Supplement Pros and Cons 1…

I don’t take supplements or vitamins.

I did when I was pregnant.  Those marvelous pre-natal vitamins appeared to do wonders for my hair and nails the three years I was expecting.  However my hair and nails are still strong and healthy making me question whether it was the vitamins working their magic or my incredible inner workings?

Which further affirms my belief that I can provide my body with everything it needs with the foods I eat, when I remember to eat healthily.

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Chicken, roast cauliflower, greens, avocado, mushrooms and more.

After all, my grandparents and their parents did all right in those deep, dark, pre-supplement days.  They all lived well into their 80′s and 90′s.

Then I had a blood test that showed quite clearly on paper that what I was injesting may be begging for supplements to keep my body functioning the way God designed.

My cholesterol and blood sugar levels were high and my Nurse Practitioner, who is a supplement and vitamin devotee, gave me a short list of what she thought I should be taking to balance things out,

“I know you eat really well,” she said (having just met me) “but we can’t get everything we need from food alone.”

I disagreed.

She prescribed a statin to be taken once a week and five supplements,  Niacin, Vitamin C, Kyolic Garlic, Omega 3 and CoQ10.

She saw the look on my face,

“You’ve never heard of any of these have you?”

I shook my head.

Thus began my analysis of food and whether or not I could curb my sweet tooth and love of all things bread, inherited from both my grandmother and mother, and change my eating habits to avoid popping pills every day.

I’ve never consulted a nutritionist and apart from taking human biology in high school (way too long ago to recall) I had completely forgotten how my body processes carbohydrates, fats, sugars and proteins, makes vitamins and energy boosting enzymes and keeps everything in balance just as God created.

I turned to my friend and sister in Christ, Terri Fites, The Homeschooling Doctor, for her professional expertise,

“I’m not a supplement-taker-girl either,” she confided.

Alleluia!  We were starting on the same page.

Over the next couple of posts I’ll distill our email conversations, liberally sprinkled with common sense and do-ability, and share what I settled for as far as the use of supplements go, starting with the first two on my list:

No statin.  At least not until I’d tried other ways to lower my cholesterol.

No niacin either, it may be an awesome B vitamin conveniently isolated to lower cholesterol but it is only one of a host of awesome B vitamins.  I needed the full chorus to work in concert and sing together along my body’s biochemical pathways.

How to get the whole shebang?

Eat meat and more meat, a variety, not just chicken breasts and pork chops but lamb shoulder, chicken with a heart, turkey legs, a little beef sirloin, bone in, bone out, white meat, dark meat, goose cutlets, jugged hare and awful offal…  My grandparents used to enjoy liver and onions, steak and kidney pudding, tripe, eel, brains on toast… yep!

Eat fish, lots of it, tuna, salmon, trout, herring, swordfish, sardines (limit the mercury fish to a couple of times a month).  Fresh, frozen, canned however I can find it.

Eat veggies, not just the meat and 2 veg. model but 6 cups of greens every day!

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Lotsa greens: What the cows eat!

Leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, kale, turnip greens, collards, spinach, Brussels and avocado.

Limit the carbs, beans, corn, whole sweet potatoes, golden potatoes (simply drizzled with olive oil) brown or black rice, millet, these power foods are incredibly healthy but should be used to round out a meal NOT as a main player as I had been happily doing for years!

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Calf’s liver & onions, roast Brussels, avocado, and greens, a plate full of B vitamins.

And absolutely no French loaves of garlic bread…Evah!  This is not a whole carb just because I eat a whole loaf! It is impossible for me to have just ONE slice so easier to ban it completely from the table.

As an aside:

I used to eat marmite every day when I ate bread.

Now I drink it in hot water, mmmm.  In fact in England growing up the government provided all young families with a jar of marmite every week because it contained all the vitamin B’s.  Who’d have thought something that yummy could be so good for you?  Check out this YouTube! Marmite, the Growing Up Spread.  

“Six cups of vegetables every day!” groaned Hubs when I outlined our new plan.

“We can eat it cooked, roasted, raw, whatever, with plenty of meat.”

“Can we still have crackers and kisses for snacks?” he asked hopefully.

“Plenty of kisses,” I said planting one on his cheek, “and lots of sunflower seeds and almonds.”

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3 Comments

Sara

2016-09-29 14:49:36 Reply

I started my whole foods journey 12 weeks ago and the results have been fabulous. Have you tried the Ezekial sprouted grains bread? Delicious.

Terri F

2016-09-30 00:42:37 Reply

This cracked me up! What’s jugged hare?

And awful offal! Ha! Crackers and kisses? You’re some wife!

Your plates do look so lovely. And I’m just like you, one piece—and who ate all the bread (or cookie or cake or pie)?

As for no bread, evah (ha!), I like to get labs measuring where they should be and/or symptoms controlled before bringing it back in. Then, I make it as 100% whole as possible and watch for any inflammatory-type symptoms (including heads that rush when moving too fast or going up and down or post-meal fatigue and so much more). And finally, I watch for the bread monster to come out in me. All that guides my bread intake. I liked the Ezekial bread (yummy), but I couldn’t keep my health where I wanted/needed it with it in. :-( Maybe one day! Life is fluid!

Warmest greetings to you!

    Vivienne

    2016-09-30 15:10:40 Reply

    Very gamey, long eared rabbit…don’t tell it I called it a rabbit, cooked in an earthenware pot in the oven, rich and tasty but definitely an acquired taste! Found tripe at Sam’s the other day, $29.00 for something the butchers used to ‘give’ away! Thanks for responding! Blessings.

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