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    Coaching and Meal Prep Case Study #1

     

    Bredeson ReCODE and Gundry low-lectin dietary protocols

     

    89-year-old woman post-heart attack. Struggle to manage a variety of maladies: Memory loss, overweight by approx. 30 lbs, hypertension, edema in lower extremities, lower knee and back pain and acid reflux. Expected to live three months post-cardiac event. The physician had prescribed cardiac meds, blood thinners and blood pressure meds. Expensive caregiver costs due to memory loss, inability to manage own medications and many basic, self-care needs. Bredeson ReCODE and Gundry, low-lectin diet attempted but a significant challenge in having consistency among family members and in-home caregivers.

     

    Health Through Diet called in to assist with diet coaching and meal preparation:

     

    • Created easy-to-understand dietary summaries for family members and caregivers. Updated as needed when physician orders changed or evolved. 

    • Formulated grocery lists of allowable foods and managed grocery shopping until all caregivers became stabilized in dietary comprehension.

    • Removed caregivers from expensive agencies - posted ads and conducted interviews for replacements better suited to manage dietary protocol.

    • Organized a team of contracted caregivers at $13 less per hour, all with far better qualifications than agency resources. (Approx. $728 less per week for in-home care costs).

    • Produced operational procedures for consistency in care: e.g. daily, caregiver checklist, logs for daily vitals, exercise and fluid intake.

    • Removed all off-diet foods as well as toxic, personal care products (using the Environmental Working Group as a guide).

    • Researched interactions among supplements and medications.

    • Price-shopped supplements and grocery items for cost efficiency. 

    • Constructed diplomatic scripts for visitors RE: dietary needs, the importance of strict adherence and how to successfully have visits at the home when food was involved or when dining out. 

    • Developed customized recipes that supported both Bredeson and Gundry diets including daily smoothies that would easily incorporate many of the recommended supplements (fewer pills to take throughout the day).

    • Trained caregivers how to create delicious meals that could easily be shared with visitors.

    • Once stable, set up an online grocery delivery service. Set up Instacart grocery delivery service and established a list of on-diet foods for easy, repeat orders.

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    Results (as reported by client and family member six months after adopting new operational procedures were implemented by Health Through Diet):

     

    • Weight reduction from 184 lbs to 145 (38 lbs).

    • Vascular improvements, off all cardiac and blood pressure meds.

    • Blood oxygen up 12%.

    • Reduction of painful varicose veins in legs (down 50%).

    • Edema down (50% in ankles).

    • Acid reflux down 90%.

    • Cognitive improvements - Decreased depression, improved memory (e.g. went from playing eight songs on the piano to over 150), doing more complex puzzles going from 150 pieces to 250 & 300 pieces, improved ability to have in-depth conversations, improved reading comprehension, increased choice and mobility, older personality characteristics of wittiness and playfulness partially restored. 

    • Reduction in caregiver expense 55%. Weekly caregiver hours reduced by 30% due to health and memory improvements.

    • Low back and knee pain down 50% and increased mobility (walking distance up 60% since heart attack).

    • Increased connection to family and friends - better able to participate in activities that make life worth living.