Doctor to Tucker: We are witnessing a national health emergency

What do you think? I have been following a low carbohydrate diet for about three weeks now. Some days, very low carb. No pasta, bread, or rice, and very little potato. No fruit except berries, and no sugar! Absolutely no processed foods, unless you count cheese. I read labels. Sometimes I have a glass of dry white wine with my dinner. I usually eat two meals a day, and fast from about 7:00 pm until 10 or 11 am.

I don’t know if all of the statements that this doctor makes are true, but:

My results: my blood pressure is down a bit, I’ve lost 12 pounds, no puffiness in my ankles (or elsewhere), my joint pain is decreased significantly. I’m not hungry. The funniest thing is that, although I eat dairy like half and half, cream and cheese, my lactose intolerance symptoms are almost totally gone.

I would be interested to hear your stories and thoughts about diet and health.

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6 Responses to Doctor to Tucker: We are witnessing a national health emergency

  1. Lucille says:

    In the picture showing the low carb diet, there are two items I do not eat: processed meats, and egg yolks. My most concerning health problem is chronic kidney disease where my kidneys function at around 50-55%. My non-renal diet consists of low sodium foods, limited sugar, limited potassium, limited calcium, limited phosphorus.

    Unfortunately, the diet is rather bland, though not as awful as the actual renal diet I’ll probably have to go on eventually. So I’ve found excellent herbal salt substitutes with ingredients which are approved for CKD.

    Fortunately, I love chicken, turkey, fish…so I don’t miss pork or beef (I keep telling myself…LOL!), and also love fresh vegetables. I also mostly do not miss butter, potato chips, M&Ms, pastries, pizza, cola, wine, and a myriad of other foods which I ate all my life.

    I chose not to take any medications for the high blood pressure which accompanies CKD, due to side effects. My limited diet has helped me lose over 50 lbs. and lowered my blood pressure naturally to one of the lowest ever recorded for me. However, IF I’d followed a better diet during my earlier life, I just may not have acquired the health problems I have today.

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  2. tblakney says:

    I changed my eating habits by starting intermittent fasting in January. As of today I have lost 45 pounds and my numbers are back in line. I do the 16 hour hast and I have a 8 hour window to eat. I works for me . I believe, but will not know until later this week after my check up with my doctor , that the fasting is the reason for the turn around.

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  3. czarina33 says:

    Czar and I liked the Sugar Busters diet plan, created by three NO doctors. It allows some carbs, such as whole wheat based ones, but no white potatoes, sugar, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other foods based on the glycemic index. Works well for diabetics. I liked it because I crave carbs. Did not like Atkins diet because it had too few green veggies.

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    • Stella says:

      I eat most vegetables, even potatoes now and then (which I love.) I don’t eat most fruits, just berries, which is okay. Mostly it is cutting out the sugar, flour, rice, pasta.

      A number of years ago, I followed the Zone eating program, which is similar to the one you followed. I lost significant weight and felt great. Big difference with Zone is that it more closely cut fats, allowed more fruits, and had me eating 3 meals and 2 snacks, stretched over a longer period. Now I eat twice a day in about an 8 hr. period.

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    • Stella says:

      Forgot to mention that a significant goal of keto and other low-carb diets is to control insulin production.

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