A month of healthy diet can change your life – Part 2 (Update)

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A healthy diet can change your life…Update..

In part one of my blog “A healthy diet can change your life,” I discussed how Cholesterol problem was my main factor that made me want to adopt healthy diet and how Nick and Nate Diaz brothers inspired me and motivated me to get on with it.

In part 2, I’d like to give you an update on what some changes that had happened since then and a good news that I got from my doctor.

It’s been less than a month since my last article so it’s been about 2 months since I adopted this new diet life style. The last time I posted the first part of the blog, I was not eating any meat except for Tilapia and Tuna fish.

Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet…

food-breakfast-egg-milk-largeHowever, since then, I rarely even eat fish. Mainly my diet has been what they call lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. It means that I do not eat any meat but I still do consume dairy products and eggs. So I’ve been consuming mostly eggs, nuts, beans, dairy products, whey protein shakes as my protein source. Here and there I’d eat some sweets but I try to keep it minimum. I prefer to eat fresh fruits and a lot of mixed vegetables. Mainly I have been eating cereal, oatmeal and brown rice for my carbohydrates. The other day I tried a few Mozzarella sticks and it just did not taste good. I regretted it right after and I did not like how it sat inside my stomach. My body got used to clean diet and I have been craving more fresh fruits compare to processed food.

New physical activity and physical conditions…

pexels-photo-largeThere had been an update on my physical activities as well. As I have mentioned in the article “Do not forget where you came from”, I started lifting weights again. Besides that I still do a lot of stretches and body weight exercises for movement and flexibility. I increased the volume of body weight exercises, so I have been more physically active than before.

My mental state had been about the same. Physically I’ve been feeling a lot lighter but also I started filling up my clothes again due to lifting weights. I do not feel any fatigue or heaviness as I have mentioned on my last article. I feel very light on my feet and I can jump higher without feeling much impact on my joints. Today I weighed myself and I was even lighter than 4 years ago when I just got out of the Marine Corps.

The good news from the doctor!!

And here is the good news that I received from my doctor. It had been 6 months since my last physical check up. The last time my doctor had said that my cholesterol level was still very high and at a risk and if I don’t make any improvement by next check up, I will be put on a medication. I did not want to die of a heart attack but I definitely did not want to be put on any medication either. I heard some negative side effects about the medication and I do not like the idea of depending on medication to be healthy.

landscape-mountains-nature-man-largeSo today was the day. I got my blood work done and I was waiting for my doctor to tell me the result. She was very surprised at how much of my bad cholesterol level had gone down. In fact it was back to normal. She said it was amazing how I turned it around in a short period of time. I was expecting that my cholesterol level to have gone down but I never thought it was going to go all the way back down to the normal range. I went from at a risk of having a heart attack to being normal in 6 months. I’d say probably less than a six months because I adopted this new diet lifestyle about 2 months ago. It was a huge relief. Because some days at night when I was in my bed, I used to worry what would happen if I’d just die of a heart attack and there was no one around. But mostly, I worried about my son. As a parent, I became more health conscious and cared more about my own life that I had before. But now I know I’m safe and I know what works very effectively so I can keep my bad cholesterol level down without depending on any medication.

This goes to show how a healthy diet can change your life and even save your life within a short period of time. A little change and a little discipline can go a long way.

 

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9 comments

  1. Kegan says:

    Great news on the doctor’s report and cholesterol! Personally, I’d ditch the dairy products too, and eggs if they’re not your own Chickens’ – but I’m personally vegan so hence my aversion to dairy.

    I went vegetarian for a month 10 years ago, and I’m now 3 years into veganism and I’ve never been stronger, happier and healthier!

    • Joon Park says:

      Yeah I’ve been thinking about that, but for now I think I’ll stick to it and maybe further down the road I may even go full vegan. Right now I’m still on a building stage so I need to gain a bit more experience and see what works for me and what doesn’t.

  2. ariefw says:

    That is an amazing turned around.
    You showed me that resilience can really help boost our health.

    I will need to change my eating habits. I love to consume fresh food, too.
    I still have a membership at my gym. I need to use it more often. I love it when I have more energy.

    And your point about being a parent is a wake up call for me. I really need to be there for my daughter. I will hold up my grandchildren. I want to see them all!

    • Joon Park says:

      definitely. Having a child that needs you is a big motivating factor to take care of yourself and not be so careless about your own life.

  3. Travis Smithers says:

    I totally agree with you that I would not want to take any drugs. When you say, you have heard of side effects you are quite right.

    Pretty much all drugs create side effects because they are synthesised from a natural source but are missing the rest of what your body needs to utilise them.
    They are taking only part of what they think makes it work.

    It’s like trying to absorb calcium without the proper amount of magnesium etc.

    Great work on getting your cholesterol down to normal by eating and exercising correctly.

    Will stay in touch with your posts as you are an inspiration on what to do!

    • Joon Park says:

      yes I like to stay as natural as possible and not want to consume any chemical that is far from being natural. I’ve always been healthy through out my life besides the cholesterol problem that I discovered in recent years and I’m always been healthy conscious. I’d always feel guilty if I consume anything that’s not going to get me healthier or maintain my health.

  4. Simon says:

    Hello Joon,
    Good to hear that you are ok after having a new diet 🙂
    Last year I wanted to lose some weight. For first month, keeping 100% clear diet was fine and no problem. After first month I was doing cheat meal once a week to have “power” to keep it. How are you fighting with yourself not to eat fast food or chips?

    • Joon Park says:

      well firstable, I didn’t wanna risk myself of getting a heart attack. My cholesterol level was very high and at a dangerous risk. That was my number one factor. Plus, I always liked being healthy in general and I’ve been wanting to adopt healthier diet for a long time. And once I got used to it, the greasy food and meat I used to crave don’t appeal to me as much

  5. NemiraB says:

    Hello here. Thanks for article about your journey towards well being and balance in your life.
    I like your approach to the food. You naturally feel that your body wants and how you can reach it.
    It means that you are at peace with yourself.
    Many people do not think at all why they are not happy, why they suffer or why so miserable.
    It seems that you find the way how to help yourself. Your experience can help thousands of people who are in the path of search.
    Right lifestyle can make miracles.
    All the best spreading the message about right choices and ways to achieve wellness in our lives.
    Nemira.

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