Changing stuff around here

Hey, got a new theme going on the site. I installed it to try to figure out what the deal was with product reviews not showing up correctly but I decided to keep it.

I added “CreditCard” as a payment option, using Swipe for the back end. So now there are three options: bitcoin, credit card and PayPal.

 

The big change… I’m cutting back on mixing People Chow, I’m concentrating on Keto Chow. It’s what I personally use and I feel Keto Chow is better tasting, better mouth feel and frankly better nutrition. It’s a bit of a long story. the short version is: I’m still doing subscription orders of People Chow; if people want to keep one active, I’m going to keep making it for them. I’m not doing the samples or the regular “buy one week” anymore though.

The creator of the People Chow recipe (MaxK) is going to be launching his own site (hopefully) soon and I’m going to be deferring to him, I have enough Keto Chow orders to keep me crazy busy. Unfortunately I haven’t heard much from him in the last few days so I’m not sure what the status of his new site is. Ideally people looking to try People Chow 3.0.1 (and the long rumored 4.0 Max has been working towards) will be able to get it from him.

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Much better

Trace amounts of ketones are showing up now and everything is returned to normal (thankfully). It also seems that keeping up on electrolytes spared me the Keto Flu this time, which is AWESOME! I still am anxious for my weight trend to head down steadily, that should be this week. I didn’t loose nearly as much water weight burning off glycogen as I would have liked. Eating carbs was probably a bad idea in the long run but it did give me some very valuable perspective. If I don’t get enough sleep lately, my legs hurt off and on; that didn’t change when I was back on carbs so I do not think that’s the cause – it’s likely the sleep (or lack thereof). Eating carbs also gave me the perspective that I really don’t need to cheat at all, it just doesn’t hold the appeal it once did. I also ordered a 12 pack of Quest Cookies and Cream bars today because they’re yummy.

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Doing that again? dagnabbit

warning: TMI

Last time I started ketosis (back in October) I bucked the normal trend of getting constipated when starting and went the opposite way. Well, It’s happening again, lucky me. I’m not sure if it has to do with gut fauna dying off (not likely since I only are carbs for 6 days) or my body going “oh wow, that’s a LOT of fiber…. um not sure what to do here, let’s try this!” If past experience is any indicator I’ll be back to normal by Monday morning.

Now as a reminder: the plural of “anecdote” is not “data”. My experience should be in no way construed as the norm for starting keto. But hey, it’s what’s happening to me.

I’m nearly back to my weight before I started my carb binge, that’s good.

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Water weight and keto flu redux

As previously noted, I started a local weight loss contest yesterday that compares percentage of weight lost as opposed to total pounds. I successfully replenished my glycogen reserves by eating carbs for a few days and gained a fair amount of water weight.

So that craziness is over. Now I’m back doing a ketogenic diet which means I get to go through keto adaptation and probably the keto flu again. I did this to myself on purpose. I guess one good thing is I’m actually prepared for the keto flu this time and am already doubling down on the electrolytes, plus the keto soylent I’m drinking has the proper amount of potassium and sodium (3541 and 2745 mg/day compared to 2936 and 1963 mg/day on the recipe I used last time). It should be an interesting experience.

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Major changes be coming

Within the next day or two there will be some major changes here on this site, so don’t be surprised when they come (it’s all good).

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Leveling the playing field

On Wednesday I have my initial weigh in for a local weight loss contest. It’s based on % of body weight lost. In the past the winners have lost anywhere from 15 to 21%. I figure that no one else doing it is going to be starting out without glycogen in their system so I’ve been building back up my reserve. Glycogen comes with a lot of water weight, this is the major 5-10 pounds that most people lose in the first week of Keto (and it stays off so long as you don’t eat carbs).

In other words: I just ate some biscuits and gravy, yesterday was Mexican food and on Wednesday I’ll have pizza and soda.

It’s been interesting having carbohydrates again (if only for a few days). Yeah I do feel sluggish and rather crappy. And thirsty, I keep making myself feel ill from drinking so much water but I’m still thirsty. I’m really not looking forward to carb cravings on Thurdsay (or the keto flu). I had completely overcome that and intentionally putting myself back into that is actually kinda stupid.

I guess one good thing is it’s given me some perspective: Carbs aren’t as delicious and I thought they were. Eating a Kit-Kat or strawberry oreo was anti-climactic. Yeah, it’s good but not good enough to cheat on next week. Frankly melted cheese, bacon and other 0 carb foods are good enough there really isn’t a reason to cheat.

Now excuse me as I go eat the last tortilla chips I’ll eat for at least 6 months.

