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.
However, 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…
There 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.
So 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.