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.
A healthful diet is valuable only if you are able to follow it. If Fuhrman is more healthful than McDougall but someone doesn't have time to cut up, prepare, cook vegetables and other foods then it isn't going to work. If someone doesn't enjoy starches then the McDougall diet won't work. If H's diet is the best in the world, I could never follow it because he eats the part of the animal that I throw away (the fat). and eating lots of fat has always caused me digestive problems. People get tired of Atkins or tired of portion controlled diets. I guess that is why there are so many books out there making lots of money for their authors.
The one person out of the three featured in the movie Chow Down who was unsuccessful was Garnet, an overweight diabetic who, unlike the two others who used the Esselstyn higher starch diet, used the Fuhrman Eat to Live plan. She even had the benefit of speaking to Dr. Fuhrman himself.
The reason she was unsuccessful had nothing to do with the diet itself, but the difficulty it presented in cooking and preparing food that was so different from the SAD her family eats. And of course the fact that the two men had devoted wives who carefully prepared all their meals to make sure they were compliant. Garnet's family did nothing to help her achieve her goals and not only that, she prepared her meals and separately, those of her family (while keeping house and working a full time job)
I believe it would have been easier on Garnet to use the McDougall, Esselstyn type of diet because she could have prepared lots of potatoes, rice, corn, tortillas and enchiladas, beans and other starchy comfort foods for both herself and the family and just thrown a roast or some chicken into the oven for them. She could have made one gigantic container of raw vegetable and lettuce salad and kept it in the fridge to use each day. And microwaved frozen vegies. For breakfast instead of chopping and whipping up smoothies, a bowl of oatmeal would have done the trick.
Alternatively she could have ignored the selfish males in her family and told them to fend for themselves. Get some backbone Garnet.
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.
speaking of blood pressure. I was thinking about Atkins claim that his diet reduced blood pressure, It didn't sound right to me but I now think it might. The reason? On the Atkins diet you lose lots of water weight. On a diuretic people also lose lots of water and their blood pressure goes down. Could the two mechanisms be similar?
Last April, after eating ham for Easter, I suffered chest pain for 4 days which got worse and worse. I am very reluctant to visit doctors so I just did nothing until thurs evening, having babysat for my grandson, going home then being in so much pain that I called my daughter to take me to the ER. I almost didn't call her. At first they thought it was a g i problem but then two blood tests in a row showed I was having a heart attack. They wanted to put a stent in and I absolutely refused, having read that stents do not save lives. Then I coded, passed out and when I woke up I agreed to a stent. There was a clot in the obtuse marginal artery. Did I do the right thing? Esselstyn says in some cases a stent can be lifesaving. I hope it was in my case because I am not happy about the stent and the drugs I must take and questions about the dangers of stopping plavix and the fact that it can be the cause of late stent thrombosis.
I also think there might not be a difference between those who have stents and those who don't because nothing is mentioned about lifestyle and diet changes. I do not know if my plant based diet will prevent another heart attack. I do not know if stopping plavix will cause another heart attack. How would I know if such a thing should occur if it is because I have a stent, because my diet wasn't the best or because of the plavix? And I am not such a religious devotee of the plant based diet that I don't wonder if maybe H is right after all and I should have switched to his type of diet (although to me it would be very unpalatable.)
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