Today was an awesome day. I ran a ton of errands, steamed cleaned a carpet and moved furniture around. Despite all the activity I didn’t feel hungry once. Not bad 5 days into my 7-day fast.
Day 4 of my 7-Day Fasting Challenge is winding down, and I am a bundle of energy. I’ve been running around my house going from chore to chore for about 10 hours. I took a “quick” break for social media and 30 minutes later I start crashing.
I just moved to the next project. BAM! Energy levels come roaring back.
As for hunger, well, I’m just have no interest in food. Oh sure there were a few small rumbles, but they went a way as fast as they came. Heck, I was working in my kitchen about 5 feet from my refrigerator and I had no urge to eat.
My hunger is just gone. Sweet!
Right before bed I decided to test my ketone levels. I just had too. I used two different strips — one I got from CVS and another that was sent to me by One Health to test. I’ll do a review of One Health’s ketone strips next week. However, I say they have one immediate advantage over the ones I currently use — length! When you have to pass the sticks through a urine stream, having a long stick is awesome.
Anyway, last night the strips showed that I was excreting trace amounts of ketones. By morning the strips showed I was releasing small amounts (1.5 mmol/L). A few hours later the amount increased to “moderate” levels or 4.0 mmol/L.
Using Ketosis To Protect Cells
So I am fat burning mode and loving it. The added benefit is that ketones protect our cells from cancer. In his presentation at the 2017 Low Carb Down Under conference, Dr. Gary Fettke talks about how things like protein and fatty acids serve as building blocks for cancer (glucose is the fuel), but are not readily available. So Cancer basically poaches them from nearby cells.
That’s where ketones come in. When you are burning fat for fuel instead of glucose, the ketone bodies act to protect healthy cells. So not only does it stop cancer from stealing from healthy cells, ketones also starves cancer cells. Pretty Awesome.
Check out the video for yourself.
This is one of those evergreen posts. I get a lot of questions about the dreaded Low Carb Flu. It is real, but there are steps to take to help your body to make the switch from running on carbs (glucose) to fat (ketone bodies) instead. Use the infographic below (H/T Keto Summit) for the “cure.”
Two awesome things about the keto/LCHF gaining in popularity:
- More healthy people
- More products and services for this growing market.
One such product is called Coffee Booster, a fat supplement you add to your morning coffee. It’s a way to streamline your bullet coffee. Instead of reaching for multiple items (butter, coconut oil, MCT oil and/or cream), you can just use a tablespoon of Coffee Booster. Here’s my review:
DISCLAIMER: The folks at Coffee Booster reached out to me and offered a jar for free in exchange for a review. Other than the free jar, I haven’t received any payment. And whether I like the product or not, I’m posting an honest review.
You can learn more about Coffee Booster at Facebook.com/CoffeeBooster and on Instagram @CoffeeBooster. You can also purchase it from my Amazon Store, where I feature every product I use and like.
After a week of taking it easy so my ankle can start healing, I was ready to hit the gym. Albeit, in a very gentle way.
So what does life toss at me? First up, a lethargic 17-year-old cat who refused food for 2 days.
Spider has kidney disease. We know at some point we’re going to have to make the “quality of life” decision. A few days before kitty stopped eating we noticed his jumping skills declined sharply over the last few weeks. Missing easy jumps. Falling off furniture (and not landing on feet).
The next up he refused food and instead just wanted water. More and more water. Read More
Lately I’ve had a few questions about fasting and low carb/Keto lifestyle.
- Should I eat breakfast?
- How do I know I should fast?
- Aren’t saturated fats bad for you?
- Isn’t fasting the same as starving?
- Won’t eating all that fat cause a heart attack?
- Why I can eat brown rice or whole grains?
For me, when it comes to reclaiming my health and losing weight, nothing beats a low carb diet combined with intermittent fasting. Unlike the standard Western diet, there is actual science behind the therapeutic benefits of LCHF/Keto and fasting.
I’m not saying LCHF/Keto and fasting works for everyone. But the science for each is rock solid. For me, understanding the science of why we get fat was key to making better decisions on what to eat AND when to eat.
So for those who are new to, curious or want a primer on LCHF/Keto and fasting I’ve posted a few videos below to help you out.
Also keep in mind to do your own research like I did. For me, the science was compelling so I gave it a try and sure enough LCHF & intermittent fasting worked. That may not be the situation for you.
Science Behind LCHF/Ketogenic Diets
- Low Carb Diet: Fat or Fiction?
