Nutritional Ketosis Day 66

I took a couple of days off the blog; I started a new candida albican detox and it has been kicking my butt! I have been doing good diet wise but I have felt off because of the detox symptoms.

I took the opportunity to look back at my data and research more ways to fine-tune my diet, especially because I want to lose a bit more body fat.

I noticed that, even at a low-calorie level, I have been bouncing around the same 5 pounds. I think that my current diet set-up is perfect for maintenance but I think I need to adjust my macro slightly in order to burn more body fat.

The great advantage now is that I am fully keto-adapted. Hunger or energy “bonk” haven’t been an issue for several weeks, so I feel I have more liberty to play with macro percentages, as long as I keep my carbohydrates low.

I have read about an observation about a small percentage of low carb dieters; even at lower calorie than maintenance, the burning of body fat becomes hindered when a lot of dietary fat is consumed.

For the next 10 days I will bump up my protein and lower my fat, but I will keep the same amount of calories. I won’t go lower than 50-60% fat; I want to make sure I stay in ketosis. We will see if I can accelerate body fat burning that way.

Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), cayenne pepper and salt and sparkling water. I also had some black tea sweetened with xylitol. I had eggs, tuna and salami with pumpkin seeds and sriracha sauce. That’s 950 calories for today.

Higher protein meal

Higher protein meal, less added fat.

Psyllium husks left in diet juice for an hour... reminds me of applesauce.

Psyllium husks left in diet juice for an hour… reminds me of applesauce.

Some meals I had on my two days off:

Prosciutto, nuts with salt, spices and butter/olive oil.

Prosciutto, nuts with salt, spices and butter/olive oil.

Ketogenic mock cornbread with butter and a whole chocolate bar!

Ketogenic mock cornbread with butter and a whole chocolate bar!

 

Nutritional Ketosis Day 62

I am trying different brands of psyllium. I started with one brand of psyllium powder and I did well. I switch to a whole psyllium husk brand I bought at a health food store. I started to have problem right from the first dose. I went out and bought another brand (and it was cheaper!), and I seem to be doing better on it (but too soon to tell definitively).

I read that there is different quality in psyllium. Apparently, as a general rule the paler, the better. Coincidentally, I can see that the one that seem to be harsher, more grainy and irritating is the darker one. The one that I just bought is almost pure white and is very fluffy, without any grits.

Difference in color. The right one is the paler, better one. Both were sold as Plantago Ovata.

Difference in color. The right one is the paler, fluffier, less irritating, better one. Both were sold as Plantago Ovata.

Weight this Morning: + 4.4 lbs

Weight Loss Total (Starting day 45): – 4.8 lbs

Pork will be definitely out of my diet for a while; almost 4.5 lbs up is a lot of inflammation!

Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), cayenne pepper and salt. I also had some black coffee. For dinner I had some yogurt and frozen berries; my irritated tummy didn’t want anything else…

 

Nutritional Ketosis Day 57

I am rethinking the shirataki noodles and the xylitol. Might be premature to include fermentable carbohydrates; I feel a bit of bloat in the small intestine. I want to make sure I lower the bacterial count in my small intestine with the peppermint oil capsules. I don’t want to give them prebiotic (fermentable carbohydrates) for them to thrive… I’ll reassess in 24 hours.

Today I had: Water, plain iced coffee, black tea sweetened with xylitol and sparkling water. I had a terrine of sardines as an appetizer and merguez (lamb sausage) and tofu-shirataki spaghetti noodle with an olive oil/butter/garlic/basil sauce. That’s 950 calories for today.

Weight this Morning: + 1.2 lbs

Weight Loss Total (Starting day 45): – 7.6 lbs

Lamb sausages and pasta... doesn't look or feel like a low carb meal!

Lamb sausages and pasta… doesn’t look or feel like a low carb meal!

Sardine terrine...

Sardine terrine…

Nutritional Ketosis Day 56

I’m adding a new product starting today. It is called Glucomannan, and it is a type of soluble fiber that could be beneficial for IBS sufferer. There is not a lot of data yet, so I’m testing it on myself.

It is more or less hard to find. It can be found in capsules or powder form but I will take it in its traditional form which is a type of Asian noodle called Shirataki noodle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirataki_noodles

http://www.house-foods.com/tofu_shirataki/

After my meal, I felt very full and I couldn’t eat all the food I had planned for the day. I had a couple of cramps, but I think I ate too much noodles for the first time. I had zero bloating, which is exactly what I was hoping for; a good source of fiber that are not too aggressive or irritating for my digestive system.

On the psychological front, they are a very nice addition to a low carb diet. It adds a lot of different meals options that looks more like a regular diet. For the first time, I would suggest using it in a seafood dish because they have a bit of a “fishy” smell. After rinsing the noodle really well in cold water, it becomes barely perceptible. I’ll experiment with different ways to prepare them and will report back.

