Early this Late summer/fall, we had heart health scare and issue with Dear Hubby, requiring some trips to emergency, medical treatments and daily medications.
Combined and or in part due finding out that he is now type 2 Diabetic. He is on two kinds of meds, a very strict diet that needs to be a combo of Diabetic/Heart health and unlike most Diabetics he does not have weight lose.. in fact he needs to stop losing weight, hold steady and start building more muscle mass. For him because he does not have weight to lose, he needs to work the excess sugars in his blood by exercise.
Both a very good thing and a challenge given he does not have his standing desk at home like he did at work.. this puts him in his chair for longer timings then I would like, at some point, we will see if we can figure out or build a space that can be used as a standing desk. We are looking into the idea of being able to claim a good percent as we have a full room that is going into office working space. We are hopeful that we will be able to get the right T4 paperwork to claim some of the costs from working from home.
While the first part was VERY hard, I really like our medical doctor who cheerfully pointed out that we are lucky that DH is so healthy and strong.. this was a total HUH moment for me I will still running on empty from days of little to no sleep.. as she explained that he ran a full running race heart wise for about 5 hours and never slowed down and didn’t throw a heart attack that in the end after 3 IV doses to finally bring that insane heart rate down.. he said.. my heart feels tired.. According to her, most peaple can only have the heart rate he had for 15 to 20 minutes before they throw a heart attack or get the meds to slow it down..
I am beyond grateful that we had a doctor who feel that part of the reason he has no internal damage on any of the tests, scans and so on is because of our food on the farm and understood that while I would need to make changes, that eating whole food, fruit, milk, eggs and grass fed is the way to go!
We had a month were the allowed carb count was crazy low for the whole day never mind the meals.. but as his blood sugars are getting stable in the low and mid 6’s, instead of his worst highs are being given a bit more flex in our carb counts in the main meals.. after his next 3 month testing, we will see if we can go to the more standard carbs per main meal and 2 snacks..
I grew food for our storage that does not work but can go to friends or livestock.. so many winter potato’s.. its a good thing the pigs and chickens and such love them so much once they are cooked.. I have tried 3 times to use even the smallest amount of spuds and he spikes each time.. for now at least.. no more potato’s a staple that must be replaced in our gardens, pantry, canning and cooking..
I will be bringing in heavy homemade sour dough rye bread back this month and we will see if in small amounts we can have some or if it will cause spikes. So far Ryvita does not and as its rye based and as sour dough long slow rise bread is the favored way to go, we are going to combine the two of them..
Hubby has a “medical order” for 5 days a week of X amount of walking, which works well for many things but as winter is coming and we are still in a modified stage 2 lockdown locally, we are most certainly not leaving the farm to go anywhere indoors to be able to get his required “this much heart rate” for this long. Poor guy has to stop and do jumping jacks off and on to get his heart rate up higher on his walks/hikes . so we will be getting one indoor piece of workout equipment.. Still in research mode on that at this point..
Clearly the goal is to work to get those numbers down and to get him off the meds as much as possable..
Stress and worry and a month an some of the new eating and I have lost over 25 pounds myself.. which I certainly can stand to lose.. it will not hurt me at all.. but I am finding myself very tired indeed..
Winter is coming and things will soon give me time to sleep more.. but not yet.. there is things to do and prepare.. In keeping with this, there will be even more whole food, lower carb meals, with lots of Soups, Stews, Chili’s.. more use for Beans, Lentils and Barley..
We are moving from the sweet side to the Savory flavour profiles which is a interesting challenge for me in the kitchen..