I wanted to give an update on how I’m doing and what I’m doing. I’ve been sticking to a mostly raw food diet with the exception of one dose of vegan protein powder in the morning and most of my nut and seed butters are roasted. I’ve discovered just how sensitive I am to carbs now, which sucks! I was doing good with only 1-2 pieces of fruit per day in terms of my blood sugar, but started to feel carb deprived, so I increased it up to 4 pieces a day, but my numbers started going up. (insert frown here)
The past couple of days I’ve only eaten one piece of fruit in the morning, and the rest of the day has been TONS of nut or seed butters, salads, and avocados. I choose not to count coffee, tea, and whiskey. HA HA! (If I do have a drink, I aim for low sugar booze and only have one. Don’t worry, I’m not an alcoholic.) My sugar has been fabulously stable and I can go long periods of time without food. Plus, I can eat more calories but have my weight remain stable, which is great! My digestive tract, which is notoriously horrible, is clearly on the mend too.
Now, what did happen was that I have been having some dizzy spells…black spots in my vision and all…and felt like I was going to pass out a few times. It happened in Sprouts again yesterday. When I had to go to a doctor a few weeks ago, my blood pressure was only 96 over something, but it wasn’t until my sister asked me how much sodium I’m currently eating that I realized…UH OH…not much! The only salt I’ve been getting is in the nut and seed butters, and when I tabulated, that’s only about 700-800 mgs per day. My sister said there are articles on the importance of eating 2300-3000 mgs of sodium per day when on a low carb diet. It’s so easy to accidentally not eat enough sodium when you’re living on vegetables, protein powder, fruit, nuts, and seeds. So, I’ve started adding salty wheat free tamari to my salads and already feel the difference. I’m not aiming for 3000 mgs as that seems too high and sodium leaches calcium from bones really bad, but I’m aiming for around 2000 mgs.
An added bonus to all these greens I’m eating is that my fingernails are growing like weeds…and I think my hair is growing a little faster than its slow normal.
Carb wise, I don’t count exactly and just ballpark it, but I seem to be eating less than 100 grams of carbohydrates per day…probably in the 90s, maybe 80s. That seems to be my current sweet spot (pardon the pun). Granted, my body often changes its mind, so a month from now that could be different. But, my fasting blood sugar was a great 85 yesterday.