Yep, you heard right. A few weeks ago, a real close friend of mine suffered from a massive heart attack. The news came as quite a bit of a shock to me because this person worked out at least five times a week. He didn’t just lift weights. He sparred, grappled, and did other cardiovascular intensive exercises. How could this be?
The doctors said it was because of two factors:
- Family History – His family had a history of high cholesterol and heart disease
- Diet – He ate shrimp and red meat pretty regularly
It was disheartening (no pun intended) to find out that such a fit guy could suffer from a heart attack. I also have a history of high cholesterol and heart disease in my family, so I decided to get myself checked. Sure enough, my cholesterol level was pretty high at 261. A normal person’s cholesterol level falls under 200.
For the next 3 months, I will be eating fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and nuts. Also, a friend of mine recommended that I drink a small class of Arden’s Garden green vegetable and fruit juice per day. He mentioned that his co-worker’s cholesterol dropped drastically just by making that one small change dietary change.
This morning, I ate a bowl of oatmeal with strawberries, sliced almonds, and agave nectar. Oatmeal and almonds are supposed to aid in lowering cholesterol. I have already cut out all red meat, chicken, and shellfish from my diet, and I am eating as much raw vegetables and fruits as I can, so I can the most nutrition out of them.
Wish me luck. I’ll keep you updated on what I’m eating.