Clone Wars!

November 2008:

Clone wars!

At last back amongst the surviving packets on the grand isobaric terrain of the intArweb.  In my travels I have seen many lonely deserted packets, dropped needlessly from their groups… 8, 32, thousands… why do they not care for the feelings of a single packet, leaving them to separate into fragments of bits at our very feet.  But behold, I have before me packets folded to my bidding.  Networks staged on the very air over my living establishment are now mine, MINE, at my very bidding… my beckoned call to bow upon my every whim and desire.

Oh yes… I have internet access now.  Clandestinely perhaps, but I never claimed to be a Greenpeace activist.  I’m not armed enough for that role, yet.

June 2010:

Time progresses and this blog consists of things I have ran across and/or learned within the last 2 years.  In some cases, simply being a documentation for me to refer to later, along with sharing to the rest of the world.  I forget more than I ever type, sadly.
No longer am I clandestinely pirating airwaves to gain ‘net access.  I find my own connection to be far more sound.  That, and I can afford it now😉

2 weeks of keto chow, starting to make own

After 2 weeks of using Keto Chow, I’ve been extremely happy with it.  I’ll be honest and say I didn’t stay 100% on Keto Chow since the weekends were my play time.  This weekend (and the last week) have been me locking myself down to a goal.  I was in partial ketosis during the first week, and lost the water weight (glycogens), but my body never fully went into ketosis due to going out on the weekends and eating carbohydrates.  It seems if you go out to bars, the foods they sell are almost always highly carb loaded.  Since Monday of this week, I’ve committed myself to fine tuning my ketosis by finding alternatives when going out, and steering clear from alcohol.  Beer is basically liquid bread, and while it’s tasty stuff it has a boatload of carbohydrates and sugars which fly in the face of keto.  For the next 3-4 weeks, i’m aiming for less than 20 grams of carbohydrates and no sugar.  It will take about that amount of time for my body to properly cycle itself into a ketogenic state.

Because of my future desire to lose weight once I’m properly keto ready, I’ve taken the available recipe of Keto Chow and researched different styles of protein available on the market in order to lower the carbohydrate count below 20 grams.  I actually ran across an awesome zero carb protein powder called Isopure that is unflavored.  It’s also not terribly expensive compared to normal protein, but it is slightly more expensive.  (3 lbs for ~$40)  Since there’s little to no use to include dairy products, I also changed the fats to olive oil & coconut oil along with using Engalvaer cod liver oil which has all the omega-3 in a 5 gram dose.  It also doesn’t taste bad at all, no aftertaste.  I’ve manipulated it quite extensively based upon my nutritional needs, and am slowly making it into my own mixture it seems.  I’ve jokingly made my recipe (private, on my computer) named “KetoX” since it’s gearing almost entirely on a smooth ketogenic long-term weight-loss regimen.

I am finding the desire to eat solid objects quite intense at times, and it’s funny to me how the human brain has these triggers.  I now have bacon, chopped up rotisserie chicken, and other little non-carbohydrate/sugar items that I can sedate that feeling with when it does happen.  It usually happens in the evenings, even if it’s not hunger I believe it’s more the brain linking dinner/food with relaxation time over the years.

I am excited about this change, and to see how it will affect me physically along with mentally.  I know my body is carbohydrate-sensitive, so this is definitely necessary for me.

Keto Chow

I’ve been wanting to go on a ketogenic diet for a while, but it takes knowing what you’re doing if you do it with food.  The nice thing about meal replacement is it’s very precise in macronutrients and calories.  After having looked around for over a year or so, I saw that Keto Chow became more than just a recipe on the net.  It’s produced now by it’s creator, Chris Bair, takes the preparation of all of the components out of the way and sells a ready-made Keto Chow in resealable vacuum packed bags.  It’s one of the few I’ve seen that you include other ingredients, but it’s mostly because it wouldn’t last if it was stored with the powder.  You mix heavy cream and MCT oil with the powder and water for a ketogenic diet.  It’s very flexible since the powder only equates to 500 calories a day, and the MCT oil/heavy cream controls the remainder.  Since MCT oil is approximately 100 calories per 15 ml, it can be raised and lowered as needed.  As can the heavy cream, which is easier to manipulate since it’s only the fat portion and not the awesome ketone creating tool that MCT oil is!  It’s slightly more expensive than the rest, however.  For a month, the price is $257 for 84 meals.  If you make it yourself, you’ll average around $180 but you’ll lose time that you could be doing anything other than grinding pills and balancing orders, and certainty that you’ll have what you need to go about your day.  For me, the extra money is on the edge but worth it.

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I’ve been using Keto Chow for about 3 days now.  MCT oil takes a bit for the digestive system to become accustomed to, and can cause a slight diarrhea action for 1-3 days.  It does depend on your eating habits previously however, since with myself it’s not effected me terribly bad.  It provides extra energy through the day, as well.

