Since being sidelined with this gluteal/sciatic pain, I haven’t been able to go to the gym as much as I’d like. Less heavy lifting and less elliptical means higher blood glucose for me. I slow roasted some pork belly over the weekend for my better half and had a little bit too. The result? An upset stomach during the night, gastric reflux and a high reading on Monday morning (10 mmol/L). I’ve explained in previous posts how pork can have a negative effect for many people; however, I had had some inconclusive results from my summer pork experiments.
Anyways, I decided on another fast. But what kind? I had a lot of butter in the fridge, so I decided to see how that would play out. Butter when I was seriously hungry and cream in my coffee. I had already planned to roast a chicken on Tuesday, so the fast went like this: 48 hour fast, roast chicken on Tuesday night and then a 60 hour fast. I broke the second fast about twenty minutes ago with some West Country Farmhouse Cheddar (I’ll write more about this cheese next week).
How did my body respond to the butter? Good but not great. I didn’t have the same energy levels compared to fat fasts which incorporate coconut oil. I mean I was okay, but not optimal. My blood also did not come down as fast as it usually does.
By Wednesday evening, I decided to have a spoonful of coconut oil and had a couple of more spoonfuls on Thursday along with the butter. I did feel better for it. Was it the MCT in the coconut oil? I don’t see how since grass-fed butter has medium chain triglycerides too. Maybe it was because it was the front end of my fast, and I didn’t give my body enough time to adjust. Does coconut oil have more MCTs? I did a bit of research but couldn’t find anything.
Another drawback is that eating butter becomes a bit cloying. By Thursday, I was not looking forward to a large pat of butter. I still ate them because I was hungry, but it was not a great experience. Funnily enough, it’s the opposite feeling with coconut oil. I hate eating a spoonful of it when I’m not fasting. I’ll usually force it down with a gulp of coffee. Yet, when I’m fasting I don’t have much of a problem eating a spoonful or two of coconut oil. Strange.
My blood glucose did come down by this morning. Indeed, it dropped rapidly over the last day. I woke up this morning with a very good 5.7 mmol/L. Now that I’m back to working out to something like a normal level, I should be able to keep my blood sugar in the “sweet spot.”
Butter is great. I love it. It makes pretty much all things better. I don’t subscribe to the MSM lies and propaganda about this wonderful food either. How anyone can believe the “information” that comes from the corporate media is beyond me. That deserves its own post.
That said, the butter fast was not as positive as I had hoped. I think I’ll stick with my normal fat fast which is mainly coconut oil with some grass-fed butter and cream in my coffee. I’ve written about the health benefits of coconut oil in the past. Indeed, it healed my thyroid. Why give that up?