I woke up feeling a bit light-headed and weak, and then I went into the bathroom and started vomiting blood, and then I turned into a werewolf and ate three children, which were not part of the beer diet.
Actually there was no vomiting or lycanthropy or munching on kids, but I was light-headed. I had a blood test to take, which required fasting, so I couldn't have breakfast. After taking the test I had my first beer at around noon, a New Glarus Chocolate Abbey.
I can understand why people fast while meditating. I'm in a contemplative state of mind, very relaxed and aware. I could completely relate to sitting on top of a mountain and trying to become one with the universe. Especially if the mountain had an Applebee's.
Been having funky morning breath the last few days, which I postulated was acetone. I recognized this as ketosis. My body is breaking down fat into ketone bodies, which I'm using as fuel. This is encouraging. Who could have guessed that beer is a fat burner?
Well, maybe it isn't beer so much as starvation. In either case, I'm losing weight. This morning I was 250, which means about 14 pounds lost in a week.
I picked up some ketone testing strips to make sure, and I am indeed in ketosis. I've been on low carb diets before and this same thing has happened, always resulting in healthy weight loss. (And no, I don't have diabetes or alcoholic ketoacidosis.)
I've been doing some writing, and life is pretty peachy. Right now I'm nursing a 1997 Sam Adams Triple Bock. After pouring, I put some water in the bottle to get out all the yeasty goodness at the bottom, and drank that. Triple Bock hasn't aged as well as Sam Adams Utopias or Millennium, and it has a cloying soy-sauce taste that trumps the maple, oak, vanilla, and coffee flavors its description touts. That said, it's still an amazing beer, and at 18% abv it is quite a brewing feat.