I came home from the hospital with many misconceptions about heart disease. I was under the impression that I should really be concerned about sodium intake. So, I started eating low sodium. This was no easy feat. Have you really every read labels?? I mean really read and understood them. Turns out, I hadn't. With my new instruction to keep my sodium under 1500 mg a day, this is what I started looking at. It really, really sucked. I felt like there was nothing I could buy. Do you know even chicken and fish that you buy at the grocery store are injected with a salt solution? So, I ate a lot of beef because it is not injected with salt. I thought I was doing the right thing.
Turns out I was wrong. One night, I am laying in bed and watching a special on CNN called "The Last Heart Attack." There was a doctor on. Caldwell Esselstyn from the Cleveland Clinic. He is talking about the nastiness of meat and dairy. I am hoping it is not true because I love meat and dairy and what would I eat? I have always thought vegetarian an vegan folks are a little flaky for eating like that. I had to get his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn (Mass Market Paperback - Jan 31, 2008) . This book along with T.Colin Campbell's The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health ,and the documentary Forks Over Knives, have driven my heart disease research.
What this reading has lead me to is a whole new lifestyle. If I thought watching sodium really sucked, this sucked a whole lot more. More on that tomorrow.