I got my free ketone/glucose monitor in the mail the other day! Of course, it’s “free” because now you have to buy the strips. 😛 I’ve been able to find the glucose strips at a drugstore or two, but had to order the ketone ones online. Just got them in the mail today!
While ketone (pee) sticks will let you know if you are at least producing ketones, the blood-stealing sticks let you know your LEVEL of ketones. Also, FYI the pee sticks can be inaccurate and not show that you are in ketosis when you are. But I still like them as a high level gauge and I just feel better when I turn that stick a nice shade of purple. Or maybe I just have a secret “pee on stick” fetish. Uhhh anyways……
I just re-read The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance and have been training the past few weeks now on a low carb/high fat diet for endurance cycling (link goes to my cycling-specific blog).
More time and documentation will need to occur before I can truly understand what it’s like to NOT have to carbo-load and constantly eat carbs/sugar every 20 miles. Honestly, it’s REALLY WEIRD. I nibbled on some pecans around mile 20 on a ride just out of habit and re assurance, but I didn’t need them. I ate a mozzarella stick around mile 25 on a 40 mile ride the other day out of sheer nervousness of bonking (which I didn’t even get CLOSE to). I had some light muscle fatigue but that is because I am a bit out of shape due to recuperating from thyroid issues.
It’s … odd… to NOT have to eat while biking for hours and hours. Would love to hear from others on their experiences with endurance sports and a low carb/high fat diet.
For now, I’ll start documenting my ketone levels every morning (fasting levels) and then post in a few weeks when I have enough data for a cool chart. Alas, these strips require more blood than the glucose ones so they are kind of a pain, literally. I took my levels this evening after work and was surprised to see a 3.8 (I’ve been more low carb than usual and didn’t eat enough today, mostly due to the fact I need to go food shopping).
Great short article on the science of ketosis, in case you are thinking ‘wtf are ketones’.