Last installment of ARE YOU EATING BECAUSE OF WHAT’S EATING YOU?

This has been a series which for me, is personal.  When I decided to take my nursing expertise from the after thought of health, to the forefront, i.e. PREVENTATIVE, I’ve had little support.  There are those who see this as WHY DON’T YOU STAY IN YOUR LANE, AS A NURSE?  WELL, unless I’m driving, that advice for me does not apply.

Those of you who are struggling with what a sense of health, wellness, illness, exercise, or nutrition means to you, I can help.  However, I don’t do this alone,  If you like what you see, I will soon be adding a DONATE button.  More details to come.  Thank you

A Day in the Life…follow-up to comment

I’ve had a follow-up commentary to this series.  I don’t usually post comments, because any I approve, can be clicked and read.

This comes from someone who is trying to improve/continue on a fitness journey.   He is on a blood pressure medication, as well as a beta blocker.  The latter is dropping his heart rate.

Let’s start with the basics.

Blood pressure is largely regulated by the kidneys.  Medications given to regulate BP work in many ways; some help you excrete excess water volume(diuretics), while others work as ACE inhibitors.  Angiotensin Converting Enzymes (ACE) in short, work to inhibit the renin-angiotensin phenomenon.  What does that mean?  They work to reverse the effects of vasoconstriction(tightening of vessels), which renin-angiotensin puts in place, elevating your BP.  Other BP meds work in a variety of ways.  In any case, the desired outcome is to lower blood pressure, and prevent complications such as (CVA) stroke, or kidney failure.   Yes, there’s a lot more to this than what I’ve briefly explained, but this is meant to be kept as simple & straightforward as possible.

As for beta blockers, their task is to lower heart rate.  Heart rates vary; as do people.  What’s normal for someone whose heart rate is normally elevated and now lowered slightly, may feel like an impending heart attack to another.  Only you and your MD can discuss what  this means to you.

However, there are factors which many may or may not consider.

If you are a coffee drinker, caffeine is very dehydrating.  If you are consuming 3-4 cups, I’m sure you realize your pit stops.  So if you are taking a diuretic to lower BP, guess what?  your dehydration factor goes up…way up.

If you are taking any BP medication, discuss with your MD the type of exercise in which you engage, how many days, what time you take your meds, and your response to them; especially if you are exercising regularly.  This conversation is all the more pertinent, if you are taking any type of beta blockers.  Again their job is to “normalize” or stabilize heart rate; the goal of any physical activity is to elevate it…get the picture?  So lets say you are drinking your 3-4 cups of coffee, taking your BP meds, as well as a beta blocker…  Again, this is food for thought, not a recommendation or advice.

As always, discuss with your MD any medication concerns you may have.  But empower yourself with keeping a diary; when you take your meds, when you may feel them “kick in,” your response to them especially during exercise, caffeine consumption (teas or coffee) and if you are experiencing chest pain during exertion or upon rest/recovery.  All of these tell a story; and your MD can only complete the puzzle if he/she has all the pieces.

You are your own advocate.  You inhabit your body, no one else.  Entrusting it to a health care provider is something that should be undertaken consciously, conscientiously, and with discernment.

Thank you for your trust and your commentary.  All for now, keep up and keep at it.

 

 

Game changer…

cropped-collage-health.jpg  If you’ve been following this blog, even on & off, you realize I’m not the most consistent writer. Recently, I’ve gone for an upgrade.  And a name change.  And a format change.  Let’s just say, a complete overhaul.

Even though I haven’t written a word in over 2 months, I’m thrilled I still garner readers.  Thank you!

Why the change?  A few reasons.  There are myriads of fitness sites.  You can find out how to procure the much coveted “thigh gap,” how to work out in less time, what to eat, what not to eat, and muddle through the low carb, no carb, nonsense.  Yes, I said nonsense.  If these are your primary topics of interest, my blog is not for you.

As a registered nurse, personal trainer, wife, and mother, I realize FIRST HAND, there is more to health than skipping the bread sticks, starving yourself into stick figure proportions, or taking medications.  No one is saying to skip the latter.  But there is more to living, than living on a medication regime.  And while I realize most of us are finally awakening from this nightmare, there’s still work to be done.

WORKOUTS

It still amazes me how many believe workouts should fall into one of two categories–strength or cardio; and neither the two shall meet.  My clients know how I feel about this.  They also know the results they achieve, with the combo plate workouts I  design, and more than strongly suggest.

DIET

And what about diet?  Glad you asked.  But where to begin?

Give up pasta.  Give up gluten.  No sugar.  No sugar substitutes.  Eat between the hours of 11 and 2.  Eat breakfast.  Skip breakfast. Grain brain. Eat only protein. Don’t eat too much protein. CARBS are Satan incarnate.  Eat only green foods on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, don’t eat anything.  OK, I made the last one up.  Sort of.  With everyone hawking their own theories regarding nutrition, the Tower of Babel hosted less confusion.  Despite the push to lead healthier lifestyles, we as a nation still topple the scales–not only as a leader of the free world, but in overweight people.

Then what is the answer?  I wish I could box it all neatly into some nice-sounding acronym.  I can’t.  Hence the change in format and title.  For me, personal training is too narrow a category and places too many restraints on subject matter I wish to bring to light.  Life training–while it may sound catch phrasy, better encompasses the mission of this blog.

There’s more to life than counting calories, carbs, determining your mood by a number on a scale, and trying the latest workout craze.  There has to be change.  A change in habit?  Perhaps.  But no habit for better or worse becomes set, without a change in your mind.  Better yet, a change in consciousness.  As my grandmother used to say “Now you’re cookin” with steam.”

And so it all begins.

Profiles of caring and courage….HAPPY NURSES’ WEEK TO ALL MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES

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Nurses–where would we be without them?  From the bedside, chairside, to the schools where they care for our children, to visiting our homes to care for our elderly or loved ones–indeed, where would we be without you?

I wanted to take a moment to reflect and say “thank you.”  These two words are seldom heard in our profession.  Certainly, we manage well enough without them.  Oftentimes, a smile or a nod is all we need.  It is enough.  For today however, from one nurse to another, for all the times you did not hear it or feel itthank you.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.