I’ve been eating lchf since July 2014. I have fallen off the wagon a couple times, but I’m mostly lchf. Lately my blood ketones have been running around 1.0 and it seems the only way I can get them higher is by fasting. I’ve done 24 hour fasts, 3 day fasts and even a 7 day fast. On the 7 day fast I think I got my ketones up to around 3.4. Pretty good! But I missed eating! Not that I felt hungry. I just missed the actual chewing part, the smells, the taste, the visuals, you know, all the sensory sensations of eating! So anyway, I’m cruising along around the 1.0 mark and one day after work (I’m the chef in my restaurant) I find myself with a lot of leftover fresh, wild mushrooms. So I cook them all up in Kerrigold Butter and a little olive oil. Add some asparagus and caramelized onions. I put it all in a big pasta bowl and start eating. I couldn’t eat all of it, so I saved half and took it home to eat on my day off. Every night when I get home from work, I test my blood sugar and ketones. When I got home that night my ketones were an impressive 2.9 instead of the just acceptable 1.0. Holy cow! I couldn’t think of anything I did different except for those mushrooms.
That was Saturday night. So on Monday, I heated up my leftover mushroom mixture! I took my ketone reading before I ate. It was 1.3. Then an hour after I ate the mushrooms it was 2.6. Dang! So, I’m going to be experimenting this week. I made some bone broth on Monday and I’m going to be sauteing some Shitake and Oyster mushrooms and adding them to may bone broth and see what my ketone readings are like. Anybody else have a jump in ketones like this by eating certain foods? Again, my only way to raise ketones in the past was to fast or exercise! Let me know.