Several years ago, I randomly came across the movie The Widowmaker on Netflix. It was very informative and quite frankly concerning but not shocking as I was already solidly skeptical of many aspects of healthcare and modern dietary recommendations. About a year ago the screening identified in the movie, the calcium score (also called coronary artery calcium score, cardiac CT or CAC) resurfaced on my insulin resistance/ketogenic journey. I made a mental note to put that on my list of things to check out about myself. I recently found a radiology center where I was able to have a scan performed as a self-pay customer without a physician’s referral.
This post dissects the basics of the American nutrition labels with emphasis on carbohydrates. Hopefully, the examples provided will help.
The Ketogeek Fahad Ahmad recently interviewed chemical engineer turned health expert Ivor Cummins. Ivor has a way of making complex topics very accessible and this interview is worth the time investment.
I found an app that will allow inclusion of non-food information. The first function that won me over is the ability to add custom notes before and after meals which is important if you are tracking information like level of hunger or emotions related to consuming food.
This month marks one year following the lifestyle of nutritional ketosis and intermittent fasting for the primary reason of improving my insulin resistance. I have been successful in a number of ways and look forward to continuing my journey.
Many folks that are diagnosed diabetics self-measure blood sugar once a day, if at all, using a blood glucose meter at home. When you have labs drawn at the doctor fasting blood sugar is a standard measure. Commonly, your hemoglobin A1C (HBA1c), which reflects your average blood sugar level for the past several months, may also be measured. If these values are slightly out of range you may be labeled pre-diabetic. These snapshot values are partial indicators of how your body is processing and tolerating carbohydrates. Continue reading
I would be surprised if any reader has not heard of Body Mass Index (BMI) and it’s near universal use as a gage of health. BMI has long been useless for persons with very low body fat like bodybuilders and not very predictive of health in normal folks. More recently, BMI is being replaced with a ratio of measurements: Weight to Height (WHtR). Continue reading
It is frequently reported that a ketogenic diet raises cholesterol. Folks freak out and blame the most convenient target – increased dietary fat. If this happens to you, focus on the benefits you have experienced from adopting a ketogenic lifestyle and then prepare to do some research. The ketogenic lifestyle actually improves your cardiovascular health.
This is my 3rd month (and 10 days) update on my journey. Since May 4th, I have lost 33 pounds. Not too shabby! Did I mention I managed to lose during my vacation? Did I mention that I had two “vacations” (one long weekend, one 2-week break) and a work related upgrade/implementation (that included covering overnight) over the past month? Just sayin’, lol, my schedule was a tad bit erratic compared to normal.
I have been practicing intermittent fasting for about 2 months. I was curious to see what changes I would see in my blood work compared to my baseline. My plan was to wait at least 6 months but my curiosity got the best of me! Continue reading