Saturday, February 15, 2014
Well friends, I am happy to tell y'all that my blood pressure is stable. I have had no morning headaches since I went off the NSAID. I am around 136/86, some times lower. My back is getting better although I had to get down on my hands and knees and scrub my kitchen . . ..Hubby knocked a jar of pickles out of the frig and they broke and went everywhere. He cleaned them up!!! Yea ...when I went to open the frig hours later....the door was glued shut with pickle juice ...my feet were sticking to the floor. Then the very next day I opened the cabinet door and a bottle of maple syrup fell to the floor and the lid flew off..... feet from where the pickles had spilled. There is only one way to clean up that kind of mess.....soapy water and a rag on your knees. (In my case my butt!) And today, Scamp went outside and found something dead to roll in. . . so all four dogs got a bath. That means ....me back on knees at the tub for hours. It is not surprising that my knee is still bothering me.. .but NOT quite as bad as before....it is still weak and hurts when I put weight on it but it is not bothering me at night. For now I am doing ok with it. The big thing was my blood pressure.
I am still on my very low sodium diet. I remember when I worked in the Dietary Department of the Hospital years ago, Doctors would put patients on a Salt Free Diet sometimes. Sometimes they would put them on a low salt diet for their hospital stay. We gave both the very same food. ...because there is no such thing as a sodium free diet...we need sodium for our body to live but in this day where we are in air condition rooms 24/7 and don't move enough to sweat.....we get entirely too much sodium.
Sodium creeps into our diet hidden many times. I was surprised when I worked at that hospital that low sodium diets were not allowed ice cream. Who knew? Ice cream!! Cheeses including cottage cheese that has more sodium than a small order of fries at McDonalds. Two days ago Hubby fixed Whole wheat pancakes from a mix for breakfast.... my blood pressure went up.....when I checked the box 1/4 cup of mix had like 680 mg of sodium...which makes sense ...leavening agent baking soda and baking powder are both a form of sodium and of course the salt for flavor and you have added sodium on top of sodium. So stay away from anything like biscuits, dumplings, cakes, cookies that are laden with calories but also sodium.
Milk has sodium....about 125 mg per cup....add that to the baking mix and add 65 more mgs of sodium per egg used to mix those wonderful pancakes and my head is aching...my blood pressure is up and those pancakes are not so wonderful any more.
It really is hard when you are with someone whose criteria for what he eats is.... does it taste good....and what does it cost... and is it meat. Quite frankly we pinched pennies and about killed ourselves in the process of eating as cheaply as we could for years. We bought the cheapest cuts of meat with the most fat and cholesterol....we passed on the produce when we thought it too high and yet paid the price for a bag of chips that offered no nutritional value except tickled our taste buds and gave us a full filling for a while. For years I bought nothing but iceberg lettuce not realizing that it was not that nutrient dense. ....thought I knew what was good for me...and it tasted good.
Now I am older....and years of not knowing or either, not being able to pay the price or not wanting to pay the price has had it's toll on my body. I have health issues like high blood pressure that is now monitored and controlled by medication. I have a thyroid condition that to is controlled with medication. I am close to 100 pounds over the now normal weight for my size frame and I now am having issues with my joints and back that make it harder to exercise. Even two years ago I could walk at a relatively fast pace for three miles and think nothing of it. Now I can only hobble through this house, like the witch in the story Hansel and Gretel.
If I could talk to you girls, (to me 40+ year olds are still girls) I would tell you to take your health seriously.....value it. It is hard to get back once you have lost it....but not impossible but hard. Eat and buy well......and less if you have to stretch those pennies. I remember checking out at the grocery store and the clerk could not believe how many bags of groceries I got for the bucks I spent. That was because I bought the sales and the stuff that filled up those grocery bags and my family's belly for less money. Don't get me wrong I still shop sales.... but I read labels first and no matter how inexpensive....if I see it is not healthy I do not buy it. I still am fooled by the hype on some product labels and sometimes like the pancake mix I think it is worth the trade off, but I am trying to do better...........it takes a lot of effort. And add to this the confusion of miss information that we are bombarded with everyday..... not to mention the GMO's or pesticides in our foods. It is enough to throw your hands up and say "I don't care anymore!" I have done that several times.
When it comes down to the nuts and blots of life.....we have to care because others don't. We have to be our own chemists to find out what makes and keeps us healthy. . . so we don't spend our later years in a nursing home or hobbling around limiting our activities by our broken bodies. I think that would be the worse thing ...being trapped in our body because we did not care enough to do something about it when we could have.
So, today I start again, and tomorrow and the day after that. It is not going to be perfect because we live in an imperfect world. It is not going to be easy.... but one day at a time, one choice at a time we gain our strength.......we improve our health and maybe one day, after a lot of days of making good decisions strung together like pearls on a necklace, we will notice we feel younger than when we started; we are stronger, happier, more vibrant. That is my hope!!!