The digestive issues have uncovered a metabolic problem that was brought on by the hormone changes of andropause. It has a name metabolic syndrome, and means I have to take care of the heart.
The older I get the more I am having to refine my diet, a diet that appears on the surface to be healthy. For example, laziness had taken me to eating frozen veg, and I had to knock that on the head.
I am conscious that I eat too much fruit but there are fruits that affect blood sugar more than others. This is measured using glycemic load. This page has a useful table of glycemic load for fruit, and has led me to make the following changes:-
Grapefruit – pomelo, cantaloupe, pears, dried apricots, oranges, guava, limes.
Avoid mangoes, bananas, grapes and figs.
Potatoes again do not rate well with glycemic load.
Taking care of the heart has also changed the exercise. Sport in bouts came from being young, but that puts too much strain on the heart. I have reduced the swimming, and taken up walking as well; I try to swim or walk most days.
I feel that heart and circulation are helped by the chi, and try to do Chi Gung every day. It is helping.
Heart and meditation are closely linked, and I have let meditation slip since the onset of the digestive issues. I must make an effort to meditate twice daily.
Target – meditation twice, chi gung and walk/swim daily. It’s all go.
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Posted by billzant on April 9, 2017