Steak Experiment Conclusions

I did a six week steak experiment where I ate nothing but Steak with a little salt.  I had meant to write this blog post before now, but Keto MinneFest has been taking most of my spare time.  During the first two weeks, I drank only water.  No coffee was allowed.  Weeks 3 and 4 I also drank caffeinated coffee.  And weeks 5 and 6 I drank decaf along with my water.

So first a few numbers.  Over the six weeks I ate 114 pounds of steak (~ 90 lbs of ribeye, 22 lbs New York Strip and 2 lbs of porterhouse), drank over 38 gallons of water, 4 gallons of caffeinated coffee and 3.3 gallons of decaf.  Over the six weeks I averaged 118 oz of water and 2.75 lbs of steak each day.  During the coffee weeks I averaged 38 oz of coffee each day.  During the decaf portion I averaged 30 oz of decaf.  I averaged about 3,000 calories each day.  This should have been sufficient to cause a calorie surplus.

The two weeks prior to the experiment I ate keto to satiety, but without any extended fasting.  I wanted…

FreeStyle Libre

I recently got the FreeStyle Libre which is a continuous blood glucose monitor.  I believe the I will get the most benefit from being able to easily see my glucose response to various foods I have been eating.  I've already noticed that I get very high glucose while in the sauna at the gym, but it comes down quickly after that.

The FreeStyle Libre is an small disk that is placed on the back of your arm with an adhesive tape.  Each disk last 14 days and is read with a meter or an iPhone app.  I have only used the iPhone app myself.  The Libre takes readings every 15 minutes and stores them for up to 8 hours.  Those readings are transferred to your meter or app when you manually take a reading.

Things I like:

Ease of use - During my steak experiment I've been trying to take readings every 30 minutes after eating for 2 hours.  It's much easier with the Libre, taking just seconds. Graphs of  your history is available for eight hours, even if you forget to measure.Average daily …

Keto MinneFest Kickstarter Sold Out

The Keto MinneFest hosted by the Minnesota Ketonians group successfully sold all 70 tickets available through the Kickstarter in just over two weeks.  That's faster than we had anticipated.  However we still have 60 more tickets available through Eventbrite.  There is also a recreational river walk and a river run available prior to the event for those that are interested.

This is a big event and we are also going to need some volunteers.  If you bought your tickets through the Kickstarter, we will be reaching out to see if you want to volunteer for a shift serving, setting up or cleaning up.  We are very excited by the interest that the keto community has shown for this event, and we look forward to offering an excellent keto event.

I also really like our logo which was designed by one of our members.  I'm very grateful for all of the hard work being done by everyone.  I'm also very grateful for Maria Emmerich being so generous with her time.  You'll be able to purch…

Steak Experiment, Part 2

I'm about half way through my 6 weeks of eating nothing but steak.  The first two weeks consist of steak, salt and water.  The second two add in caffeinated coffee and the third two replace the coffee with decaf.  I underestimated the amount of effort that it takes to record everything you eat precisely.  So I thought I'd use this post to let you know the logistics.  It makes me truly appreciate the effort that people like Dave Feldman and Siobahn Huggins go through when performing experiments.

I happen to be using the sous vide to cook all of my steaks.  It makes it easier to get them exactly how I like them.  So I tend to put two steaks in the sous vide in the morning.  I sear them in a cast iron frying pan when I get home from work.  One of them I eat for dinner, the other I cut up and put in a baggie for my lunch at work.  I just went to Costco and purchased 24 Ribeye steaks and 8 New York Strip.  That should get me mostly through the rest of the experiment

I have a water…

Keto MinneFest

I've discussed my trips to the first two Ketofest events held in New London, Connecticut. Inspired by this a few of us in the Minnesota Ketonians meetup group have decided to hold a Keto MiniFest.  This is an arrangement made with 2 Keto Dudes to hold an event that honors the spirit of the original Ketofest.

For our first event we will have four different cooking demonstrations, two of which will be performed by Maria Emmerich.  We will also have a science portion which will be presented by Maria Emmerich.

There are several people working very hard to make this event a reality.  The awesome logo was created by Claudia, one of our members. 
The Kickstarter will allow you to get reduced price tickets while they are available.  I recommend getting your tickets early because it will likely sell out.  Check out for more information.

