new to this with great results.... and a question

Answered on January 28, 2014
Created January 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

hello everyone, new here and this is my story with a question, sorry for the long read. :)

well, I went to the doctor for the yearly checkup (just turned 46) he said "I have told you about your BP being too high for along time and now its time for BP meds, and you need to loose 20 pounds" he prescribed the meds and I took them for two days and felt like I was carrying a small car on my back, I was really tired all day and had no energy, I have never been on any prescription meds other than an occasional antibiotic for this or that... and only for a few weeks at most. Taking a pill to correct my poor lifestyle was not a viable option, however changing my lifestyle was an option... I spoke to the doctor and told him how the meds affected me and he suggested that I cut the pills in half and try.... I did as he asked and still got the same result. Finally I told my Doctor that I would not follow his advice because it made me feel terrible. (he is a great doctor and friend and I have been going to him for many years) His response was, if you can drop the 20 pounds we can look at other options....

So I set out on a diet plan... My wife had good results with Advocare but I am a mans man and that sissy diet girly stuff is not for me! :) I gave it a try and it helped but I realized that it wasn't all the pills and supplements that did the work it was the diet... I began looking for healthy diets and stumbled onto Paleo via the "paleo manifesto" Good book and read it in 2 days (and I don't read a lot)...

Fast forward to today... I am down 14 pounds (still need 6 to make my doctor happy) my BP was 152/106 3 months ago today it is 182/22, and I feel pretty dam good!

I have made it this far but there are a few things that I cant seem to let go of...

ranch dressing... although only a small amount (maybe a tablespoon) I still have to have something on a salad to make it enjoyable... have a salad with Tuna, Salmon, or Chicken for dinner 3 to 4 times a week.

wheat toast... considering three months ago I would consider a jelly doughnut a healthy breakfast, I still have a low-calorie, whole wheat piece of toast with an egg or two and some fruit.

sorry for the long read but glad to be healthy and feeling 15 tears younger!

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on January 28, 2014
at 05:38 AM

And your question is ?

Your BP numbers are victim of typing troubles ?

Skip the toast, eat a slice or two of bacon or other meat/fish.

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on January 28, 2014
at 05:56 PM

I would suggest you start with some paleo mayo--I've added avocado, anchovies, chives, garlic, etc. to make some delicious salad dressings. I am no help on the toast--been pretty strict paleo for 3 years now and there are some rare mornings when a toasty piece of rye still sounds good--although I know now how much better I feel without it and that helps overcome the craving. Good luck!



on January 28, 2014
at 05:04 PM

For the ranch dressing, you could try making a vinaigrette with some sort of raw vinegar, some sort of Paleo fat (coconut oil, olive oil, etc.), or sauces with raw egg/acid/oil. Fat/acid sauces are some of the most interesting/tasty/fun things to make from scratch when eating an ancestral diet.

Look up some basic concepts behind sauces, get some good vinegars, Paleo fats, unprocessed sea salt, and perhaps some lemons and egg yolks, and experiment away! Good handmade sauces can be varied and put on all meals - not just salads - and help digestion/absorption of nutrients. :)

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on January 28, 2014
at 04:26 PM

sorry... should have been 122/82... paleo does not fix dyslexia :)


on January 28, 2014
at 04:22 PM

Is there a typo on your blood pressure numbers? You said "today it is 182/22." That is a strange reading.

  • if your top number is 140 or more - then you may have high blood pressure, regardless of your bottom number.
  • if your bottom number is 60 or less - then you may have low blood pressure, regardless of your top number.


on January 28, 2014
at 05:12 AM

You could try this:


For the toast... ehh, I think Paleo bread is awful. I've tried some of the different products out there, and not only do they not taste good, but they are also pretty high in phytic acid because of how many nuts are being used.

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