2016 Food for thoughts Keto anniversary Part 2/3

2016 Food for thoughts Keto anniversary Part 2/3

This second part commences the repository of my EIGHT overall food thoughts. From all that I’ve learned from my first Ketogenic anniversary (13 months).

Part II/III “Food for thoughts” 1-4

Click here for Part One where I start with my disclaimer, background and history of my first “failure” back in 2014 before recommencing the regime once again since August 2015. Here in this section I will share:

  1. Ketosis – My interpretation – What or how does one feels within Ketosis?
  2. Fitness & Training life on Keto – Embracing productivities over intensities.
  3. Ketogenic Adaptations – in my opinion no, they do not exist. At all. (Warning to all believers – disagreements ahead!)
  4. Salt & TVP – Crucial for Ketogenic sustenance.

1/8 “Ketosis” – My interpretation

The best I can and willingly summarise is this – you will feel ambivalent. “A plane of neutrality”; as I’d dare to say it – that best reflects from how I feel thus far from it. You will become weak yet remaining composed. You will be strong, yet fragile. You will get hungry – but not as intrusively so from being overly agitated.

I have said this before and I will say this again. “Ketosis” is never a feeling of celebration. Nor it is a feeling of euphoria. It is a state of constant survivalism. Whereby your every fibre and nerve of being – are exercised to serve at their fullest extent of consistence towards two thing/s = Persistence and Resilience. Nothing more. Nothing less.

If you ask for my objective opinion – “Ketosis” is simply just that – a speculation. A subjective state of so many different things. Different things to be accounted for. Or to be fully yet understood – overtime.

Ketosis – simply allows you to be continously receptive on all of life’s incoming trajectories. Thus allowing you to re-assess and re-vise each and every macro-factors of living and sustaining for two things only. To survive and to accept; willingly with humility.

2016 Food for thoughts Keto anniversary Part 2/3

This state of “Ketosis” – simply reminds you of this mindset over accepting that “results” themselves are prone to be subjectives unaccounted for. What am I going on about here? You can be clear and focused about having a goal or care about having to pursue towards a result or an outcome but all these – remains just an intangible speculation. A speck of gold in a haystack.

So, by now you’re probably think that being in Ketosis is literally just a case of “Screw everything then“. Not really. You are still predisposed to have an instinct to survive throughout any given context/s in life. You are still subject to feel either – adversely – through pain and scarcities/uncertainties; or contentment – through validations and abundances.

That – ladies and gentlemen – is precisely the overall mental, physical and bodily plane and state of being; of that very elusive sense of Ketosis. However harsh of all that is of life coming at you; remember one thing – that you are still remain yourself as a graceful recipient of passing time.

TL:DR; Ketosis is a resilient, cognitive acceptance of all that is of you and around you; and consistently reminding you – that “results” do not matter. Only what you do with your time – is what matters. Ketosis simply reminds you of this fact. Nothing more. Nothing less.

2/8 – Fitness & Training life on Keto

Likewise – the above mindset of humble acceptances permeates within the contexts of exercise and training. Though sadly demonised in general sentiments today.  As much as 50% of any experiences and accounts you may find – you’ll witness that “Ketosis” is bad for training. Just bad. Hellish. Horibble. Can’t breathe. Can’t even walk up the stairs. Instead of making that an excuse for not exercising at all – I implore to halt and think of the opposite. It gives one an incentive to think, do, and accept things laterally and differently. Beckoning to accept over things (again) what you can and cannot do.

I’d wish to reiterate first of all however that I am not an aspiring bodybuilder nor that I am a personal trainer. All this is subjectively not an entirely empirical “sound” way of exercise nor training advice/s. So take all this as insightful as you might expect from an average trained, yet highly curious individual.

“Do you even lift, bro?”

If anyone leers at my tiny shoulders and asks the above question – I’d politely say yes I have. Many years in fact. From all the way down having brought my own measly 5kg dumbell and worked out in a public toilet. 

To now – having done and torned rotator cuff twice’s and 3.5x over bodyweight leg-press max’s, and for many months afterwards – six days a week specific part/s split routines with basic calisthenics program/s.

Still, I may look just like any other scrawny ectomorph at first sight. I certainly now am no longer able to leg press three or four times my own weight. I’ve moved beyond all those expectation/s (mine’s or whoever else’s). Thus realigned myself within my own humility. I have now succumbed sensibly to my own physiology and that I no longer work closely towards anyone’s standards, coercions, influences or yet worse still – expectations.

Despite many of you still persists in believing that there is no such thing in overtraining. Think about it. if you believe over-training do not exists – why are you still scared for not making that extra 15% overload set on the bench? Your joints could use some painkillers – I bet that’d be the reason you wouldn’t want to increase the weights in the first place after all.

Volume Training; embrace and love it.

