Ketosis series part 6 up, plus stories


Nuts (Photo credit: R Scott Photography)

Part 6 in my series Ketosis in a Nutshell is now up.

  • Ketosis in a Nutshell, Part 6, A Hungry Man (when all else fails, read the instructions)

In the past week or so I have added several new stories – Barry, Healthfully Alive and Meghann.

Thanks for visiting.

Free meter offer from Abbott – glucose, ketone

Sadly only available to those in the US. If you are in the US, you might want to look into this offer from Abbott.

“In an effort to help you manage your blood sugar levels, your health insurance company is offering to  upgrade your blood glucose monitoring system, at absolutely no cost to you.1″

They have 3 test meters on offer, one of which is their meter that can test blood ketones and blood glucose.

This is announced as a free meter UPGRADE, so check out the details.  LINK

Nutritional Ketosis Overview

New olive oil, just pressed. It has a dense co...

New olive oil, just pressed. It has a dense colour at first; later, it clarifies by decantation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My “Ketosis in a Nutshell” post series:

Since recently setting up this blog, I have been very involved at my site It’s The Satiety in writing a series of blog posts on nutritional ketosis and keto-adaptation.

Inaccurately titled “Ketosis in a Nutshell”, I had the idea that I could just write a page on this. Ooops. Yesterday I posted Part 5 and, by my estimate, there are 3 more to go.

Ketosis in a Nutshell – Part 1, What’s Up?

Ketosis in a Nutshell – Part 2, Crazy Little Things

Ketosis in a Nutshell – Part 3, Happy Campers Galore

Ketosis in a Nutshell – Part 4, Happy Campers More

Ketosis in a Nutshell – Part 5, A Hunger Haven

Ketosis in a Nutshell – Part 6, A Hungry Man  (added Nov 3rd)

After that is done, I want to get back to the main focus of this blog, which is to serve as a place to collect people’s experiences with nutritional ketosis.

If you send me a comment that includes your story, the comment will not be published unless that is what you want.  All comments have to be cleared by me before they will appear on the site.  If OK with you, any story you submit in the comments section will be posted separately under the Stories heading, with whatever you wish in terms of being open about identity.

Addendum: October 29/12 – Had to comment on the recent press about a study exploring the concept (more like the real-world observation) that obesity can become an entrenched condition – that is, the body can change in its functioning in a way that puts a return to normal weight control out of reach.

My post on it’s the satiety site:  Ketogenic diet for a body weight control system gone bust?

Jenny Ruhl does 2 week keto trial

Jenny Ruhl has just posted another update – at the mid-point of her planned 2 week journey back into nutritional ketosis.  Jenny is very experienced in sustained ketosis, having spent 5 years maintaining nutritional ketosis in the recent past, plus years at a low carbohydrate intake above the point of significant ketosis  This degree of personal experience, plus her extensive communication with others following low carb lifestyles and her broad knowledge of the research and the science, makes her reports especially valuable and insightful.

Her report is particularly important because she is one of those who don’t thrive when in ketosis, particularly over an extended period.  Individual differences in metabolism are very real.

Her post.

More on her history with nutritional ketosis, part of her discussions with Jimmy Moore on his Ask the Low Carb Experts podcast from September 20, 2012.  web page

Addendum Oct 19, 2012

Jenny posted about the outcome of her 2 week trial. This is an excerpt taken from Part 4 of my Ketosis series – I commented on her trial and provide the link to her post.

Jenny Ruhl’s recent experience – You have to scroll down to the comments section below her post to see where she reports that she did test positive for urine ketones throughout the trial 2 weeks, after the first couple of days. I include it here for some balance.  Also, it reflects some other people’s experiences that I have read about in the past months where the person has done blood testing for ketones and not had substantial weight loss when eating to satiety.  Note – in Jenny’s trial she did lose weight, but she remained hungry as she kept to a calorie cap.

What you eat is only part of the whole picture when it comes to what is determining your body weight (unless being in semi-starvation or putting up with chronic hunger, neither of which are tenable long-term).

Jenny is an extremely happy camper when it comes to a “to the meter” individually targeted lowering of carbohydrate intake as an essential aspect of controlling diabetes and glucose intolerance (see her other web site, facebook and books).