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 😉

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First Time Trying Keto Brick

keto_brick_copy_5_800xThere’s a nifty product that hit the market called “Keto Brick” that is made for people who want eat in a ketogenic way but don’t have time to prepare food.  It is stable at room temperature (and a bit above), and has contents that are both tasty and heavy fiber.  The company (private company for now) has been inundated with people wanting it, and they didn’t expect that!  Naturally, the ingredients don’t come easily when you make it one time en-mass to see what will happen.  For a while, the website for Keto Brick (www.ketobrick.com) had “sold out” on the product, with the ability to sign up for a newsletter emailed when the product would be available.  I signed up for it, got an email randomly and quickly went to the website to order a week’s worth (7 bricks).  After I finished my order, I refreshed the website and saw they were sold out yet again.  That was lightning fast!  With the growing popularity, they released a newsletter already saying they were expanding production and working on a large-scale ingredient vendor, etc, and the next order would be soon once all of that arrives.

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Here are the nutritional facts.  Keep in mind this percentage list is graded on the FDA nutrition guidelines, and not for ketogenics:
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Today I ate my first Keto Block during the day at work for breakfast & lunch.  It’s simple to bring along, easy to unfold from it’s aluminum foil wrapper, and what I did for breakfast was eat half of the bar.  I didn’t cut it in half, since I didn’t want to fiddle with it.  The first thing I noticed was the flavor which is a complex mixture of chocolate & cocoa flavor, mixed with many subtle almost indistinguishable flavors.  It’s simple to bite into, and is very fiber-filled.  It will fill you up, quickly.  When I ate the half for breakfast, I was full completely until lunchtime without even a thought of food.  When lunch came around, I figured I’d go outside while at work and sit at a table to enjoy it… slowly.

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Be sure you drink water with this, as it is dense and the fiber needs water to move properly though the digestive system.  I drank a liter after breakfast, and a liter after lunch.  No, it wasn’t too much… you could tell the stomach needed it.  Other than the density, for those who have any adverse effects to caffeine, be careful with this since it has cocoa in it twice (once in the protein), and coffee beans as well.  Eating this fast may cause bad things to happen if you are sensitive to it.  That being said, it gave me energy through the rest of the day, and I went to the gym for 20 minutes fast-walking on the treadmill (I’m disabled), and 20 minutes level 8 stationary cycling.  Not an Olympic activity and probably laughable to most but that it was after work and I had the energy to last through it and through the night without any fatigue feeling.  Note I’m not hyper just alert, and my heart rate (which I monitor continuously) was stable.  Not too shabby in my opinion.  Today my entire day’s food was the Keto Brick, however I wouldn’t recommend it long-term.  The macros are good, but the micros (vitamins/minerals) are lacking big-time.  With only 1000 calories to the bar, it allows a meal separate from breakfast/lunch to fill in the gap with calories & nutrition.

As of right now, they are entirely sold out due to the tremendous amount of sales during their last newsletter.  Once they are back and I receive a newsletter, I’m buying a month worth. (Two 2-week packs)
With two uber awesome superhero bracelets 🙂

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Fasting – first successful 24-hour dry fast

Today was the first day I was able to last to 24 hours for a fast, and it was a dry fast.  I was surprised at how little of a difference it was feeling wise between a dry fast and a water fast.  In fact, I actually felt less hunger today with a dry fast.  I did notice severe amounts of what felt like primal thought manipulation going on by my brain, and it taught me a lot of what I need to look forward to and work on as well.

My last meal was at approximately 5:00pm yesterday evening.  I’m waiting for my burger to come in front of me at the restaurant right now, about the same time (5:18pm now).  Not a lot to say really since it was only 24 hours and the real action doesn’t happen until after 48 hours, but this means I’m one step closer.  Tomorrow will be a 24 hour water fast, then I’ll go from there.

Fasting – Psychological blocks

This weekend’s fasting was blocked from issues I ran into with psychological blockages.  I’m noticing an issue with my lifestyle that has made my mind think about two things: work & eating.  I’ve noticed while trying to fast the first 24 hours that my life needs to be changed big time to fast.  I had to break my fast after 22 hours since basically I had no idea what to do.  I normally work (which is easy to not eat at! LOL) but after work I notice my life is working on personal things at home and going to a local dive bar where I hang out with friends there while I eat food & drink a diet soda while talking.  I need to change my life.

My goal this week is to force myself through a 24 hour fast.  It will be hard for me, as silly as it may sound since my mind will be screaming at me but hey.  If I make it through the 24 hour fast, then I will try to continue through a 48 hour fast.

Transitioning from ketogenic to fasting

As many know, many ways of eating effect one person differently than another person.  The ketogenic eating style works great but for my body style it seems to have a balancing at a higher weight than I desire or need.  I lost 15-20 lbs then stabilized for a long time until it seemed like even with lessening of carbohydrates to zero, no changes.  The worst part for me was even one day of eating like everyone else around me after I stopped, weight poured back.  Anyway, I’ve decided to transition from the ketogenic eating style to a fasting approach and see how my body handles it.  After lots of research, it seems it would be a good step since I’ve already conditioned my body for ketones.  Today I’be started… well, I guess technically last night I did since that was the last time I ate or drank anything non-water.