(all numbers on olympic bar / compound exercises are for each side.)

65kg (32.5kg load each side) Lunges on smith machines may be well-personified by you – as “easy”. Wait till you have to do 60 reps (6×10 / 5 on each leg) with only 15 seconds of rest. That’s just one exercise. Five to go. Too easy? Then up the weights. Out of breath? Finally felt like you really need to sit down?

Well done, now that’s productivity. Not ego lifting. What is necessary and suffice for everyone in my humble opinion – is to stimulate a sensible, accumulutive challenge.  Once you’ve exerted noticeable pressure and fatigue – that’s all that matters. That’s it. Within the life of ketosis – you are here to embrace productivity and humility; rather than over egoistic intensities.

…Much better than 3/4 of the gym goers thumbing away on smartphones for five minutes disguised as “recuperation”.

TL;DR In the realm of fitness and resistance training – Ketosis endorses productivity, sensibilities and humility. 

3/8 Forget about Ketogenic “Adaptations”. They don’t exist.

You can obsess over spending $$$ on ketostix to “measure” your adaptation’s “progress”. Even Lyle don’t even always agree it’s usefulness. Or should you able to afford because of increasing doubts and anxieties – exogenous ketone supplements just to get you to “adapt” to Ketosis sooner, faster. Whatever that means.

Sure you can spend $13 on bottle of ketostix. Yay what fun. On day XXX finally now it’s purple. Either that or ANOTHER FIVE CARTONS of eggs. Or an actual bottle of MCT enriched coconut oil. Glorious. Choose which is sensible to you.

Want to be in the state of “ketosis”? Here’s a list of things you can do.

  1. Don’t eat carbs. That includes (gasp!) your fruits, and lazy sunday chocolates.Obviously.
  2. Meat up; but don’t binge up on fatty meats & fish. If it’s not swimming in fat, don’t eat it. 
  3. Try limiting or eliminate ALL TYPES of cheese. They MAY trigger more aggressive, and anxious hunger responses and pang/s.
  4. Jack up the salt. Chicken stocks. Beef stocks. They are your best friend. Salt everything. Iodised salt. Himalayan Salts. Felt somewhat uneasy? Sprinkle a little Potassium / lite salt in your drinking water and sip throughout the day. 
  5. Actually, second that. Eat MORE salt. Microwave a chicken stock on a half glass of water and slowly sip through as needed. Chew salt crystals in between hours of meals or chug more water up to your lungs. Doing data entry jobs? Better keep your eyes hydrated this way.
  6. Vary your fat sources. Coconut oils, mono unsats, butters, creams, and (only liberal intake) omega 6’s from safflowers or sunflowers or diy soy crumble microwave patties. Unless if you are frugal like me – I recommend allocating and investing towards a quarter-annual bulk purchases with bulk olive oils or coconut oils considered in your list. 
  7. Love your coffee black between meals period/s and beware that some artificial sweeteners MAY cause you more hunger. Simple is the new black. Fill your time productively and intently with simple black coffee or teas. Some people reports higher hunger pangs from stevia. Me included from experience; so be warned and test your hunger response/s. 
  8. Get yourself more micro-nutrients as insurance policies. Basic multi’s, Coenzeyme CQ10s, extra magnesium flakes (for DIY mag oils for topical apps),  calcium (not too much, even though you’re limiting cheese intake) + magnesiums+zinc, milk thistle (with inulin and taurine). Make your own DIY magnesium oil in addition to Magnesium Citrates / Glycinates (if you can afford it). 

Go do all those things everyday for as objectively long as possible. Track yourself every day.Find out your maintenance calories. Log an account with Myfitnesspal. Keep your food diary updated EVERY DAY. Training regularly? Write how you feel. Experiment on days with more proteins and less proteins. Experiment different macro F,P,C ratios (70/20/10, 65/35/5, 80/10/10, etc). Cycle between caffeine sources – tea on one or coffee the next.

That’s it. Nothing trivial. In time listen to your body, and body will speaks itself to you over time. As side effects you are YET TO UNDERSTAND. Chest pain? DRINK your chicken stocks. Drench your meals with it. Warm it up and sip them thoroughly. Take the CQ10, Magnesium and the milk thistle. Severe muscle cramps? Make your own magnesium oils, apply whenever needed. Take more magnesium oxides or citrates.

Give it time so that you are consciously Understanding every little effects you feel from day to day. This in conjunction as well as determined – from your habitual lifestyle, and circadian rythym patterns. From day to day. Hour to hour.

“You’re Wrong! Ketogenic Adaptations are true and real!”

Before anyone attacks me as though I am armed without any prior knowledge – of course “Ketosis” as a alternate metabolic sustenance exists. And of course yes, there is such a thing as gluconeogenesis from lipids. My explanation and hypothesis below requires no “facts”. I am using “logic”.

