With a history in my family of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure, I decided a few years ago it should be a priority to have regular blood work done to make sure I am aware of what is going on in my body. While I do not take any medication, nor do I plan to on a chronic basis, I do believe in getting your regular check-ups so you are aware of how to continue taking the best care of your body. While my unconventional methods of eating have caused some brains to be rattled, I'm happy to report some great numbers back from my most recent blood work test from my doctor, so I'm ready to put my money where my mouth is!
My fasting blood sugar levels was at 82mg/dL (the acceptable range is 65-99), my cholesterol ratio was 2.4 ratio units (the acceptable range is between 0.0 - 4.4), and my triglycerides dropped to 41 mg/dL (a 29 point decrease from last year). Everything else also came back great, with the exception of low vitamin D - a must to supplement for in the winter months here in Chicago.
So... how do I plan to fight against the "hereditary" doom I'm faced with? Here are some basic keys I live by in my health journey:
Nutrition is key. I eliminate dairy and grain items 6-7 days from my week, allowing myself 1 day to have a small, healthy treat. This may look like raw cheese on a grain free pizza or a gluten free banana bread mix. I also make sure any meat or animal products I have are from properly raised animals - you are what you eat eats too!
Dedicate to training. Throughout this last year I have focused on developing consistency on my workout schedule. I have been regularly attending Synergy Kettlebell classes 3-4x per week, and now this year I will be adding to that the next level of training, including some aggressive intervals. Bottom line, you must progress in your workouts to continue to see results.
Supplementation. Up till 4 months ago, I was adverse to supplements, thinking that I could get everything I need from my food. But then I realized that if I want to take it to the next level, I may need to reconsider my position (after all, I'm always growing in my knowledge). I cannot speak more highly about the supplement products from Orenda. While you may be more familiar with their Clean Burn Shape products, I have also been taking their All-in-One multi, Immune, and O-tropin and am committed to these ongoing.
Keep stress at bay. It is important to keep your priorities in line. We all can look at the excuses piling up as to why we cannot keep care of ourselves, but you only get one you! Take care! I have taken up painting, piano, and voice this year, all things which feed my soul, cost little to no money, and take stress away from being internalized negatively in my body.
~Girya Runner (Lisa Garon)