Re: Do I have High Blood Pressure or Not?
It sounds to me as if you really are FINE.
You definitely had "white coat" at the doc's office.
While monitoring your BP at home your #s were great, and the doctor concurred.
Would love to know what your cholesterol/lipid profile was..and am wondering how drastic your dietary changes should be. Perhaps not as critical as you think.
I'm not sure exactly what your "strict diet" is but the fact that you feel hungry means it's a lousy diet.
Your body probably feels like it's in FASTING mode which will surely raise one's blood pressure.
And by the way, don't worry about 148/77 on the day you felt nervous, agitated and hungry. Your diastolic # was lovely and the systolic of 148 is not sky-high and seems understandable given your state of mind that day!
Regarding "going back to your old eating habits"...perhaps just cut back a little for now on animal fats, but don't go overboard so as not to feel deprived.
I was a HUGE butter, cream cheese, red meat fan all my life. Yes indeedy even hot dogs sometimes.....the worst(!) and recently my cholesterol started creeping up a bit (good HDL but LDL was too high) and I thought I would never be able to eat ANYTHING that had the word "low fat" or "lite" on the label.
Guess what? Turkey dogs taste exactly like ol' beef franks, although I avoid them anyway because of the sodium content, and I've fallen in love with salmon and catfish (still have a lean burger once in a while though..but once in a while is okay, just not "most days of the week"!)
Chicken. Chicken. Chicken. Get creative, there are lots of great things you can do with that bird.
Olive oil for cooking.
I used to be hooked on bottled Kraft Italian salad dressing. Full of fat and sodium. Now I make my own with a good balsamic vinegar and olive oil, garlic, pepper, lemon juice, and whatever other spices I want to throw in. Missed the Kraft stuff for about a week and now I love my own concoction better.
Lite mayo tastes the same as regular, 1% milk tastes the same as whole (just looks thinner), organic low fat peanut butter tastes the SAME (in fact, better than) the old Jif, etc etc.
Try not to be anxious. Modify your saturated fat intake just a little if you can but don't go crazy.
I wouldn't rush back to the doctor yet.
Last edited by zuzu8; 08-14-2004 at 02:49 PM.