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 gotten over that for now. It will be interesting to see the effect it has on my lipids.

The hardest part has just be gathering all of the data.  I'm trying to take blood glucose measurements ever 30 minutes after eating for 2 hours to see how my glucose responds (pretty flat so far) as well as document exactly how much salt, how much steak and how much water I consume.

In preparation I've been to Costco three times buying ribeye and New York strip.  I weigh each steak, add 1/2 tsp sea salt and freeze them in a vacuum seal bag, writing with sharpie on the outside what the weight was.  They are now ready for the sous vide.

I've been running my sous vide machine almost constantly.  I typically put two steaks in the sous vide when I leave for work in the morning.  Then when I get home I fry them up in my cast iron skillet.  On of the steaks I then eat for dinner and the other I slice up and put in a baggie for my lunch the next day.

Its more work than I anticipated, but I wanted to try an elimination diet anyway, and it doesn't get much more elimination than this.  I'll keep you posted on the results as they come in.

 My next blog post will cover our exciting plans for Keto MinneFest, but until then you can read my last blog post about my two year ketoversary.

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