Sugar is Out, Nuts are In

Sugar. I’m putting it aside. For now. Putting it aside versus giving it up. Someone suggested using the term “putting it aside” to trick my mind into thinking it’s not forever, and I’m in control of “not putting it aside” when I want to. Ha.

A couple years ago, I began going for a physical exam, including blood work, the first week of the new year. This year, some numbers were off a little more than I’m happy with. My diastolic blood pressure has trended upward and stayed there for the past year. My cholesterol and hemaglogin A1c, although normal, a little on the high side. Then there’s that homocysteine, increases with inflammation, potential stroke threat.

So, I made some changes. Two changes are intentional, two more were pleasant surprises.

Change 1

Sugar is out. As much as in my control, no more sugar. It causes inflammation in your body, wreaks havoc with overall health, and it really doesn’t do one thing helpful, except calm me when stressed. No more.

Cashews and Paleonola

Change 2

Eat more nuts. Sounds silly, but I’m enjoying two nut options throughout the day. They have replaced my snacks with sugar. Cashews are lovely, and I enjoy crunching on “Paleonola” granola, apple pie flavor. Ingredients include almonds, pecans, pepitas, honey, walnuts, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried apple, dried coconut, spices and vanilla extract. Ok, so honey.

Change 3

A new protein shake. Shakeology came out with a new Coffee flavor, and the ingredients are geared more toward improving metabolism and weight loss. Bought a bag from a friend, and drinking a shake make with 1/2 scoop of powder each day. It is very delicious.

Change 4

Seeing a Vascular Specialist about my ankle swelling. Turns out it’s caused by inflammation. The new Medical Food he prescribed, Vasculara, strengthens the vascular walls to enhance more effective flow, and also decreases blood pressure a bit.

Progress Report

After 3 weeks with Changes 1, 2, and 3, things are going quite well. This morning, the scale showed down 5 pounds, so I’m very happy, and feel overall better – more vibrant and energetic.

After 1 week on Vasculera ankles are down 1.5 cm each, and my blood pressure is back to where it’s supposed to be, diastolic has dropped 10 points. Vericose veins are beginning to lighten. My doctor told me I would start to see results after the first week, significantly by 1 month.

I’m happy, feeling healthier every day, and pulling out some outfits that were a little snug to see if they look and feel a little better yet!

 

About Candace

Candace Dye is an Apriori Beauty Consultant and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is helping others to uncover and enhance their true inner radiance with tips for health, wellness, skin care and beauty!

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