Well I created this blog about 10 days ago as a placeholder so that I’d be able to enter in various thoughts, etc, for myself primally. (See what I did there?) 😉
Anyway, It’s been bare long enough, time to fill it with words!
It’s probably been about two weeks since I first started removing sugars and carbs from my diet. I started with sugar first. I’d been drinking several very large plastic cups of heavily sugared iced decaf coffee per day, after having kicking caffeine a few months back due to high blood pressure concerns in the 160/115 range.
That was my wake up call that something needed to drastically change. Over the past two years I’d allowed myself from overwhelming stress and poor dietary habits to go from about 185 pounds to a new record of 218 pounds!
After being put on high BP meds by my doctor, it came down into the 130’s /100ish range. Then it went to close to 120/80. Which is perfect, right? Wrong. The whole 120/80 thing is the ‘average’ BP and what is touted as the sweet spot, but it varies per individual.
Also, I found out from my pharmacist who’s been in the business for 45+ years, that all the BP average tests were done with people lying down in a bed in control studies. Not people sitting upright in a chair, like how they take your BP at the doctor. Results differ.
At 120/80 BP I feel exceedingly lightheaded. My feet also got swollen like balloons from the low BP not being able to push my blood around adequately. I’ve always had what I consider ‘poor circulation’, even since youth, so that didn’t help.
The first thing I did is cut out the sugar cold turkey. That saw an immediate improvement after about three days of being tired from lack of the sugar high all the time. Now I’m drinking about two regular coffee cups worth of decaf every day with either a teaspoon of almond milk (a little bit of sugar in there) or Trader Joe’s Coconut Beverage as a creamer. (Zero sugar in the TJ Coconut.) I’m also using Stevia in the Raw, which has Dextrose mixed in with it.
After that, I stopped taking my BP med. My BP is now in the 130/93 range without the med, which is better than where it was WITH the med and eating all the crappy carbs and sugars.
My BP can spike as high as 140 on a super stressful day, or if something snuck into my diet that shouldn’t have been there, but overall I feel fantastic compared to what I felt like only a few weeks ago.
Going forward I’ll be filling this blog with things as the mood strikes, though I’ll try to keep it updated semi-daily so as to have a record of progress. I’ll end it with my current weight, as a note to myself so I can easily track my progress as the weeks go on without having to note it down somewhere separately.
Current weight: 209