Changes to dietary habits
I've turned the paleo-screw to address my HBP (not withstanding supplements), focusing on food quality but still within my broad advice of 'roughly half a plate of meat/fish and half a plate of fresh veg (with added starchy tubers on a training day)'. The paleo-changes are as follows:
- 1) Reduced coffee consumption. I now have a (fresh coffee once a week at most. This is intended to benefit sleep rather than directly affect BP.
- 2) Reduce cheese consumption. As with coffee, this is something I enjoy perhaps once a week or fortnight. I could never be sure of the nutritional profile of the cheese I ate, and the salt *may* be of concern, so as I don't prepare it myself, it has pretty much gone from my diet.
I still eat dairy - but rather than throughout the week in a coffee, I will normally eat a large bowl of porridge on a weekend morning (made with full-fat milk). The weekend is the one time when I will eat breakfast and meet the convention of three meals a day. Otherwise, midweek I generally just stick to two meals a day at 1300ish and 1900ish.
I tend to go pretty much nil-by mouth after 2000hrs to allow food to digest and to allow my body to 'excrete' prior to sleep (late drinking and eating can result in late night pit-stops).
Now you know what is 'out' the next post will show what is 'in'