One Meal a Day, Cold Thermogenesis and Physiologic Stress Adaptation – [Long Discussion]

Just a few days ago I was invited by Siim Land to have a discussion on his podcast and Youtube channel. It’s a 40-minute long talk in which we share ideas and experiences about physiologic stress and adaptation, cold thermogenesis as well as ketosis and fasting (IF and EF). I also share my experience with one meal a day, a strategy that I wasn’t able nor eager to make it work consistently.

What I like about Siim is the way in which he edits these videos with a lot of animations and often funny short-clips, which in my opinion make the understanding of the discussion much smoother.

Low-Carb Keto Bread – High-Fiber [Low-Calorie]

The first very low-carbohydrate bread that I baked a few days ago was made with almond flour and psyllium husk and it came out a little bit moist. I used 2 eggs and about 200ml of water and baked it at 180 degrees Celsius.

Upcoming strategy: less water or more time in the oven, or both. Anyways, the taste was on spot! So, I didn’t bother too much about its moisture.

For the second bread that I made this week, I used a slightly different strategy – different flours and less water – and it came out much better.

I used a flour that I found in a local food store, and it’s made of bamboo fiber and psyllium husk. So, it’s carbohydrate content is 99% fiber. So, let’s see.

Neural Networks and TensorFlow – My New Deep Learning Tutorial Series

I started a new series of free video tutorials on my Youtube channel. In this series we’re going to go into concepts of deep learning with neural networks and TensorFlow.

We start gently though, with a little discussion on artificial neurons and their resemblance with biological neurons. The video above is the first in the series. I hope you enjoy it and you learn something along the way. The fun coding part is to come so stay tuned!

Low-Carb Keto Pizza – Almond Flour and Psyllium [Jan 2018]

It was almost 3 years ago when I posted a recipe for a pizza that was in line with the ketogenic diet. I wasn’t too precise with the nutritional information though. In fact, I didn’t specify any info for that matter.

So, in this post I’m going to try to be more precise. I’ve been doing this pizza every now and then and it basically has the same ingredients. In the near future I’m going to try new flour combinations for the crust. Until then…

Ketosis for Type 2 Bipolar – [2 Clinical Cases]

I’ve seen this clinical report mentioned in a couple of places, so I thought it might be worth getting into a few of its details.

It was published in 2013 and it follows two women with type II bipolar disorder who sought to manage their condition with prolonged ketosis. The authors start from the following premise:

“Successful mood stabilizing treatments reduce intracellular sodium in an activity-dependent manner. This can also be achieved with acidification of the blood, as is the case with the ketogenic diet.” [1]

What’s worth mentioning is that the mood stabilizing effect of ketosis surpassed what they had achieved with medication. They mention no adverse effects from the diet and the authors say that this clinical report supports the hypothesis that acidifying plasma may have a beneficial effect on mood – possibly by lowering intracellular sodium and calcium. Let’s look a little bit closer.

Low-Carb Keto Cheesecake – [Simple Recipes]

Two of my favorite foods for the holiday season are pizza and cheesecake, the low-carbohydrate version.

What I particularly like about the pizza is the ‘density’ of the crust, which is probably given by the combination of psyllium husk and almond flour. More about that in this old post.

Here I’m actually going to tell you the version of cheesecake that I had this year. I usually have this twice a year, but I might just want to have it more often from now on!  

Blood Ketone Tests and Christmas Foods – [More Experiments]

So, I’m doing some new experimentation with ketosis and the ketogenic diet and I recently got a dual blood glucose and ketone meter to track the levels I am at.

I’ve posted bits and pieces of updates on my FB page and on one of my FB groups. And I wanted to have some form of cohesive writing about my observations so far.

I’ve never actually tested blood ketones before, so, some of my past experiments may be somewhat inaccurate because I only tested for urine ketones. However, I have to note that urine ketones and blood ketones correlate pretty well in these latest experiments.

First things first, it took about a week to see consistent ketone levels above 0.5 mmol/L. I’ve kept my total carbohydrate intake anywhere between 40 to 60 grams per day (somedays even lower).

Low Calorie Keto Pancakes – [New Experiments]

I tried quite a few recipes for ketogenic friendly pancakes, and to be honest, I’ve never been as excited as for this one that I just did recently. My inspiration came from Liz.

The recipe is extremely simple and it has very few ingredients. Interestingly enough you can tag this with ‘plant based’, ‘keto’, ‘high-fiber’, ‘low-calorie’ and other similar trending tags.

I’m very minimal about the quantities here because this was the first time I tried the recipe. I will definitely scale it up in upcoming attempts. If you want to do a higher volume of this recipe, you could simply (and reasonably) extrapolate the amounts I used here.

Improving Deep Neural Networks – Ng’s 2nd Course [Nov. 2017]

For my review of the first course, see this post.

In that post I was saying that I’m flirting with the thought of paying my way through the specialization ($49 a months) after the 7-day free trial. And that’s exactly what I did.

Then I enrolled in the second course of this 5-course Deep Learning specialization and it took about 5-6 days to finish it, at a semi-relaxed pace. My final grade was 100%.

After these first two courses, I sort-of have a strategy which seems to be convenient for me. I try to watch all the lectures of a specific week in one or two sittings. This helps me achieve a good overall perspective of the material and it’s also very helpful when I do the practice quizzes. Now, a few words about the course…

Ng’s Neural Networks and Deep Learning – Some Thoughts [Nov. 2017]

I stopped taking courses on Coursera circa 2016 because I grew dispassionate about their payment models and because they stopped providing statements of accomplishment at the end of the course.

Ironically, the same payment model seems to have reignited my active interest in Coursera. About a few days ago I entered a 7-day free trial in the Deep Learning AI Specialization.

It took about 5 days to finish the first course Neural Networks and Deep Learning taught by Andrew Ng, adjunct professor at Stanford University and co-founder of Coursera. The course is 4 weeks long.

Given the level of complexity of the course, it would have taken me at least a month to get through the lectures, quizzes and programming projects, if there were no-strings attached. I take pride of the fact that I actively motivated myself to spend a couple of hours everyday working through the materials.

In the following lines I’m going to share a few thoughts after taking this first course of the specialization.

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