Considering both grandmas got bad strokes and my dad had a quintuple bypass (smoking), I’m trying to keep my cardiovascular system happy.
Minimal fried foods, avoiding polyunsaturated seed oils (oxidation theory) and lots of fibre. Already cut out a lot of red meat since my husband had been doing it since a teenager. (I also switched to Apple products because of him.)
My friend went peasant vegan (legumes, potatoes, whole non-gluten grains) and his blood numbers went from meh to fantastic.
Giving intermittent fasting a try. I’ve been doing my own version of it for years, but apparently they make an app for that, and I’ve learned I’ve been doing it wrong. I’ve lost more than expected, so I think I’ll stick with it for a bit.
For a while I was having a snack for breakfast, then going all day at work with no food. Now that I have some guidance, I stop eating after an early supper, and go 16hrs before eating. I’ll eat some nuts or something at work around 11 or whenever the 16hrs are up. It’s not bad once your stomach shrinks a bit. I think someone just starting out would have better luck with a shorter fast in the beginning. It’s not for everyone, and one of the downsides are my bowel movements are a bit wonky rn. Hope to get that figured out shortly.
My doctor put me on a GPS (avoid grains, potatoes, and sweets) diet. I’m not diabetic, or even prediabetic, but he said given my medications and family history, it’s only a matter of time unless I get my triglycerides down. Between that, the dietary restrictions that come with taking Warfarin (clotting disorder, not lifestyle-related), and the fact that my wife’s doing a vegan challenge this month, January has sucked so far.
My roommate has lost about 80 lbs over the last year with 16/8 intermittent fasting. I lost about 10, then plateaued and tried switching to alternate day fasting. It was…counterproductive. I got way too hangry and just ate way more to compensate for the hungry days and started developing a really unhealthy relationship with food.