I’m following the snake diet, which it’s been euphemistically called.  Basically it’s fasting for as long as your body can handle within its signals.  A salt water based liquid (called “snake juice”) is the daily beverage to provide what the brain and body require to function: potassium and magnesium.  I used it while doing ketogenic and done right it’s very helpful.  I know no one cares but this is the mix I use for 2 liters of water in a hydro flask (this is a cut-n-paste from my personal notes with links to re-buy… ignore as needed):

Water – 2L
Potassium Chloride Powder – 1 tsp (2560 mg) – http://a.co/3ZRvoaD – $16.96/kg
Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Pink Salt) – ½ tsp (840 mg sodium) –
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) – 1tsp (1080 mg sodium) – http://a.co/2UerVRs – $10.18/16 oz
Magnesium Sulphate – ½ tsp (200 mg magnesium) – http://a.co/11ZlX5L – $12.49/5 lb
(Optional) Borax – 1/16 tsp
This is safe, and provides pH balancing in your digestive system as well.  It should go without saying but all should be food grade.  Borax is food grade by nature.  If you drink this, don’t chug it or you’ll be in the restroom more than likely.  It can be more than 2 liter through the day, with this recipe being made again for the second 2 liters.
I’ll post updates within the next 24/48 hours.

Keto diet (lifestyle) – week ???

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m no good at updates.  Life tends to grab hold of me and the next thing you know you’re weeks into the future.

So, I’ll also admit, I’ve not been loyal to the keto diet since I’ve had quite a bit of drama in life but I have learned it has a significant impact in my body.  I do still use the Keto Chow meal replacement, but I’ve been evolving my life since I started.  I’ve introduced a light form of fasting into my life, called “intermittent fasting”.  Don’t let the word “fasting” throw any red flags.  Intermittent fasting is when you have a window of time that food is eaten, and outside of that window of time is only water/electrolytes.  What I do is eat Keto Chow (or omelets, meats, green vegetables) between 12:00 noon & 4:00 PM.  I break it down into 3 separate meals, spanning 12:00/1:30-2:00/3:30-4:00.  The nice thing about eating keto is the appetite dies down compared to the blood sugar highs & lows when eating otherwise.  This happens once the body acclimates to the style of eating.  I’ve been there, but knocked myself out by being stupid and having a craving for stuff like a burrito and beer, etc.  NOT good when in ketosis since the body at that point starts to suddenly break down those carbs & shoot the broken down macros into your blood… not bad if it’s below 20 or so net carbs a day but once it gets above that then the body loves to store and re-arrange enzyme creation/ratios/etc…. fun times.

Another thing I’ve found helpful is an electrolyte mix that is helpful when you drink it sparingly through the day.  It’s used by both keto & snake diet users, simply because it’s great for keeping your body in check both with minerals & pH.  In the keto realm it’s called “ketoade” & in the snake diet realm it’s called “snake juice”.  It’s an electrolyte mix that provides potassium/magnesium/salt along with additional pH balancers to help your body stay in an alkali state which helps the body with metabolizing fats more efficiently.  Do NOT drink as fast as you would a beverage, as it can send you to the restroom if you do that.  2 liters is enough for the day in most cases, unless you are sweating profusely which requires more of those electrolytes!

This is my recipe for 2 liters (which I keep in a 2-liter insulated jug)
Mix together very well to dilute!  I purchased all of this through Amazon

  • Water – 2 Liters
  • Potassium Chloride powder – 1 Teaspoon (2560 mg) – http://a.co/3ZRvoaD
  • Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Pink Salt) – 1/2 Teaspoon (840 mg sodium)
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking soda) – 1 Teaspoon (1080 mg sodium) – http://a.co/2UerVRs
  • Magnesium Sulfate – 1/2 Teaspoon (200 mg magnesium) – http://a.co/11ZlX5L
  • (OPTIONAL, if you want sweetness) Stevia powder – 1 micro-scoop (1/32 teaspoon)
    For Stevia, I’d recommend mixing together with a teaspoon or two of water separately to dilute then add.

 

Ketogenic diet – take 2, boots to the ground – second week – Thursday thru Saturday

Being the end of the second week of ketogenic eating, I figured I’d close the week out with a post.

Nothing much different happened, just the same good stuff.  My body is remaining stable with glucose, as well.  I’ve decided to change the numbers of meals per day to reflect a lessened time per blood insulin increase which happens no matter what you eat.  I was eating 4 meals per day, but I’m lessening to 3 for now.

One change I did include into this week was a fasting period.  It gives the body time to burn off glucose & glycogen stored.  It also helps with lots of other things non-related to weight loss like HGH increase, lowering any insulin resistance, and helping the body in general clear itself out instead of constantly needing to deal with energy conversion.

I’ve done ketone testing today as well (just as last saturday), and I was at 2.6 mmol/l.  It seems all the numbers are right where they need to be, thankfully.  Weight-wise, this week I lost 6 lbs.  I’ve also decided to include 30-minute cardio bicycle activity into the mix for heart-health since I will be more bicycle-friendly with the cooler weather coming in a month or two and a new bicycle finally arriving soon.  One thing I have noticed since ketogenic eating is that the oxygen absorption of the muscles & body during cardio activity seems to be a lot more prominent.  I’ve been able to last longer without the issues I’ve had in the past. (when I was a cyclist, and weighed less as well).