Before the blockages were gone, I realized I needed to make major lifestyle changes and do vigilant monitoring to maintain my health in the future. That's because even though the current blockages were eliminated, I knew that my body would continue to create the buildup that caused my health issues. So I decided to implement some major lifestyle changes, base on Dr. Ornish's book Program for Reversing Heart Disease. Here are the four elements of change:
- Diet. I'm following a mainly vegetarian diet with no added fats/oils or nuts/seeds. The only non-vegetarian items I eat are egg whites and non-fat milk/milk products.
- Exercise. I am exercising at least 30 minutes a day for six days a week. Most days, I get in at least 45 minutes of exercise.
- Stress management. I use the DVD Beat Your Fatigue and Stress Fast by Del Pe. It is a 15 minute breathing and stretching program that I do at the end of the day.
- Group support. My family has been very supportive my health situation. In addition, there are some elements of group support in my cardiac rehab sessions. I've also learned that about 5% of the people I know have had heart surgery.
Right now, I am still very motivated to continue the lifestyle change since I believe in the significant health benefits of reversing buildup in my heart arteries.
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