[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen you work with as many patients as a pharmacist does you begin to notice patterns. These patterns become evident with particular disease states. An example is a patient who always eat a majority of his/her diet in carbohydrate rich foods, overweight, and does very little exercise. They tell you their glucose levels are getting higher and you inform them that a proper diet and exercise program will help reduce the level. Fast forward a year and now the patient is on cholesterol medication,and a medication for diabetes. As your educate the patient on the medications and the bill for the medication is presented the patient exclaims, “I should have listened to you!” This is not uncommon for me to hear once a week. The other day a patient told me that the way she has lived her life has created all of her health problems and was it to late. The answer is it’s never to late to start getting healthier. You have to make smart choices, and you don’t have to spend a lot to make them. Let me give you some ideas.
If your trying to lose weight and can’t do the following.
- Get an account with fatsecret.com
- Log everything you eat and drink
- At the end of the week you can view your calories and what proportion is made up of fat,protein, and carbohydrates.
- Reduce the overall amount of calories by 10 percent
- If you eat 3500 calories a day which is equal to a pound, and reduce it by 350 calories a day(ten percent), you would drop 1.5 pounds every two weeks.
- Add in some exercise and your are going to lose more calories which will help with weight loss
Having a trainer really helps this process as they can modify your food, exercise, and evaluate your goals. They can work with you if you have injuries or if you don’t know how to get started.
What I find amazing is people who have elevated levels of cholesterol or glucose begin to see the fruits of their labor within 4 months, and many find themselves being taking off the medication from their provider.
Some people need their thyroid or hormones adjusted to help with weight loss, but you can start working on you right away.
Allergies are another prime example. Many people are eating things they are allergic to. They are constantly inflamed and it leads to other chronic issues. Gluten, yeast extracts, and fillers are in everything we eat. I recommend allergy testing and food panel testing to most patients. Supplements like glutamine or tart cherry can help reduce inflammation. I like spices that have these properties that I can add to food such as turmeric or rosemary.
Getting started is the hardest part. When your ready to start feeling better, visit us at Heartland Apothecary to schedule a consultation with one of our pharmacists