Supplements to my diet that help me be successful.
One of the foods that I use on a daily basis is MCT oil. Derived from coconut oil, this oil, which remains in a liquid form at room temperature, is comprised of primarily of medium carbon chain fatty acids (Caprylic acid (C8) and Capric acid (C10)). It is the Lauric acid, which has a 12 carbon acid chain, which contributes to makes coconut oil a solid at room temperature.
So why do I take this? I honestly belive this oil helps me sustain (or get back into) ketosis easier than without it. When I first started using it, I would blend it into my coffee (bulletproof coffee). About 20 to 30 minutes after taking it, I could actually feel the improved mental alertness. These days, I tend to drizzle it on my morning eggs, before I sprinkle my favorite Trader Joes Everything But the Bagel seasoning. Earlier this fall I took a month off from MCT oil, and I just plain did not feel as satiated or as energized than when I started back on it. Many days I also give my lunch a little drizzle of MCT as well, hoping to achieve a little afternoon pick-me-up. I’ll blog more about my usual meal plans. Did I mention that MCT is great as a salad oil.
For the most part I have been using Viva Naturals MCT Oil. After trying a previous brand (Sports Research), I took the advice of a coworker, and found this to be the right balance of price and health benefit. I recently tried a lesser expensive brand, Anjou Premium, and at $22, it was worth a shot. I don’t find it cause me any unpleasant effects, but I truly don’t feel the same as when using the Viva Naturals brand.
The Viva Naturals brand I use can be purchased through Amazon. The bottles come well sealed with a shipping cap that you remove to screw on a flip top pour cap.