The Best Way to Know if Your Diet is Working or Not : Renegade Health Show Episode #923

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“Is the vegan diet right for me?”

“What do you think about raw milk?”

“How about the paleo diet… Mark Sisson looks ripped…”

“I really want the raw food diet to work, but…”

These are statements that I’ve heard for years now.

I’ve found that there are two ways to find out if your diet is working for you.

The first is to guess (which may give you interesting results.)

And the second is this (my thoughts follow in writing)…

My thoughts…

1. Blood tests can be a game changer.

They were for me.

Dr. Williams was able to identify an issue with my adrenals on the first round of testing. My pregnenolone level was a 6. Pregnenolone is a pre-hormone that helps produce all other hormones.

My level should be upwards of 150.

For me, this was a huge wake up call.

It made me think about everything that I was doing objectively — not emotionally.

It’s easy to get emotionally attached to a diet — you could care for animals, you can trust an expert, you can love the idea of being a person who does that diet, or you could revel in the fact that you’re different. All these emotional factors are fine, as long as the objective numbers are in alignment with them.

For me, I held on to my emotional attachments. I never wanted any part of eating anything from an animal. I liked being unique and standing out. I was deep into believing and trusting the systems of others. I, frankly, was trapped in my own emotional trap.

When I finally saw the results of my blood tests — I took them reluctantly because I was feeling so bad — I was blown away by how real they were. That my numbers were just not what I was promised by experts in — at least — the raw food world.

A serious game changer.

I’ve since changed my diet and have gotten a positive, healthy response with my tests. Everything is getting better. It’s not an overnight type thing, but most numbers are optimal and some I still need to work on like pregnenolone (110 now) and testosterone (515-ish).

2. For many blood tests can be used to find disease, but more importantly find optimal health.

Blood tests to me are one of the ultimate disease prevention tools around.

Imagine having a crystal ball that can tell you the future (why else would you have a crystal ball?)

One that you would rub and you’d see how you would look if you continued to eat the diet that you’re eating now in 10, 20, 30, 50 years.

That would be a pretty cool thing to have… or scary.

What if the diet you were eating wasn’t as good as you thought it was? What if your body wasn’t able to handle it like others who were getting great results?

This is why blood testing is so powerful.

You can look at your numbers and markers over the years and see which way you’re trending. Identifying positive and negative trends could be the thing that saves your life.

For me, I don’t have any serious health challenges, but my cholesterol started off really low around 110. Since my last few tests it’s risen to around 175. Maybe high for some, but the ratio between my HDL and LDL is much better than when my cholesterol was at 145.

So for the next blood test, I’ll see if my cholesterol continues to rise. If it does, and my ratio between HDL and LDL gets worse, then I’ll have to make some adjustments to what I’m doing. If not, I’ll keep myself on the same path.

3. You may not be eating the best diet for you. (Do you really want to know if this is true or not?)

Like I said in the first note here, it’s very humbling to find out what you’re doing diet-wise isn’t doing the best for you.

What if your diet isn’t working for you… what does that mean? Does it mean you have to change your friends? Does it mean that you have to break belief systems that you’ve set up for years? Does it mean you have to shamefully go back and tell everyone that you’ve failed?

All these considerations can stop people from changing their diet — they also can stop them from getting blood tests.

There are four types of people when it comes to diet and blood tests…

First is the person who just knows their diet is superior and doesn’t think a blood test will do them any good.

This was me. It may be you too. This is very ego based thinking. Don’t be that guy.

Second is the person who doesn’t believe the results are accurate.

Truth is, the results are pretty accurate once you have a series of tests. One test isn’t enough. You have to look at trending in the test results, not just one test.

So for instance if your BUN — a kidney marker — is high in your first test, you have to consider that you may just have been dehydrated that day and you don’t have a serious kidney issue. But, if your BUN is up on multiple tests, it will show that you do need to address the health of your kidneys.

The combination of tests helps to identify the good and the bad.

Also, it’s important to note that most people who don’t believe in blood tests have never gotten tested. This has been my first hand experience. And if they have, they’ve never done a profile like the ones Dr. Williams recommends — they only have a basic CBC with lipids. So, basically, they’re judging something they’ve never experienced — not necessarily someone I want to take advice from.

Third is the person who doesn’t have any money for testing.

I empathize the most with this person, and at the same time I urge them to find a way to get these tests done. You can’t put a dollar value on your health. Are you saying that your health is worth $500, but no more when you say you can’t afford a test or two? Something to think about.

Fourth is the person who gets their blood tested regularly and makes changes as needed.

This person doesn’t freak out about diet anymore, doesn’t put too much weight on what they read or people say — they just use testing as a marker to identify what they may need and go out and find what will get them the best results.

It sounds peaceful doesn’t it?

It is.

And I promise you can feel the same way too when you start getting tested regularly as well.

4. Where to test?

Most of you — if you have health insurance — can ask your doctor if they can order you specific tests. There’s a full list of them in “The Complete Blood Testing Program” here.

If you don’t have insurance, or you want to pay our of pocket, you can do to Here you can order tests and then take them to your lab to draw blood. It’s an easy process, though I do recommend getting someone who knows what they’re talking about to look them over with you.

Your question of the day: What is your favorite thing to do, that DOESN’T seem to get you great health results? (Mine is chocolate!!!)

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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