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The "Sparky Diet" and Blood Electrolyte Imbalances

Thursday, November 26, 2020

This past February, Thing One announced her engagement, which was the worst kept secret in our family. Assuming a vaccine by then, we're on track to be parents of the bride in October 2021.

So when the announcement came, so to did my return to Spark with newfound zealotry and gusto. I re-embraced tracking, drinking loads of water and restricting sodium (the last because salt makes mounds of pounds stick around).

And stick around they did not. They vanished in ones, twos, threes, and fours per week. Nine months in, I have dropped nearly 60 in the course of "Shedding For the Wedding." Photography for the wedding, you know.

Enter, "Blue4You." Wellness health screening that my new employer provides as a company benefit. I was my own employer for 20 years, but sold the company now two years ago so now I do what I do (environmental consulting) as a regional VP. Once again, I have a boss (who does not interfere with what I do as long as the company makes money). I traded independence for a soft landing spot for my employees and a more stable retirement for myself in a few year.

So "Blue4You" entails a blood test for standard parameters at the local lab, after an overnight fast. I checked the box to send the report to my primary care physician. My Doc then told me that we should repeat that test, this time without fasting, as a few of the numbers looked atypical and inconsistent with my own past. So back to the lab I go...

And the second results showed the same thing. Low concentrations of sodium and potassium. (I'm not doing Keto, but this is akin to a Keto Diet side-effect in many ways. So sayeth Doctor Internet). A further chat with the Doc went something like this:

Doc (puzzled look like Admiral Kirk when first encountering the Starship Reliant in the opening battle scene in The Wrath of Khan): "... this is damn peculiar... yellow alert..."

Me (with Alex Keaton smugness): "Doc, it's the Sparky diet. Sodium restriction. Flooding myself with water. All that peeing..."

Doc (still a doubting Thomas): "Maybe, but other parameters are not looking diluted."

So (not wanting to assume that I just Keto-ed myself) the Doc directed me to eat like I would have 100 years ago. Put the Sparky diet aside for 10 days. Have a normal Thanksgiving. Salt your food liberally. Lay off the water. No more than one glass a day, beyond thirst, etc. (for now, not permanently probably). Then back to the lab 1st of December for more comprehensive blood and urine.

If I live that long I'll blog about the outcome. Meanwhile, adherents to the Sparky diet, caveat emptor I guess. More to come.
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    Wow. Never heard of a doctor telling you to drink less water!

    I hope you're back to the normal diet and drinking. Amazing progress last year. I was reading a blog yesterday about a guy who got rid of artificial sweeteners and that helped him cut down on sugars and such. I think that's my next thing to do (three weeks without, then maintain a reduced amount for the foreseeable future). Today is day one and I've already seen myself struggle.

    I've never been told that my sodium is too high (despite being told fairly often that my food is salty compared to others' food), but I might try reducing my sodium too. Seems like something that could only help.
    24 days ago
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  • PICKIE98
    Happy Hannukah!
    36 days ago
    It's not an exact science. I will bet that you will figure out what works for you. emoticon
    55 days ago
    Are you sure he really went to medical school and has a license,? One glass of water, I would die of thirst.
    57 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    How is it going today? Leftovers sans salt?
    57 days ago
    emoticon it's only for 10 days.
    57 days ago
    Maybe it's time to do a more moderate version? Not cutting out all your faves, but not overindulging either? (I did high protein low carbs for a long time, and my kidneys starting saying no, not happy.)
    58 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Sodium is in so many foods, that a shaker is not necessary. Bananas are the best. I wish you all a wonderful weekend. YOu will get fluids in foods as well. The water restriction will help you. Fiber is great too. He does not want you to go out and buy a salt lick, just one day of regular eating. Poor thing, it will be so hard to do... emoticon

    Unless you are preparing a fresh turkey, they all have a LOT of salt added to them. A weeks' worth for most people. Enjoy the luxury..
    You are doing great!
    58 days ago
    Did your doctor realize that 100 years ago, the country was in a depression and food choices were limited? I doubt if things were salted liberally, but there was little to no processed food beyond ham and bacon, pastrami and corned beef (all of which were salty).

    58 days ago
    OHhhhhhh, wow! I hate it when Drs. have that puzzled look on their face . . . and it's about ME! Have seen it before in the past. *SIGH* Hope that his sol'n works.

    Well, congrats to thing 1 and her fiancee! Awesome news.

    May the electrolytes straighten out!
    58 days ago
    Wow, never thought I'd hear of a doctor telling you to drink only 1 cup of water a day!
    58 days ago
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