Recent Wins and Fails

Hm….It seems it’s been a week since I’ve written anything!

Time for an update post.  This will be disjointed and possibly rambling.  I just haven’t been struck by the literary genius lately.

  • Depression is still gone.  Yay for garlic!  If I wouldn’t have been screwing around with starches (a la the Perfect Health Diet and the Resistant Starch craze) I wouldn’t have needed it. But I did. So I did.
  • I’ve eliminated starches again…not because I have to but because I want to.  It’s time for me to get serious!  I can’t be dilly dallying around any more!  Ray Peat says starches aren’t optimal food, so I’m done with them for a while. Plus someone on the internet told me he fixed his high triglycerides by eliminating starches…and I believe everything I read on the internet.  So I’m in!
  • I’ve increased my magnesium supplementation from 200mg/day to 600mg/day in the last few days.  My blood pressure has dropped 10 points.  I’m going to keep increasing and see if it improves further.  I figure I’ll get up to 1g a day, and if things aren’t better I’ll drop back to where I am now.  Blood pressure today was 138/88.  Yesterday it was 132/76.  Crazy low for me!  I took it 3 times to make sure it was right.  By the way, I stopped taking my blood pressure medication 5 days ago.  I’m done with it.
  • Still taking niacinamide and aspirin 3 times a day.  I find it very relaxing.  My pulse dropped into the 70s from the 80s when I started that.  I attribute that to reduced stress hormones (thanks, niacinamide).
  • I’ve had some real culinary FAILS lately.  I tried making liver pate using beef liver.  So awful.  I tried making pancakes out of 1 banana and 2 eggs…cuz I saw it on the internet. It tasted like a flat hot banana.
  • A culinary WIN today.  This video:

I never liked fruit much (and perhaps this contributed to my current state of poor health).  But through sheer will and determination I’ve found a few items I can tolerate.  Watermelon is one of them.  I actually really like it.  OJ also….excellent.  Grapes can be good too.  The rest of them…ok in a smoothie, and that’s about it.

  • Another culinary WIN, learned today.  I figured out how to eat liver without gagging.  For a while there I was eating it raw.  Sounds gross, but actually much easier for me than chewing it cooked. It was the perfect way to avoid both the taste and the texture of liver. Then I learned that there are some pathogens (e. coli, for example) that can survive being frozen, so I stopped eating it raw.  The last couple of weeks I’ve just choked it down.  But today I decided to eat it with pickles.  Crunchy, strong-tasting Vlassic dill pickles.  Every bite of liver has a pickle companion.  Like this:

pickle

The pickle completely kicks the liver’s ass!  The crunch and sharp pickle taste overpowers the liver’s ick!  I’m not afraid of you anymore, Liver!

Hm….what else…I guess that’s about it.  No starches, yes fruit and honey.  Yes magnesium.  Yes pickles and liver.  I guess that about covers it.

Till next time!

Blood Pressure Update

I’m throwing the kitchen sink at my blood pressure problem.

Over the past few days I’ve been doing the following things:

  1. Taking Hawthorn – I’ve been taking one capsule of 525mg/day, but I may increase to 2x/day.
  2. Drinking fresh-squeezed celery juice (16oz today).
  3. Increased magnesium supplementation from 200mg/day to 600mg/day.
  4. Increased potassium intake from around 3000mg/day to around 5000mg/day (all in food).  Previously I was getting potassium from orange juice but having given up sugar I’m now getting it from low-sodium tomato juice (and/or squeezing my own) and avocados.  Bananas and potatoes are out – can’t handle the starch – but for someone who could tolerate starch, they would be good sources too.
  5. Eating/drinking dairy to the tune of about 1500mg of calcium per day.
  6. Eliminated all added salt, and minimized foods that are naturally salty.  Except celery juice….does 16oz seriously have 680mg of sodium, Cronometer?  Why doesn’t it taste salty?
  7. Stopped taking my beta blocker 2 days ago, after cutting it in half for a couple days first.  Worthless piece of crap medication with crappy side effects…making me feel all old and tired and stuff…

Today my blood pressure mid-day was 131/89 – the lowest it’s been in about a year.  A week ago it was 152/99.

