Success Story: Judi – When is it Time to be a Vegetarian?
WHEN IT IS TIME TO BE A VEGETARIAN
Judi is a 57 year old, recently retired, active woman who came to Caring Medical for a preventative health consultation. Where once she felt “healthy,” she told us that over the past four years she had been neglectful of her health while caring for her sick husband and sister who was diagnosed with cancer.
Judi said she was starting to feel stressed and that she was not able to handle the pressures like she used to. Another office diagnosed her with GERD and prescribed an antacid, but she stopped taking it because she felt it didnâ€™t help her. She also went through menopause at age 52.
Judi also had big problems related to stress reduction. To relax, Judy had a couple of cocktails at night and smoked.
She reported that her overall energy was fair and sheâ€™d like to see that improve. She had recently completed all of her â€śwellness testsâ€ť and all were normal â€“ colonoscopy, endoscopy, mammogram, and angiogram. Even with these tests being normal, she just didnâ€™t feel that great. So she sought out an alternative approach to health and wellness and ended up at Caring Medical!
1. Obtain optimal energy
2. Improve digestion
3. Optimize weight
DR. HAUSER ORDERED THE FOLLOWING LAB TESTS FOR JUDI:
â€˘ Hauser Diet Typing
â€˘ Food Allergy Panel 190
â€˘ Metabolic profile
â€˘ Blood hormone panel
â€˘ B12/Folate levels
â€˘ and Vitamin D levels
PRE-HAUSER DIET TYPING FOOD HISTORY:
Judiâ€™s diet history revealed that she consumed higher than recommended amounts of simple carbohydrates such as white breads, sweets, fruits, and processed foods. She consumed very small amounts of high quality protein such as beef, chicken, eggs, or pork. Her diet consisted of many processed and convenience foods. Average alcohol intake was four to six mixed drinks five or six nights per week. Judi frequently ate out and said she just didnâ€™t have the energy to cook, so she often found herself at fast food restaurants. Judi actually had a hard time giving a diet history because she just seemed to eat to eat, and really didnâ€™t know what she was eating. She felt like she just grabbed â€śwhateverâ€ť she could.
Age: 57 yrs
Weight: 134 lbs
IBW: 120 lbs
DIET TYPING RESULTS:
Judiâ€™s venous blood pH was alkaline at 7.473 and her modified glucose tolerance graph showed that she was a slow oxidizer of carbohydrates, so she was placed on a Giraffe Diet, which incidentally is one of the more difficult diets to follow, as it is basically a vegan diet.
After being instructed on the Hauser Giraffe Diet, Judi voiced that she was unsure of how food made her feel. She stated that she never really paid attention to it and was too wrapped up in everything else going on in her life to notice. We encouraged Judi to eat more complex carbs such as whole grains and legumes such as lentils, black beans, cous cous, quinoa, wild rice, whole grain cereals and breads containing at least four grams of fiber per serving. We also asked Judi to work on reducing her intake of simple carbohydrates such as sweets, white bread, white pasta, white rice, soda, and alcohol. One of Judiâ€™s main goals was to try to learn to prepare some of her own food and reduce consumption of convenience foods, fast foods, and junk food. Judi had her work cut out for her, as these were some major changes that she needed to make.
The results of her blood tests, including her food allergy test results would all be available in four weeks, so Judi made an appointment to follow-up a month later.
FOUR WEEK FOLLOW-UP:
Judi reported that she was working hard to follow the Giraffe Diet and felt she was doing â€śfairly wellâ€ť with it. She reported that her alcohol intake had decreased but that she was still eating a lot of sweets. We repeated Judiâ€™s blood pH level at this time and it had decreased from 7.473 to 7.442, which meant that she was following the Giraffe Diet which worked to bring her blood pH level closer to the normal range. Judi felt that it was still too early to tell how she was going to do with the diet, as she was facing more changes with her food allergy test results. She really wanted to have better energy to get through her very stressful days.
We encouraged Judi to continue to reduce her consumption of processed foods and sweets and to keep her fat intake at approximately 15-16 grams of fat per day. Some of the candies and sweets she was consuming were not only high in sugar, but also high in fat. We discussed using a variety of spices and vinegars to make her food flavorful, as an alternative to adding fat, and we talked at length about the need to avoid processed foods, especially now with her food allergy test results.
