Thursday, September 05, 2013
I took a break from Spark. I needed to spend a bit less time on the computer! I gained back five of the pounds I had lost.
I went to my doctor appt for health insurance (DH's work insurance gives incentives/discounts for getting your yearly checkups) and as expected my cholesterol was high again (had to stop my cholesterol meds when I got the histoplasmosis due to liver involvement with the meds). My high blood pressure, which had been well controlled was now a bit high so he increased my dosage of meds and my blood sugar levels were still showing pre-diabetes.
So I came home determined to work on my diet. My sister gave me a "talking to" about metabolic syndrome. My sister is a retired doctor and she gives pretty good advice. She advised me to cut out the carbs and get my blood sugar levels in control and the blood pressure and cholesterol would follow suit. So with her urging I am now following a low carb diet instead of the heart healthy diet that I have been on for about 10 years. Yes, 10 years, more or less (with a few breaks) of heart healthy diet never did much for my blood pressure or cholesterol, even with weight loss so why not try the low carb?
Low carb is just a different mindset. I actually have not had a difficult time switching. The hardest thing is getting enough protein and fats in each day. Eating plenty of veggies was no problem. And surprisingly, cutting out carbs, with the exception of the veggies, has been easy. There were a few days of fatigue but that's all. No dramatic weight loss, but then I was just switching my way of eating, not going on a diet so there was no dramatic water weight loss at the start.
So far in one month I've lost 7 pounds. It's coming off at a slow and steady pace. I'm still grappling with the protein/fat allowance to make sure I get enough fat each day! Eating heart healthy I was cutting out fat. Now fat is okay. And low-fat is bad. Low-fat foods add sugar, so you get added carbs. Now that I'm looking at carbs in the labels of ingredients it's amazing how many there are in certain foods. So carbs with fiber are good, carbs without fiber are not so good. And since most of the carbs in low carb diets must come from veggies, it's very beneficial.
Anyway it is working for me to break me out of this metabolic syndrome that has been leading me towards diabetes slowly but surely. Not only has my weight dropped but my blood pressure is improving, too. I take it each morning now and finally, this past week my numbers have gone back down. According to a chart I found on Heart.org, my numbers have gone from Stage 1 High Blood Pressure back to Prehypertension, which is where I've been the last 10 years. My goal: get back to normal!
Ironically, DH is now in the insulin resistant stage himself for the first time so he's gotten serious about dieting again. He lost 100 pounds about 6 years ago then gained it all back and so it's good to see him working on it. But he's eating a lot of carbs! But he has to do it his way and if it works for him that's good. I told him what I'm doing and why. Each of us are different so we have to focus on what is best for us.
So for me: eat low carb
Continue my exercise program