5/18/18

Keto Collagen Bread - Bulletproof, Paleo, Keto






Keto Collagen Bread - Zero Net Carbs Per Slice!! It's also Bulletproof and Paleo - which means it's dairy free, grain free, gluten free and it uses heat stable collagen protein. It's fluffy, delicious, not too eggy and all this with no carbs per slice. In fact the macros per slice are approximately 76 cals, 5g fat, 7g protein, 0g net carbs (1g carbs - 1g fiber).

If you've ever tried baking bread using collagen protein as your flour source, then you know how challenging it is to get it to stay fluffy and bread like. I worked for quite some time experimenting with multiple techniques and ingredients to get to this final recipe. My goal was to keep the carbs super low and to not use dairy - incredibly challenging.

I'm thrilled with the outcome and I hope you will be, too. Would love to hear your feedback if you make this bread.

Keto Collagen Bread
makes 1 standard size loaf, 12 slices

Oven 325 degrees F

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Bulletproof Unflavored Collagen Protein (or plain grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen powder)
6 Tablespoons Almond Flour
5 Pastured Eggs, separated
1 Tablespoon Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil (or unflavored liquid coconut oil)
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
pinch Himalayan pink salt

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Generously butter (or use ghee) the *bottom half* only of a standard size loaf dish.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl whisk the wet ingredients - the egg yolks and Brain Octane Oil - together and set aside.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients to the egg whites and mix until well incorporated. Batter will be thick and a little gooey.
  7. Pour the batter into the buttered loaf dish and place in the oven.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes. The bread will rise significantly in the oven.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely - about 1-2 hours. The bread will sink some and that's ok.
  10. Once the bread is cooled, run the sharp edge of a knife around the edges of the dish to release the loaf. The loaf should come right out.
  11. Slice into 12 even slices.
Storing Leftovers: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheating: You can eat this bread cold (it stays nice and moist), or bring to room temperature by setting it out on the counter, or pan sear on the stovetop with ghee or butter. I don't recommend toasting it in a toaster. Although it does work, it's not my preferred method as it has a tendency to dry out too quickly.

Usage: Use just like regular bread - it makes delicious cold sandwiches, cinnamon sugar toast or French toast, garlic bread, dipping bread, use it as a hamburger "bun", make some avocado toast topped with a poached egg, literally anything you would do with "normal" bread.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to subscribe via email to receive these recipes delivered right to your inbox.






4/4/18

Easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas

Easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas over Sweet Potato

It really, seriously doesn't get any easier than this one. Put these two things in your slow cooker, let it go all day and dinner is ready when you get home from work: 1) pork shoulder/pork butt roast, 2) your favorite taco seasoning packet. I use Simply Organic "Spicy Taco" Seasoning Mix - it's fabulously full of flavor, not too spicy in my opinion, gluten free and organic. You can most likely find it at your local market or use the link I provided to order from Amazon.

IF you wanted to get really fancy, you could add some fresh or canned organic diced tomatoes, onions and/or green chiles (or maybe a can of Ro-Tel) but it's totally not necessary. Like really, really only if you want to go the extra mile here.

No matter what though, these shredded pork carnitas are amazing. You can use them in tacos, taco salads, over eggs, on a sweet potato, put it on a pizza - the possibilities are endless. And did I tell you how easy they are to make?! Just two ingredients, throw 'em in the slow cooker and you're done.

Easy Two-Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas
serves 6-8

Ingredients:
1 - 2 lb all natural pork shoulder or pork butt roast
1 - 1.1 oz packet taco seasoning mix (I use Simply Organic "Spicy Taco")
(Optional: fresh or canned diced tomatoes, onions and/or green chiles)

Place in a slow cooker set to low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Use two forks to shred, mix with all the juices and serve.


Taco Salad: Easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas over Salad

Tacos: Easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas over Almond Flour Tortilla

What's your favorite way to enjoy carnitas?



3/28/18

Best and Worst Foods for Digestion, Guest Post by Nick Kowalski


Nick Kowalski
This is a guest post by Nick Kowalski of @nicksfit
Nick is a writer of everything health and wellness, blogger, outdoorsman and devoted lover of nature. He writes to educate and inspire others toward living a life of true purpose and wellness. Nick has published multiple cookbooks and he specializes in the areas of optimal nutrition, digestive health, relationships and spiritual healing.


