I took the drug Savella for fibromyalgia. I decreased the dose because it made my blood pressure go up too much. When I started Atkins, my blood pressure went up again. I ended up having to stop the drug Savella and finally stopped Atkins because of effects on my blood pressure and allergies. By the way, some of the users at Atkins can get really nasty when you dare say the diet affected your blood pressure. I was watching my sodium intake. I found it hard to keep it under 2,500mg, but it usually was 1,500mg-2,500mg. I also did not add as much extra fat as a lot of people do and just let my calories not be as high as they recommended. I was trying not to choose many fatty meaty. I never ate the skin on the chicken. Still my BP was affected. The Atkins diehards want to blame it on the dieter, not that ... hey maybe all that meat wasn't good for the blood pressure. The spikes in BP were a risk that I didn't want to take. The last bone in chicken breast that I bought was about double the size of the chicken that I bought 25 years ago. It made me wonder what they were feeding the chickens to make them amazon size. When I went to cook the chicken, the package said 12% solutions added and called it natural. Natural chickens don't have solutions added to them. Yuck!
Initially, I noticed a sharp drop in my BP when I ate Vegan the second day. I wanted to dance on the table. Today it seems to have normalized I guess. Now I guess I wait for healing and repair. I have had pain for about ten years from fibromyagia and my activity has decreased. Now it seems this horrible thing called menopause has caused imbalances in my body and I have some hair loss.
This is day three of going Vegan, MWL. My daughter is doing McDougall too but she doesnt need to lose weight. She needs to get rid of RA pain. She is allergic to wheat and carries epi pen for it.