I have no idea what’s making the difference, but I don’t care.  I’m going to continue all of it and hopefully it’ll continue to improve.

Progesterone: A Side Effect

As long as I’ve been reading and listening to the work of Ray Peat I’ve been hearing that progesterone has no side effects.  Progesterone is “safe in large amounts (except…can be anesthetic if hundreds of milligrams are taken at once),” Peat himself said to me in an email.

I beg to differ.

The hot flashes that I’ve been experiencing for the last 2 months became troublesome for me.  They were long, intense, and were paired with rage at times.  I couldn’t understand why I was having them – doesn’t progesterone supplementation fool your body into thinking you’re not experiencing perimenopause (or real menopause, for that matter)?  Things had been going well, and I was confused, so I asked Dr. Peat about it.  His response:

Some things that reduce hot flashes for some people are supplementing pregnenolone, interrupting the progesterone each cycle, using cynoplus only in the evenings, increased salt, and coffee. The natural ovarian cycle gives the liver time to adjust its enzymes, and with continuous progesterone supplements, the liver enzymes excrete progesterone more quickly, and weaken its effects.

I thought that was interesting about liver enzymes….maybe I was having hot flashes because I’d been dosing every day instead of just the last 2 weeks of my cycle.  I did this knowingly, attempting to reverse the hyper-estrogenation I’d inflicted on my body with the stupid and dangerous Wiley Protocol.  Of course, taking hormones in a non-physiological way is likely to cause problems at some point, so perhaps that’s what was going on.

I stopped taking the progesterone for a few days.  The hot flashes got worse.  This led me to believe it WAS perimenopause I was dealing with.  When the estrogen/progesterone ratio is too heavy in favor of estrogen, symptoms of menopause (or PMS, or other unpleasant things) occur.  So I reversed course.  I figured I’d take a LOT of progesterone, to get the hot flashes to stop.  Then I’d taper down and find my new “normal” dose, after determining the threshold below which they broke through.

So a few days ago I decided to dose 3 drops every 1-2 hours, aiming for about 30 drops across the day.  This would be 100mg of progesterone, about 5 times my normal dose, but according to Peat, still safe.  By 5:00PM I didn’t feel very good – kind of tired and tense.  I was in the habit of taking my blood pressure and pulse because I’d recently started taking beta blockers for my hypertension, which usually runs around 150/95. So I took my blood pressure and it was 165/105 – about 10 points higher than even my normally high BP, with heart rate around 105 (usually around 85).  I checked periodically throughout the evening and it remained high, but the next morning was a bit lower again. 

That next day I did the same thing – 3 drops of Progest E every 1-2 hours.  My hot flashes seemed to be getting less intense, so it seemed like the right thing to do.  Again, around 5PM I started noticing tachycardia.  I took my blood pressure and it was 164/107.  That’s when I started suspecting the progesterone had something to do with this, as I’d changed nothing else in the previous 2 days.

I hit Google and found this article about hypertension that occurs during pregnancy, which states the following:

In an article published in the July 7, 2000, issue of the journal Science, HHMI investigators Richard P. Lifton and Paul B. Sigler and colleagues at Yale University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine report that a mutation renders the mineralocorticoid receptor more sensitive to progesterone, a hormone that is produced in abundance during pregnancy. (…)

When the mineralocorticoid receptor is triggered by aldosterone, its normal binding partner, it switches on the cellular machinery that causes kidney cells to reabsorb more salt, ultimately raising blood pressure. Lifton’s group found that when women who have the faulty receptor undergo the hundred-fold rise in progesterone that occurs during pregnancy, progesterone overstimulates the receptor, causing salt retention, expansion of blood plasma volume and skyrocketing blood pressure.

