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Saturday, February 16, 2013

I recently started on a healthy eating plan from my chiropractor's office. They have a plan that is called Maximized Living. They offered a 30-day challenge. This program entails cutting out sugar completely, cutting out salt, most fruits, except berries and Granny Smith apples, and root vegetables. I purchased a couple of books about the plan. They have information on what you should be eating what you need to look for on the labels of foods you buy. One of the doctors took us to a grocery store and showed us where in the store we could find the items that didn't contain sugar and that were healthier for us to eat. I weighed in at my chiropractor's office last week, but I didn't start the diet until this Monday, as I was still buying some of the things I needed. The lady who runs the restaurant in my apartment building knows about my diet plan, and she has been helping me. The other day I had lunch down there. I had a hamburger, but I couldn't eat the bun, and I couldn't have french fries, so she made me a poached egg and a salad with oil and vinegar. Today she had fish and chips but she made me grilled chicken breast with a nice salad with oil and vinegar dressing. I have been reading the books and there are some amazing menus in there. I am going to check some of them out. I was nervous about doing this plan, but it is working so good that I want to stay on it for a while. So far I haven't had any problems giving up the sugar and salt. Today I weighed myself and I found that I have lost 6 pounds since last week. I feel good.
I went to the doctor today mainly to get some more medication for my sinus problem and ask for physio for a rotator cuff problem. However on Wednesday when I went to the chiropractor's office I had a hard time catching my breath. After I walked in to the office and sat down for a few minutes I found I was having a hard time getting enough oxygen in my body, and my chest felt heavy. My doctor told me to go back to the office tomorrow and have an EKG and some other tests done, and to come back and see him on Thursday. The lab was already closed by the time I left the doctor's office. He also prescribed a spray Nitro to use in case I have this type of incident again. He said to use it and then wait 2 minutes, and if it doesn't help then use it again. He said if it doesn't work the second time, it means the problem is not with my heart. I am a little concerned, because I know my birth father died of a heart attack in his 60's. As I am going to be 67 on Sunday, it just feels a little scary.
I will let you know how things go with both my tests and my Maximized Living plan.
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