My question back to anyone who believes all “keto adaptations” as true is – “What adaptation?”

Adapting against what? To withstand hunger? Nutrient deficiencies? So called keto “Cold & Flu symptoms”? Because last time I checked – all species in the animal kingdoms all single or multi-celled organisms – need some sort of nutrient replenishment. No matter what or how a thing lives or in this case – eats.

What does “to adapt” really meant? To change. To “toughen” up. But what do these pursuits involve? Sacrifice through faith. Does faith comes infinitely? Well, somewhat.

Only if that faith is replaceable by something else. Something tangible and readily available. Sure, faith; ONLY as perceived favourable outcome or phenomena – do exists. But where does faith comes from? Influences and coercions. But what is the process behind it? Simple – something’s gotta give. You’ll “run” out of minerals, out of glycogen, ATP, etc. Until your body robs your own bones some of its minerals just to do whatever your body needs to do to lift that bar back up. Until your body robs your own muscular stores – hence why you are losing weight. All this is processing in the background.

Here’s another analogy – you can keep Ctrl+Alt+Del and shut down every task on your comp to favour something else – run this app, or that game, faster, complete that encoding task sooner, more efficient, whatever. Until at what point can a computer re-prioritise its perpetual needs just to maintain your command? Until you no longer see the user interface? Until you’re greeted with a BSOD or a kernel panic? Until the CPU or GPU throttling kicks in to save themselves from overheating? 

As you can see even the term “Adaptation” itself can indeed influence the most ridicolous belief of all notions. And it’s this aspect towards absurdities that I think it’s silly to assume that biological invincibility exists. If that were true; something of an infinite source can be withdrawn.

Right?  Zzzzz…..(just so you know – even sleeping – is catabolic).

Instead of adapting – what would the better term for this? I call it Understanding & Acknowledging. More on that on my separate article.

TL;DR -> Believe what you will. But do not overstay your faith. A biological law exists in all of us as a plethora of micro-perpetual needs. To “Adapt” is only as far as speculating via faith that anything is intangibly possible. To Understand – is acknowledging that not everything is tangibly possible. 

4/8 Salt: crucial for Ketogenic Sustenance

As I have discussed and implored – micro nutrients replenishments are a necessity from what you eat within the Ketogenic regime. Whether you believe “adaptations” are real or not is certainly up to you.

Here’s a study that found that low salt intake actually leads higher risk to insulin resistance. Here’s a study dubious over its’ effects on blood pressure at all. Even shockingly so – that despite an approximate 15% of general population are “considered” to be salt sensitive – lowering salt actually have been correlated with arterial blockages and plaques. Chicken stocks (I may not have had the pleasure to buy $10 worth of bone broths), Lite Salt / Potassium Salt, Iodised Salt, and/or Himalayan Salt. I will say this once again – they are all vital to me.

About this fear with nitrates and nitrites…

…Every now and then there are always counter arguments. “Nitrates and nitrites are bad for you”. It causes cancer. Colon cancer. Bowel cancer. The list goes on. Guess what? Your greens have them too. What are they exactly? Nitrates and nitrites are actually the only physical, edible precursors to nitric oxide. An important gas. A vasodilator needed throughout every function of your body. Nitric Oxide is, as they deservedly call it – molecule of the century. Serving as undeniable support to cardiovascular health, mitochondrial respiration and even glucose homeostasis.

You could fight all you want with organic produce this and that have less chemicals, pesticides, you name it. Here’s a study regardless that even if it’s “organic” – your “healthy” leafy greens – swiss chards, and spinach – all of them contain nitrates (and nitrites). Ironically also, it’s crucial additive to curing meats. Salami and pepperonis (and you do realise they contain some beneficial bacterias). It’s after all – a preservation method used centuries old. Much of human race would’ve died out a long time ago without knowing how to actually preserve food.

Do I condone then; eating bacons and luncheon meats in plentiful amounts? Perhaps not. Because I still conservatively endorse a whole source/s of meats. Muscle based meats (if affordable) or organ meats. If canned meats are the only resort, be mindful of the ingredient profiling. The more cryptic numbers you see (450,451,250) on the label try to limit regular consumptions whenever possible.

Tl;DR ->  Salt everything (with Chicken stocks, iodised, himalayan and little of potassium lite-salt varieties) to ensure you are not losing MORE minerals from what you are peeing out every hour or two. Consider taking care of your liver & overall biome / bacterial health via supplements. You will need them sooner or later.

This concludes the Part 2 of the Anniversary article

Click to read the next and last part (3/3) of the Anniversary Article.

Please stay tuned as I am collecting my thoughts upon the next and last part to complete this anniversary post altogether!

Please share to me your Ketogenic experiences; do you agree or disagree with my accounts so far? Post them below.

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