So what this is saying is that some people have a protein mutation that makes them more sensitive to progesterone.  In such a person, progesterone in high amounts (such as in pregnancy….or, say, when you’re me and desperately trying to make hot flashes disappear) can cause the kidneys to retain more fluid…raising blood pressure.

I should mention, when I was pregnant I developed hypertension (not pre-eclampsia), which led to my daughter being born by C-section 3 weeks before her due date.  My blood pressure was so high she was in distress.  Before that I had not had a problem with high blood pressure, and after the pregnancy my blood pressure returned to normal.

So after finding this article I went to the drugstore and bought some diuretic pills and took one.  Within a few hours my blood pressure returned to it’s “normal” state of hypertension – 150s over 90s, and my pulse was back in the 80s.  I stopped taking the progesterone at that point – I guess that was 3 days ago now.  My hot flashes have almost vanished – just little reminders here and there.  I guess I increased my progesterone level quite a bit and it’s not dropping quickly.

I wrote to Dr. Peat to share this story and the article I found, and to ask if he’s ever encountered anything like this in his research or practice.  I haven’t heard back from him yet.  I’m trying not to make that mean anything.  He must know that everything he puts in print becomes fodder for the public so perhaps he’s choosing his words carefully.  Or maybe he’s off researching the issue intently.  Or maybe he just blew it off because it’s terribly inconvenient to have someone tell you that you were wrong and that in fact SOME people actually do have serious side effects associated with high doses of progesterone.

I developed high blood pressure while living in California, around December of 2012.  At the time I was taking high dose progesterone and estrogen supplements, a la the Wiley Protocol.  I did stop taking those in March 2013, and then there was a period of time when I wasn’t taking any hormone supplements at all, until I started with the Progest E in November 2013.  Looking back at previous blog posts I see I’ve posted various blood pressure measurements over the past year or so:

  • April 2013: 145/88
  • June 2013: 135/83
  • November 2013: 155/109 (had recently started Peat-inspired plan, had increased salt and fluids and was taking Progest E, at a pretty low dose.)

What if progesterone supplementation is behind my high blood pressure?  I wasn’t taking progesterone between April and November, and during that period my blood pressure was lower (according to this blog, anyway), with the exception of the time I tried to drink 100oz of water every day.

I’m sure progesterone is safe for most people…but I’m curious how many people have this mutation?

Am I rare?

New plan: No progesterone supplementation for a while. If I find myself needing it I’ll take a few drops, but no more than 3 per day, and only during the last 2 weeks of my cycle.  Also no more extra salt. I’m also drinking celery juice and taking Hawthorn because I understand these things can be helpful for lowering blood pressure.  I’ve tried 3 different anti-hypertensive medications – 2 caused problematic side effects and one just didn’t work.  I tried everything I’ve seen Peat recommend for high blood pressure (eating MORE salt, high dose vitamin K, bag breathing, more potassium, magnesium/epsom salt baths).

There will be other new plans too.  Stay tuned.

Weird Stuff

The last few days I’ve been sick again.  It was odd though – not your typical cold or flu brought home from Kiddo’s day care.  It was just a sore throat.  Again.  I’ve had a lot of really bad sore throats lately.  And now, another wave of the worst sore throat I’ve ever had in my entire life.  So bad that I was crying this morning, unable to talk or swallow without stabbing pain.  So finally I went to the doc.  I hesitate to go to a doctor because my insurance is pretty bad and it usually means spending a couple hundred dollars.  Today I didn’t care though.  I was in pain!

So the doc asked me a bunch of questions:

Doc: “Are you taking any prescription meds?”

Me: No.  (<– Lie, I’ve been taking my husband’s Lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor for high blood pressure.  I haven’t taken it for a couple days though.)

Doc: “Any pain in your ears?”

Me: Yeah, a little bit now that you mention it….

Doc: “Have you ever had mono?”

Me: No. Why, do you think this could be mono?

Doc: No. Ok, we’re going to do a strep test. (Inserts long awful stick into my mouth and makes me gag.)  Be back in 10 minutes.

