I’m going to be a guinea pig for Dave Feldman and Siobhan Huggins of cholesterolcode.com. I’m beginning a 6-week protocol Monday, January 21st. I will be eating steak only for 6 weeks and doing three phases two weeks each with water only, full caff coffee, then decaf only. We are testing for the effects of caffeine or components in coffee on triglycerides. So no fasting for me for 6 weeks. I’m going to miss it. If you’d like to follow my experiment I’m going to be detailing it here. No doubt Siobhan and Dave will be talking about it later as well. I will be doing many periodic blood tests at the local LabCorp for them and weighing and measuring all my food, everything I drink and all the salt that I take.
February 1, 2019
I’m starting to feel so good on this strict carnivore diet, I have decided to continue with carnivore for an unspecified amount of time after this experiment. There will be a significant difference. I will be eating a proper carnivore diet which means head to toe and includes nutritious offal. I will eat all the animal things, insects too. Poultry, pork, beef, lamb, seafood and dairy will all be included.
If you do not know my history, I have done all steak before (30 days in 2017), and in 2015 I was
I don’t think I mentioned that I did not weigh myself before I began this experiment. It wasn’t required by my citizen scientist friends Dave and Siobhan, so I did not. I despise the scale. DEXA scans every 4 months or so are fine, I am looking for any reduction of
January 27, 2019
Less than a week and I can have coffee again. I’m counting the days. Today I ate two pounds of ribeye. Most days this is what I have been averaging. According to my calculations, this is three times the amount of protein I need for the day. I follow Dr. Jason Fung’s recommendation of .6 grams protein per kilogram of bodyweight. HA! Not for this experiment. Below? A 16 ounce ribeye. Top photo? Currently using the MySugr app. Really easy to track with it. It can record photos, BG and ketones, take notes and be easily edited.
January 26, 2019
It was a great day today. I am noticing higher than normal waking ketones, 2.2 on average. Energy is good,
One of two ribeyes
January 25, 2019
Friday was a very good day. Woke up feeling as I do when fasting. Euphoric and positive, and a total body feeling of well being and wellness. I did my lift routine at the gym as usual. No records of my own broken today, but I am happy with completing my regular routine. Free weight leg press today in a progression: 500 x 10, 590 at 2 x 5, and 640 at 2 x 5. Had a 14-ounce ribeye at 1:30 pm,
January 24, 2019
Busy day today with IDM clients leading educator groups. Started early at 8 am. By 930 I was hungry. Again, unusual for me to be hungry this early in the day. Had a “leaner” smaller ribeye, 6 oz at 9:30 in the morning. At 12:30 I ended up eating a full 16 oz ribeye. The last educator group at 6 pm, then not hungry until 930 pm, and had a smaller 7 oz steak. Eating patterns definitely interrupted, but eating when hungry has changed. Hungry much more often today. I do not normally eat that early, nor do I normally eat that late in the day. It will be interesting to see how I do on my lift day tomorrow. Below an example of how Siobhan and Dave request that photos of my fist are in the shot to show scale.
January 23, 2019
Again waking with a slight threat of a headache. I’m thinking lack of caffeine. Hungry at noon, I had a very fatty end of a ribeye. Feeling as if I need the fat for fuel more than the meat, I chose an 8-ounce end of one of my ribeyes and did the same for dinner. The dinner steak is in the photo below. I’ve been checking my blood glucose every half hour postprandial. For the most part, it has remained unchanged. Occasionally it drops by 5 to 10 points. Ketones are in the 2.0 range upon awakening and maintain a 3.0 range during the day. Eating the steak does not affect the ketone numbers. I did have an unexpected drop in energy today and felt unusually sleepy mid-afternoon. Maybe I relied on caffeine more than I realized, or maybe it’s an energy deficit. This is why I decided to up my fat again for dinner to see if it would help. It was a wise choice. I felt I had adequate energy for hours after my 6:30 pm dinner. I am not eating a set amount at all, or drinking a predetermined amount of water, or even using a preset amount of salt. I am consuming these things by following my hunger/thirst. I do miss eating other foods already, more than I miss coffee, and it’s only day 3. I miss vegetables of all things. I daydream about broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Otherwise I’m fine. So far.
