Several years ago, I randomly came across the movie The Widowmaker on Netflix. It was very informative and quite frankly concerning but not shocking as I was already solidly skeptical of many aspects of healthcare and modern dietary recommendations. About a year ago the screening identified in the movie, the calcium score (also called coronary artery calcium score, cardiac CT or CAC) resurfaced on my insulin resistance/ketogenic journey. I made a mental note to put that on my list of things to check out about myself. I recently found a radiology center where I was able to have a scan performed as a self-pay customer without a physician’s referral.
I am grateful to be marking 2 years of awareness, choices and decisions! I understand and accept that my journey actually never ends. Reaching one goal brings about the next. Obtain and maintain this. Move on to obtain and maintain that.
Arriving at my milestone of 24 months soon, I am adopting two modifications. First, as my numbering convention for Observations posts is moving from months to year.month (as in 2.0). Second, my lifestyle of LCHF (Low Carb High Fat/Low Carb Healthy Fat) incorporating nutritional ketosis and intermittent fasting is also changing (gasp).
I wrote about donating blood for the first time in my post My First Pint.
I gave my second pint on April 11th. Thankfully, it went smoothly. The day before, I made sure I consumed a lot of fluids and the hydration train kept running the morning of (smile). I choose to stick to my norm of not having breakfast so I would learn if I needed to have breakfast on donation days. I even wore a sleeveless shirt for easy access. I did not experience any dizziness or light headiness. In fact, other than the Band-Aid on my arm, I felt no differences and my blood sugar was just fine.
So far, I have donated whole blood via a OneBlood bloodmobile. I need to learn more about the four methods of donation are available.
Cool beans. I will make donating a regular occurrence.
More to come…..
I recently came across a wellness article 7 nutrition trends you’ll see in 2018. It then occurred to me: since when is nutrition “trendy”? Maybe this is part of the problem? An eagerness to jump on the latest dietary bandwagon rather than pausing, thinking and doing the work to figure out what dietary lifestyle achieves wellness for an individual long term. If what you have been doing isn’t getting you healthier, is it time to consider a change? Do we need to consider that what we have been told may not be what is right or true for us individually? I have.
There are hot topics and debate in the community within which I regularly read regarding the food and medical industries, but I thought it would be good to look past the controversy and examine a number of basics that I believe would be generally acceptable within any dietary lifestyle. This post is about iterating the basics, the foundation, of where I would recommend to anyone beginning their journey whether you are vegan or stone cold keto (like me). From my point of view, the following are universally common across all dietary lifestyles are: awareness, cooking and limiting processed foods.
A powerful Tony Robbins quote reads “It is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently”. Synonyms for consistent are persistent and steady. Currently experiencing what feels like the worlds longest plateau (smile) I am keenly aware of the value of remaining consistent and how consistency empowers me to keep moving forward on my journey.
Some quotes resonate so much with my journey to improve my health that they feel akin to a smack upside my head. I mean, there is nothing quite like a clear, direct and honest statement. Frankly, they are my favorite kind. When I read this quote it stuck in my mind immediately: “As I see it every day you do one of two things build health or produce disease in yourself”. Truth bomb, right?
Recently, I had a very positive experience donating blood for the first time. I have been considering donating blood for a while, but I never took action on that thought. A Big Red Bus was right outside the building where I work so I decided the time was right to donate. The staff was very nice, the needle was not bad, I scored a t-shirt and a coupon and I left feeling healthy and proud of myself.
I enjoy learning about a wide array of topics from the complexity of the human body to ideas for cooking frozen Brussels sprouts. With my realization that much of the accepted health and dietary guidelines find their basis in dogma rather than science, I invest a fair amount of time educating myself on how to support my own health and wellness.
Recently, I came across a podcast featuring Dominic D’agostino PhD on the topic of ketones. I have some background on the topic but it felt like I was listening to an expert interview in a foreign language! But rather than turn down the volume, I kept listening and picked up some interesting nuggets. My biggest take away was a renewed appreciation of the complexity of ketones, nutritional ketosis and the miraculous human body.