Too much of a good thing can be bad

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yes, before taking on this new adventure I did consult my physician who ran many tests before I started. I promised no fad diets, diet pills or radical weight loss measures. I was eating what I thought was good for me. Turns out that I made some poor choices. I am so happy that I have been logging my food and really paying attention. Yes, turns out that I made some poor choices. I overdid a good thing and I am paying the price. At least now I know and can make the changes I need to make.

Too much protein - kindey function is out o f normal range
Too much soy = too much estrogen = uterine fibroids.
Vitamin K - INR fluctuating, normally within range and spot on (You have to be on Warfarin to understand that oneunless you are in the medical field.)

Yes, I logged, I analyzed and figured out that I am causing my own health problem with some of the healthy choices I have made. I am so glad that I took a good look at my eating habits and finally put together why all the tests I had recently were showing poor health instead of good health. I figured out the culprit was CLIF bars for the most partt. Yes, CLIF Bars. They are high in protein, vitamin K and it is made mostly of soy. This was the only new food I have added to my daily diet within the past year.

The vitamin K messes with my INR level (blot clots = warfarin)
The soy was pumping estrogen which is the food of fibroids - I was ready to have a hysterectomy I have been in so much pain. Fibroids are painful!!!!
The high protein was putting my kidneys at risk (kidney cancer survivor here)

Just glad I took the time to analyze what I logged and to determine what I was doing to jeopardize my health. It isn't all about weight loss, it is about eating right, exercising and being healthy. I think Sparkpeople may have just saved my life because I am logging my food, educating myself further and paying attention to what I eat.

Looking forward to my 3 month check when the doctor will see an improved kidney function, an INR that is staying within range ( currently have blood test every 2 wks.), a fibroid that is shrinking and a lower cholesterol level.

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