** Insert easy listening or otherwise non-offensive instrumental music here **

10 minutes later:

Doc: Well, the strep test came back negative.  But here’s something that may be going on.  Your uvula looks a little swollen.  That’s that thing that hangs in the back of your throat.  You might have uvulitis.  (Hands me a sheet detailing the causes, symptoms, treatments of this odd malady.)  Often it’s a side effect of some medications, but it can happen for other reasons, so just ignore the part on there that talks about medications.

I look at the sheet…and it seems uvulitis can be a side effect of taking ACE inhibitors…and it names 3, including Lisinopril.  No other medications or medication types listed.  Just ACE inhibitors…and Lisinopril.  The sheet he gave me says that if taking one of these medications you should discontinue it and from then on consider yourself allergic to that medication.

Well huh.  No more Lisinopril for me.

He prescribed a steroid medication and antibiotics.  Now, 12 hours later I feel awesome.  No more sore throat, no more fatigue.  Back to normal.  I love that doc.  Thanks, doc for helping me even though I lied and said I wasn’t taking any prescription medication.  Sorry about that.  I’m a bad patient.

Also, they took my blood pressure at the office and it was 136/78.  That’s much lower than my own monitor has been telling me.  Last time I went to the doc for one reason or another it was high – I’m sure this isn’t my imagination.  Maybe the Peat principles are helping my blood pressure after all.  Or maybe my BP monitor just sucks.

In other news, I’m not scared of diabetes anymore.  I’ve learned there are things that can be done to lower blood sugar, including….wait for it….wait for it…

….taking T3!

Yes, not only does it lower your LDL cholesterol and reignite the hormonal cascade that has been on siesta, apparently it also lowers blood sugar.  I’ve found a few studies here and there but need to do a more exhaustive review of the research literature on this.

Ok.  Going to eat some orange juice gelatin and go to bed.

Pity Party’s Over

Yep, done feeling sad.  Now I just need to figure out what the hell to do to move forward.

I ordered a stationary bike today.  Moderate cardio exercise – about 30 minutes a day – has previously done an amazing job of lowering my blood sugar.  Check out the graph on this post I did 2 months ago.  Exercise is the best thing I know to combat Type 2 Diabetes.  Now as for what to eat…

I tested orange juice again this morning – a half cup again, this time with 3 eggs and coconut oil.  At 1 hour my blood sugar was at 150.  Although the American Diabetes Association says to shoot for blood sugar below 180 1-2 hours after a meal, that seems high to me, and I want it lower than that.  I want it at 140 or lower at the 1-hour mark.  Jenny Ruhl from bloodsugar101 states the following:

Research conducted with human patients, mice, and pancreas beta cell cultures all point to a single threshold at which elevated blood sugars cause permanent damage to your body. What is that level? 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L) after meals.

The research she provides to support this statement is here.

So hm….now 1/2 cup of OJ is too much, at least in the morning.  Not only that but I was hungry again at that hour mark.  I ate 2 more eggs, went shopping, and 2 hours later I was DYING of hunger.  I mean DYING.  It felt like hypoglycemia, though if I would have tested myself my blood sugar probably wouldn’t have been low.  Came home and chugged a cup of OJ to make the pain stop.  Blood sugar instability is no joke.

I should also mention, in the past week my weight has begun climbing rapidly, even though I’m not drinking mass quantities of milk and OJ anymore.  I think I’ve gained 3 pounds this week, in addition to the 2 I’d gained over the past month.

So to summarize:

  • My tolerance for carbohydrates is very poor (though this is probably not new…I just didn’t know about it).
  • My hypertension has worsened since I increased my salt consumption.  My blood pressure has increased about 10 points – both systolic and diastolic.  Just checked it – it’s 155/109 right now.  I used to be in the 140s over the 90s.
  • I’m gaining weight (and no, it’s not muscle).

Ok, currently this doesn’t seem to be working for me.

