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    My personal experiment. Quick transition to ketosis?

    Hypothesis: When fed a moderate carbohydrate diet for several days, then switched to a very low carb diet for several days, I will enter a state of ketosis rapidly, and not several weeks. This is to support the notion that we are perfect omnivores, capable of adapting quickly to the sudden changes in food supply we would experience in the wild.

    Method: Starting today, I will continue to eat a moderate carbohydrate paleo/mostly paleo diet. All food will be tracked on fit day and here. I have been eating moderate carbohydrate for the past few days - had some good ice cream, made coconut milk ice cream with a little Torani chocolate syrup and ate a little yesterday, will finish it tonight. Anyway, I'm definitely NOT in ketosis AT ALL right now. I will do a simple, controlled cardiovascular test tonight, and again on the first and second night of very low carb. According to Lewis, my performance should be less-than-optimal when I am transitioning to ketosis. But by day 8 of eating for ketosis, if I am right and Lewis' tool of measurement is reliable, I should perform much better thanks to enhanced ketone body formation.

    Yesterday 6/12/12
    Eaten at many points throughout the day:
    Coconut chocolate ice cream, 1/2 pint normal ice cream. Yes, I'm a little bloated.
    Small bowl of green olives
    1 pound ground beef cooked in tallow
    3 cups of fibrous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot)
    Date night food: Half a burrito, not primal but pretty clean. Beans and rice, steak, sauces. Had some corn chips...date night is cheat day!

    Keeping it cleaner now, for experiment!
    Today - 6/13/12
    10:00-11:00 AM
    1/2 pot of plain black coffee.
    Two medium avocados, plain.
    Cooking now:
    Five medium sweet potatoes in three tablespoons tallow, pepper, fennel and 1/2 tsp. salt.

    Will update with each item eaten.
    Will test cardio tonight, to set a standard.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Subscribing because I'm curious to see how this turns out.
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    As am I!
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    I'll also see if I can talk the lab techs into running some blood ketone tests for me. I wonder if I should shoot for a test on day one, day four and then on day eight. That would be a sort of trend. I don't want to try asking for daily labs. I'll be lucky if I can sneak those few through!
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Do you have ketostix? This is going to be interesting.

    Another way to get into ketosis rapidly is fasting.

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    During my 8-day work week, I only eat one meal a day, plus a box of Aroy-D coconut milk in the early AM for ketone generation. Clearly, I'll need to draw my blood before I drink this.

    Ketostix. Are they reliable? I thought a well-adapted body just used all its ketones instead of throwing them out in the urine. Maybe I'll buy a few anyway. Normal pharmacy stores have them?
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Ketostix are somewhat reliable until you are ketoadapted. You can find them in just about any pharmacy, usually somewhere around either the diet supplements aisle, or the diabetic supplies aisle.

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    Yep, OTC. They are not perfectly reliable when comparing one person to another but when you are only measuring changes in yourself, they can help. And they're pretty cheap.

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    Well, I'll buy them just so we can use them as an added source of info.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    Well, I'll buy them just so we can use them as an added source of info.
    Yep, we want to see those stix turn purple.

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