My 100-day experiment of eating “only Keto Chow” continues with today being Day 78!! We are well into the final quarter of the challenge. When hearing Chris say in today’s video that there are 22 days remaining, I felt like “only 22 days”? Wow, this is really almost finished. Three weeks is nothing compared to 14! At this point, I feel I could continue indefinitely. This has once again become a comfortable habit and routine for me (I have done this before and for longer than this!). However, I am certainly looking forward to incorporating a few of my favorite keto meals into each week. My thinks-he’s-being-neglected husband can’t remember the last time we ate out together, and I know we will both be looking forward to that. I honestly can’t remember the last time we ate out either. We went out to eat a few times during the first month (well, he ate and I drank a beverage) but we have not been out recently. I find myself contemplating which meal (or meals) I will enjoy that first weekend… sausage and cheese omelet, pizza toppings, buffalo wings, chef salad, cheeseburger, taco toppings, grilled chicken caesar salad?
This week was the first week of the science phase using MCT oil. This ingredient has posed no problems or challengers for me. I notice absolutely no difference between using avocado oil and now using avocado oil and MCT oil. For each 3 shakes, I use 6 tablespoons of oil to get the right amount of calories for me. So for this phase of the experiment, I am replacing 1 tablespoon of those 6 with MCT oil. I have not noticed any change in energy level nor any digestion concerns (I am still taking a probiotic). There is no flavor difference. The only thing I have noticed is my daily ketone level has increased significantly. This number is not necessarily important to me but I do find it interesting. I have never seen readings in the 3s before.
AVERAGE DAILY KETONE LEVEL
Week 1 of science with cream: 2.5
Week 2 of science with cream: 2.7
Week 1 of science with avocado oil: 2.5
Week 2 of science with avocado oil: 2.8
Week 1 of science with avocado oil & MCT oil: 3.2
So what will the average be next week?
What will the average be while on butter?
I am curious.
My personal dietary journey this week has not varied. I am a creature of habit (aren’t we all?). I eat the majority of my 1200 calories between 4:00-8:00 p.m. I do allow myself one 16 oz. coffee with 1 tablespoon heavy cream (50 calories) in the morning, and I drink bouillon pretty much any time I want to (5 calories per cube). I drink lots of diet soda and sparkling water. I go to yoga 3 or 4 times each week.
My weight loss remains at exactly -15 pounds as of Tuesday morning (same as last week) but I did see -16.8 pounds a day or two ago so I continue to be hopeful to keep going in that direction but I am not holding my breath. It is very likely that my body is finding the final weight where it wants to stop losing. I have heard that can happen. Or maybe it is just “pausing” again before the next stretch. Time will tell.
My husband is traveling on business this week so I have enjoyed a few rare, quiet evenings alone at home watching movies he might not want to watch. As always, I enjoy my mug of warmed Keto Chow as my last meal of every day. I call it my daily “dessert”. It is thick and rich – I slowly eat it with a spoon, savoring every bit. This week, I have been loving on the Snickerdoodle flavor. I have found that cinnamon does not mix in well if I add it right before drinking my shake so, instead, I add an extra amount of cinnamon while the shake mixture is in the blender and it’s perfect!
My husband and I have a weekend away planned for March 29. I had been thinking in my mind all along that I would still be on oil as my fat source so I would just have my pre-mixed shakes ready to go the night before to put in my lunch box like last time we traveled. But… uh, oh… March 29 will be Day 1 of using BUTTER as my fat source. This will not be as easy as I thought – I can’t pre-mix shakes with butter! So I called the hotel to inquire if a refrigerator and microwave were provided in each room. Good thing I called because those items were NOT already included. (Really?!) For a fee of $20 each, they can be reserved and added to the room. So, whatever. I will pay another $40 per night since both items will be necessary as I will be making my shakes on-site at meal times. I am looking forward to the two-week butter phase though. Not only will it signal the closing of this experiment, but I think it will be delicious!