For the past year I have been in a mild state of denial. That and I actually thought that I could achieve maximum benefits with minimal actions. We all know that doesn’t work, and of course it didn’t. When I had gone in for my yearly physical my cholesterol levels were high. They weren’t frighteningly high, but the problem was that they had been slowly going up for a while. I feared being put on any statins as the possible side effects worried me. Apparently my doctor also preferred alternate methods first and the medicines as a last resort. He again mentioned a lifestyle change that he wanted me to undertake. When he had first mentioned it during my physical I had gone home and halfheartedly researched it but took no serious action toward implementing it in the way I lived. Still thinking that I could do fine without any changes. When he mentioned it again, and even had his assistant mention it when my test results came back I knew I had no choice. Changes were going to have to be made.
One of the first things that I did was to get serious about my research. Unfortunately I was not able to locate all of the things I was seeking. I was going to have to purchase some books on the subject. I did however find the bare bones basics of this lifestyle. It is not only diet and nutrition but also covers the usual exercise as well as mental and emotional health.
With diet, the first thing that has to go is sugar. I am slowly learning just how easily sugar is hidden and disguised in foods, as well as how much sugar is added to foods. Processed sugar is a chemical, it is also addicting. I am learning that when one starts cutting back their sugar intake, you will go through withdrawal symptoms just as you would in quitting smoking, alcohol or drugs.
For exercise, first things was purchase a good pedometer and walk ten to thirteen thousand steps a day.
Stress less, find things that you enjoy and do them. Find ways to heal an over stressed brain though hobbies and meditation. Find someone to buddy up with in exercise or hobbies. Someone who will help hold you accountable.
This is just the basic bare bones part of it. I am going to try and hold myself accountable and post my success and even any stumbling here. I hope to share what I learn, and hear from anyone reading this about theirs.
There is a history of heart problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels in my family along with a few others here and there. I have no choice but to get serious about taking charge of my health. This is among the first steps taken to do just that.