By October 9, 2018 Read More →

Going super low carb

Those who know me are well aware of how I’ve been dabbling in the low carb camp nutritionally most of the time for the last 10 years or so. And I generally always feel better and more balanced staying pretty much keto for prolonged periods of time.
My 30-day ketogenic hiking experiment in Lapland 2017 was a real success leaving me with a metabolic flexibility I’ve never experienced before in my life, and I can still fuel with sweet potatoes on one day, shifting to keto on the next, without any subjective changes in how I feel or perform.
The exception is mental and emotional, I’m so much more stable and balanced when in ketosis, and I can still get some cravings for more after indulging in dark chocolate or my beloved dry red wine.
So I reached the decision to spend an extended period of time going as low as possible on carbs. Not having any real discomfort or experiencing any symptoms, doing a strict carnivore diet, just consuming meat, salt and water, feels too restrictive and, though I might try that out for a more limited time, later on, I’m going for a little more variety this time.
This makes it a lot easier to describe what I eliminate than what I include.
Starting October first, going for 90 days, I eliminate all plant material from my diet with the exception of olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil, as well as spices.
I know from previous eliminations that eggs and dairy do not cause me any issues, and so cheeses, cream, butter and eggs are a welcome addition to the meats I consume during this experience.
Starting off checking a baseline doing some blood work and measuring my body composition with a bodpod, we got something to compare against at the end of the 90 day period.
Initial blood work came back showing pretty darn good numbers and I really look forward to seeing how these are going to be affected. I sure know what I expect, yet keep an open mind.
So far, almost one week in, I feel amazing, breath ketone measuring with Ketonix show that I stay in decent level nutritional ketosis most o the day and I wake up full of energy that stays high during the entire day.
The hardest part so far is that I actually miss my few pieces of 90% chocolate after dinner, I expect that to go away pretty soon 😉
That said, the only thing I watch is that I actively avoid carbs, even greek yoghurt if out of bounds, though I do eat Halloumi and Feta cheese that do contain a few grams of carbs.
Not tracking any macros I´d guesstimate fueling with 80-90% fat and the rest protein with trace amounts of carbs from the cheeses mentioned, as well as the approximate 1g/egg. This puts me well under 10g/carbs on a non-strict day!
Thanks for checking out my Journey, I´ll keep You posted!
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