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The flavor I am currently using is gourmet vanilla, and it has a texture much like a melted smoothie shake which I enjoy.  I’m going to run my calories around 1800 for about 2-3 weeks then start to drop by 100 a week to 1400-1500.  With the extra buffering of fat and protein with all macronutrients already available by the body, everything is set for the ketones to do it’s job.  I’m in no hurry, this is a long term thing that I’m willing to wait for.  I need to lose weight so I can put less strain on my prosthesis, and live past 60.

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One thing to note when looking for heavy cream, there’s usually little difference between heavy cream and heavy whipping cream nowadays.  The best thing to do is look at the ingredients list and make sure there are no additions that would include carbohydrates or sugars into the mix.

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It’s super easy to mix up.  I use my blender, and include the MCT oil and heavy cream and fill the blender halfway with water, then do a quick whip to mix the two for a second.  Then toss in the mix and quickly put the lid on and blend for 2-3 minutes.  After, put into a container and let sit for 15-30 minutes then shake to mix up the things that have absorbed water and fallen to the floor of the container.  Then toss it into the fridge.  It’s always best to refrigerate overnight since it allows everything to mellow out and not be a salty taste.

Joylent

After about a week of Joylent use, I did transition away from it but I did enjoy.  It was satisfying, and didn’t leave me hungry.  I enjoyed the chocolate version more than the vanilla, however.  I think it was just the taste made me want it more.

The reason I transitioned away is because I found a more low-carbohydrate version of meal replacement.  I’ve decided to go with Keto Chow, and start a ketogenic diet.  I still have a month’s box of Joylent and a weeks box of Soylent, that will probably be sold on craigslist if I don’t start to use them in a month or two.

Soylent 1.6 after-effects and starting Joylent (slightly TMI for soft people)

After drinking Soylent 1.6 for a couple of weeks and my system adjusting to the differences (2-3 days), I’m at the point that I’m not going to continue with that particular recipe.  Before I go too far, let’s just say this will be a bit of TMI, but important for those that are looking at Soylent drinks.

When I started, I was using Soylent 1.5 and the only issues I had was the gas being a quite rancid.  When I changed to Soylent 1.6, it did stop having that issue.  Over a matter of the first week everything was fine but after that, the digestion didn’t seem to bind the waste together very well.  I added 4 teaspoon of psyllium husk per day to the mix which is 4 servings, and it only helped a minute amount.  Since that’s an issue for me, I’m going to stop using Soylent at least for now.  Since I’ve tried both 1.6 & 2.0, with both having the same effects, I’m okay with that choice.

I’ve received my shipment of Joylent drink today, straight from the Netherlands.  A nice hefty 38 lbs!  (17.2 kg)  Excuse the mess surrounding the box.

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I am surprised they just slapped all of the bags into a single box and shipped.  It makes things so sloppy since there’s only a large box to hold them instead of 3-4 smaller boxes to compartmentalize the 30 bags.  It’s how Soylent did things, and honestly it’s much easier to shelve and maintain.

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This is the design on the bag of Joylent vegan vanilla.

IMG_0121This is the nutritional label, with a line under the title saying “For english please visit joylent.eu”

I’ve taken the liberty of including all of the nutritional facts in one spreadsheet (Joylent Vanilla/Chocolate vs Soylent 1.6)
Some of the information is not available due to not being on the nutritional labels online or on the package.
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I was going to cancel this shipment because I found a ketogenic drink available (has existed since Soylent has pretty much) named “Keto Chow”.  I figured I’ll try this for a period of time, and wait for my shipment of Keto Chow to arrive and experiment with.  Ultimately in a couple of weeks I’m hoping to settle into a ketogenic diet with Keto Chow.

Here is a picture of all three of the drinks I have currently, Joylent vegan chocolate, Vanilla, and Soylent 1.6.

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I’ll post an update in a week or two of using Joylent about the progress and how it is through normal life.  Until then, have a great life!

Soylent Week 3

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Having looked at the calendar, I have finished week 3 of soylent meals.  I’ve found during this time that the mind controls quite a bit of your desires, whether you need something or not.  During this 3 weeks, I was not hungry very often, and when I was it nighttime before bed.  Drink water and it goes away.  In spite of this, my mind created ever growing desires to eat food.  I’ve never felt that feeling before, but it’s a lot like when you quit smoking.  I fell to the desire and went to eat sushi twice along with a quesadilla at lunch one day.  I’ll say this, it felt like a pleasure-response training when I did because there was a physical feeling of euphoria that’s only caused by mind-induced hormonal changes.  With that thought…

I’m hitting week 4 of soylent meal replacement, and everything has been going well.  I actually have more energy since including this as my meal.  One change did occur since I started, and that is the soylent version changing from 1.5 to 1.6.  This change was a big change actually, since the main protein was from rice in 1.5, while 1.6 replaced it with a soy protein.  The fats are from algal oils (dehydrated with maltodextrin) now instead of other powder forms.  This part might be too much information for some just a warning:
With 1.5, the rice protein during digestion created a gas that was quite… unpleasant.  It really was like you walked into a sewer.  With 1.6, that has changed almost completely.  I’m not sure if it was the soy protein change, or a subtle variation of other changes.  It’s a lot more smooth, and reminds me a lot of the 2.0 version with a subtle savoriness to make it last in your stomach.  (2.0 is 400 kcal, 1.6 servings are 500 kcal)

