Now that you understand what I am doing and why I am doing it - I also want you to understand how I am doing it so you can follow along. To make it as objective as possible I will be setting goals that are as measurable as possible.
What I'm Tracking
This experiment is measuring whether ketones will work as a better energy source than glucose. To find out I will be following a ketogenic diet and measuring the progress daily and reporting weekly.
I will be setting the goal of taking 10,000 steps a day and working out 5 days a week.
To kickstart my energy experiment, I am tracking the following:
- 2 – 3 tablespoons Caprylic acid
- This is essentially MCT oil that converts well to ketones.
- A spoonful of KetoSports KetoCaNa
- This product contains the ketone Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB), and jacks up the ketones like a cup of coffee would.
- Morning brew of tea with ginger, turmeric, and a dash of green tea which supplies a steady stream of energy without the crash.
- According to Tim, the degree to which you crash after drinking coffee depends on the roast.
Habits for the Energy Experiment
- Give yourself time to wake up.
If you have to jump out of bed and dig right into emails and work, you’re going to feel overwhelmed. Instead, wake up with an hour or an hour and a half to get yourself together before starting your day. Generally, Tim wakes around 7:00 or 7:30 am, giving him a couple hours before “work time.”
- Meditate in the morning. Just 20 minutes of a silent meditation BEFORE checking your devices or calendars helps clear your head for the day. Tim uses transcendental meditation, and recommends taking a class to train yourself in your chosen technique. He says that meditation is like a warm bath for your brain.
- He recommends the following books and apps to help with and understand meditation:
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Peace is Every Step by Thich Nat Hanh
Headspace meditation app
He also recommends the books and products on Sam Harris’ web site.
- Practice daily movement, ideally outdoors. This doesn’t have to be a workout. You don’t have to be banging around kettle balls. For Tim, this usually takes the form of a 2 – 3 hour walk outside… which can actually work to deepen ketosis. You can listen to music or podcasts while you walk, or just be silent.
Editor’s note: This post is part of The Energy Experiment - it is based on personal experience and shouldn’t be taken as professional or medical advice. Talk to your doctor before starting or stopping any medication or dietary changes. One of the deeper reasons I am doing this experiment is that I have been affected with a mitochondrial disorder and I wanted to see what if any effects the ketogenic diet would have on my symptoms.