Well I can't believe it's been a month already since my heart attack. I'm doing fine. I went immediately low fat, not salt, no sugar and completely vegan and have stuck with it 100%. Actually Rich has too. I tell you what, that heart scare was a real motivator!
It's really not hard when you put your mind to it and I can now see that all the failed attempts in the past, were just that, attempts, and I can honestly say I left myself an open door out. And I took it, the easy way out. Granted I am not completely raw at the moment because my main objective is just to get as much fruits and vegetables (aka nutrients) in as possible while leaving the SOS (salt, oil, sugar) out. Total compliance is the focus. It's a learning process for sure.
I had another scare a week ago. I thought I was having another attack. Same symptoms as before so off to the hospital I went. This time I was not taking chances. I was lucky. It was not a heart episode. What I did was slip a disc in my neck so the pain in my neck, and back and numbness in my left arm was from that. The good news was that I had a full work up while at the ER, and my heart looks great! Great strong rhythm, 100% oxygen, and my blood pressure was perfect. My doctor said that the diet has already had a positive effect. So I don't dare mess with that.
Plus I'm already down 20 lbs in a month. Gotta love that.
I'm taking the next six weeks to step it up a notch. Drop my starches (root vegetables, squashes, corn, sweet potatoes and whole grains) down to one serving a day and going for the 2 lbs of veggies a day minimum, 1 lb cooked and 1 lb raw or maybe 2 lbs raw but that's a lot more chewing! :) lots of salads for sure.
So that's where I'm at. Going plant strong and actually doing it!
Remember people, your health is in your hands or more often, your fork. Eat it up! You are worth it!