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Customizing the calories in Keto Chow to your requirements

On the Keto Chow page I have this:

This recipe has the added benefit of being customizable for people with different caloric requirements. Without any oil or cream it’s right around 500 calories/day and still hits all the right nutrients except protein, and the different fatty acids. Following the directions you’ll get 1355 calories/day (woohoo, deficit!) but you can raise that up to whatever level you want by increasing the heavy cream and/or the oil. It’s super flexible.

So how exactly do you do this?

  1. First you’re going to need a nutrient profile. Head over to the DIY profile calculator page: http://diy.soylent.me/nutrient-profiles/calculator
  2. If you don’t have an account on the DIY site you’ll need to make one; either log in or create an account, then co back to the calculator page if necessary.
  3. Enter in all your information. You’re going to need to set the sliders to 5% 20% and 75% (maybe a bit more protein if you life weights a lot). I use “chris.bair’s Keto New” as the DRI profile, I found it last time by typing “chr” three times in the dropdown menu but women might want to check out another profile. There’s a full list at http://diy.soylent.me/nutrient-profiles. Here’s what I put in last time I made one:
    Nutrient Profile Calculator
  4. You can play around with the requirements a bit if you like.
  5. Go to the Keto Chow recipe page http://diy.soylent.me/recipes/keto-chow-10-2
  6. Click on the “Copy” button.
    Copy Recipe
  7. Type in a name and such, make sure you select your nutrient profile that you made earlier. It should be at the very top of the list.
    Copy Screen
  8. Once you have that saved you can start customizing. You’ll need to switch over to the “Recipe Editor” tab
    Swithc to Recipe Editor
  9. At the bottom it will show you the percentages you’re hitting. You may get red flags on Sodium, Potassium and a few other minerals depending on the profile you selected. Ketogenic diets need more electrolytes than normal so I’ve edited my own DRI profile to require the higher amounts. I’ve also taken out the maximum values on saturated fat and several others since the lipid hypothesis is false (watch Fat Head).
  10. To edit a nutrient just click on the quantity in the recipe and then change the values in the pop-up.
    Editing ingredient
  11. You can hit the + and – just look at the percentages as they change. Once you get them where you’d like hit the “Save Changes” button.
    Increasing ingredient amount
  12. Bug: the bottom numbers don’t recalculate until you refresh the entire page.
  13. For the most part you should really only need to modify the Heavy Cream and/or the MCT oil on the Keto Chow recipe (unless you’re a nursing mother or pregnant, then your vitamin needs might be wildly different)
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Additional Flavors for Keto Chow

The flavored protein I’m using for Keto Chow comes in more than the 3 flavors I’m going to keep stocked so I added an option to special order any of the other available flavors. It does cost $15 more than the chocolate mint, strawberry or vanilla since I have to get a tub of that flavor just for the one order; and it may add an additional 2-5 days to the time it takes to get your stuff but hey, you’ve got the option if you’re so inclined. The other flavors are:

  • “Butter Cream Toffee”
  • “Cafe Mocha”
  • “Chocolate Fudge”
  • “Cinnamon Bun”
  • “Cookies & Cream”
  • “Pina Colada”
  • “Rich Chocolate”
  • “Smooth Banana”

I grabbed some Cookies and Cream and some Butter Cream Toffee to test and both are good (who am I kidding? the Cookies and Cream is better than any I’ve tasted until now, it’s crazy good).

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Powdered Cream not suitable for Keto soylent

I guess I’m supposed to do clickbait titles if I want more traffic, but I prefer to get the conclusion out there and then back it up in the body.

A question came up about how well powdered cream could be used for Keto Chow instead of the liquid heavy cream. The Amazon Page doesn’t show any nutrition information and I couldn’t get a response from the manufacturer… so logically I bought some.

Here’s the nutrition information. Pay attention to the grams of fat + grams of protein + grams of carbohydrates != serving size.

Powdered Cream Rear LabelOK, so the math doesn’t add up. Besides that I can work with the calories and carbohydrate numbers to see how many carbs would be in the same calorie amount as liquid heavy cream. For reference, here’s the nutrition for Darigold 40% cream:

40 percent heavy cream nutrition info

0 carbs, none. Granted, in the US you can call anything below 1g 0 but I’m inclined to believe the 0 figure. So let’s do math. To equal the 518 calories in the heavy cream we’re going to need 58 servings (maybe 4g, maybe 7g going by my math) of the powder. That will give us 29g of carbohydrates (specifically sugars thanks to the #1 ingredient “sweet cream”) that aren’t there when using heavy cream. That would bring your daily net carbs up from 10.9 to 39.9. Did I mention that it will cost you $2.30/day for the powdered cream vs $0.75 for the liquid.

So yeah, not suitable.

Powdered Cream Front and Side labels

 

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