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My Major Wake Up Call- Don't Let This Happen to You!

If you know who I am you will know I've been around the Hab on and off for a long time. You may have read my blog before writing about my health journey and learnings and often times my struggle to stick with raw food. Struggling to find the key to sticking with making my health a priority. I have all the books, have watched all the films and documentaries, even gone through some personal coaching and still even write a blog about my journey. I understand it very well.

You would think having my life turned upside down with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue 8 years ago and the ensuing struggle with it would be enough to switch my eating habits for good. I have even spent years bedridden during this time with bouts of "recovery" including good days and bad. But I didn't make a full commitment. I knew that my symptoms and condition meant the body was on alert and that bigger health challenges most likely would be ahead for me. I knew this all but I guess I was in denial. Thinking I had more time.

I still bounced back and forth from eating my tasty raw creations and having my green smoothies every day, to eating out in restaurants, old style, and indulging in unhealthy comfort food when my mood dictated it. My blog is full of yummy raw treats, because that is always appealing and I can honestly say I prefer raw desserts to non raw ones these days. But even with this I was kidding myself. Sure they are beautiful and delicious and the ingredients are for the most part healthier, but altogether? Not in those quantities.

No, I was playing with raw and my health. What I call doing the Hokey Pokey. You know, in one part at a time and then out.

Well, my time ran out this week. I suffered a mild heart attack. It was like they say for women, incognito. It was in the form of extreme back pain that eventually ran down my arm to make it numb. Funny thing is, these are common symptoms for me so I missed them. I went to the pool the next day hoping to relieve the back pain and nearly drowned- choking drinking water. My neighbors came to my rescue and afterwards I was understandably shook up. It was quite dramatic. I turned blue and thought my time was up. It was a full near death experience with visions etc. but it wasn't over.

The extreme back spasms continued. I saw my doctor as an emergency visit over Easter weekend and he ran some tests. I had had a heart attack. You can imagine how it feels to hear that news. I'm 47. Too young for this right? Nope.

I ignored my poor health warning signs. I played with getting healthy and raw.

I have not shared this news publicly. I share it here to hopefully inspire someone who like I was is riding the fence. You never know when you're time will come or when your body has had enough. Start reversing the damage now. Make a commitment to yourself and your future. Take it seriously because it is serious. Your loved ones need you here. We all need you here.

Put your whole self in and turn your life around. That's what I'm doing now.

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Comment by Kelli on April 10, 2013 at 4:47am

It's still so amazing to me when I need to hear a particular message it is presented to me. Jodi, I am truly appreciative of you sharing your story. I, too, have played around with raw and go back and forth, get overwhelmed by it all and revert back to old ways of poor health. Just yesterday I picked up Dr Esselstyns book on heart disease. My husband and I both have health issues, with my husband having a heart attack 3 years ago. We changed our lifestyle but over time, when stress hits, we have gave up our healthful ways bit by bit. I wrote a letter to myself last night that I am determined to get our health back before we no longer have an option. I just turned 46 and I want to be around for a very long time. My weekness is in planning.... but not any more. Even though I know what I need to do, I don't do it. The passing of Allen Stern really shook me to my core, so from this day forward I will strive to be more active and make each bite I take a more healthful choice! Thanks again Jodi and I am so happy that you survived your episode!! I toast to you with a green juice to continued healing~~ 

Comment by Lisa Viger on April 9, 2013 at 11:10am

Hey Jodi, I hope you're on the mend! I was so sorry to hear of this. What a scary thing. And THANK YOU for reminding me of the dangers of inactivity! I'm headed off now for a long and vigorous walk, thanks to you! And I'm wishing you MUCH good health a healing! xoxo

Comment by Jodi is Purely Nourished on April 8, 2013 at 5:30am
Thank you again everyone for your comments. It means o much! Truly.

I have since learned much about heart disease and women. We have so much to learn.

The shocker for me is that I don't have high numbers for cholesterol or blood pressure, I do have weight to lose but the number ONE risk factor is inactivity. I have been sedentary due to the nature of my disability. I had no idea that would be my biggest risk factor.

