Posted 11/12/2023 09:55 (#10479065 - in reply to #10478597) Subject: RE: High blood pressure and salt
I got very sick at 19. Blood tests were all messed up. Blood pressure and Cholesterol very high. Very few white blood cells and all different shapes. I was put on a very strict no fat no salt diet. So strict I even had to rinse no-fat cottage cheese and very limited plastic cheese. Very strict list of certain foods I could eat, many special diet foods.
Also put on meds that they never were able to regulate, they just kept changing them as there was no change for the better. I just kept getting sicker. I quit the doctors, they were killing me. I went totally off their whole diet thing, and the meds. I still didn't use any added salt, I didn't watch and keep track of salt so much, just kind of kept it in the back of my mind not to eat known high salt items. I ate fresh, raw and all home cooked. I kept up with the tests and over 2 years things got better. My blood pressure stabilized, not great, towards the higher side of OK. I tried vegan but I just can't get enough protein because I have no stomach, just a small pouch that was formed from what is left of my large intestine. I can't eat soy and have to limit beans. I had a heart scare 5 yrs ago, terrible chest pains, ER said I had a heart attack at some point, shadows on scans. (follow up showed it had nothing to do with my heart). It was inflammation from certain foods. But in the process I was sent to a dietician. She suggested pastured meats and butter, limited cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and oily fish. I eat mostly elk, bison and venison for red meat, Pastured poultry, goat meat and eggs that I raise. A little pastured beef, mostly as ground. I use a small amount of goat milk and make all my dairy from goats milk. Lots of wild salmon that I catch from the rivers near, and yellow perch from my pond. I only use sea salt, after cooking. I find just a very light sprinkle on some foods, that just have to have salt, sprinkled after plating, not mixed in, gives the flavor needed but in a very small amount direct to the taste buds. I use no-salt seasoning from Dollar Tree to season meats and vegetables. Vegetables are steamed, some seasoned with a little pastured butter. I use frozen vegetables if out of season but grow and freeze vegetables that will grow here. I only eat rolled oats, whole or ground myself, no other grains. I eat mostly in season, foods that I grow and gather myself. No processed bought foods. Our spring water, limited amount of home pressed fruit juices and cider, in season....James