The digestive Enzymes and Peppermint Oil capsules taken on an empty stomach seem to help. It’s a bit harsh on the stomach/small intestine, but it’s tolerable. I love spicy food and I’ve cut a bit on that to help. Still too soon to declare victory.

Weight this Morning: – 1.0 lbs

Weight Loss Total (Starting day 45): – 8.2 lbs

Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt and sparkling water. I had shrimps, scallops and tofu shirataki spaghetti noodle with an basil/olive oil/butter/garlic chicken broth. I had a glass of ginger-lemonade sweetened with xylitol. That’s 800 calories for today.

Looks weird, but it's the olive oil/basil that is floating on top, it was simply seafood in a clear broth with noodles.

Looks weird, but it’s the olive oil/basil that is floating on top, it was simply seafoods in a clear broth with the noodle. It was tasty and very filling!

Nutritional Ketosis Day 53

I’m including back protein today. I’ll stick to a purée diet for now, to help with digestion and absorption.

Nausea is sporadic and I still have no hunger. I feel a bit under nourished, which I attribute mostly to lack of protein, and secondly to the very low calories of the last couple of days.

I noticed that I haven’t had coffee for several days; the smell is making my stomach turn for some reason.

Weight this Morning: – 1.6 lbs

Weight Loss Total (Starting day 45): – 8.6 lbs

Amazing article on SIBO: http://www.townsendletter.com/FebMarch2013/ibs0213.html

Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt and sparkling water. I had 1 shots of the oregano oil mix. I had some cod with butter all mashed together with salt and pepper. I had 2 tablespoons of butter in the evening with ginger-lemonade sweetened with xylitol. That’s 800 calories for today.

Very tasty despite the mushiness!

Very tasty despite the mushiness!

Nutritional Ketosis Day 47, Coconut oil Detox Day 3

I upped the coconut oil from 12 Tbs to 14 Tbs. I don’t want to go higher than 14 Tbs, and will actually go back down to 12 Tbs tomorrow. It’s too much oil, it feels uncomfortable. As a reference, that 96% of my calorie intake in fat.

Weight Loss this Morning: – 3 lbs

Weight Loss Total (Starting day 45): – 4.4 lbs

My symptoms for today were: Headaches, earache, congestion (getting better), sinus drainage and intestinal spasm. I noticed a big improvement in my neck rotation. My skin is really nice and soft since starting the nutritional ketosis experiment. I also had more energy today. I had nausea (14 Tbs is a lot of oil!) but definitely no hunger; I actually felt uncomfortably satiated.

Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt, sparkling water and green tea. I premixed, with the immersion blender: 200 ml of coconut milk and 14 Tbs of coconut oil (190 g) with 4-5 drops of vanilla extract, xylitol and stevia. I divided the resultant sweetened “milk” in 3 equal portions and made with it: a Coffee Latte with cinnamon at 2 pm (14h), a Matcha Green Tea Latte at 5 pm (17 h) and Chai Rooibos Latte at 8 pm (20h). I take some fish oil, vitamin D and always take electrolytes while on a ketogenic diet (sodium, potassium and magnesium). I also drink some Detox tea, to help with elimination. That’s 2050 calories for today.

Nutritional Ketosis Day 45, Coconut oil Detox Day 1

I slept well last night and got up in good disposition so I decided to a) (gulp!) Step on the scale and b) Start the Coconut oil Detox.

I have decided to start tracking my weight, first thing in the morning.

For the coconut detox, I don’t have a firm plan or time frame except to increase coconut oil, to track symptoms and to do it one day at a time.

The sinus pressure is easing, probably due to cooler temperatures around here. I have settled into a routine of cleaning my nose (Neti) with salted water and baby shampoo once a day, before my shower. After my shower I put half a dropper of coconut oil (what else!) in each nostril (Nasaya), I will then massage my sinuses to facilitate drainage.

Sinus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uowGsFDPWo

Lymphatic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA-wi0d7-Ro

My symptoms for today were: Itching/Scratching in the back of the throat, headaches, earache, sinus drainage, congestion, muscular pain, dizziness and intestinal spasms. No nausea and no hunger. By night-time, I was very tired but most of the symptoms has subsided, except for congestion.

Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt. Sparkling water. I premixed, with the immersion blender: 200 ml of coconut milk and 10 Tbs of coconut oil with 4-5 drops of vanilla extract, xylitol and stevia. I divided the resultant sweetened “milk” in 3 equal portions and made with it: a Coffee Latte with cinnamon at 1 pm (13h), a Matcha Green Tea Latte at 4 pm (16 h) and Chai Rooibos Latte at 7 pm (19h). I also drank some Detox tea, to help with elimination. That’s 1600 calories for today.

What I will consume for a while... (I forgot the lemons)

Ingredients for the cleanse (I forgot the lemons)