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.

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.

30 Health and Fitness Books – Free Bundle

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You have to subscribe to Buckbooks’ email list (not mine)! The promo is on for 3 more days (ends circa Nov. 10, 2016).

If you’re on my email list, you already know about this promo as I broadcasted a message immediately it became available. If you’re not on my list and didn’t know about this, listen up.

I joined forces with a dozen plus authors and we give our books for free – 30 in number. This bundle is available via Buckbooks who made this possible. To get the bundle you have to sign-up (for free) to their list. Once that’s done, wait for the email. Here are a few titles from the bundle:

The Ketotic Brain compared to the Glycolitic Brain [Studies and Anecdotes]

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Introduction

I’ve briefly touched the subject of ketotic brain metabolism in some of my past posts. I’d say there’s much more to this subject than what I wrote before. Here I will discuss additional research findings along with a few personal experiences (anecdotes). My focus is on GABA and glutamate mediated effects.

I’ll begin with some personal reports:

Ever since I started experimenting with ketosis back in 2013 I noticed a dramatic shift in my mental condition. Prior to ketosis I was following a normal diet (glycolitic). I remember experiencing post-meal energy crashes that would last for a few hours and would render me mildly mentally incapacitated (exaggerating claim). If I were to engage in cognitive tasks of any kind, it would not have been easy to get through.

My Belly Fat Progression by DXA – [2013 – 2016]

My Belly Fat Progression by DXA - [2013 - 2016]  - TFM

Those of you close to me are familiar with the details of my fat loss experiment, which I underwent between ~October and December 2013. For those who don’t know, I posted the details here.

To increase the accuracy of my approach I used a DEXA scanner. I wanted to measure the progression of my body composition. I got kindof captivated with the device, which is why I continued doing DEXA scans every few months ever since.

Almost three years later, I decided to make some sense out of the pile of papers (DEXA scans) in my drawer. So, here is some data on the dynamics of my abdominal fat (see top graphic).  

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