FOOD ALLERGY TEST RESULTS:
Judiâ€™s test results revealed that she was allergic to egg white, gluten, almonds, sesame, banana, pineapple, asparagus, brown rice, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale, pinto bean, black pepper, tumeric, vanilla, and navy bean. The biggest challenge for Judi in this arena was avoiding gluten and eggs contained in many of the fast foods that she was used to eating â€“ all the more reason to avoid these foods. We provided Judi with gluten-free food lists and egg-replacement ideas.
GOALS UNTIL HER NEXT VISIT:
Concentrate on eating complex carbs and avoiding simple carbs as much as possible.
Try to stick to the Giraffe Diet 100% for 2-3 months, after which we will retest her blood pH levels and hopefully weâ€™ll see she has a normal blood pH. After this time, we may be able to liberalize her to a Monkey Diet.
Concentrate on avoiding the allergenic foods 100% for 2-3 months.
Keep fat intake at 15-16 grams of fat per day, using spices vs fat to season food.
Judiâ€™s current taste preference was for sugar, hence her propensity to consume lots of candy and sweets. We encouraged Judi to try to change her taste preferences to salt and sour, which is optimal for her physiology. She also needed to work on greatly reducing her sugar and simple carb intake, including alcohol.
Start natural hormone replacement therapy to achieve levels at the high end of normal, which produce anti-cancer physiology.
Supplement Vitamin D, as her levels were low, which increases cancer risk.
Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, adding with weight training for an additional 30 minutes three times per week. We encouraged Judi to add a workout that was â€śaerobicâ€ť in that it could be done at a slower pace, but for a longer time period â€“ such as long bike rides, walking, or elliptical trainer. Choose something that she considered fun, as this would also help reduce her stress.
Dr. Hauser recommended that we repeat her glucose tolerance test in two to three months to see if her physiology has changed. Due to the current stress that she was under, this could change by eating according to her Diet Type.
WHAT LIES AHEAD?
Judi has her work cut out for her and has been challenged to make significant changes in not only her eating habits, but her whole lifestyle. We predict that if Judi gives this program a good effort, she will feel amazingly well and will find that her energy has drastically improved and that her disease risk will have declined dramatically. Judiâ€™s current lifestyle puts her at high risk for development of various diseases such as heart disease and cancer if she chooses not to make these changes. We hope she does. Stay tuned for more updates on Judi.
When It Is Not Time To Be A Vegetarian
A patient in her early 50â€™s and was here for multiple issues. She was having body pain, was very fatigued (needing a nap everyday), had a great amount of gas, and was concerned about her cholesterol.
Her diet at the time was mostly vegetarian and she had been eating this way for many years. Well, she was in for a shock because she typed out to be an Otter with its very high protein and fat diet.
This was on the opposite side of the diet spectrum than she was eating now. Of course, this concept puzzled her because she, like all of us, has been bombarded with good hype on fruit and other carbs, and bad hype on fat and meat. Her test results were screaming out that her diet needed to change if her health was going to improve!
We talked about everything from cholesterol and heart disease to weight gain and being sluggish. She just couldnâ€™t believe that this diet is what would turn her health around. What did she have to lose though? She was already a mess! She said that she would give the Otter Diet a try. We had a chance to talk with her a couple weeks after our consult, for a follow up and this is what she had to say:
â€śI feel really good. Iâ€™m not having near the amount of gas and bloatedness I was having. Even though I canâ€™t test my own body fat, Iâ€™ve notice my arms arenâ€™t as flabby and I used to have really flabby arms. Everyday I notice something new thatâ€™s changing. If you would have asked me a couple days into the diet how it was, I would have said horrible because it was such a big change, but itâ€™s a different story now.â€ť
We believe even her naps are now few and far between! This is a great example of how we may not always know what is best for our body. Following a specific diet because of what we hear about it can actually make our health take a turn for the worse. Instead of believing everything you hear, why not believe what you see. By doing Diet Typing you will actually be able to see lab results that tell you what is best for your body. This is just one of many cases where doing what the body wants has turned a patients health around in a matter of weeks.
If this sounds like your story, we think you should consider finding out whatâ€™s really going on with your body. Just thinkâ€¦the next article could be about you!