Food Choices Finding appropriate low carb wet foods in the UK can be a challenge as manufacturers keep switching up ingredients, some even including sugar! Please visit the Food Info section of the TR College of Knowledge (COK) to help assist you when calculating carbs based on dry matter for wet foods appropriate for diabetic cats. The downloadable Carb Calculation tool is available here. Wet cat food with a lower than 10% carbohydrate count based on dry matter (which is not indicated on the label) is best for cats with FD and is required when practicing TR. Avoid foods containing grains such as rice, wheat and corn, glutens, starches, sugars and syrups, gravies and those containing vegetables and fruits. Foods containing soy and/or ‘vegetable protein extract’ can raise the BG even if the percentage of calories from carbohydrates is below 10%. These species inappropriate ingredients can render the liver useless to do its job of protecting the brain in the event of low BG, potentially resulting in clinical hypo and are not at all recommended for cats when starting TR as explained in The Liver's Job sticky. Your vet may have prescribed Purina DM (Diabetes Management) prescription food. While lower in carbs than most tinned cat foods (a reformulation of the recipe has brought the dry matter carb content under 8%) it contains corn starch and is very expensive; it is an acceptable canned food for an FD cat on TR. Before switching a cat already receiving insulin to an all wet low carb diet, it is very important to read the Detox Process to make sure your cat is transitioned from both high carb wet food and /or dry kibble to low carb wet food safely, avoiding a potential clinical hypo. To save you the challenge of scrambling to identify low carb wet foods currently availa Continue reading >>
Ketosis – Are You “looking For Purple”?
Two questions I’m asked a great deal are about ketosis. “What colour am I aiming at on the “Ketostix (TM)” testing strips? Where do I get them?” My answers are always this: “Benign Dietary Ketosis” as a concept was championed by Dr Robert Atkins when he published the first version of his plan in 1972. He mentions that you should measure your excreted ketones via urinalysis and be looking for a purple result. Where to get Ketone Urinalysis sticks Either, via Amazon (pretty much the easiest option) or at the Pharmacy counter of any dispensing Chemist. They are a “P” grade medicine, so you have to ask for them. However, being in ketosis is like being pregnant. You either are, or you aren’t. The colour is irrelevant, any shade of Pink/Purple will do. In fact, purple may well be a sign that you are pushing too hard. You may be eating too few vegetable based carbs. Purple means that you are dumping a great deal of excess ketones into urine, rather than burning them. If you are “purple” but find that you are not dropping fat, your body may well be fighting against your mind’s want to drop your excess fat. Your body wants to preserve its homoeostasis and keep you alive. What are the signs of Ketosis? If you are following Dr Atkins’ plan and so testing regularly, the preferable colour really is a pale pink. This is an indicator that your body is in its optimum fat burning zone, using everything that you are producing and not dumping any excess. Once you are effectively burning body fat, most people can tell they are “in ketosis” by the slightly metallic taste in their mouths. Some people say that their body odour changes (Not a BO odour, just personal smell) to incorporate metallic tinges. Others report that their urine has a more noticeable “he Continue reading >>
Keto Experiment — First Month Results — Energy, Physical Results And Photos
Keto experiment — First month results — energy, physical results and photos This is the one month update of my 6 month ketogenic diet experiment, where I’m eating a high fat, low carbohydrate diet in a quest for mental and physical performance — and to do away with long running issues with fluctuating energy and brain fog. Catch previous updates on this blog and my Keto Experiment spreadsheet for workout, blood and energy data. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates. So here we are, one month into the ketogenic diet experiment. See my starting post where I cover the plan, what I’m tracking, and how. The goal here is to present a range of data I’ve collected over the past month. In doing so, I’ll share general observations, things I’ve learnt, the good, the bad and in the case of my attempt at keto buns, the downright ugly. It’s pretty lengthy, you’ll probably want a stick of butter, rather than an MCT shot, for the slow release… let’s jump in! Energy and Productivity All abroad the energy rollercoaster! More than any other factor in this experiment, I’m hoping to tackle the issue of fatigue. By collecting all the data I can on diet, fitness, sleep etc and recording my daily perceived energy levels — I can then catch myself on a low-energy day, and work backwards to spot potential causes. I’m yet to have felt the boundless energy and mental clarity for which the keto diet is often recommended for. That said, I’m certain this will improve significantly as I tackle the deficiencies or flaws in my implementation of the lifestyle, while continuing to iterate on what I’m eating and the supplements I’m taking for example. So here’s how the past month has looked: On a scale of one to ten — In my perceived energy level scale: Continue reading >>