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It’s confirmed.  It was not just a sudden surge in my blood pressure brought about by some stressful situation, which normally could be addressed by a trip to the spa.  It is something that has built up over the years, with all that bad diet and sedentary lifestyle, and well, genetic makeup.  I could not pretend to be shocked with my recent medical condition; at least not as shocked as most of my friends were.  Heck, I would find my high on junk food, Coke and those oh-so-tempting street foods of all sorts.  My only physical activity (other than the occasional house chores) was typing ravenously, whether it be work-related, blogging or commenting on posts.  All the while I probably thought mental activities will compensate for everything.  Obviously I was wrong. D-uh.  I surprise even myself sometimes.

After checking my lab results which did not yield abnormal results, my doctor told me it’s primarily stress-related.  This saddens me.  I have prided myself to be a stress expert – well, in a way that I am good at combating stress; not a “stressed” expert which now appears to be the case.  Was it a planned trip to the spa I cancelled the last minute?  Was I amiss in visiting my hairdresser?  Have I forgotten to light up that oil burner for some nights?  Am I now adversely affected by my house clutter?  Are my books not enough (for the record I have 200+ more books unread on my Kindle)?  All the while I thought I was doing well.  I have always lived with the fact that “stress” is my middle name.  I eat stress for breakfast. LOL.

I also have a slightly elevated cholesterol.  Oh my.  All those barbecues, fish balls, chicharon, green mangoes with alamang, etc. coming back to haunt me.

So I am strictly on a low-cholesterol, low-sodium diet.  I was given a list of what to avoid – at first glance the list looks a lot like my basic food group.  A few days into my low salt diet my taste glands have started adjusting.  Now that pizza I usually ate tastes way too salty.  I have also – surprise, surprise – substantially reduced my Coke intake.  It’s a wonder I’m still surviving.

I have also started reading “It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change your Life in Unexpected Ways” (Melissa Hatwig & Dallas Hartwig, 2012), a book on “nutritional reset”, and a totally new perspective on food, sent to me by a good friend.  I can’t believe there is still so much I do not know about what I eat.  Unbelievable.

And check this out: I have started with early morning walks, and now embrace more of nature on weekends.  I do miss my bed and pillows, but I am alright.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  That is so pessimistic, and false.  Life is continual learning, and learning the hard way I am.  Hey, I even start speaking Yoda.  Wish me (more) luck.

sun*star.baguio.25oct2012.

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