Thursday, February 2, 2012

Awesome News

 Just a quick post.

Both of my parents have high blood pressure. Many of their children (including me) suffer high blood pressure from an early age (20s). Kind of like "Hey! You are 21 today! Here's your own blood pressure cuff! Happy birthday!" 

For quite a few years my blood pressures would hover around 160/98. I had BP meds for a while, but given that they make you feel like you're dead, I stopped taking them. You can't be on meds and take care of four kids at the same time. Well, at least, I can't.

Well, after three weeks of being Primal, my blood pressure has been 125/80, without any drugs, which is a miracle in my family.  I had no idea grains affected blood pressure. I am really excited about this. And, I might add, I have not added in exercise yet (other than the running around I do all day with house and errands), so it is purely diet-related.

Also, I noticed some changes in my vision about a week ago--having mainly to do with depth perception, so I went to the Optomitrist. For the first time *ever* I could read all four lines of the Letters Chart. I do have a bad left eye, so I could only read the first two lines with my right eye covered, but after getting my glasses prescription, my vision became 20/20 in my right eye, and 20/30 in my left. 

I've had to wear (or supposed to wear) glasses since age 8, and I have never been able to get my eye sight that close to perfect before. I really am in shock. The doctor asked what I had done differently... I said "well, we cut out a lot of grains and sugar." He says "oh, well, not sure that would affect it."

Of course, I can't scientifically prove it's the diet causing the changes, but I find it likely that it is, given my eyes have remained steady until the last ten days or so, and nothing else about my life has changed.

I'm really excited to see how much weight loss I've had when Monday comes. Even if it's not that much, I am so excited about the immediate benefits, I wouldn't even care. And if this is what happens in three weeks, what will I feel like in three months?


  1. Those changes are fascinating. I've been easing my way into primal this month too. One change I've noticed (other than losing 5 lbs.) is that I am not sore after playing basketball. I hadn't played in about a month and then played hard for 1 1/2 hours. The other guys were complaining about sore legs for a couple of days after playing but I didn't even notice! Like you, I don't know if it's the diet or not, but I'll take it!

  2. That's amazing!! What a great story. I am thrilled you guys are feeling so much better overall.

  3. Maybe the effect is indirect. For example, maybe the diet helps you get better sleep, and maybe better sleep improves your BP and vision.