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Jul 05, 2019 08:23:38

A streak broken

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Brandon Wilson

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Yesterday on July 4, 2019 Project Food as Fuel took a hit. My streak of 67 days of being in nutritional ketosis ended. 

For those who are unfamiliar, Project Food as Fuel is the name for my endeavor to reverse Type 2 diabetes using a medically-supervised ketogenic diet. The idea is to reduce carbohydrate intake to transition the body from using glucose for fuel. When the body does not have sufficient glucose, it starts breaking down fat and creating ketones to use as fuel. The state when the body is using ketones for fuel is called ketosis. Ketosis lowers blood sugar and insulin, elevated levels of which are the hallmarks of Type 2 diabetes.

Nutritional ketosis occurs when one consumes macronutrients in a way that severely restricts carbohydrates to achieve a certain level of ketones in the blood. The threshold for nutritional ketosis is 0.5 mmol/L, which I measure the same as blood glucose with a blood test.

On Saturday, April 27th I began Project Food as Fuel with strict dietary changes. On Sunday, April 28th I measured ketones of 0.6 mmol/L and have been in nutritional ketosis every day until yesterday.

The funny thing is the holiday was irrelevant. I stayed home. I was not planning to binge or do anything out of the ordinary. I switched up my routine just enough to throw off the balance. I had bacon and eggs for breakfast. I made chicken tenders for lunch. I also had some cheese crisp snacks. Add it all up and it was too much protein. Yes, in addition to restricting carbohydrates I have to restrict protein because too much protein turns into blood glucose. 

I was really mad at myself yesterday afternoon when I measured ketones of 0.2 mmol/L. It's one thing if you plan it or are expecting it. It's another when you are caught off guard. So I said screw it. It's hot outside. I'm going to get some ice cream. If Joey Chestnut can eat 71 hot dogs (and buns) in 10 minutes* and somehow still live, I can eat some ice cream. In case you are curious about what I had, here is a link to it. They said they were out of sugar crystals so I substituted Heath bar. 

Here is my observation. The first three or four bites were absolutely delicious. After that, the satisfaction dropped off a cliff. In addition, the best part was actually the waffle bowl. I got the small bowl and ate about half. I could not finish the rest. Too much. I got back home and felt a little buzzed. So that is what a sugar rush feels like. I didn't eat anything the rest of the evening. I went to bed early to ensure I would get proper sleep. 

Today is a new day. I slept well (Oura sleep score = 92). I am back to Bulletproof coffee for breakfast. I purposely did not check numbers this morning and will check them later in the day. 

I am making the most of this experience to learn from it. Breaking a streak sucks! But my resolve to reach my goal is unwavering.  

*I think they should have all competitive eaters wear continuous glucose monitors during competitions. The data could be broadcast in real time, so we can see the effects of such large consumption on the body.

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    any chance you will ever experiment with using a CGM?

    Abe avatar Abe | Jul 09, 2019 16:10:08
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      @abrahamKim I would LOVE to get one and start using it immediately. I can probably convince my doctor to write a prescription for one, but since I do not have Type 1 diabetes it would not be covered by insurance and right now high maintenance cost with the sensors. I might just have to bite the bullet at some point for at least a period of time to get that level of data about how my metabolism is working.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 09, 2019 17:40:35
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      I feel like for you it'd be worth the investment.. just like an expensive Tony class might never be in the average consumer's radar, a CGM I feel like would be totally in your's... at least for just like a month a year? That'd greatly curb maintenance costs.

      Abe avatar Abe | Jul 10, 2019 15:48:29
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      @abrahamKim You are right. Rather than say, "I can't afford it," I need to ask, "How can I afford it." I will move my research to the next level on a CGM.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 10, 2019 17:59:19
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    @brandonwilson - and they should keep them on film for hours before and after -- just for fun.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 05, 2019 13:09:32
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    @brandonwilson - Awww.... I can relate to what you did. When my devices failed, I had a whatTheHell meal too. I am amazed you stayed for as long as you did without even excess protein.

    So based on some material I am reading now, it is advised for the sake of your thyroids that you get some carbs periodically. I do not think it is the same for type 1s but in your case, it may not be such a bad thing. One trick my sister gave me was that intermittent fasting lets you return to ketosis faster. So if for any reason (meal, medication, stress or sickness) you get out of ketosis, just fast the next day and you are back on track.

    Keep going.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jul 05, 2019 15:38:03
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      @keni Thanks for the tips. I will be reaching out to my coach on these items.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 05, 2019 12:56:08
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      @brandonwilson @keni - this is good info. I just had some peach / mango milkshake - so a little fasting might help.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 05, 2019 13:10:24
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