- Why We Get Fat (Gary Taubes)
- Processed Food: An Experiment That Failed (Dr. Robert Lustig)
How LCHF Works
- Optimizing Weight & Health with an LCHF Diet: Part 1 (Dr. Stephen Phinney)
- Optimizing Weight & Health with an LCHF Diet: Part 2 (Dr. Stephen Phinney)
- Optimizing Weight & Health with an LCHF Diet: Part 3 (Dr. Stephen Phinney)
- The Perfect Treatment for Diabetes & Weight Loss (Dr. Jason Fung)
- The Calorie Deception (Dr. Jason Fung)
- Therapeutic Fasting (Dr. Jason Fung)
Cholesterol & Heart Disease
- The Truth About Cholesterol – And LDL and HDL (Dr. Eric Berg)
- Demonization and Deception in Cholesterol Research (Dr. David M. Diamond)
Does meat really cause cancer? Nope. Our evolutionary history says otherwise. Human ancestors survived and thrived by eating meat. Meat is way more calorie dense and has all the essential amino fatty acids we need. Plus, humans would not have developed the size brains we have without meat.
I think a much better case can be made that our current food chain, which relies on heavily processed low-fat foods with a ton of added sugar, is a much better candidate for cancer and other metabolic diseases that have exploded over the last 40 years.
The attack on meat (and it is an attack) seems more political than science-based. Check out this lecture by Dr. Georgia Ede. She actually read these observational studies (not the gold standard in research).
I didn’t post this to bash those who don’t eat meat. That’s your choice just like I choose to eat low carb, moderate protein and high fat foods. If a vegan or vegetarian diet works best for you, great. LCHF with awesome animal meat and fat works best for me.
But there is a part of me that this video tweaks those dietary nannies out there (and all diets have them!). They corrupt science to make political points and claim moral superiority. All in an effort to scare or shame me into a certain behavior they approve. Control is the game. They don’t care about my health.
Sorry, but not everything is political (nor should it be). Eating for my health is my business and it is up to me to make those decisions.
I’ve wised up and no longer listen to scare tactics.
For those who’ve never experienced the joys of laryngitis, it means my vocal chords are swollen and irritated. Potentially it can last 7-10 days.
The treatment is pretty simple.
- No talking, shouting, singing, whispering. Not one dang peep.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Breath in humid air – not hard in August.
Well if I can’t make a cooking video, I can at least test out some recipe ideas.
I keep harping on the experts in the field of diet and nutrition not being all that expert. Why? Because they are so
boneheaded dogmatic about their own beliefs they can’t see the mountains of evidence that those beliefs are wrong. The article Health Authorities Continue To Fail Us poses a great question: Who are we to trust when it comes to dietary advice?
The article is a great read that sums up that our “experts” have gotten so much wrong, much to our detriment. From calories in/calories out to saturated fat is bad — it’s all bunk.
Yet the American Heart Association, American Medical Association, nutritionist, dietitians, doctors, fitness industry, Big Pharma, the food industry…hell the whole lot continue to push the same bad advice for more than 50 years.
The results? Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and a host of other chronic diseases have skyrocketed. That isn’t evolution. It’s environmental.
The food chain, built on this advice, is slowly killing us.
Since the medical, fitness and food industry has no interest in changing, the writer of the article has a very simple solution for you — not easy — but simple:
“So who are we to trust then? The list would appear to be getting smaller every day.
Now more than ever the message is clear: if you want to truly be healthy, it’s up to the individual to do their own research and come to their own conclusions. There is a mountain of information out there to go through, and you’ll need to sift through the bias of people selling you diets, fringe groups promoting their social agenda, and the media misinterpreting real research findings.
While it may sound like too much trouble, is your health really of that little importance that you’d trust it to anyone else but yourself?”
The American Heart Association can go suck it! As Nina Teicholz and Dr. Eric Thorn point out point out in their article, for too long the AHA has ignored a multitude of new research, clinical trials and meta-analyses that show dietary saturated fats DO NOT cause heart disease.
Heck, even the federal food guidelines finally joined Western nations in dropping its misguided limits on dietary fats.
Yet the AHA is doubling down on stupid.
Dietary saturated fats (butter, coconut oil, meat, eggs, cheese, bacon, etc.) are healthy for you provided you are not stuffing your face with processed carbs (breads, grains, pasta) or sugar (including the food industry’s 50+ names for sugar). A diet high in fat AND carbs leads to serious metabolic damage. Read More