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Beyond Fasting: The Ketogenic Rabbit Hole

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I'm about to take you down a deep rabbit hole, on a path that will challenge what you believe about nutrition and health. This is a journey of experimentation, and I encourage you to keep a very open mind, and in fact, I hope you decide to experiment with these themes yourself. I'm not a nutritionist or doctor, but I am very passionate about finding ways to optimize my body and health (especially as I age), which is why I've been doing intermittent fasting for the past five months -- and that experience has been life changing. I've gone from XL to medium sized shirts, from a 38 to 32 waist, and most importantly, from 34.7% body fat to 24.5% (and my goal is to get under 20%). Intermittent Fasting has put me in control of my body for the first time in my life.

And just when I felt that I was really starting to figure it all out, this rabbit hole opened up. And it's called ketosis.

In addition to intermittent fasting, I'm experimenting with ketosis through the end of 2015, which is triggered by eating a ketogenic diet comprised of 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. Yes, that's right -- in order to lose fat and become healthier, I'm going to eat mostly fat. The mind blowing counter-intuitiveness of that statement is why I'm writing this blog.

But before we can talk about this ketogenic approach to nutrition and health, we have to understand how the body uses two energy sources -- glucose and ketones -- and why, with your diet, you are probably only ever tapping into glucose (and how that may be making you unhealthier, especially as you age).

Ketogenic Diet: Day 3

On Joshua Thomas

I've been trying a ketogenic diet lately. For those not in the know, it's very similar to the Atkins diet, ergo an extremely low carb diet, high in fat and proteins and with no sugars. It's prescribed for those with epilepsy to stop seizures by normalizing mental energy levels. It also can lower blood pressure, anxiety, and help build up loads of lean muscle.

So far, I'm loving it. From my research, I should be in an energy slump at this point in the diet while my body adjusts to ketosis, but I'm not feeling it at all. My emotions and energy levels feel more stable than usual, I'm able to focus easier, and my anxiety is way down.

Figuring out what to eat hasn't been that difficult either, considering the extremely limited food selection available. I've been able to stick to the diet on the last legs of my Florida vacation, and even on the plane flight back to Washington, with minimal effort.

I've also learned that I fucking love salmon. I always thought fish was gross, but after being forced to eat loads of it, I'm realizing that it's really not bad. Years ago I had fish and got stabbed in the top of my mouth by a sharp, unexpected bone. I think that that experience is the reason I've had such a strong distaste of fish. Well, no more! Thanks weird fad diet!

Tonight I'm going to get a Ketosis stick at Walgreens to check if I've entered ketosis yet. It certainly feels like I'm there, or at least that my body has dramatically changed for the better in how it weaves energy.

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