The Best and Worst Foods for Digestion
by Nick Kowalski

Most of us have experienced the retributions of poor digestion; the gas, bloating, heartburn or discomfort that follows a poorly digested meal. The fact of the matter is, while a bad digestive system can ruin a good diet, a poor diet can also ruin a perfectly good digestive system. Most of us understand that some foods are “healthier” or less healthy than others, but not many realize that this has a lot to do with their digestibility.


If you’re one of the 70 million people in the United States that suffer from digestive problems, whether that is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, or bloating, then one thing you’ll want to learn is what foods support healthy digestion and what do not. There are some foods that are more digestible and others that you might want to avoid all together.

Here is a short list of the most common digestive irritating, and also, digestive supporting foods you should know about…

The Worst Foods for Digestion

Artificial Sweeteners: Trying to cut sugar usually results in the supplementation of artificial sweeteners. However, most artificial sweeteners are horrible for digestion and lead to inflammation in the body. Many of them are derived of partially digested (sugar alcohols), which are known irritants to the GI tract and can lead to bloat, gas, and diarrhea. Instead, it’s best to stick to natural sweeteners, which are recognizable by the digestive and metabolic systems. The best sweeteners usually include raw honey, maple syrup least, and in some cases raw green stevia.


Polyunsaturated Fats: These highly volatile fats are common features of most highly processed, packaged foods. The problem with PUFAs is their highly delicate nature. Their chemical structure makes them highly sensitive to oxidation from air. They also have a high potential to become rancid (and therefore highly inflammatory) when exposed to light or heat. In short, PUFAs are anti-metabolic, suppress thyroid function and can lead to inflammation in the intestinal tract. They need to be balanced by saturated fats like coconut oil, grass-fed butter and ghee. However, it’s probably best to avoid these altogether!

Raw Cruciferous Veggies: Conventional wisdom says to eat our fruits and veggies. And while fruits and vegetables are a source of good nutrition, not all are created equally. There are many vegetables, such as cruciferous vegetables, that are not easily digested, to say the least. They contain high amounts of insoluble fiber, namely cellulose, which are not digested by our digestive enzymes but rather, gut bacteria, which can lead to endotoxin production, and digestive issues like gas and bloating. Not to mention, raw cruciferous veggies like cabbage, kale, and broccoli, contain plant toxins known as goitrogens, which in high amounts suppress metabolism. So, if you are to consume cruciferous veggies be sure to cook them, ideally steam, boil or sauté them. This removes the plant toxins, breaks down the fibers, allowing them to be digested more easily.

Conventional Grains and Legumes: Corn, beans, wheat, soy, etc. are all commonly genetically modified foods, which make them highly anti-metabolic. Meaning, they are not a biocompatible match to the human digestive and metabolic systems. Not to mention, GMO grains have their own "built-in insecticides", with negative health consequences that are still being discovered. However, even organic grains and legumes have their digestive downfalls. Corn in particular has high amounts of cellulose, a fiber that the human stomach can’t break down, considering our bodies do not produce the enzyme (cellulase) necessary to digest it. Other grains and legumes of various types contain other difficult to digest "anti-nutrients" known as phytates and lectins. In nature, these chemicals help to protect the seed from insects and ensures reproduction. However, in the human body, they inhibit their digestion, rob minerals from the body and end up passing through the GI tract undigested. This can lead to gas, bloating, cramps and various other digestive issues. It's usually best to avoid these foods unless you get them organically, and properly soak, sprout, ferment and then cook them.

Carrageenan: While not technically a “food”, carrageenan is a common additive used in commercial packaged foods. It, as well as other gums and stabilizers, are highly irritating to the GI tract and also happen to be powerful carcinogenic allergens. These, like PUFA should be avoided like the plague if you wish to have a healthy digestive and metabolic system!

The Best Foods for Digestion

Ripe Fruits: Anytime you eat some type of carbohydrate and it’s not well digested, it will feed your gut bacteria and an insulin response. Feeding pathogens in the gut leads to an endotoxin response and a serotonin response, which cause inflammation. Ripe fruits are easily digestible carbohydrates. They are preferable because they are easily and quickly digested but also have the ketones, specifically ketoacids. Ketoacids are the refined precursors to proteins, which assimilate with minimal metabolic waste, so no ammonia! 

