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Re: Drae's got Labs!

Postby drae » Wed May 23, 2018 8:47 pm

Tincup wrote:Great progress!

As you switch salts, make sure you are getting your iodine. Either through an iodized salt or perhaps some sea veggies.


Oh, Tincup you made my day! I had cut out my fav seaweed snacks due to the saltiness. But maybe this is an excuse to enjoy some occasionally! :lol:

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Re: Drae's got Labs!

Postby drae » Wed May 23, 2018 9:20 pm

Magda wrote:Drae,
Wonderful progress! ...
How are you feeling? Which diet and lifestyle change has made the biggest, positive difference in a way you feel today?


Thank you, Magda! I am feeling amazing a lot of the time.

How am I feeling?
My energy is the best it has been ever, probably. My hiking has gone from having to push myself to do 15 minutes on a level sidewalk to handling moderate trails with very few breaks. In January, I signed up for a tai chi class for balance and fall prevention. In April, after getting back to hiking in March, I realized I had not once thought of using my hiking poles, which I bought mostly for help with balance... 20 years ago! I still haven't used them but am thinking about carrying them as I hike increasingly strenuous trails often alone.

Which diet and lifestyle change has made the biggest, positive difference in a way you feel today?
This is tougher. I have almost totally changed my diet to all the low glycemic carbs I can eat, moderate protein and high good fats with an 18 hour intermittent fast (after supper to lunch) . But, I am doing it all very imperfectly, not counting, not worrying, just trying to eat right. Yet, I am not hungry, feel great and the numbers do seem to be improving rapidly. Two of the other biggest lifestyle changes I have made are improving my sleep, but again, imperfectly, yet it has made a huge difference in quantity and quality.

And hiking again! Oh, it is not just the exercise. It is so much better than a treadmills or machines, even with incline options! To be outdoors, among the trees and rivers and in the sun and shade. The feel, the scent, the peace. Plus, I seem to be getting stronger, more stamina and more agile fast. I tell people I am 67 and they say, I don't believe it. That did not used to happen. I believe the supplements have helped, too, especially, I think, the methyl-B supplements.

Truthfully, I am still a beginner and my brain is working better but still freezing on the hard stuff. I am so grateful for the people here paving the way and pointing the direction! I truly could not have imagined being where I am today, and can only imagine where I can be if I keep improving and getting better at the lifestyle my body and brain needs.

Thanks again, Magda, for your encouragement. Hope this fits the bill on what you were seeking.

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Re: Drae's got Labs!

Postby Magda » Fri May 25, 2018 6:26 pm

Drae,
You are not a beginner! Definitely a truth inspiration and great example that impossible is possible at any age!
I am sure that your story has a great fallowing and you have positively influenced many members!
Congratulation on your successes!, and please keep going!
Honestly, I have been checking for your updates. Its very inspiring to read about your transformation!
Keep us posted!

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Re: Drae's got Labs!

Postby Tincup » Fri May 25, 2018 7:31 pm

Drae,

Bravo - you a spectacular!! You can and are inspiring others. You are showing what is possible.

You are correct, being outside is also big. Probably in more ways than we realize. Our species lived outside most of the time until relatively recently. There many be light effects & etc that are very beneficial.

Keep it up!!!!
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Re: Drae's got Labs!

Postby slacker » Sat May 26, 2018 7:18 am

drae wrote:
Oh, Tincup you made my day! I had cut out my fav seaweed snacks due to the saltiness. But maybe this is an excuse to enjoy some occasionally! :lol:



I'm awed by your journey and persistence! So glad to hear that you are feeling good and strong.

It is possible to get too much iodine from seaweed. Too much iodine can cause thryroid problems just as much as not enough. This has been discussed somewhere on the site; here's a link to the post from Julie G that I was remembering. You may find other discussions by trying a search if you're interested. Ideally, blood testing of iodine levels, but that may be difficult with a conventionally trained provider. And cost is always a factor.
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Re: Drae's got Labs!

Postby Orangeblossom » Sat May 26, 2018 8:49 am

Drae, that is wonderful about the hiking, so many things going on there to help you. the balance, the exercise being out in nature, learning new routes and visiting new places, that is so inspiring.

I wanted to comment on the IR / sat fats thing, as I eat lots of them and it hasn't changed my HB1AC at all, or fasting glucose, as with the comments on the others. From lots of reading as I think most of us know, IR is to do with too much insulin, fats do not raise insulin (even sat fats) - carbs and protein do. So hope that helps a little with the IR problem.

Sarah Hallberg is a specialist diabetes doctor, I recommend her video for more information.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1vvigy5tQ


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