About 6 months ago I had resigned myself to the idea that my high blood pressure was genetic. I mean seriously, I quit smoking, went plant heavy (and later dietary vegan), lost +30 pounds, -20% body fat, and I can run an ultra marathon. But come off of my high blood pressure meds and I am right back to +150/+100.
So, I figured it must just be my Pop’s fault (genetics you know).
Until Paul from Lowcountry Coaching says, “Hey, did you see that video?”
Nope, I had not seen the video, Sugar: The Bitter Truth. But I had briefly seen something about the adverse effects of sugar on some NetFlix TED video type thing. (it’s actually Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk – watch this!)
But they must mean processed, artificial, unnatural sweeteners, right? Hell, I had cut those out some time ago. Processed and unnatural was the first thing I did with my diet over a year ago. Besides, my issue is high blood pressure, not body fat or diabetes.
“Well, you should check out the video.” Did you know that damn video is NINETY minutes long? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
But, I settled into watch it. And got distracted by the “suggested video” which claimed to be the condensed version. Twelve minutes. I am in.
The short of it…because of the chemical stuff that sugar – real or otherwise – does in your body, the component that keeps blood vessels dilated can be depleted. This causes restriction. That, my friends, can lead to high blood pressure.
So maybe this isn’t it, but I have to at least test the theory, right? I will think about that tomorrow.
- A serious challenge
- Possibility of self improvement
- A neat friend to do it with
- An interesting angle (a Paleo and a Vegan doing the SAME eating plan??)
So, I am in. 21 Day Sugar Detox starts Monday. Right now I kinda love Paul, The Paleo Mama, and Diane Sanfilippo (author of The 21 Day Sugar Detox).
Of course it ain’t Monday yet…