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Posted by: Tom1964, Monday, October 15, 2012, 5:18pm
I've been reading and following Dr. D's books and am a Fellow in IfHI, but I struggle with my changes to lose weight.  I know the answers, but was challenged.  I had my Wellness Screening at work today and my baseline wasn't good.  I'll give the two worst numbers.  Blood Pressure: 160/121 and Glucose after 12 hour fast was 183.  I do know how serious those are.  

My plan is in place to exercise, use fully my SWAMI which is the full version and my genotype is stength tested as a Gatherer.  I thought it was Explorer and that might still show, but I am a Gatherer.  There's a history of heart disease (paternal GF died of a heart attack on the way to the hospital) and blood pressure (Dad has been on medication for years) so that increases the opportunity I need to use now.  

Many of you know me from IfHI 2007 and 2011.  I'd appreciate any thoughts you have.  Anything to encourage.  It's 100% in my hands, but good words whether harsh or gentle are all appreciated.  I am very good with basic BTD supplements and Gatherer as well as harmonia, O protein, ARA 6 and the new powder for new function as well as live cell.  I take all daily.  I have been only doing twice dailies once a day so i will adjust that back to two.  I'm blessed to belong for free to a gym at work, have a lake here to walk/run by and a 24-hour fitness membership for only $99 a year (I got it in 2000 for life).

Anyway,  I know what to do so its just anything that might help would be appreciated.

Tom
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, October 15, 2012, 5:46pm; Reply: 1
It seems to me that something's been "out of balance" in your diet and/or lifestyle up until now, otherwise you wouldn't have had any "bad test results" from the doctor. Is this the first time you've had this screening done, or can you compare the results to prior screenings?

How compliant have you been with SWAMI? Are you including any "avoids" on a regular basis? How about black dots? Are you getting in plenty of beneficials and diamonds, or have you been eating a lot of neutrals?

Beyond food choices, how have you been with portion sizes and exercise? Eating too many carbs, even from compliant sources, can certainly mess up your blood sugar. It's far too easy for "1 teaspoon of molasses" to turn into a tablespoon when you're not measuring carefully.

You may want to re-check your blood pressure several times over the next few weeks; sometimes stress alone (such as being nervous about the  blood pressure check) can temporarily raise blood pressure. I wouldn't put too much faith into a single high reading.
Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 11:21am; Reply: 2
There is no way to drop weight after some time of eating correctly..

The only way you might be able to do it is by increasing work outs.. but that seems like even more punishment after I gave up so much of what life ought to be all about...

I had to give up all sweets, all fresh crunchy breads, all friendship coffee clutches with pastry, pasta was easy even though macaronis were my favorites with swiss cheese and onions on them... then coffee, and who knows what else, like carrot juice, apples and oranges.  

This is not on easy way of life.. BUT I KNOW that if I did not do at least do all those things : I would be ONE SICK puppy!!!!  

So I keep on volunteering for some community work, keep cleaning my house (running with laundry, dancing, washing floors or stretching for cobwebs as part of 'exercise' and walk 2 miles before 8 am, all in the quest of living well...

Dropping weight is impossible.. or PM me and I will give you some other advise..

I wish Dr. D. would devote some lecture/ writing for those who have been here a long time and  still have weight or Syndrome X issues.. Diabetes, Triglycerides, Blood pressure, Nuropathy, and the like..  There has to be another way to make progress when all the above no longer affords weight losses..    

It's in HORMONES... Dr D. = How to access them as if we where teenagers??    

  
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1:27pm; Reply: 3
No wheat or spelt, no white rice or rice cakes, no white potatos. Look for hidden sources of corn syrup(ketchup ect.) and salt. Try using powdered kelp instead of salt. Cook from scratch. A dog is a guaranteed one mile walk a day as well as a proven blood pressure reducer.
Posted by: Tom1964, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:32pm; Reply: 4
I did several immediate remediations and BP is down almost 20% this morning.  I'm 100% in line with my SWAMI and lots of veggies last night and today.  Lost about 5 lbs of weight this morning, I'm sure its all water just detoxing.  I had what I believe was a hypertensive headache last night for about 6 hours.  Finally got it to subside after using aspirin twice six hours apart and making a strong blood pressure tea (organic retail brand) with lots of shredded ginger and some fresh lemon in it.  