Potatoes: The liver and brain need protein to function properly, and if you don’t get it from your diet they will take it from muscle leading to catabolism or muscle wasting. Potatoes or potato juice are both rich in ketoacids. As mentioned, ketoacids are easily assimilated precursors to proteins. But also, when you ingest ketoacids they also combine with ammonia in the body, which helps to eliminate it from the body. So, ketoacids from potatoes like ripe fruit provide essential amino acids that you eat for your body to function. Ketoacids in potatoes help to make up the proteins that you need with virtually no waste products.


Gelatin/Collagen: The various foods usually rich in these proteins are usually highly digestible and nutritious. These foods include bone broth, oxtail, pork rinds and lamb shanks but can also be supplemented. Gelatin and collagen are rich in glycine, which helps to optimize glycine to methionine ratios, which when offset, cause inflammation. Glycine in other words, helps to detoxify excess methionine. In additional to being anti-inflammatory to the GI tract, glycine helps to enhance gastric acid secretion (improved stomach acid levels). Bone broth in particular (very rich in gelatin and collagen) is capable of restoring the integrity of the gut lining (leaky gut), which helps with food sensitivities. Most digestive imbalances are associated with decreased serum concentrations of collagen. Bone broth is rich in amino acids that build up the body’s natural collagen tissue and is also rich in collagen, which helps to regenerate the tissue of entire GI tract.

Making Bone Broth

Water: Again, not technically a food, but keep in mind that water is essential for the secretion of stomach acid. More than that, water is essential for good health any life. Without proper hydration, many problems of the digestive system can occur. So be sure to drink 1-3L of clean spring water daily, supplemented with high quality salt to ensure proper fluid metabolism and mineral balance.

In Conclusion

Digestive function is a foundational physiological process that precedes metabolic function, immune function and detoxification. Truly, the gut is the cornerstone of our physical health, Hippocrates was correct when he said, “all disease begins in the gut.” Therefore, learning as much as we can about how the digestive system works, what wrecks it and what we can do to support it is an important part of being human!

To learn much more about the digestive system, and what you can do to ensure optimal digestive function, be sure to check out my online course Perfect Digestion.

Nick Kowalski



2/25/18

Easy Pimento Cheese

Easy Pimento Cheese

This Easy Pimento Cheese is SO flavorful and uses only a handful of everyday ingredients! Literally, you just throw everything in a bowl, stir and you're done. That's about as easy as it gets. As it sits in the fridge the flavors will develop even more, but it tastes great immediately, too. Even better if you can wait a few hours or overnight but who can wait that long??

Eat this as a dip or put it on a sandwich and melt it like a grilled cheese. Personally, I like to top my burgers with it or just eat it with some cucumber slices. You really cannot go wrong no matter how you choose to eat it.



Easy Pimento Cheese
Makes a little over 1 cup

8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (like Organic Pastures raw organic cheddar)
1/4 cup good quality mayo (like Primal Kitchen or see my video to make your own)
2 Tablespoons diced pimentos
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder (or 1 Tbsp grated fresh onion)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 large garlic clove, pressed)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1 Tablespoon diced fresh Serrano or jalapeño pepper (optional but I love the little kick it gives!)

Place everything in a bowl and mix well.

Seriously, that's it.

Easy, right?



This is the cheddar cheese I personally buy and love to use. It comes from a family farm in California and is available at Sprouts Farmers Market stores across the country. It's raw (unpasteurized), clean, organic and from grass-grazed cows that are loved and well cared for. Just check out their Instagram and follow their Instagram Stories @organicpasturesdairy for videos of life on their farm.

If you see it at your local market, I hope you'll give it a try and support raw dairy farmers who are working hard to bring us better, healthier versions of our favorite dairy products.

My favorite shredded cheddar!

12/2/17

White Bullet Martini (Low Carb, Gluten Free)


White Bullet Martini with Trust Me Gluten Free Vodka
Photo: Equinox Photo
As previously mentioned, I recently partnered with Trust Me Vodka, an amazingly clean-tasting gluten-free vodka. It's the perfect addition to any cocktail.

I've created several holiday-themed vodka cocktails that are also Bulletproof Diet friendly so you can stay on plan and hopefully hangover free throughout the holidays. Drinking alcohol is not technically "Bulletproof", however if you are going to drink, you'll want to minimize the negative effects you get from a typical cocktail that is most likely a sugar/carb/gluten bomb - a recipe for hangovers and weight gain. You might also want to leverage this alcohol guide published by Bulletproof. I personally swear by their Bulletproof Coconut Charcoal and always carry it with me.

