Monthly Archives: April 2014

Upgraded MCT Oil vs Upgraded Brain Octane

Upgraded MCT vs Upgraded Brain Octane

Upgraded MCT Oil vs Upgraded Brain Octane

If you want to read a little more about why I’m even addressing this question, you can check out my rough draft version of this post here.  Essentially it’s this:

  • Upgraded MCT Oil is marketed as being more beneficial for stimulating metabolism while somewhat helping with brain function and is 100% Capric-Caprylic acid (says so right on the front of the bottle, I will explain what these are later).

Upgraded MCT

  • Upgraded Brain Octane is marketed as being primarily for improving brain function.  The main difference from MCT Oil being that this is 100% C-8 (says so right on the front of the bottle, I will explain what C-8 is later).
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The Benefits of Incremental Carb Introduction

SarahAbsThis is a post written by Sarah Strange, one of the  trainers at Robb Wolf’s Norcal Strength and Conditioning gym detailing her initial love affair with going low carb and then the subsequent struggles she encountered after going low carb for too long.  She even had some unsuccessful trials with Carb Nite and Carb-Backloading which didn’t seem to help her.

The thing that finally worked for her was:

So what am I trying to say with all this? I’m saying that for any of you out there struggling to reintroduce carbs and continually hitting the wall, that carefully measured, small incremental increases a week might just set you free.

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Guess who else is playing with the Ketonix?

Interesting idea suggesting LDL is elevated because of a deficiency in tryptophan… although I don’t think this applies to me because I definitely get enough tryptophan in my diet with all the meat and eggs that I consume.

I really like the idea that Peter Attia also seems to have an inner fat kid in him that likes him some dessert… and now has incorporated his own cheat days… albeit only 4 times a year… but still.… Read More

Upgraded MCT Oil vs Upgraded Brain Octane – Rough Draft

Upgraded MCT vs Upgraded Brain Octane


I’ve recently been using both Upgraded MCT and Upgraded Brain Octane and was wondering what the actual difference was between them.  Upgraded MCT is marketed as being better for stimulating the metabolism while Upgrade Brain Octane is marketed as being better for stimulating the brain.  As I was thinking about this, given the little that I know about biochemistry, it didn’t quite make sense to me, so I did what any self respecting n=1 blogger would do… I went to the forums and posed the following question:

I was wondering what is the difference in metabolism between the two, and why Upgraded Brain Octane works more for the brain while upgraded MCT is more for metabolism and brain.

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Ketonix Update From Manufacturer

Ketonix website

Ketonix Update From Manufacturer

There is now a new support page on the site addressing factors that can affect the differing initialization times, occasional inconsistent readings, optimal way to exhale into it, and lack of correlation with blood beta hydroxybutyrate levels.

Here is one of his suggestions:

A way to  manage your ketone levels could be: during the week, use Ketonix to adjust exercise and food composition to keep yourself in ketosis. And measure your Beta-hydroxybutyrate at the weekend.

Another tidbit that I hadn’t quite considered was proper storage of the device:

Always keep the Ketonix in it’s pouch to protect the sensor from dust and dirt.

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What Are Refined Carbs?

superhero-blueThe BJJ Cavewife and a few of her friends are taking part in an online Superhero Unleashed challenge run by Emily Schromm whom we first encountered on one of Robb Wolf’s podcasts.  Since many of the BJJ Cavewife’s friends are new to the whole paleo thing they had a lot of questions about some of the requirements in the challenge, namely the whole ‘no sugar’ and ‘no refined carbs’ thing.  When the BJJ Cavewife couldn’t explain things well enough she turned to me and I wrote this post as way to help them out.… Read More

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