s REALLY hard to not take a bite.

For kicks, I made a crono-o-meter “recipe” of what I’m eating this week – mostly so it would generate a nutrition label so I’d have something to show people that question what I’m eating this week. Here’s a comparison of that and when I’m doing heavy cream:

Carb Week Heavy Cream Week

Those that say “nay” will likely take issue with the amount of sugar and sodium in the carb week, but if you click on the image and pull up the full nutrition info and check out the vitamins and everything else you’ll see it’s nutritionally complete still.

By |2018-02-13T09:50:31+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 38, my mouth hurts

This entry is part 38 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

One thing I forgot to mention in the video: The previous 5 weeks were a little hard to not eat the amazing keto food around me. These last 2 days I’ve started getting a nearly overwhelming compulsion to snack and eat all the things! This is new and quite unwelcome. Previously I was quite satisfied drinking my chow and done. Now I’m starting to get legitimately hungry and it’s happening all the time. It could be a function of “I’m eating sugar I could eat that handful of goldfish crackers” but I think it’s more of the sugar and my insulin sabotaging me.

My mouth is really starting to hurt. Dunno if it’s the sugar, the citric acid in the skittles, or the chewing – but inside my cheeks are pretty raw. I might need to start swallowing the skittles whole. I’m happy that I haven’t had any crazy headaches or digestive issues yet – sure it would make for a more interesting result but since I’m talking about my own comfort, I’m good with boring and just not feeling as peppy as normal with some minor bloating and flatulence thus far (oh, and my mouth hurts =).

My weight did go up a little this morning. I’m honestly surprised it hasn’t gone up far more already. I know from personal experience that my body will pretty quickly replenish glycogen (the opposite of the “whoosh” people get when starting Keto) which adds water weight rather quickly. The awesome thing about keeping this experiment isocaloric and regimented is that I’m eating the exact same amount of calories as in the previous phase of the experiment so even if I wanted to “spike” my results by eating more I couldn’t, so the results will be undeniable.

By |2018-02-11T08:56:21+00:00February 11th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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