This creamy concoction is a play on a "White Russian" but without the heavy dairy, sugar and carbs traditionally found in this drink. Instead, you'll start with a creamy Bulletproof Coffee Cold Brew - any flavor works well - and add gluten-free vodka. Trust Me Gluten Free Vodka is my favorite.

White Bullet
makes one martini

2 oz. Trust Me Gluten Free Vodka
½ of a Bulletproof Cold Brew Coffee, or about 6 oz (any flavor or pick the one with Collagen for an added boost of protein)
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
candy cane garnish (optional and not Bulletproof)

Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice and add Trust Me Gluten Free Vodka and Bulletproof Cold Brew Coffee. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Add the Bulletproof Fudge Brownie Collagen Bar crumbles to the top and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt and serve. It's that easy.

PS – Remember when you were a kid and used to dip your cookies in your glass of milk and then when you got to the bottom there was all that mushy cookie crumble goodness? That’s what you’ll find at the bottom of this martini - yum.

Optional: Add a candy cane garnish if you’re feeling extra festive, just remember the candy cane (sugar) isn’t Bulletproof.

Yum!
Photo: Equinox Photo




   

11/21/17

The Ketogenic Diet, Ketosis and Ketone Esters

From 1.2 to 5.7 within 15 minutes of taking KetoneAid

Please note: I was NOT paid to write this article NOR was I given the product in exchange for a review. I also have NO financial interest in this company NOR do I stand to benefit financially from sales of this product. In other words, I am in NO WAY affiliated with this company. There are NO affiliate links in this article. I received the product to sample at my own request. I am sharing my results here in hopes that others may benefit in some way.

I Tried a Ketone Ester for the Very First Time and It Was Pretty Mind Blowing

Even though I’m experienced at the ketogenic way of eating as well as extended fasting, I wondered what it would be like to be “instantly” transported to that magical level of deep ketosis without the lengthy process it normally takes to get there. Enter "ketone esters". But before I get into what ketone esters are and my experience sampling KetoneAid (a ketone ester), www.ketoneaid.com, let me back up just a bit and set the stage. 

What is Ketosis

Dr. Joseph Mercola, www.mercola.com, defines ketosis as “a metabolic state in which your body burns fat rather than glucose as its primary fuel”. While some may define "ketosis" slightly differently, I believe Dr. Mercola hits the nail on the head, which would be further defined as endogenously creating ketones, meaning your body is producing them naturally through means of your dietary choices.

What are Some Possible Benefits of Ketosis via Your Diet (Endogenous Ketones)

  • Managing and preventing diabetes, healing insulin resistance and improving fatty liver disease
  • Epilepsy treatment to control seizures
  • May help with Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Cancer prevention
  • Better hormone regulation
  • Weight loss/weight management
  • Increased mental focus
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased hunger and cravings
These are reported benefits that were attained via endogenous ketone production and not "necessarily" via exogenous ketone production (the kind of ketones you might get from taking a supplement). For some of these benefits, like seizure control for example, it's too early to tell if this benefit might extend to drinking a supplement. Some others, such as increased mental focus, are fairly easily tested, hence my experiment outlined in this post.

How Do You Typically Achieve Ketosis (Endogenously)

Eat a diet that is mostly comprised of high-quality fats (about 80%), a moderate to low amount of protein (about 15%) and a very small amount of carbs (about 5%). This is often referred to as Nutritional Ketosis, meaning your body has achieved a state of ketosis (or burning fat for fuel) by creating its own endogenous ketones through eating according to the prescribed macros. This is my preferred method as it is the most sustainable and natural method, albeit way more difficult than supplementing with exogenous ketones.

With that said, why might you want to use a supplement or aid to achieve ketosis?