Took the morning off work and slept in.  Will do another mile walk and begin increasing the exerxise over the next week to two weeks.  My proteins are egg whites and salmon though i have to wash the wild packaged salmon to lose more of the salt.  Also made a smoothie with only a couple of cranberries, literally and a couple of pineapple pieces, the rest was Harmonia, the nerve supplement powder (always forget the name), O protein powder and extra ARA 6 aong with a drop of blackstrap molasses.  Made more of the grated ginger blood pressure tea and brought it to work along with additional smoothie.  Also made about six cupsof pressure cooked brocolli which cooked perfectly, bright green, tender and delicious, ate half and brought half to work.

Am going for a float spa treatment today so will absorb magnesium which I heard might give an assist for Blood pressure, certainly nothing significant, but its a feel good and its more than nothing.  

Will get up tomorrow morning after about 9 hours sleep and walk 2 miles before work so will be in bed immediately after float this evening.

And you're right that it will all come weight loss for exercise and I actually like exercise ... after its over :)  Love that feeling, just have to earn it.

Any other advice, encouragement or group think welcome.  Thanks!

Tom
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 12:32am; Reply: 5
liver cleanses, periodically helped me a lot

in the gtd book
Posted by: wanthanee, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 7:55pm; Reply: 6
:D Hi tom, I might add:

Please watch out on Salt, cut down on your intake of saturated fats and salty foods. As you know Sodium causes many problem and boost Blood Pressure.

My co-worker, she has high Blood Pressure so she was told to keep sodium below 500 mg for a day only. Poor my friend, she is only 23 years old.

Even only vegetables they do contain a lot of sodium, please compare with Broccoli and Zucchini…big different. Seem like Zucchini and Napa cabbage; contain less sodium and Glycemic Load.
I love Broccoli so much but if that day I eat Broccoli, Kale or Spinach and some Lentil. Whew! I feel my knee hurt I guess I eat too much sodium. So I eat more Zucchini and Napa cabbage. Only 2-3 times per week for Kale, Spinach.

Also, please try google… which food are support your Lung, Kinney, Liver, Spleen and Heart.
I think five Organs are very important to the happiness for enjoy a long and healthy life.

Please add Onion, Garlic and Ginger in your diet because these foods work very well together.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2640/2
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2357/2

- Look for colorful fruits and vegetables. Antioxidant!
- Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water or other healthy beverages every day. Its  good for Lungs and it also flushes out toxins from your body. I know you know  ;D :D

WOW! took me over 1 hour to post this one. I will tell you later why lol!  :D
Posted by: Tom1964, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 2:38am; Reply: 7
I've changed my diet radically and begun exercise aiming to increase to two workouts a day over a few weeks.  I bought a blood glucose meter tonight and an hour after my evening meal my reading was 153.  I won't eat for 12 hours and will try again tomorrow morning just before work.  My blood pressure has dropped to 143/97 which is bad, but a better bad than 161/121.  I have a lot of change ahead.

Any additional advice is always welcome.
Posted by: Tom1964, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 3:52pm; Reply: 8
My fasting blood glucose this morning after 30 minutes of swimming was 132.  I was told it will take time to get the number down, but it can be done.  I ate a breakfast of an egg white omlet with 1/4 tsp ghee, egg whites, very lean ground turkey, kale, spinach and tomato (all beneficials on my SWAMI) and I added turmeric powder amd ground pepper.  Sauteed it all and also had a smoothie with no fruit, just the four NAP powders I use with water, flax, a small amt of hemp hearts and some bittersweet chocolate (no sugar).  My snack is celery with a tbs of almond butter for the day.  Lots of water too.  An hour after that meal my glucose read as 142 so not too bad of a rise, but still want that numnber down and the key will be time in good exercise daily.

Also made more beneficial tea with grated fresh ginger.  I bought cinnamon tablets and chromium supplment both to help the glucose score.  Also after my 30-minute swim, my blood pressure was down to 128/83 as taken at CVS pharmacy three times.  When I got home my personal BP monitor showed it a bit higher at 137/96, but was glad.
Posted by: wanthanee, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:53pm; Reply: 9
:D WOW! I am glad. Right food is as Medicine.

Herbs and Spices- Turmeric is the King of Spice- it is so powerful. May be in your Sauteed.

Still have to limited the oil thoungh. Use Avocado as fat.

