Choose Health Over Heart Disease
If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, or worse, have suffered a heart attack, I feel for you, my friend.
When my husband, W, experienced his chest pains, and as I rushed him to the hospital, all I could think about was how my life was changing right before my eyes at warp speed. I didn’t like it. I found myself wishing that it wasn’t happening to me. In reality, it wasn’t happening to me, but W was clearly scared to the point of panic because his life was surely over. I’ve had that feeling before. I hate that feeling of impending doom.
“I’m not ready to leave the world yet”
W told me that he just wasn’t ready to leave the world yet, and I know I certainly wasn’t ready for him to go either! We had to do something to fix “it” and we had to do it fast.
W is a research junkie. He loves to look things up on Google and then read all he can about his current topic of interest. So, W immersed himself in researching everything he could find out about heart disease.
W soon found that, amazingly, heart disease can actually be reversed! What?!! Well, sign me up right now! But wait…how do we change decades of lifestyle abuse? Especially overnight?
Well, it didn’t happen overnight, but with medical intervention, W was given more time to make significant changes to his lifestyle. Wow, more time…what a gift! It took about 3 months, but after adopting a plant-based diet and moderating his lifestyle, W started to see improvements in his health scores. His cholesterol was coming down, his blood sugar was down, his weight was down, his waist size was down, and his libido was up! Ok, TMI, sorry about that.
That was in 2011, so 6 years later, here we are, still dedicated to living a healthier lifestyle.
Apparently, heart disease can occur in anyone at any age. So, with that terrible outlook, let’s get started right now on learning how to cut out the garbage fast food in our diet and embrace all the naturally occurring benefits that are found by eating a plant-based diet.
It’s time to make changes
You won’t be starving yourself if you choose to eat this way. Actually, you’ll never really get overly hungry because you can pretty much eat as much as you want. You just have to make good choices. It’s not hard to do once you get past the food cravings. That, in my opinion, is the hardest part of changing your eating habits. Food cravings are a sign that you are pretty much addicted to sugar, salt, and fat. It takes a few weeks to break the cycle, but once you do it, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
Just a heads up: you might get cranky while you go through the withdrawl phase, so warn everyone in your family and all of your friends about what you are doing. Even better, invite them to join you on your journey! Then you can all be cranky together for a few weeks and get it out of the way so you can all move on to the joys of healthy eating.
Choose Health over Heart Disease
I hope you’ve made the commitment to choose health over heart disease, and I hope you’ll be joining me here frequently where I will share everything I know about how to adopt and thrive on a plant-based diet and heart-healthy lifestyle.
Feel free to click on my pages at the top of this page. I’ll be adding posts on the reality of heart disease, ways to save money by cooking at home, how to order a healthy meal when you’re at a restaurant, exercising and fun activities, recipes, helpful kitchen gadgets, and other resources to help you on your journey.
I also welcome your insights and feedback. If we work together, we can all help each other to Choose Health Over Heart Disease.
If you ever have a question, I’ll be right here. Just type in a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.
Think I’ll go get a snack now.
Talk to you soon,