Let’s take a moment to discuss the elements of the Ray Peat approach that I do like and that have been helpful:

  • Liver – My skin is very happy and I am really glad my family is all willing to eat it.  Put 4 oz of liver into Cronometer and just see how many nutrients this stuff has.  I wouldn’t have tried it without knowing about Peat.
  • Progest E – I can’t say for sure that it’s had a dramatic effect yet with regard to estrogen management, but I have noticed an improvement in mood symptoms related to my cycle soon after I take it.  I’ll definitely continue with this.
  • Dairy – I like dairy a lot and had no idea how many nutrients are in it till I started entering what I ate into Cronometer.  I have no problem digesting it, and the only reason I all but gave it up was because Paleo told me to.  Dairy and I are happy to be back in communication.
  • Avoidance of PUFAs – Dr. Peat’s thoughts on the detriments of polyunsaturated fatty acids make a ton of sense to me, and I’m happy to avoid them going forward.
  • Vitamin E – I’ll continue to supplement with this.  I never would have known how beneficial this vitamin is.
  • Raw carrot – I like carrots and am happy to continue eating them.  Peat says a carrot a day reduces endotoxin and provides a natural antibiotic effect.
  • Coffee – I was happy to learn that coffee has many nutritional benefits.  Currently I can’t drink it because without sugar added it makes me hungry.  But I hope to drink it again.
  • Avoidance of things that increase estrogen, serotonin, and prolactin.  Still learning about these.

Elements of Ray Peat’s work that I plan to learn more about and possibly incorporate:

  • Aspirin supplementation
  • Red light therapy
  • Lifting weights/light strength training

So what parts am I giving up for now?

  • Sugar.  I’ll be fairly low carb again to get my blood sugar under control…but who knows…maybe with exercise I’ll be able to tolerate it again.  But seriously…sugars and starches have not been treating me well.  They’re basically off the table for now.

There are some things Peat advises that don’t ring true to me:

  • Avoiding vegetables unless they are very well cooked.  Something about toxins…I don’t know.  This sounds goofy to me.  Veggies always made me feel really good.  I’ll be eating salads again.
  • Avoiding fatty fish.  I don’t know about this.  Probably need to research more, but I’m not really clear as to why he recommends this, except that omega 3 oils are unsaturated and thus unstable/easily oxidized.  How could it be that EVERYONE EVERYWHERE says that eating salmon is good for you and Peat says it’s not.  I haven’t read the research, so for now I’ll just say I’m doubtful.

Ok, that’s really all I have to say today.  Back to somewhat low carb, for now.  This isn’t the end of my health-seeking pursuits, of course.  Just a pause, and hopefully a return to baseline.

Blahs

Today I’m feeling sort of achy and tired.  I really really really hope I’m not getting another cold.  I’ve used the Progest E for the last two days (haven’t used it today yet), and I’m wondering if that is making me feel tired.  When I was having infertility treatments 4 years ago I was on high doses of progesterone and they made me really sleepy and a little loopy.

It’s also a very grey day…snowy and cold.

Blood pressure is running high the last couple of days.  Just now it’s 152/105.

Fasting bood sugar…also high at 125 or so the last few days.  Last night I got up in the middle of the night and ate something to prevent stress hormones from rising…but still the high blood sugar.

I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing wrong.  Or maybe I’m doing everything right but this isn’t working.  Things have been significantly confounded by being sick recently – I’m still not completely over it, and as I mentioned above there’s always the risk of a new bug entering my microcosm.

I’ve incorporated bag breathing today – someone on some forum said it’s recommended for lowering blood pressure and increasing CO2 in the blood.  Blood pressure is unchanged.  Dunno about the CO2.

My temps and heart rate are good, according to the Peat crowd – high 98s for temp and high 80s for pulse.  I feel full, like maybe I’m eating too much. I still haven’t gotten the hang of eating this way yet.

Going to go play a video game now.

Ups and Downs

I’m having some ups and downs with my Peat plan.

