RE: Blood Pressure
Posted Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM
Any comments on why after doing the kickstart my sister's BP is still elevated? 144/92.
Also-the kickstart is all about eliminating fats-but aren't fats needed for brain health?
What about Omega 3's? Should we never take them again?
1 - blood pressure is a combo of diet (sodium intake? potassium intake? water? etc), weight, exercise, and genetics. It is going to take a long term lifestyle change - and the kickstart is just one short 21 day aspect of it. Is she still eating salty foods? not moving around much/needing to add exercise? etc. My hubby has lost weight, sticks pretty close to vegan (not 100% but pretty close, generally on the vegan side of vegetarian if not vegan), exercises as he can (necrotic osteoarthritis in one hip) and still needs meds for blood pressure and hypertension because part of it is familial - both parents, at least one sibling that I know of (haven't heard about it from the others), his grandfather, etc.
2 - the kickstart is not FAT FREE - it aims for about 10% of calories from fat. Whole grains contain fat, beans contain fat, even broccoli contains fat. The kickstart is about eliminating ADDED fat like pouring on olive oil and eating lots of nuts.
3 - the problem is generally not that we're not getting enough omega-3s in our day to day, but rather that the SAD is heavy on the omega-6s. That sets things out of balance. Removing animal products helps restore a good portion of that balance. Also, omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish. Know why? Because they get them from the food they eat - epecially things like nori and other seaweeds. And those are fine, vegan-wise (just watch the salt content). So, if you want to supplement omega-3s, go for the ones found in plant sources.