Today is day 8 of my father’s saturated fat rich, high enzyme, soaked grain, low sugar diet
I’m elated to report that his blood sugar has dropped 20 points since last Monday. This is tremendous news! Very encouraging for both of us. Dad’s blood sugar had not dropped below 115 mg/dL in the last year and last week it was at an all time high of 122. Yesterday he measured in at 107, and today he measured in at a whopping 102! The ‘normal’ range is 82-110 mg/dL. Our goal is to get his numbers below 100, we’re clearly on the way!
This progress is largely due to the inclusion of healthy saturated fats like raw cultured butter, unrefined coconut oil, red meat, eggs and the use of low carbohydrate grain-like seeds: buckwheat, millet, amaranth and quinoa. Together with this low-carb diet, saturated fats lower the content of fat, blood glucose and insulin in the bloodstream. No wonder my dad’s blood sugar is beginning to stabilize! For the last few months my father has been starving his blood of necessary nutrients by following his allopathic doctor’s low-fat diet recommendation.
Still skeptical that saturated fat could be healthy, or even imperative to good health?
See the research of Dr. Jeff Volek and Chris Masterjhon respectively. Dr. Volek has found that: “Reductions in saturated fat (in particular) adversely affect HDL subpopulations (…) Furthermore, very low-carbohydrate diets rich in saturated fat increase LDL size and conversion from a high-risk pattern B to a lower risk pattern A phenotype.” (source)
Another of Volek’s remarkable findings was a study that showed higher concentrations of saturated fat in the blood of a people on a low fat diet, versus those being fed three times the amount of saturated fat. Butter and other saturated fats are converted by the body for quick energy which eliminates fats that would otherwise circulate in the blood.
But it’s not just a matter of diet
As blood sugar regulation is controlled by a myriad of bodily systems, of which hormone regulation plays a key role. Stress causes catabolic hormones such as cortisol to be released which increases blood glucose. My father has a fair amount of stress in his life, and managing these stresses will be a key factor for maintaining a healthy and stable blood sugar level.
He’s not the kind of guy who might consider taking up yoga, Qigong or meditation.
We are however working on developing a conscious breathing practice during his morning stationary bike workout. Twenty minutes of deep, slow breathing while his circulation is being activated is sure to have a great impact. I’m coaching my dad during these morning sessions to help him visualize his cells being oxygenated, to picture the release of stored tension in his muscles, the release of any toxins in his blood, to encourage him to actively expand his lungs and follow his breath as it travels through his body leaving a trail of healing effects.
The increased benefits of employing this type of breathing/ visualization practice during even a standard gym workout are immeasurable.
My dad does not like to work out, but he knows that it’s imperative to improving his cardiovascular health, so he tolerates these morning workouts while watching TV. Since we’ve eliminated the tube and begun the breathing practice he has found that it not only makes time pass with ease, but that he feels much more relaxed and his body feels a greater sense of activation, or circulation.
This is because the irregular breathing that he used to experiencing during his workout hampered the purification process inherent to deep, regulated breath and caused waste products to remain in his circulatory system. Oxygen that is properly inhaled and exhaled (yes breath can be improved) works to purify the blood by actually eliminating circulating toxic waste products.
Without this elimination a snowball effect occurs where digestion is thrown off, then the organs and tissues become undernourished, which leads to fatigue and anxiety, which ultimately leads to greater stress and the release of more poisonous hormones like cortisol. This is what many people who treat exercise as an unconscious chore, expose themselves to during a stressful workout.
Only with the practice of deep measured breath can the body be truly rejuvenated during exercise. Not only that, but the oxygen will continue to nourish the body and help you better manage the stresses of the day. I may have to create a recording for my father to ride with to ensure he maintains this practice critical to maintaining healthy blood! Vital for healthy glucose levels, for keeping those LDL receptors in good shape and those cells actively taking up that LDL!