Monday, February 11, 2013

The Last Heart Attack

I was at lunch with a friend I had not seen in many years today.  We had a great time and before we knew it, two hours had flown by.  She told me that she had started to watch "Forks Over Knives."  She stopped it half way through so she could restart it and watch it with her husband.  She told him she thought they might need to go vegan.  (To find "Forks Over Knives", click here.)

I have mentioned here before and told her today that the very first hint I had that I needed to go plant based was about four weeks after my heart attack when I saw a show on CNN.  It was called "The Last Heart Attack."  It was the first inkling I had that I really needed to drastically change how I lived my life--more than just watching my salt and fat intake.  It was really the first tangible information I had on how to prevent another heart attack.

 I never, ever would have taken the time to watch this if I had not just had a heart attack.  What I learned shocked me.  Now, I have to tell you that it did not come as a shock to learn that nacho cheese as its own food group wasn't healthy for you.  I just did not think that my diet as a whole was any worse than most.  Boy, was I ever wrong.  I'm not saying I would have changed my diet had I really known prior to my heart attack.  You see, I was like many of you who will read this and think it will never happen to me.  It did happen to me and I hope by the information that I am able to share that it will not happen to you.

I had never been able to find a link to the show until I was searching again today to send it to my friend.

In my opinion, it is a very valuable 39 minutes and 48 seconds.  Although I know a lot of people turn their nose up at the thought of a plant based diet, trust me when I tell you laying in the ICU post massive heart attack can change your views on a lot of things.  I will give you that it is not an easy way to eat in our culture of fast food and barbecues.  At least for me, it takes a lot of planning.  I still recommend watching this video so you can see if it makes sense to you.

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