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. [Read more…]

Get Rid of Varicose Veins with a Medical Food

Varicose veins and Spider veins starting to show up on your legs? A little ankle swelling here and there? Achy legs and feet after walking?

http://healthybodydaily.com/health/dr-oz-hesperidin-for-varicose-veins/

Varicose Veins – Spider Veins

There’s a new treatment approved by the FDA, touting great results, available by prescription now.

Vasculera is a new treatment for dietary management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). It is being classified as a “Medical Food”. (Is chocolate a medical food?)

First let’s talk about what your doctor needs to find out before he will write out the prescription. He/she will need to take a thorough history of how long you’ve had the veins or swelling, what makes them worse, and better and other influencing factors. If he decides the symptoms of CVI are not due to any internal condition that needs attention, you will be on to the next test.

Ultrasound – You will be scheduled for ultrasonic evaluation of the valves of your major and minor veins in your legs. They will do real time evaluation of the integrity of each valve starting at the top of your thighs to the ankles, pressing on areas lower than the valves to watch it handle a burst of blood flow. You will be asked to take a deep breath, hold it and bear down to see the competency of the valves, making sure there’s no leaking or backflow which leads to pooling, swelling and varicosities. [Read more…]

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