Yesterday I felt good when I woke up (well, aside from the nagging common cold that has consumed me for the past 3 weeks)…and then by bedtime my weight was up 5 pounds and my blood pressure had skyrocketed to 156/110.  I have no idea what caused that.  I didn’t eat a completely Peat-friendly diet – I ate at someone else’s home for dinner and couldn’t control what was served, but still I didn’t do too badly.  I didn’t eat as much salt yesterday as I have been for the last week or two…This is frustrating.

My weight has been wildly up and down, and there’s nothing to explain it other than water retention…due to…who knows what.  I’ve never gained and lost so much in such short periods of time.  I can go to bed and wake up 4 pounds lighter.  But then I’m 4 or 5 pounds heavier again that night.  I don’t feel good…but like I said I’ve been sick, and haven’t felt “good” for a while.

In all I’ve gained a pound or two of fat eating in accordance with Peat principles.  From what I understand that’s not unusual.  There are lots of hormonal changes that take place, particularly in the beginning, and particularly if you’re coming from a low-carb diet. Some people ride it out…a lot of people struggle and drop out.  It really is a lot to manage.  The only reason I can see to do it is that there are moments that just feel great – when I feel peaceful and alert, and it occurs to me that this is how things SHOULD feel.

Some positives though, are that my heart rate and temperature are up all the time now – my metabolism seems to have picked up.  I’m usually too warm actually, and I’ve been opening windows (which is weird in Wisconsin in November).  My waking temperature is usually about 98.0 and it usually gets up over 99 at some point in the day.  Heart rate is almost always in the 80s now, but sometimes in the 90s.

The blood pressure thing is killing me though.  I’m going to try upping magnesium to 1000mg/day plus epsom salt baths and see if that makes a difference.

Blood sugar has been in the neighborhood of 120 in the mornings.  Not great, but it was worse on low-carb.

That’s all I got today.

Sodium and Hypertension

I’m particularly interested in Dr. Peat’s thoughts on high blood pressure.  Mine climbed to “high” over the last year, beginning when I was under a lot of stress in California.  I decided to review and paraphrase his article, “When energy fails: Edema, heart failure, hypertension, sarcopenia, etc.”  Here are my notes:

  • Things start to fall apart with health when the body has trouble renewing cells and tissues.  Muscles and bones shrink and get weaker, fat increases while muscle decreases, collagen replaces cells. When cells aren’t renewed and collagen is used to patch up tissues, there is inflammation.
  • We should think of metabolism as what is needed to sustain cell/tissue regeneration.  If this is diminished, generalized inflammation develops. Things that interfere with energy production: Too much iron/not enough copper, endotoxin, PUFA accumulation, not enough thyroid hormone, increased nitric oxide, serotonin, histamine.
  • Preeclampsia (Toxemia of pregnancy) = a state of generalized inflammation.  Research showed it was caused by malnutrition, and is cured by adequate protein, salt, and calcium. Doctors used to recommend reducing salt intake to cure/prevent it, but this actually caused it to happen more.
  • If pregnant woman’s blood volume doesn’t increase to match the needs of the baby (or if it decreases as in Preeclampsia), blood pressure will increase.  Increased blood pressure is compensating for smaller volume of blood.
  • Regular old “essential hypertension” (the kind I have) also = less blood volume. In both preeclampsia and essential hypertension there is increased aldosterone, which causes a retention of sodium and loss of potassium and ammonium.  Reducing salt intake causes more aldosterone to be produced, while increasing salt lowers aldosterone.  Aldosterone causes capillaries to become leaky, causing new ones to grow.  Increasing salt lowers aldosterone and reduces this leakiness. 
  • Sodium helps maintain blood volume, which tells the kidneys to stop increasing blood pressure and aldosterone.  It also prevents edema and maintains blood volume. When energy metabolism fails (in diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyper estrogenism, and starvation), the body loses sodium. Eating carbohydrate, adding thyroid hormone, insulin, or progesterone increases retention of sodium.  Fructose is the best to consume for this.
  • Low sodium = Increase in adrenaline. Studies show that if people salt their food to taste and stop with the low-salt diets adrenaline drops and they sleep better.  PMS symptoms also improve.
  • Increased estrogen = sodium loss.  After age 30 the body starts producing more aldosterone and cortisol and less sex hormones.  Progesterone helps normalize sodium in the body and protects against harmful effects of aldosterone, excess cortisol, estrogen, and adrogens.
  • Stress increases the need for energy.  When glucose isn’t available cortisol and free fatty acids (FFAs) are formed.  These interfere with body’s ability to use glucose.Mainstream medicine still thinks glucose (sugar) causes diabetes.  But research shows that glucose is used for energy production, lowers FFAs, and regenerates cells.  FFAs are the destructive ones.
  • Aspirin decreases the release of FFAs, lowers aldosterone, helps to lower blood pressure if taken in the evening, to prevent FFA  increases at night.  Aspirin also increases insulin sensitivity.
  • Low salt diet increases FFAs, leading to insulin resistance, atherosclerosis.
  • All organs are affected by loss of control over water in the body.  “High blood pressure is one of the adaptations that helps preserve or restore energy production.”
  • Lowering inflammation and FFAs and improving body’s ability to utilize glucose will lower blood pressure.  Lowering BP without improving energy production (like with drugs) causes other problems.

