Last month I was rushed to the emergency room. The blood work showed I had a blood clot which may have caused two possible mild heart attacks. Talk about a real eye opener.
However, I truly believe that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger; if, and that’s a big ‘ole IF, you learn from your mistakes and are not hard headed about making the changes you need to make.
Although both the doctors and I suspect the heart attack was attributed to a hormone medication I was on, which causes blood clots, I took it as a sign that I not only needed to get off of that medication, but also that I need to add more nutritious foods to my diet.
If you keep up with my posts, you’ll know that I’ve been on keto and low-carb diets, off and on, since March of 2018. Off and on, mostly because keto is hard to maintain due to it’s restrictive menu, and because 40 plus years of eating carbs is hard to break.
For over three years now I’ve tried to create a healthier eating pattern. Even when I wasn’t on a diet, I tried to maintain eating healthily. My past love for sweets is what usually got me off a good path temporarily but I’ve tried to go right back to eating well the next day.
My eating habits are now 100% better than they used to be, so honestly, I never considered that a “heart attack” would be a major concern for me.
Due to the fact that my real father died of a heart attack, and my mother had her first heart attack around my age, and her first stroke not long afterward, I take this very seriously.
I stopped taking the hormone replacements the doctor had prescribed and replaced them with flaxseed. Flaxseed is known for its phytoestrogens, which mimics estrogen in the body.
I now HIGHLY recommend this supplement to your daily diet, as I’ve reaped great benefits.
Although the heart attack was suspected to be medication related, not really knowing that for sure, and knowing what issues my mother and birth father had, helped me to step up my eating plan. I am now more dedicated to eating nutritious foods.
I want to share with you what I have already experienced from doing that.
Current additions to my DAILY diet:
Flaxseed, Blueberries, Strawberries-
I added 1-2 tbsp. of flaxseed, 2-3 strawberries, and 10-15 blueberries to my diet every day (depending on my carb limits for the day, which are usually no more than 50 depending on if it is a cheat day or not).
I did this to get the estrogen, antioxidant, fiber, vitamins, and heart health benefits. Also, these foods are known to help fight cancer.
The benefits I have seen so far are tremendous!
I now have less inflammation, my skin is softer (so much so that my husband noticed), my joints feel less inflamed and more lubricated, psoriasis issues have improved and are almost completely healed, my hands look at least five years younger (due to the omega 3’s contained in the flaxseed and the antioxidants contained in the blueberries & strawberries, I’m assuming), and below I will explain what has changed in my breasts.
I’ve always had what they called “dense breast tissue,” which made them firm and sensitive.
Due to pain and feeling extra lumps in my breast, I had my first mammogram at 39 years of age. It showed signs of a tumor and came back inconclusive for cancer because of having dense breast tissue.
What dense tissue basically means is that my breasts were full of cyst-like lumps that made it hard for a regular mammogram to see through.
Fortunately, what they thought was a tumor was a cyst. 3D imaging kept them from having to do a biopsy and showed that both breasts were full of this type of cyst.
My breasts have always looked perfectly normal but they were always firm, sensitive to squeezing (which made mammograms painful), and made self-exams at home of no effect.
It is amazing to me that after all these years, adding highly nutritious foods have helped my breasts.
I now have soft breast tissue and I am able to do self-examinations at home. I feel no lumps or cysts, and they are perfectly normal for the first time in my life. I would have never guessed reaping this kind of benefit from just simply adding more nutritious foods to my diet.
All of these health benefits have me researching to see what other low-carb, highly nutritious foods I can add to my daily diet. After less than a month’s time, these great improvements have motivated me to eat healthier than ever before.
If you have any sort of health issue, I HIGHLY recommend taking a close look at your diet before turning to prescribed medications.
Many times I have been hurt by “expert” medical advice or treatment. One doctor removed the wrong ovary during a partial hysterectomy. During the next surgery (a full hysterectomy) the doctor cut my main artery. Doctors have advised me to take medications that made things worse. I had one doctor almost allow me to die before he finally did surgery. I have had lawsuits that I didn’t pursue because I realize doctors don’t know it all, and they aren’t perfect. They’re just people, and people mess up.
Don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day, we NEED doctors. But they are not supposed to be the final authority over our health. Seek medical advice if you need it, but allow wisdom to lead you.
I will keep you all updated, as I know many of you are considering getting on the keto diet yourself, and you want to know if it is worth giving up the carbs. I am here to tell you it is!
Better than that, adding foods that help your body, also make the journey interesting. The better I feel, the less I want the crap that made me feel bad.
Learn to relate your poor nutritional habits to pain, and you will be able to overcome those nasty little food addictions. Read my book The Devil Within to find out more about how my journey began. Also, be looking for my keto book, coming soon!
Continue to keep up with my posts and I will update you on a regular basis. I invite you to join me in living a healthier lifestyle. “All the sugar in the world isn’t worth giving up a beautiful you…” slogan for my new book. The name of the book will be “The Keto Diet- On Steroids.” 😊