Why Supplement Using Exogenous Ketones to Achieve Ketosis Instead of Achieving via Diet (Endogenous Ketone Production)


  • You’re brand new to the ketogenic diet (or haven’t been deep in ketosis on a regular basis for at least a year or two) and your body isn’t experienced at switching from burning sugars to burning fat as its fuel/energy source
  • You’re interested in making the switch to fat burning but don't know if it's worth it to endure the "carb flu" and other sometimes uncomfortable symptoms that are normally present during the first couple of weeks
  • You’re looking for a cognitive performance boost
  • You’re looking for a sports performance enhancer that is legal/not a banned substance
  • You’re looking to suppress your appetite, eliminate cravings and lose weight or easily manage your weight
  • You’ve never experienced being deep in ketosis
  • You’ve never successfully completed a 5-day fast or longer
  • You drop out of ketosis regularly, either intentionally or accidentally and don’t want to lose the benefits even temporarily while you work to get back in

KetoneAid's ketone ester drink falls in the exogenous ketone category and is essentially D-beta hydroxybutyrate (D-BHB) ketone bodies at 10x more D-BHB than you’d get from ketone salts which are a combination of D and L-BHB. To clarify, ketone esters and ketone salts are both exogenous ketones. Both contain BHB but different varieties. KetoneAid uses D-BHB and it allows for a much higher concentration per serving. Ketone salts are BHB (D and L) that have various bases, making various salts which limit the max serving you can consume at one time, thereby lessening their efficacy, especially when compared to KetoneAid.

At the time of this writing, KetoneAid is the only commercially available form of ketone ester drink I personally know of and even it is not “readily” available just yet. Although professional competitive athletes have been using ketone esters for years, it’s still very early in the consumer marketplace for a product as potent as this.

Currently KetoneAid has an Indiegogo campaign, you can see it here (actually it’s their second Indiegogo round and it closes very soon, with a delivery date for that batch to be released in March 2018). So, while it is technically available to the public, you’ll just have to be a bit patient in waiting for its delivery should you decide to purchase. Again, I have no financial interest in this company and will not gain anything one way or the other.

My hope is that over the next few years, it becomes much more commercially available as I feel the benefits are tremendous for a wide range of everyday people, like myself, not just professional athletes. Supporting reputable manufacturers such as this will help bring their products to market quicker and drive the price down benefitting all of us.

Why You Might Want to Take a Ketone Ester


Here are a few reasons you might consider:

  1. You’ve never been in nutritional ketosis and wonder what it feels like and if it really does work to turn off hunger and cravings resulting weight loss, to enhance physical performance, and to increase mental performance, etc.
  2. You’re looking to perform better in a sports-related activity, for instance crush a 5k PR.
  3. You’re looking to experience a flow state but don’t have time to participate in a 5-Day Fast - defined as no food or drink except water, tea and coffee for 5 full days.

On to my personal experience. I wondered if KetoneAid would actually do what its marketing material claimed, which is increase my blood ketone levels to the equivalent of what I’ve experienced after a 5 day fast. I took a 30g serving of KetoneAid and here’s what happened:



The answer is a resounding YES! My baseline ketones went from 1.2 prior to taking KetoneAid to 5.7 within 15 minutes of taking the product! I could hardly contain my excitement yet at the same time I was in total disbelief. I’d tried ketone salts previously and not seen any ketone shift at all. I recognize others do, however for me it did not measure any difference at all.

Back to my experiment. Over the next couple of hours my ketones continued to rise peaking at around 6.7 and then starting to come back down to what would still be considered well into ketosis – 2.9. During this time, I definitely felt all of the amazing effects of deep ketosis – creative flow, calm happiness, energy, little to no hunger, etc. I got a tremendous amount done – everything from creative and administrative work to cleaning and organizing around my house. I felt energized but never jittery. It's a difficult thing to explain unless you've experienced it yourself, but trust me - it's a great space to be in.

By the end of the day, though, I was completely exhausted. Apparently, I went beyond my ideal ketone range and overstimulated myself. I didn’t feel bad, just very, very tired. I slept incredibly well that night. In the future, though, I would split my servings out to say 15g and 15g (the total of 30g is based on my body weight, approximately 110 - 114 lbs.). I think this would extend the benefits for a longer period of time as well as optimize my experience.

Regardless, I'd say this experiment was a success! It definitely did mimic a 5 day fast and I achieved a flow state within minutes – so crazy! 

I can see how this would be particularly beneficial for someone who’s never experienced this state and/or has never been in ketosis at all. I mean how do you know what you’re missing if you’ve never experienced it?

It seems to me that it would be more motivating, and a person might be better able to successfully endure the “carb flu” while trying to switch to fat burning IF they could simulate the deep ketosis experience whereby they get to feel how it really is on the other side. One time trying a ketone ester such as this would be all it would take to understand "that feeling" and hopefully provide the motivation to stick with the diet long enough to get to experience the results.

