So I found out that this healthy diet may not be the healthiest for me. I’m not usually one to share my personal medical history (aside from my battle with migraines), but since I invited all of you to join me on the Whole 30 and now I’m dropping out, I thought I’d tell you why.
Yesterday, I went to the doctor for a checkup. They did routine blood work as part of that. Then I got a phone call from the doctor’s office in the afternoon saying that my potassium was too high. Apparently, that can be pretty dangerous for your heart.
They asked if I was on a potassium supplement. I’m not. But I have been eating a lot of potassium rich foods. It turns out that nearly everything I’ve been eating since going on Whole 30 is high in potassium.
- Sweet potatoes
- Butternut and other winter squashes
- Raisins and dates
- and on and on and on…
I have read online that beta blockers can make it hard for the kidneys to remove excess potassium. I’m on a beta blocker to help prevent migraines, so I’m guessing that’s part of the problem.
The doctor is giving me one week to get the potassium levels down and we’ll retest. So I’m jumping off the Whole 30 and giving up all those healthy food in favor of apples, berries, refined grains and coffee. And if the test comes back fine next week (and it should), I’ll go back to my previous “everything in moderation” philosophy.
So that’s my story. I think it’s probably an unusual case. I know lots of people who’ve done Whole 30 and feel much better for it. If you’re still going strong on Whole 30 (or another clean eating challenge) carry on. But if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor. Food really does make an impact on our bodies!