Study Type: Member Story
Patient Sex: Female
Patient Ethnicity: White
Patient Age: 36
Published Date: 05/07/2018
Conditions: Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Weight Problems
Therapies: Exercise, Nutrition, Diet Therapy
I am a freelance Graphic Designer with two young high energy children. I work a lot of hours trying to keep our income strong and steady. I have had a hard time losing the baby weight after my last child was born. I have symptoms of fatigue, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, weight gain, headaches and poor circulation.
I felt like I was too young to be going down a road of unhealthy food and lifestyle choices. My children are 5 and 2 and I want to have the energy to play with them and be a fun mom. I also want them to see that healthy choices are important and help them grow up eating healthy too.
The food you eat can either cause or prevent disease. It’s a choice we make every day of our lives. This is my favorite breakfast dish to make when I have a little more time in the morning. Sweet Potato hash with Basted Egg.
Exercise DescriptionMy job keeps me pretty sedentary which was leading to headaches, neck and back pain. It was recommendation that I needed to incorporate a workout routine early in the morning to start my day. I now attend a CrossFit class 4 days a week in the morning and try to take 30 min family walks after dinner if the weather permits. I am feeling so much better throughout my day. I have more energy and less pain.
I add more organic foods into my diet where I can. I also needed more high quality protein and vegetables in my diet while cutting down on the refined carbs and dairy. I now have a protein shake for breakfast where I add some spinach and almond milk instead of some much high sugar fruit juices. I also eat more nuts, avocados, fresh vegetables, eggs, fish, olive oil, fresh berries. I am trying to reduce the amount of caffeine and replacing it with purified water which is helping me have a better night sleep. I am now taking a few supplements that Anne suggested like a food based multi-vitamin, Omega-3 fish oil, probiotics, lecithin and red yeast rice (for my cholesterol). I also will take magnesium if I feel tense or a headache is coming on.
I have a sweet tooth so at first it was a real challenge to give that up. However, instead of completely giving it up, I was instructed on how to make healthier sweet treats using ingredients that were actually good for me and delicious. It was a win win because my children also loved the treats I am now making.