The Cost

I think it's important to note that the relative cost for this type of supplementation is negligible. At around $1 per gram or $10 for a 10g serving for KetoneAid (a serving size that could actually allow for skipping a meal) this could easily be considered a wash financially. And with the ketone ester, you'd also get to realize a multitude of other benefits, so from that perspective, you'd come out ahead.

What do you think? Would you ever try a ketone ester?

PS - I’m planning another experiment using KetoneAid on Thanksgiving Day. One where I test the product’s ability to quickly get me into my sweet spot of ketosis - the level where it curbs my hunger and cravings even in the face of some of the most tempting of food situations - and then stay there for an extended period of time (throughout the day and hopefully evening). I will do this by splitting my serving size up into two or three servings. Will update this post with my findings and will include a section on "how to optimize" your ketone ester experience.

Update 11/23/17
KetoneAid Ketone Ester Thanksgiving Day Experiment

I wondered if KetoneAid's ketone ester could sub in as the ultimate appetite suppressant? By "sub in" I mean in lieu of being naturally (via your diet and fasting) in deep nutritional ketosis, or somewhere in the 3.0 - 5.0 mmol range for a healthy adult with normal blood glucose levels. Normally I would only be in that level of ketosis if I had been fasting for several days.

I thought Thanksgiving Day might be the ultimate test to see if my appetite might "instantly" be suppressed by taking the ketone ester. Here's what I did:



I planned to take 40g of ketone ester split up over a couple of different times throughout the day to see if a smaller amount would still get me into my optimal ketosis level and suppress my appetite and cravings in the face of some pretty serious food temptations. I fasted in the morning (I always do) and took 20g of ketone ester at around 1pm, right before the festivities were to begin. My starting or baseline ketones were at .9 naturally and after taking a 20g serving of KetoneAid (a smaller serving than in my previous experiment) they shot up to 3.3 within about 15 minutes. See here:



I ended up feeling so optimally that I never took that second 20g serving. I was able to think about what I wanted to eat, not what I was "craving", and choose wisely. Normally I would have filled my plate and possibly inhaled it without even thinking. Later I would have likely regretted it. But I was able to enjoy the social aspect of our family event and nibble happily on foods that were definitely on my normal plan. It was all just so “easy”. I simply snacked on the healthier food choices available and avoided the foods I knew would have me on a sugar-high-food-coma roller coaster all afternoon and night. This left me with plenty of free time and positive energy to socialize with everyone and enjoy the party. 

I realize for some this may not be a challenge, but for me it is. I have all sorts of attachments to foods from my childhood, and certainly when I'm around family and surrounded by those unhealthy foods, the attachments have a way of feeling like addictions. I've mentioned this in some of my fasting videos in fact. When I'm 3, 4 or 5 days into an extended fast is when I feel completely and totally free of these "attachments". At those times, you could throw me into a pool of cream cheese frosting and give me red velvet cupcake floaties and I'd still feel totally fine not partaking. Now, that's the ultimate in appetite suppression if you ask me.

With that said, I want to wholeheartedly recommend this product.

I know you can get there by being in ketosis naturally and by fasting 3-5 days but what if you've never done that. It's just not that easy to do if you're not experienced at it. And further, unless you're properly motivated, most won't even attempt it. Or they may try the ketogenic diet for a few days and then give up once the carb flu sets in. If you could see what ketosis, and especially deep ketosis, feels like by taking this ketone ester and experiencing it for yourself, even just once, well that might be enough motivation to continue and stick with the ketogenic way of eating.

And that's just one use of this ketone ester. There are many others. I haven't even touched on the sports performance aspect. Nor the supposition I've come to make that a person "might" even be able to avoid getting the carb flu altogether if they were to take this ketone ester every day for a couple of weeks and follow the ketogenic diet along with it. This is merely a supposition on my part. Regardless, the Trainer size bottle to me feels like the hands-down way to go. You get 300g and you can divvy it up however you like, over however long you like so you have the opportunity to use it in multiple applications as well as find your optimal serving size for your desired result that day.

