Keto Reset?

Today was a big day for me! I interviewed Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, for the podcast! He has a new book coming out in October called The Keto Reset Diet.

His team sent me a copy in advance of our chat today and I fell in love with the balanced approach to doing keto right (as opposed to all the crazy marketing-hyped fad diet approaches to doing keto wrong).

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I was inspired by the book & fired up by the opportunity to chat with Mark and found myself saying, “I’m going to do it, Mark. If you say it’s the next level of primal, I’m ready to try!

I love trying new things and seeing how my body reacts to different approaches and I’ll be sharing the journey with you. This is not a diet. This is not a hack or quick fix.

This is an opportunity to learn and improve my metabolic machinery.

My episode with Sisson will air this week and the approach will probably make more sense then but I’ll do my best to explain here.

First, pre-order the book. I read a lot and don’t recommend most of the books I read but I highly recommend this one.

Second, understand that the book recommends at 21-day primal eating phase before anyone transitions into the keto reset. Since primal is the way I consistently eat, I’m going into the keto phase. Please don’t do that without a primal phase if you aren’t already consistently eating primal. Okay? I’m so serious here.

I will be limiting my carbs to 50 grams per day. This is a total number, not a net number. I’m not subtracting out fiber. That 50 grams includes fiber. Nothing is “free”.

I’ll be eating 0.7 grams of protein per pound of lean mass. This is not 0.7 grams of protein per pound of total body weight! It’s just lean mass. For me that’s a little over 110 grams per day. He recommends less protein for people who are not active. Since I do CrossFit workouts 5-6 days each week, I’m going on the higher end of the protein spectrum.

The rest of my daily energy intake will come from fat. Yes, it’s a lot of fat.

I won’t be frying cheese or consuming artificial sweeteners – I think the “hacks” to make keto junk food are just that – hacks.

I also don’t have a daily target for grams of fat – I’ll let my hunger and energy dictate that. My fat intake will come from avocado, macadamia nuts, eggs, bacon, meats like salmon & beef and some convenience products like Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo. (Yes, that’s one of Mark Sisson’s products, no I don’t get paid to promote it.)

I’ll document the journey here – sharing what I eat, how it impacts how I feel & what I notice in terms of physique changes. I’ll also be really candid about my struggles or choices to eat something that isn’t aligned with the standards I just described. I’m not married to perfection, I’m here for progress & learning.

I’m really excited about the process.


Let’s talk about today! I didn’t make it to the gym today (hate that!) but I did 100 kettlebell swings for time and a 15-minute Airdyne bike EMOM. I was away all weekend and had some major deadlines to hit today so I chose to workout at home instead of at the gym.



On the food front:

I’m gonna miss the cabbage salad bowl during this experiment but I’ll have to either make it smaller (less cabbage) or use a lighter green like spinach or arugula. I’m cool with that though. This morning’s cabbage salad bowl was cabbage, 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon and a tablespoon of Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo.

Lunch was leftovers from last night’s fajitas. Steak and veggies, eaten cold. Easy peasy!

For dinner I’m making up a big bag of cauliflower rice to go along side a burger without the bun, topped with avocado.

The Keto Reset bonanza will begin tomorrow. Can’t wait!

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Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo

Primal Kitchen Sea Salt Macadamia Bar

Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil

Others include:

Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings

Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo

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2 replies
  1. Liza
    Liza says:

    I was wondering when you were going to jump on the keto wagon as you eat very closely to that way anyway so I do’t think you will notice that much of a difference but the extra protein will I am sure help with your workouts as you were on a bit of a trend of “we don’t need that much protein”… albeit I think the bodybuilding world takes protein intake to extreme like over 300 grams which is ridiculous and now more people are realizing that we don’t need that much but .7 to me sounds very reasonable for someone who is active. I follow Mark Sisson a lot as he has some interesting information and I enjoy his articles and have one of his books. I have been tempted to pre-order his new book but was not sure if it was the same ole keto info or if there was anything new in it. I eat a fairly primal, lower carb way of eating and have increased my fats over the past year but not quite sure if I love the idea yet of such a high fat diet but I, like you, enjoy trying different thinks. Will be interested to follow your journey on how this works for you. I finally got to try Primal Chipotle Mayo last week while I was visiting California. Wow its good! Thanks for the tips!

    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Hi Liza! Keto def isn’t new to me – I’ve been around this mulberry bush quite a few times. I think this will be less protein than normal for me, not more, and just a little bit fewer carbs. Back in April 2015 I did an episode (033) on my experiences with ketosis. But, I know that I continue to get stronger & healthier, my metabolism changes & improves and I’m excited to see how I respond to this particular framework this time around. 🙂 I’m glad you liked the PK Mayo 🙂


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