You met Doug and Amy last week and heard their story. I will refresh your memory a bit and then pick up where we left off.
As you might recall Doug was having severe health problems, he had been diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome, a cluster of conditions increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Doug had already had a severe heart attack a few years back and a change of lifestyle was mandatory.
After the initial shock of the heart attack wore off Amy noticed that Dougs lifestyle was not where it should be to keep him healthy. Out of her deep love for Doug, Amy respectfully approached him one day and said: Doug I love you dearly and my desire is to grow old with you. I want you to look at something. I did some research and this is how much funerals cost (she called the funeral home to get an estimate)and here is how much it will cost for you to get up off the couch and go the Pritikin Center, a health and wellness center in Florida. After more conversation Doug decided that Pritikin was a good choice, he packed his bags and headed to Florida; now the rest of the story.
Before Doug went to the Pritikin Center his blood pressure was bouncing between 140-175 systolic and 105-120 diastolic for several months. He had been on blood pressure medicine for years but it did not seem to be working anymore. He was actually on four different blood pressure meds which were causing several side effects including lots of joint pain and muscular fatigue. His energy level was so low he could hardly function. Doug was at the Pritikin Center for only a short time before he started seeing great results. After only six days at the Pritikin Center Dougs blood pressure had dropped from the high range to a low range of 120/70 and at times during his exercise classes, his blood pressure dropped to a low of 106/60. Doug told me that at times they had to give him Gatorade (contains sodium) to raise his pressure.
At the Pritikin Center, which promotes a holistic approach to wellness, lifestyle, change for Doug meant that he exercised five days a week. He did 45 minutes of cardio in the morning, 45 minutes of weight training in the evening and 45 minutes of yoga during the day. His diet consisted of all the fruit and veggies he wanted to eat, fish and small portions of lean beef and chicken. Sodium (salt), sugars and bad fats were avoided, except naturally occurring sugar in fruit and naturally occurring sodium in food. His liquids consisted of water and tea. As only Doug could say it, I was full as a tick the whole time I was there. In other words Doug was not at all hungry. He mentioned that they used the word satiety several times, which simple means the feeling of being satisfied and full after a meal. If foods are high in fiber, nutritionally dense, low in sugars and non-processed whole grains, they will satisfy and give a feeling of fullness. This is a key to weight loss.
Now that Doug is back to the real world, he continues to exercise five days a week for about an hour alternating days of cardio and resistance training. He keeps his diet as clean as possible, concentrating on what he learned at the center. Doug will tell you that wellness has become a lifestyle for him. He is so motivated by the fact that he has lost 20 pounds, lost three inches around his waist, his triglycerides have dropped to normal range, his A1C (average blood sugar level over three months) has dropped to 5.5 which is a great healthy range. Not to mention the fact that he has more energy, more stamina and less medicine.
Not everyone can go to Pritikin but we can all make healthier lifestyle choices. That is Doug and Amys story. The ending could have been a lot different if Doug had chosen a different path. Thank the Lord that he did not! We are all blessed by his story.
Linda Stollings is a wellness consultant in Bristol, Tenn. Email her at email@example.com.
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