My Best Tips for Optimizing
Based on my own experimentation coupled with guidance I received from KetoneAid, here are some tips for optimizing your experience:

  • It's best to take KetoneAid on empty stomach.
  • Wait to take it until you would normally have had your first meal of the day, or just take it when you start to feel that first little grumble of hunger.
  • Take the serving size based on your weight that will have been recommended by KetoneAid - for most that's a 30g serving.
  • Esters are notoriously foul tasting. KetoneAid isn't that bad. In fact, it's kind of sweet due to the flavoring they've added to make it more palatable for the average person. For an optimal taste experience, store KetoneAid in the refrigerator so it's chilled and ready when you are. When you're ready to take your serving, prepare yourself for a really bad flavor and do it like a "shot", all in one gulp, immediately chased by cold sparkling mineral water. Then it won't seem "so bad". Just remember, no matter how bad you think it tastes, once you experience its results, you'll realize it was worth it!
  • After you've taken KetoneAid, get up and walk around, maybe go outside, breathe in some fresh air and soak in your surroundings. Make note of how you feel. Smile and enjoy feeling quietly energized.
  • Make a plan beforehand of what you want to accomplish once you've gotten into deep ketosis. For instance, a project you want to work on or complete. Being deep in ketosis, even exogenously, has its benefits - like creative energy. You'll want to capitalize on the hours of flow state you'll hopefully get to experience.
  • Invest in a ketone meter and strips for measuring your blood ketone and blood glucose levels if you don't already have one (the urine sticks won't cut it).
  • Monitor your ketones and glucose regularly both with and without taking KetoneAid so you can establish benchmarks and track your progress.

I hope this article is helpful, otherwise I will have wasted a TREMENDOUS amount of my time and effort for nothing! Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

All the best,
Veronica

11/17/17

White Sage Elixir Martini (Low Carb, Gluten Free)

White Sage Elixir Martini with Trust Me Gluten-Free Vodka
Photo: Equinox Photo

This holiday season, I've partnered with Trust Me Vodka, an amazing gluten-free vodka that tastes every bit as great as their artistic bottles look. They offer an organic version of their vodka, as well as this gluten free. This vodka tastes clean and light, making it the perfect addition to any cocktail.

I've created several holiday-themed vodka cocktails that are also Bulletproof Diet friendly so you can stay on plan and hopefully hangover free throughout the holidays. Drinking alcohol is not technically "Bulletproof", however if you are going to drink, you'll want to minimize the negative effects you get from a typical cocktail that is most likely a sugar/carb/gluten bomb - a recipe for hangovers and weight gain. You might also want to leverage this alcohol guide published by Bulletproof. I personally swear by their Bulletproof Coconut Charcoal and always carry it with me.

The first recipe I'll share is this White Sage Elixir Martini. It's mildly sweet despite not having any added sugar - thanks to the addition of Bulletproof FATWater infused with B vitamins and Brain Octane. The blood orange falls in the “suspect” or yellow zone of the Bulletproof Diet Roadmap. There is only a small amount (juice of 1/2 an orange, or approximately 1 ounce) in this drink however, please be aware in case you are sensitive to oranges. The fresh sage adds a dimension that doesn't overpower yet is noticeable in just the right way. And let's face it, this cocktail is stunning to look at.

Impress your friends with this craft cocktail that is actually very easy to make. Fancy ice cube optional.

White Sage Elixir Martini
makes one cocktail

2 oz. Trust Me Gluten Free Vodka
½ of a blood orange, freshly squeezed (or 1/2 of a medium size orange, if blood oranges aren’t in season)
½ of a lime, freshly squeezed
Bulletproof Mango FATWater (or your favorite FATWater flavor) to top it off
leaf of fresh white sage (or regular sage)
pomegranate arils/seeds (optional)

Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice and add Trust Me Gluten Free Vodka, blood orange juice and lime juice. Shake well, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass that has been rimmed with fresh sage (just rub the rim of the glass with the sage). Smack the sage between your palms to release more of its aromatic oils, then place the leaf in the cocktail. Top off with FATWater. FATWater is delicious and adds just the right amount of sweetness to this cocktail without adding any sugar. It’s also infused with Brain Octane oil and B vitamins to help keep you hydrated and hangover free.

Optional: Add a teaspoon or so of pomegranate arils to the cocktail for a splash of red color. You may also consume the arils which are a source of vitamins, like vitamin K and C, and polyphenols.

Optional: For an extra special presentation, use a fancy ice cube like the round one pictured and float the sage leaf on top before serving.

Pomegranate Arils make a pretty addition to this cocktail
Photo: Equinox Photo
Fill with Bulletproof FATWater
Photo: Equinox Photo
A delicious combo
Photo: Equinox Photo