No medication in the last 5 years.I stopped taking statins, beta-blockers, baby aspirins and nitrospray. I did this over a period of two years, slowly reduced the portions and finally stopped.
I have put the information about my diet/lifestyle on a non commercial website for my family and friends. Here you can read about what I eat and do daily. Link is : http://www.club150s.com/my-daily-diet-and-exercise-summer-2011/ Diet consists of basic products listed here: Fresh vegetables, fruit and dried herbs and spices
Fruits: fresh, frozen, dried and canned
Beans: fresh, frozen, dried and canned
Herbs and spices: turmeric, ginger, paprika, garlic, corriander, cumin, etc.
Raw Nuts: unsalted or nuts and raisins mix
Fish: fresh, smoked and canned (Herring, mackerel, tuna and salmon)
Pure chocolate: >70% cacao for an occassional treat
So. I ate a little fish and even less chicken and many have told me that is why I had my heart attack. Also one walnut with each of my four meals. Do any of us know what we're doing. Getting discouraged.
The few who really have a clue are EG, myself, Josvin, jc3737, and I'm not quite sure which others. And the doctors whose programs we advocate. ANY one else is suspect and laughable as to what they think they know.
There is some personal variability on the diet issues. When in doubt, more strict and cautious on fat intake, not less.
Stress is SUCH a major factor. I found Dean Ornish, M.D. had a book specifically on that topic, Love and Survival. I am reading that now.
For some lighter fare, I recommend books by Mary Roach. I've read "Bonk", and now reading "Stiff".
Playing lots of volleyball, 2 to 4 times a week, and rowing occsaionally.
Food for thought - suggestions for your consideration:
The fastest regression of heart disease, is during weight loss. Are you lean enough? - Again, no need to answer.
Do you get enough sleep?
Do you exercise, both aerobic and resistance? You don't need bone crusher workouts, nor lenthy workouts. But a person does have to develop strength, and probably run 2 miles easily. It may take a while to develop this, which is fine. Some exercise daily. Exercise before meals, can help with blood sugar, as discussed in The End of Diabetes.
Hey, interesting thing. Nathan Pritikin felt that people were especially susceptible to a heart attack, when they were very tired.
At one time, Nathan Pritikin's only "patient" who had had a heart attack, was low on sleep, late for a plane, and was running carrying a heavy suitcase. This was long before roller suitcases, as of today.
Dolores, Nothing wrong with your diet. I had something very similar the first five years. Since then I have added raw nuts, seeds and plenty of green leaves. All combined together in a daily shot of green smoothie.
Another thing I have done from the start is to take vitamin supllements daily. It may be unnecessary but I felt I needed extra support since I was way down with heart problems.
Besides taking vitamins I slowly stopped all medication. I believe in the long run medication does more harm than good. Just read the list of reported side-effects. It is never a pretty story.
For some reason I only sleep three or four hours per night. I was doing lots of cardio and strength training but my hip replacement slowed me down considerably and am just getting back to the gym, I cannot use several of the machines because of hip precautions and after a while walking becomes painful, but riding an exercise bike seems to do the trick. In order to do any exercise of value I have to get into my car and drive a few miles. There are no sidewalks near wear I live and recently the weather has not been conducive to walking anyway. So I have to drive to the gym.
Since my heart attack I have been 100% compliant to eating only plants. I have also dropped the plavix dose to one half pill. I have not read good things about coming off plavix. Also read that aspirin demineralizes bones. Thus the broken hip?? But who knows. I went down pretty hard in a way that precluded taking the fall with hands extended.
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