Plant based attempt at saving my life

I’m honestly worried that at any moment I could have a heart attack.

This is not how I pictured life at 36.

I’m a slightly overweight mother of an almost three year old. I eat a diet consisting of some fruits and veggies but I’ll be honest here; fast food, coffee and takeout have become staples in my life.  Along with dessert, not in the homemade apple pie way but in the donuts or pints of ice cream way.

I’m a former pack a day smoker of 15ish years; currently socially imbibing in a few here and there but worried this addiction will come back full force if I continue this way any longer.

I also am a moderate drinker.  A 2 glass of wine at night kind of girl. And a social night out may involve a few more than that.  Normal ? Possibly. Unhealthy ? Undoubtedy.

In January of this year I applied for a job and got it.  Great right. Went for my pre employment physical and could not get medical   clearance to start.  My blood pressure was 180/110.  Did I mention I hate doctors and hadn’t been since my post birth checkup.

I’ve been back and forth to numerous doctors and now have my very own cardiologist.  And I’ve graduated to sick person status evidenced by my awesome day night pill counter.

I’m on 2 blood pressure medications taken 3 times a day.  I just went for my first echocardiogram and am fearfully awaiting the results.

I’m constantly moody, tired, out of breath and have brain fog most times.  My blood pressure has been stable around 120/80, but it’s taking a lot of medication to keep it there.

I decided I need a drastic change, because I’m convinced if I don’t do something soon there’s no way I will be here for much longer.  My father had a triple bypass in his 50s and passed at 64.  My mother has chronic hypertension and suffered a mild heart attack in her 50s.

‘What the health’ and ‘Forks over knives’ both spoke to me in a way that I feel I need to just jump right in and really try to take control of my health.

Tomorrow is Monday, the day everyone likes to take on new challenges so here I am.  I’m all in.

No meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol or nicotine.  Instead I’ll be eating plants and whole grains, drinking water and tea.  I hope to add some exercise in, even just walking; but the focus is going to be on the things going into my body.

It’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it.


4 thoughts on “Plant based attempt at saving my life

  1. My eating habits at the moment are horrible. I live abroad, Thailand to be exact. My room/apartment has no kitchen, like at all. Which is much more common over here. So I eat out every single meal. So I feel the pain of unhealthy eating habits. I am trying to stock fruits and other non-cooking foods. But convenience triumphs over healthy at the moment.

    I also stopped smoking and drinking going completely cold turkey for the past few months. Now I am in this awkward state of trying to figure out what to do with my extra time. And how to eat healthier.

    So plant based is also my future over here.

  2. Gud to hear that, that you are trying something. All d best. Be healthy and be safe 😃

  3. I’m so proud of you, and I believe you can do this! I suffer from a chronic health condition that makes me susceptible to all kinds of diseases – including diabetes (which on top of the heightened risk, runs in my family), and I was entering prediabetes stages as just a teenager. Veganism has saved me and continues to save me & the rest of the world in countless, compassionate ways.

  4. Wow this is a huge step. Feel free to reach out if you ever need any help 🙂 I’ll be following your journey 💚

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