-Something that doesn't come packed with saturated fat nah. ;D :D
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:55pm; Reply: 10
It looks like you are on your way...  Keep doing what's right for you, and you'll get to the goal.  It doesn't happen by itself - you have to do it.  It may take time, but you have the persistence to keep at it for the long term.  It will benefit you and those you love!
Posted by: Tom1964, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:04pm; Reply: 11
Another quick update.  Here are my glucose readings since last post: 124 taken before lunch and about 20 minutes after a snack (egg white omlet, brocolli and celery) then for lunch I ran 20 minutes on the treadmill, got my heart rate into the low 160s and then walked by a lake outside in the sun for 10 more minutes and its a beautiful day here.  When I got back, before I ate, I took a glucose reading of 98!  Wow!  I don't know yet if that's a bad reading or what, but i'll keep taking readings.  Maybe the chromium has some small effect, not sure.  Took 1600 mg of Chromium Picolanate, 4000 mg of cinnamon and did a sequence of one sublingual B12 five hours later another.

I'm eating every 40-80 minutes just a few bites of the omlette, brocolli and celery.  I have one additional powder only smoothie (no fruit) to drink sometime too.  With rice protein powder it could increase glucose some, but I'll watch to see.

Feel darned good too and weight is down from 301 Monday to 294 today.  
Posted by: Tom1964, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:06pm; Reply: 12
Oh and taking my O basic + live cell, + all three Gatherer supplements, now twice a day, poly flora and live cell with water on empty stomach and others with meal.
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 10:41pm; Reply: 13
Hi Tom, many of us have gotten a "wake up call" about the directions we were going in with our health.  This can prove to be an extremely positive thing!  It shakes us up, scares us some and motivates us big-time!  So you're in a good position right now to really turn things around in a good way.

We non-secretors don't have the lee-way with our health that secretors seem to have.  I'm grateful that I discovered this about myself and I'm even grateful for the serious illness that I survived 12 years ago because they both gave me the reality check that I needed to get on the right track and STAY on it.

It's good that you are ultra focused right now to change your habits and lifestyle and set new habits.  Once you find what is working best for you, it will get easier.  You will hit your stride and if you stay on track, you will be able to maintain a healthy routine that you can live with for the long-term.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, October 22, 2012, 5:22pm; Reply: 14
Sounds like you're on the right track!

How does cinnamon rate for you on SWAMI?

Also, working out twice a day sounds like *a lot* to me, but if these are very small, gentle workouts it may be appropriate. It's important to find balance, and too much exercise may not be a good thing. (Oh, wait- you had a 20 minute jog then a 10 minute walk- sounds fine. Easier on the body than going 30 minutes at once right away. If you were doing aerobics for 2 hours a day I'd be concerned.)
Posted by: Jane, Monday, October 22, 2012, 7:18pm; Reply: 15
Have you tried Dr. D's Glycosia?  It contains resveratrol among other things.  It helped my son normalize his blood sugar really quickly.
Sounds like you are on the right track to me.  I have trouble with "white coat" syndrome when I go the doctor's office.  My blood pressure at home is usually pretty normal - under 130/70-80.  At the doctors, it's ridiculously high.  Just thinking about it on the way there can make it go up.  I can feel it!
Posted by: Dianne, Monday, October 22, 2012, 10:53pm; Reply: 16
I second the Glycosia. Great blood sugar stabilizer. It take one with breakfast and then dinner. You are doing really well and thanks for sharing your progress. It's encouraging for everyone.  :)
Posted by: Tom1964, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 1:47am; Reply: 17
Thanks to all.  Cinnamon for me is a diamond beneficial on my SWAMI.  My blood glucose today has remained around 100 so that's better, but could be even better.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 2:02pm; Reply: 18
I'm glad to hear you're doing better.

Remember that you don't want your blood glucose to get TOO low- you want to stay stable and in balance. And it's supposed to be a little bit higher after you've eaten than first thing in the morning before breakfast.

I thought that 100 was normal for fasting and 120-140 was normal for after meals? Or am I mis-remembering? (Or are the numbers different for pregnant women than for nonpregnant adults with diabetes?)
Posted by: Melissa_J, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4:00am; Reply: 19
Up to 100 is normal for fasting, I think anything higher is considered pre-diabetes ( in combination with other risk factors). I don't know how low is too low, under 80 or 90 for sure.  I think 120-140 is right for after meals, but I'm not sure if that's one or two hours after.  My endocrinologist only cared what my level was two hours after meals.
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