January 22, 2019
Woke with a slight headache. That could be the lack of caffeine. I am certain I was well hydrated. Also, my body is not used to an overabundance of protein. That could be contributing. I was hungry at 10 am and had a 7-ounce steak. I normally never eat breakfast or any meal that early. I lifted weights at 4 pm, then ate a 16-ounce steak at 8 pm. This is definitely what you would call “mindful” eating. I almost had to concentrate today to make sure I stayed water and steak only. I am measuring my salt intake too. I surprisingly added a half a teaspoon to my steak at 8 pm. And I wanted that much. It didn’t taste too salty to me at all. I find that amazing. I normally eat my steaks very
First meal, that extra fatty ribeye. I had no trouble eating this at all. I am supposed to eat steak whenever I would like, to satiety. Restricting to steak-only feels very much like fasting. You have to be very mindful as you navigate through your day. The no coffee part makes it even more challenging. I miss my coffee, but so far, no detrimental effects. From Cholesterol Code, The Proposed Protocol: “all phases are ad libitum carnivore meaning eating when hungry until you are full. Not restricting calories, or intentionally eating above your normal intake. Just as much as you need. Don’t worry about macro ratios, just feel free to follow your hunger.”
January 21, 330 pm.
First Blood Draw
BASELINE 3:30 pm 1/21/2019.
14 hours water fasted.
Phase 1 Carnivore Experiment
I made sure she had all six tests including the fasting insulin. I double checked her vials, her notes, her tags, and my list.
We had a party.
(Lab tech threw in a peace sign)
She’s diving head-first down the rabbit hole!
January 21, 3 pm
I’m off to LabCorp to have
- Lipid Panel
- NMR Lipoprofile
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
- Complete Blood Count
Ribeye with fat cap,
This will be the first meal of the day :
January 21, 1 pm
It begins. Local butcher “hunted” down an extra fatty primal for me. When one came in, he gave me a call. Only charged me 2/3 the normal price because I left the fat cap on.
January 21, 8 am
I am using the mySugr app to record water, salt, steak, blood glucose, and ketones. Also the steak photos. I am paying the pro fee on the app so I can easily export data. All water and salt intake will be measured on this experiment. This morning I measured out 9 grams of salt, 3480 mg, about 1.5 teaspoons. It will be the only salt I use to supplement today or season my steaks. If I need more I will add it to my totals. I measured a quart of water after midnight last night, finished it this morning. Poured a
Just came from the pool. Swimming laps. 500 yards, I will eventually work up to 2000 yards twice a week. When I get this new schedule handled, I’m adding in a yoga session too.
Do I do this for “exercise to lose weight”???
Oh HELL no. CICO is a FAILED method of weight loss. Calories in calories out. I do these things because they build strength, endurance, and MUSCLE.
Today I began my swimming again. As I do with lifting, I did it fasted. It felt SO good to be in the pool again! A great way to work out the kinks after lifting. 500 yards took no time at all. It did not tax my energy whatsoever. It did cause my calves to threaten to cramp near the end, but 500 yards was my predetermined limit today anyways. For now, I plan to swim once a week. The pool is 50 yards one full lap, so 2000 yards will be 40 laps. I also lift twice a week. The swim days will not coincide with the lift days.
Today I swam 15 hours fasted. I swam 300 yards freestyle, including turns, then 100-yard breaststroke and 100 yards backstroke. It was minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and the pool felt a bit warm. Usually, it is cool, an optimal temperature for exercise. Got into a short convo with a fellow lap swimmer when we all took a break at the end of the lane for a minute. She complained about the cold outside and I pointed out it was a great opportunity to burn brown fat, and we were off in discussion.
Today I was anxious to get in all the flavors before a 6-week “steak fast”, so I had a treat at the local diner and had them serve me their everything omelet and three sides of bacon. I would have been happy with the bacon only. Then in the afternoon, I had a heavy cream latte. I baked a beautiful pork roast for dinner but wasn’t hungry. It ended up packaged into the freezer. I did indulge in some fresh raspberries and Italian sparkling water with flavor essence. I love the stuff but Siobhan, of www.CholesterolCode.com, said no special waters. We must recreate the original conditions of my 2017 30 day steak challenge. I’ll go into more detail on that, but in the meantime, it is chronicled here, with Dave Feldman, founder of The Cholesterol Code, in the www.2KetoDudes.com podcast here: http://www.2ketodudes.com/show.aspx?episode=70 and on their www.Ketogenicforums.com forum here: https://www.ketogenicforums.com/t/2-28-2017-brenda-donnas-30-day-steak-challenge/5191
January 18. 2019
In anticipation of my food variety deprivation, I have eaten a crazy combination of foods in the last 24 hours. First a sensible meal of lamb breast, fried shishito peppers