I also have learned that many women do not know and subsequently ignore the warning signs of a heart attack. It's not what we have seen on tv or the movies. That's for men. I will probably do another post about this because its very important. I missed the signs because they resembled other symptoms I frequently have but I got incredibly lucky.

Thanks again for the well wishes!
Comment by Silmiriel on April 7, 2013 at 5:17pm

Wow, Jodi!  So scary and very sorry that you had to go through this.   Like you, I have fibromyalgia and have played with the raw diet for years now.  Sometimes I stick with it long enough to lose some weight, but have had trouble sticking with healthy eating for any extended period of time.  I worry that despite low blood pressure, my obesity puts me definitely at risk for a heart attack.

I am taking your words to heart and am using Penni's April Wellness Initiative as the reboot to turn my life around before I experience a major health breakdown.

Thank you for being so brave to post this.  I am making a commitment today to continue to stick to a high raw foods diet so that I can reverse or at least minimize the damage that years of obesity has done to my body.

Like Penni said, I hope there is no damage to your heart from this and that your body will continue to heal completely!

Hugs, Mary

Comment by Avril on April 7, 2013 at 4:23pm

Oh Jodi, this is a shock to read. However,  I'm so glad you're ok and recovering and I appreciate you sharing. 


You always look so amazing and I've watched your transformation and progress for a couple of years now.  Recently I came across your website with 'that beautiful raw transformed kitchen'... 


So for this to have happened to you is a mega warning to you and make the rest of us slackers 'sit up and take note'. 


I've recently purchased 5 of Cherie Calbom's books - I mention this because she also had chronic fatique and is also a nutritionist. 


I've never had any real health issues, and the nearest thing I've had to a health scare is a fall and a broken bone in my shoulder (but it did make me take better care of myself), at the time.  But you are right the warnings start to come, perhaps different for us all, but it's acid reflux/digestive issues and on the Easter Holiday weekend I had backache symptoms that I can only describe as 'sciatica'.  However, it went away but I've never had this before...

Like you say Jodi, you appear to do so many things right in staying on the healthy raw path....


May you continue to recover and find even more ways to improve your health.....I started to make green juice every single day, if nothing else, but you are making me see that I do need to cut out the fatty food.  So many of us who have read this will be shocked into taken stock and being accountable.


Hugs to you, Jodi x :-)




Comment by Islegirl on April 7, 2013 at 12:14pm

that was meant to read "build yourself a much stronger heart....."  - sorry for the mistake

Comment by Islegirl on April 7, 2013 at 12:13pm

Jodi, I was very surprised to read this.  You look so young in your photo and, afterall, you are so young!

I so hope that you recover completely and build yourself and much stronger heart that will take good care of you.  I know it will as you are taking precious care of it now.  Hopefully we will learn from your frightening experience.  I have prayed many times this year that I escape a stroke or a heart attack - the very thought of having to go through any of that terrifies me.



Comment by HippyDaisyChick on April 5, 2013 at 8:45pm

I am so glad that you are on the mend!!! Words fail me at the moment. I appreciate you sharing your story for all of us. It will touch all who read it for sure. Hugs and prayers!

Comment by kathleen on April 5, 2013 at 1:52pm

Hi Jodi! Thank you for sharing your story, but more importantly, I am so happy that you are ok and on your way to recovery. Sending hugs and lots of love your way! Let's continue to do The Healthy Hokey Pokey!

Comment by LaTricia E. Morris on April 4, 2013 at 2:50pm

Jodi, thank you for sharing your experience.  I can certainly see where that would be terribly traumatic!  I come from a family with a history of heart problems and diabetes.  I try to keep these things in mind and therefore try to eat healthy.  I have my days, but you're right, we have got to get with it and know that toying with it will never yield the same results as sticking it out for our own greater good.

So glad you're better now and that you're being given the second chance.  Look forward to seeing you on the upswing and in full recovery of all the health issues you've had to face!

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