After a visit to my doctor, I was advised that my triglycerides were far too high and if I didn’t address this I would need to go on medication.
I was a little shocked as I was not expecting this news, and I wasn’t prepared to take medication due to the known side effects that are associated with them.
~ Martin, Solihull
I was feeling quite down after that appointment, so I approached Amy for advice. She asked me to fill in a food diary and a very detailed questionnaire, and then we arranged to meet.
I had a very encouraging meeting with Amy who provided me with recommendations on food and lifestyle, and so I embarked on my new diet which I was excited to take on.
I have to say that the new foods Amy suggested were great, I made all the recommended changes to my diet and I am thoroughly enjoying my new way of eating.
I have cut out a significant amount of dairy, cakes and other carbs, and significantly reduced my alcohol and increased my exercise at home.
By the time I had my second appointment with Amy, I had lost weight which was very positive, and was feeling so much better! In addition to this, on my blood test review with the doctor, I was advised my triglycerides have dropped considerably.
I’m not saying it’s easy to change your eating habits but the results have made me feel both physically and mentally better. Even my colleagues at work have commented on how much better I look and have asked for Meraki’s details.
I can’t thank Amy enough, if you have any health concerns please get in touch with these ladies, they give you the time and knowledge you need to avoid medications where possible.”
He had already made some changes such as reducing alcohol, and was consciously trying to eat healthier, yet the triglycerides continued to increase – and with a history of heart conditions in the family, Martin needed some help.
~ Amy Cole, Registered Nutritional Therapist
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in blood that can raise the risk of heart disease. They may be a sign of metabolic syndrome which is a combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, too much fat around the waist area, and low HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol).
When I met with Martin I discovered that there were other aspects of his health he needed support with including weight management and acid reflux, and during our one hour consultation two main aims were agreed:
- Balance blood sugars
- Support the liver
The plan I provided Martin with was as follows:
- Reduce carbohydrates
- Minimise alcohol (some negotiations here as Martin’s social life is important to him)
- Eliminate caffeine completely
- Increase exercise and movement
- Introduce Intermittent Fasting, using the 14:10 protocol (14 hour fast, 10 hour eating window)
After just 2 months Martin’s triglycerides reduced from 8.3 to just 2.1. The magic number we are aiming for is 0.7.
In addition to this, Martin’s HDL levels (the good cholesterol) had increased and weight loss was evident as he told me his trousers were much much looser! Brilliant!
I am continuing to work with Martin to improve his health, and with his enthusiasm and commitment I anticipate continued results to what has already been remarkable progress.