Commit to Change in Vermont: What You’ll Need

Our second Commit to Change retreat is coming up Oct. 4-6 in Townshend, Vt. Here’s what you’ll need to take part in this life-changing weekend of nutrition talks, cooking and healthy outdoor time:Blood work
Take this set of lab tests before the retreat to find out what your body says about your diet. If you are going to a clinic, then you will be fine with either Labcorp or Quest.(Those of you who joined us for the first retreat in March will want to bring their original test results as well as the new set, to compare them and see your progress.)

  • CBC with differentials
  • Full metabolic panel
  • Fasting insulin
  • Fasting glucose, collected at exactly the same time as the fasting insulin
  • Triglycerides
  • HDL
  • Homocysteine
  • Uric acid
  • 25(OH)D3
  • GGT (Gamma Glutamyl Transferase)
  • C-reactive protein

DNA test
It would be best to get the 23andme test that encompasses all genetic health markers. Last I looked this was the most comprehensive panel and was running around $100.

Stool analysis
The GI Effx test from GENOVA or Great Plain are the ones we recommend.

Why all these tests?
Each one has information: for example, the C-reactive protein (CRP) blood test measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your body. Inflammation plays a role in the development and continuation of diabesity, and contributes to almost every modern disease including type 2 diabetes.

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