I have had high blood pressure for many years even though I was at a healthy weight, exercised and “ate well” (low fat, whole grain). Very soon after we started eating high healthy fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate my blood pressure was finally at a normal healthy level. I wanted to answer the question why did eating low carb help to lower my high blood pressure?
The answer is that when blood sugar goes up, insulin goes up. From the book Protein Power by Michael R. Eades, M.D & Mary Dan Eades, M.D. page 329 “ The excess insulin works in several ways to cause elevation of blood pressure: it prompts the kidneys to hold on to salt and fluid; it promotes growth in the muscular layer of the artery walls, making them thicker and less pliable; it increases the levels of norepinephrine, an adrenalinelike substance that raises the heart rate and constricts the blood vessels…”
It looks like my breakfast of whole grain toast with jam or cereal with skim milk was raising my blood sugar which caused my insulin to go up leading to an elevation in my blood pressure. I now have a healthy breakfast of eggs with bacon or sausage which gives me enough fat and protein to keep me full for a long time and keeps my blood sugar
½ cup natural peanut butter, just peanuts and salt (I like crunchy)
1/3 cup vanilla whey protein (I use Jay Robb)
2 TBL powdered erythritol (I use confectioners Swerve)
1/8 tsp Bolivian stevia (this is equal to ¼ of a cup of sugar sweetness)
4 TBL heavy whipping cream
Place all of the ingredients in a medium sized pan, stir well, taste to adjust the sweetness. Over low heat, gently warm the peanut butter mixture, stirring constantly. You just want the mixture warm not hot. It should be the consistently of play dough. If the peanut oil starts to separate from the dough it got too warm, but it still tastes
Press into small silicone molds or roll into balls. Refrigerate 2 hours or freeze 15 minutes. Remove from molds, place in an airtight container, refrigerate. These do not last very long in our refrigerator!