I'm not sure what my next blog post will entail, but until then you can read my previous post about the steak experiment I&#…

Steak Experiment

It's been too long since my last blog post, but life has gotten in the way as it has a tendency to do.  But I have some interesting pieces of information to share, so its time to start blogging a little bit again.

For this blog, I'm going to share the Steak Experiment I'm doing with Brenda Zorn of the IDM program and coordinated through Siobahn Huggins (working with Dave Feldman of the Cholesterol Code site).   The test is to see how coffee interacts with a steak diet.  The fist two weeks is just steak, water and a little salt.  The second two weeks I get to add black coffee.  The third two weeks I switch to decaf coffee.  So only steak water and salt for food, no spices, no condiments nothing else.

As I write this I'm almost done with the first two weeks.  I was having issues after Christmas and had gotten up to 257 pounds.  I'm back down to 240 now and I'm feeling fairly good.  The first few days were hard as I went through caffeine withdrawal.  But I've …

Second Ketoversary

It's been a while since I've had a new blog post.  Life has gotten busy and stressful lately.  This is likely one reason my weight has been stalled for the last several months.  I have been working out regularly, so hopefully I'm changing my body composition, but I haven't had a Dexa Scan since Fasting February

But I thought I should write this post because I recently had my two year Ketoversary.  I can say that I no longer think of this lifestyle as restrictive.  It's just the way I live.  There are plenty of awesome foods I get to eat and I definitely feel better than I have for at least two decades.

I am truly thankful for the difference in my health since I started keto.  I'm also thankful for all of those in the keto community who are so generous with sharing their information and time.  Having a multitude of keto podcasts has been invaluable for me.

I think working the Minnesota Ketonians meetings also helps to keep me motivated.  We have some wonderful me…

Non-Scale Victories

Most people, including me, tend to over-emphasize weight as a measure of success of a diet or lifestyle.  The true measures should be overall health and quality if life.  And while excess weight can be an indicator of health problems, it is possible to be very healthy but still have a few extra pounds.

Another issue is that losing a bunch of weight can cause your body to panic and decide to slow your weight lost to prevent you from losing any more.  If weight is your sole focus, this can be rather demoralizing.  That's why I think its important to have other measures of success as well, also known as non-scale victories.  So I decided to discuss a couple of non-scale victories in this blog post.

Over the Labor Day weekend I went to my father's house to help him with a few activities.  This included mixing about a 1/2 cubic yard of concrete and putting in some steps in his back yard, repairing an old shelving unit that my grandfather built, moving a heavy concrete fountain, putt…

My Keto Success Story

I figure it's time for me to start sharing my story more openly and publicly.  So I posted my keto story on the ketogenic forums and I'm posting it here as well. This is the beginning of a few changes to be a little more open.

My name is John Somsky, I was born in 1968 and have struggled with my weight my entire life.I went on my first diet when I was in the second grade.I’ve tried nearly every diet imaginable and have literally lost hundreds of pounds on these diets over the course of my life.And with each diet I’ve eventually gained back everything I lost with a little extra for good measure.
I’ve always thought of myself as “the fat kid”, which has been frustrating and a source of shame for me.As a child, I always needed to order the largest shirt available when participating in extra-curricular activities and I had to shop in the “husky” section for jeans.I was always very aware of my extra weight.Despite being fairly short, I wrestled in the 168-pound weight class as a sop…

Keto Cooking Class

As I mentioned in my last post, when my wife and I heard that Chef Taffiny Elrod would be offering cooking classes after Ketofest, we couldn't wait to give it a try.  There was a beginner class in the morning and an intermediate class in the afternoon.  We signed up for both although we were really beginners based upon experience. Chef Elrod did a great job explaining why certain techniques were useful in the kitchen which I found very useful since I have no formal training.

Our first adventure was a keto blini.  This is a small pancake made with psyllium husk powder.  They were very light and meant to serve as a vehicle for some other rich flavors. In this case it was crème fraiche with smoked salmon.  It was quite delightful.

The main course was seared duck breast.  I had never had duck before and wasn't sure if I would like it but it was wonderful.  We scored the duck breast through all the skin to allow fat to render and seasoned with salt and pepper.  We let the breast c…