Looking at my blood work data encouraged me to:
1. Loose weight.
2. Lower my fasting blood glucose (and HA1c)
3. Lower my blood pressure.
4. Increase my HDL
5. Lower my triglycerides
6. Lower my HDL/cholesterol ratio (lower ratio/lower risk)
7. Lower my CRP (r) (inflammation marker)
A lot of my blood work was in the "normal" range, but the values were not optimal. I would not say I was particularly healthy at the higher weight. I am so glad I did not wait for a major health event before I gained some clarity and started removing the barriers to weight loss.
Both weight loss and low inflammatory foods opened up more than just a thinner body. I'm in a healthier life. The combination opened up a much wider benefit than I could ever imagine. I feel younger now than when I did in my 20's. Fountain of youth!
In 2010, I was about 60-70 pounds over weight.
In 2011, I was about 20 pounds over my current weight and 7 pounds over my "healthy BMI" and using Take Shape for Life (Medifast) during weight loss.
In 2012, I was switched over to a mainly Paleo/Primal low inflammatory.
1. Taking action
2. Loosing weight
3. Eating low glycemic
4. Eating low inflammatory Paleo/Primal (no grains, no to very low processed sugar)
5. Setting up a sustainable plan to avoid re-gain and old habits.
What did not work in the past:
1. Not taking action (I wouldn't even want to look at the blood work)
2. Weight gain
3. Eating higher glycemic foods
4. Eating grains, pasta, breads and baked goods
5. Falling back into old habits and lack of structure.
Geek out on the graphs below (I used the Gazelle app to create the nifty graphs below)