Labs & Consult
The notes I wrote down during the consult were sub par… I wasn’t prepared I thought it was going to be a generic results “read off” where I was told the basics…. “Hey look your liver, cholesterol, kidney, and hormones are all IN RANGE so you’re doing great keep up what you’re doing have a great life.”… that’s essentially the experience that I’ve had in this trial and error process.
^my scribble scrabble from convo.
Step 1: Have blood panel done – I usually can not afford a full comprehensive regularly like I wish. So I’ve broken them up into liver only, cholesterol, hormone, nutrient deficiencies etc… and then usually fork over the bucks for the comprehensive once per year.
Step 2: the “luck” I’ve had until now has always been.. “things look great.”
Or I get a panel done then spend hours upon hours digging for how to optimize the results on my own… it’s a fun experience don’t get me wrong but having a brilliant wizard guide me through the results was more valuable than weeks and weeks of research on my own (since they have years and years of knowledge to share). On top of that, there is so much contradicting information out there, it’s a huge relief to have finally found someone I trust.
One of his questions: “are you vegan?” You need more protein…. well I’m not 100% vegan but I’ve been treating meat as a cheat meal and I removed eggs because of my immune response to them so how did he know this? Well he knows how to dissect the panel they created… and he’s smart. It’s part of his wizardry.
My favorite (most bestest) part… my vitamin A levels weren’t even tested… He just knew I needed A because my thyroid levels weren’t optimal. They weren’t terrible or anything to “worry” about but I want them to be top notch. He put a plan in place that did not include any synthetic hormones or supplements. Just real world practical advice.
The vitamin A caught me without surprise… I removed carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash from my diet months ago because of my MRT testing and how my body reacted to them… what do all three of those foods have in common (besides being orange)? Uhhh high content of vitamin A! This is common sense once it’s thrown in your face but not something I considered in my day to day meals… goes back to my concern with MACRO based plans… MICROS are most valuable THEN fix the macros. Not vice versa. If your micros are good to go and you live an active lifestyle your body will know what to do with the macros. (Just my opinion of course).
Cod liver oil for healthy fats but also for the vitamin A.
SORRY if the below picture is nasty to you… just showing what happens when I do not listen to my MRT results… I made sweet potato hash as a cheat meal… egg white and egg yokes were high immune reactors for me… this is what happens when I eat too many eggs (Thanksgiving week killed me).
But man the hash was good!
so as you can see…. I got my vitamin A and protein… but at what cost? And I use the highest quality ingredients I can find. Organic sweet potatoes, grass fed meat and free range eggs etc.
The problem is that although this appears to be healthy and full of nutrients my body does not like several of the foods (sweet potato & eggs).
I can get the nutrients I need from ingredients that work for ME and avoid skin reactions, allergies, and inflammation… it’s still “funny” to me that people think I’m crazy for avoiding “foods” that I consider poison… no I’m not calling sweet potatoes and eggs poison- those just don’t work for me personally. (I’m referring to chemicals, processed foods, and other junk as poison. Which over the course of life contributes to negative immune reactions to foods that should be good for us).
IODINE…. the salts I use are Celtic sea salt, real salt, and pink Himalayan salt… none of which have high amounts of iodine from what I understand… i was told to increase my iodine (yes sir)! I will… I do not want refined table salt to do so… so I am increasing my Irish Sea Moss from a few servings per week to a few servings each day. I’m confident when I retest the results will be positive. For those who do not want to do Sea Moss … I suppose the iodized salt is a great option.
I talked to him about my fasting experiments… I am going to keep my fasts to 24-48 hours based on my body fat % I should get the AUTOPHAGY I desire without effecting the optimal performance I’m seeking along the way.
I recently posted never take the D without the K. D&K over PB&J. I stick behind this for MOST people because MOST people do not consume enough K from their food. I should have realized with the massive amount of rainbow chard, collard greens, and kale that I consume my K would be fine without supplementing it… HOWEVER when I first started supplementing D3 like 10 years ago I never consumed foods with high vitamin K content… so that probably saved me for the last 8 years (until recent). This is important information to consider when supplementing or for those creating meal plans. So I’m dropping the K, continuing to supplement D (at much lower doses) and then we will test the results of this action…
I’ve not been shy on my experiences with fasting. I honestly just wish everyone could understand how great fasting can be in so many different ways.
BUT based on my bodyfat % it was advised that I keep all fasts 48 hours and under.
I did one 24-48 hr fast every week for 12 weeks straight and felt wonderful, but I’m still very glad I did a few day 5 water fasts because those are irreplaceable experiences that I learned so much from.
At first thought, I was like “I’m not going to keep them below 48 hours….” but then I let it sink in & what’s the point of talking to more knowledgeable people than yourself if you aren’t going to take their advice ?
I’m in the middle of my final 5 day fast of the year ( which I had to finish for selfish reasons) and then I’m going on board with this plan of optimization 100%.
My plan for 2019 (first resolution) so to speak… is to alternate weeks all year.
Week 1: 1x 24 hr fast
Week 2: 1x 36 hr fast
Week 3: 1x 48 hr fast
I’ll most likely stick to Wednesday night at dinner (7 or 8PM) until Thursday evening (24hrs), Friday morning (36 hours), or Friday night (48 hours).
I’m generally going to go with “dry fasting” as long as possible each time. I felt some unique experiences with dry fasting (no water- no nothing) “absolute fasting” some call it.
He knew I was not eating a lot of meat. Although I have not stuck to my goal of completely eliminating dairy, meat, and eggs for the remainder of this year I’ve treated each if them as a “cheat meal” and they have been very limited.
This recommendation is based on my blood nitrogen, B12, and creatinine levels. None of them were “out of range” but it’s always important to remember “in range” does not mean IDEAL OR OPTIMAL.
(Our ranges change as we evolve (as society) and do not properly reflect what true health looks like… How can normal range of testosterone be from 300-700 for example? Thats a massive range… and testosterone has gradually decreased over the decades (based on studying bone structures) so we are just learning how to feel “normal” without feeling “optimal.” Which is not what I’m about at all. I want to feel optimal and laugh at what society believes is normal. Because in life’s game our “Norms” are silly, I enjoy the game and I enjoy good laughs.
Based on my INBODY scans I’ve maintained muscle just fine (especially considering the lack of exercise I’ve done this year compared to the last 15 years). However, the goal after all is optimizing health and performance & its recommended I increase my protein slightly to achieve this.
The few people I talked to assumed I was going to increase my meat consumption to get more protein… negative. I feel awesome limiting meats and especially eggs. I’ve reintroduced eggs like 5 times and it’s been a mistake every time. I can handle meat 1-2 meals per week and if it’s increased to more than that I feel negative effects.
I’ll eat more:
HEMP SEEDS- loaded with protein.
The hemp seeds mixed with the hummus above provided roughly 30grams of protein for a snack.
I was reminded by a friend that liver meats contain a large amount of vitamin A.
I’m trying to find some high quality grass fed liver meats for the protein as well.
I like how I’ve felt on primarily “alkaline vegan” foods but I see my future with this being about 73% alkaline vegan and 20% foods that I also enjoy and believe have numerous benefits like liver meats, nuts, seeds, and veggies that are not necessarily on this list. This leaves 7% to include foods I love that I know are not ideal like some grass fed cheeses, wine, and cheat meals at birthday parties, weddings, and celebrations.
2018 has been an unforgettable experiment and I feel better than ever. It’s encouraging to know that there are obvious indicators on how I can continue to improve (with some direction in place).
This is the beginning phase of working with impacthealthlabs and I am In love ❤️.
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