Since I’m near 1 month of Soylent usage, I’ve decided to widen my research a bit and try other brands that are out.  One company that competes with Soylent is named Joylent and based in the Netherlands.  I geeked out while researching, and created a spreadsheet comparing nutritional data:

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I decided I’d try the vegan version (I’m lactose intolerant), and that has the following nutritional data (same price):

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It has more protein and more carbohydrates, but less sugar.  I should receive it in 2-3 weeks so we’ll see how it stacks up.  I have 3 more weeks of Soylent 1.6 in stock here, so I’ll post again in another week or two if any difference occur.  Otherwise, once Joylent gets here I’ll post more.

 

Soylent meal replacement

After finding myself trying to change my dietary patterns but availability, memory, and work location, have kept me at bay for the last 3-5 years.  Over the last year or two, I’ve found my balance of time for eating versus time for work have made it impossible to drive to a location that has decent food and then pay extraordinarily high prices on top of it for something “healthy”.  Yes, I can bring it from home but that’d require more time stolen from the remaining 3-4 hours of being at home to do something other than not relax.  I’ve found myself going to Carl’s Jr (Hardee’s on the east coast of the USA), Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, & other places of the same style.  Not good, even though it’s available.  I decided enough is enough, I can’t afford it much less let my body take it.

I’ve followed an experiment called euphemistically “Soylent” since it first was being used in 2013.  At first it wasn’t what I wanted to dive into since I’d have to put too much time and experimentation into making things tolerable for my body.  Since then, it’s been taken seriously many and LOTS of changes have been made.  Different ingredients tested, and more refined processes created to make the ingredients.

Since things have come to the point of a stable drink, I decided to try it out.  I first tried the Soylent 2.0 bottled version, which is it’s own version.  It’s more expensive than the powdered version for obvious reasons, and for me the taste consistency wasn’t to my liking.  It was okay, but it just didn’t have that satisfaction.  Which is fine, I tried it.  I still have them around and I have one drink a day sometimes.

After trying the bottled version, I tried a week of the powdered version.  It comes with a free pitcher & stainless steel measuring cup for the first time purchase, as well.  The measuring cup is specific for the serving of soylent powder to use.  For 500 kcal that would be 4 scoop water, 2 scoop powder.  I’ve found it easier to go the pitcher method to make an entire days worth, but the mindset needs to be different then.  The same amount of water to powder doesn’t work I’ve found, so what I’ve done is put 2 or so inches of water in the pitcher, 1/4 bag of powder into the pitcher, close and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds, open, repeat.  OR use a blender, which is just easier but using the pitcher means less to wash/clean and it gives you a reason to exercise.  After all the powder is in, fill the pitcher with water and shake to get it all mixed.  Yeah, I know it sounds like lots of shaking but it doesn’t seem like it when it’s done.  I have 4 18 oz glass bottles that I fill equally once the bottle is chilled in the fridge.  I purchased the bottles from Amazon: https://amzn.com/B016APS3CU

So far I’ve been starting a week of only Soylent 1.5 (powdered version) since yesterday, and this is my second day.  It’s surprisingly been nutritious, and hasn’t left me feeling starved or even hungry.  I drink 4 bottles a day (usually every 3 or so hours) slowly, since it is food and not a beverage.

This is the start, and I plan on trying this for a month or two and see how things go.  I think I chose a good time too, as version 1.6 just came out and will be at my doorstep in a day or so.  They changed rice protein to soy protein, and a couple of other changes that change the fat profile to be better.  I’ll post more in a week or so.

How To Make An Extra Disk Partition Remain Unmounted On Boot

After buying another iMac to replace the one that was stolen a while back,  I was setting up the disk partitions and noticed that when I created a recovery partition it would automatically be mounted when the system boots up.  I don’t like this since that means anything could erroneously enter the partition by a simple background oops.  I know Linux/Unix, but the Apple uniqueness made me research for a while.

I’m not going to stretch this out since it’s relatively simple.  Open Disk Utility (Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility) then select the partition in question and select the “Info” button at the top.  Copy the Universal Unique Identifier value (the string to the right) to TextEdit or some other note taking utility.

Open Terminal (open spotlight, and type “Terminal“).  Type “sudo vifs“, and you will be prompted for your password.  Type it and once you hit enter a editor will appear.  Press ‘i’ on the keyboard, then enter the following line with your information (replace YOURUUID with the UUID you copied a little earlier):

UUID=YOURUUID none hfs rw,noauto

Press your escape key (esc) and type “:wq” to write and quit.  Once you are back at the command prompt, type the following to tell the system the changes were made:

sudo automount -vc

After a system reboot, the partition will remain unmounted at boot time.

This is how, after creating my recovery partition, I keep it out of sight unless needed.