Takeaway message:  Eat salt.  Salt food to taste.  If you have high blood pressure, gradually add more salt and allow hormonal changes to normalize sodium levels so kidneys can stop signaling to increase blood pressure.

OK!  Working on that.  I eat a lot of salt now…at least it seems like a lot.  At least a teaspoon a day.  I should start measuring.  My bloating is gone (i.e., aldosterone production has dropped so less edema), but blood pressure remains high.  I’ll keep at it.

The End of…The Plan

Ok, 2 days on The Plan was enough for me.

I revisited the Carrot Soup they had me make yesterday – it was on the menu again today for lunch.  I took a couple bites, thinking to myself, “Exactly how much is my health worth to me?  Enough for me to choke down this awful bowl of carrot mush?”  No.  Not that much, apparently.  I guess I’d rather go full on metabolic syndrome than eat that again.  Down the trash disposal it went.

I did stay on plan most of the day.  I was feeling completely unsatisfied by seeds and leaves and I did have a piece of plain, unseasoned, unsalted chicken for lunch, along with my seeds and leaves.  Without it I just kept thinking about food.  I was hungry.

But the deal breaker for me…is the water.  For the last 2 days I’ve drank the requisite 100 oz of water (one ounce for every 2 pounds of my current weight).  Yes, I was peeing all the time, and yes that was inconvenient.  But I don’t wanna die so I am willing to do this.  Well, I started feeling “off” tonight…like, pressure around my carotid artery.  I know that sounds weird, but usually when I feel that way I’m either getting sick or my blood pressure is too high.  So I tested my blood pressure.

160/104.  With resting heart rate at 91.

WTF?  I was thinking, how could this happen?  No salt for 2 days, nothing but seeds and leaves and some very plain organic chicken.  Why the 20 point increase in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings?  Then I remembered a time, years ago, that my husband accidentally took too much of his blood pressure medication.  As his blood pressure was falling over the next few hours, I googled, “How to raise blood pressure.”  The answer?  Eat salty snacks.  Drink lots of water.

Drink lots of water.

That’s the only change I’ve made recently that might possibly be having an impact on my blood pressure.  Is it possible that drinking beyond my actual thirst to what feels like an extreme 100 oz/day (by 7:30PM, according to The Plan) caused this?

So I took one of my husband’s BP meds (I should have my own, I know…but I don’t want to be diagnosed with high blood pressure right now because that will make it more difficult to get health insurance when I need to buy it in 6 months).  And now I’m drinking some white wine…a powerful diuretic.

I’m going to check my BP again right now:

152/92.  Resting heart rate still high – 93.

Ok, coming down.  What a mess.

Biohacking can be dangerous, boys and girls.