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2/23/10 11:13 A

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Welcome, that is so awesome that you want to do things the natural way...if it works. I will be praying that it will work for you. Sounds like you have got it handled. Using this website is the best thing for me, when I do I do my best.

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2/23/10 10:48 A

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Hi! I'm not exactly new to this website, but I've just begun posting to the message boards and rededicated myself to improving my health. I am 28 years old, married with no kids (yet), 2 active dogs, and I currently live in Germany (my husband is in the army).

I have a healthy BMI, but since high school graduation I have steadily gained about 30 pounds. I am becoming much softer. In January I went to the doctor and they wanted to put me on blood pressure medicine because my 5 day average was 130s over high 80s. I do have a tendancy to have anxiety and being a military spouse I do go through a lot of high stress periods. The doctor was surprised when I asked what could I do besides take a pill. He said that almost no one even asks, and even less actually follow through but I have to start exercising. I do not eat a lot of processed foods, but I did discover some sodium in my bread, mayonaise, and in some of my frozen veggies among other things. I am now making my own salt free bread and condiments to help reduce salt intake and I've found a wonderful vegetable market that I like to visit each week for good produce. In Germany fast food is harder to come by than in the states (at least where I live) so there is no temptation. I've also been reading a lot of Michael Pollan's books and I'd like to begin eating more whole foods. I like to cook from scratch so that is easy, but with my husband gone a lot it is hard to cook for just one person. I grew up in the south with a mom who made home cooked meals for a large family. I only know how to make LARGE portions.

I am very committed to my health. I absolutely cannot walk back into the doctor's office having failed at lowering my blood pressure (even just a little) because I was too lazy to work out. If I try my best and I still need pills I will be okay with that, but I can't just not try.

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