OMAD — the first time i encountered the term in the fb group, ketogenic ph (where i was recently added by a friend), i commented, “that’s what we called ‘stuff’ back in HS and college!” the OMAD ‘stuff’ i alluded to was… yes, DAMO. grass. MJ.
but OMAD in ketogenic jargon stands for One Meal A Day — the practice of the 24-hour fast. in the 24-hour fast, you eat no solids, but may drink plain water, electrolyte water, coffee, tea, and broth. today was my first time to try OMAD.
i’ve been regular in doing IF (Intermittent Fasting), another concept associated with keto WOE (Way Of Eating). (jargon is social currency. use it to blend in and not be seen or regarded as an outsider.) i was already practicing a 16-8 IF, before i tried the 24-hour.
16-8 is a 16-hour fast, alternated by an 8-hour loading (eating) window. during my 16-8 IF, i ate only two meals. i coined my own term for it — TaMAD (Two Meals A Day). there is no rule how many meals you can have during the 8-hour loading window — i can only handle two. so i’ve been doing the 16-8 TaMAD (about 3 weeks) before i tried the 24-hour fast, OMAD.
the 24-hour fast. the 24-hour ketogenic fast started 2 pm, saturday. my family was in barrio fiesta celebrating the graduation of my youngest daughter. order was crispy pata and kare-kare combo, with additional sinampalukang manok and inihaw na liempo. gorged myself on my favourite knuckles, ligaments and tendons, with some pata meat. had a couple of cuts of tuwalya (ox tripe) and laman from the kare-kare, of course, with bagoong alamang, with a bite of two of the scanty veggies that went with it. had a bite or two of inihaw na liempo. sipped sinampalukan soup and had the behind part of the chicken.
an hour and a half stroll at the mall and an hour travel back home.
then i went for my (un)usual run (at 7 pm), a 40-minute slow jog. pulse rate was 136 bpm. i used to run late afternoon around 5 pm. but when i heard of the ‘fasted run’ i began changing my running program. i started running in the morning around 6 am. done it twice already. the 7 pm run was an alternative to the next morning’s ‘fasted run’.
usual tidying up of the house for the rest of the evening. late into the night until the wee hours of the morning was spent devouring stuff on hydration, electrolytes, keto flu, etc., from articles, a video, and discussions on various threads in ketogenic ph fb page. (learning a lot of valuable — crucial — information from the fb group!) over a cup of BPC.
and as a result of new information gleaned from the evening’s harvest, i took two dashes of himalayan salt orally, to spike my sodium levels — i was feeling kind-a lightheaded and dizzy, and based on my research, there was a good probability that i was experiencing ‘keto flu’ caused by a deficiency in sodium, potassium, or magnesium.
sunday. i had my morning BPC, with knorr beef broth. the knorr beef broth (while i haven’t made my own bone broth yet) is also the result of hours of brow-burning about electrolytes and keto flu the night before. then off to church with my wife, jane, and middle daughter, jikki (who i will soon add to the fb group.) then back home lunchtime.
broke the fast about 1:30 pm, less than 24 hours.
by not completing the 24 hours — did i break the law? nah!
enjoy KETO WOE. 😋😋