In this section, let's start of with the story of how a man named Patrick went from high risk of cardiac disease to heart healthy and active. It wasn't always like this for Patrick. In fact, it all started when Patrick visited his GP not long after his 65th birthday.
He told me, "I got a shock when my doctor warned me that I was at high risk of cardiac disease which can lead to stroke and heart failure. My doctor explained that I have several risk factors for heart disease. These including being overweight, having high blood pressure and did not do enough physical exercise.
I knew that I should have been looking after myself better, as the last thing I needed was to have a heart attack. It's just that I liked my lifestyle the way it was, working hard and ending the day in front of the TV with a drink or several. I was spending money on medication and health checks, and was feeling a bit down. I was finding it hard to keep up with the grandchildren and slightly embarrassed about my bulging gut. I was concerned that if I didn't make some changes, things could really bad, especially because I was at high risk of having a stroke and even early death. I had to find a way to reduce my risk of heart disease.
If I couldn't do this, I would remain overweight and would have little energy for my two great loves; my wife and fishing. I would lose all enjoyment in life as the challenges and struggles would just get bigger and more insurmountable. I could end up having a stroke. This would mean I would no longer be able to go on the boat and fish with my mates, or go walking with my wife which she loves. I would stop being able to bring in the dough for my family. I would become a burden to those I love the most.
My health challenges seemed to have got the better of me. One day my wife looked at me with great disappointment when I said I couldn't come with her to visit the grandchildren because I was too unwell and exhausted. I'd hit rock bottom and knew I had to take some positive action. I was going to follow the first thing my doctor had told me to do. My doctor told me start eating healthy as one on the ways to reduce my heart disease risk factors.
My wife happily started cooking heart healthy meals when I assured her I would eat them.
I started to research heart disease diets and what foods are actually healthy. At first I was completely overwhelmed by all the different and sometimes conflicting answers and I suffered from information overload. I ended up spending a lot of money and time gathering information and trying different diets to see which ones would reduce my blood pressure.
One day my wife's friend, who had heard about my health challenge, sent me an article on the benefits of making your body alkaline. My doctor had told me that healthy eating was one of the factors that helped keep your heart healthy and helped stroke prevention. My wife and I started implementing an Alka Paleo diet and drinking only alkaline water. The Alka Paleo diet combines the best aspects of the Alkaline diet with the Paleo Diet. We followed an Alkaline food chart when doing the weekly shop and bought an alkaline water filter. We quickly got used to having yummy salads with meat or fish at lunchtime instead of high carb and processed foods.
It was about 3 months later that I booked in to see my GP again. I was really nervous and my palms were sweaty. But I was very excited to share the changes I had made with my doctor. The doctor wrapped the blood pressure monitor around my arm, and I held my breath in anticipation.
The doctor often had a worried look on his face but now it was only held a look of surprise. My blood pressure had come down to a healthy level. I felt so proud of myself for getting back in control of my health and was excited to share the good news with my wife and kids. I no longer had to worry about having a stroke and becoming dependent on others. I had the energy to continue my work with the local council and to have a yarn with my mates while fishing and playing golf. My wife and I were having more fun then we'd had for ages. It was refreshing to be able to laugh with her again.
The results were more than I could hope for. I had turned my ship away from the storm and I knew my life was about to change dramatically, for the better. So today I have a simple question for you, would you like to achieve similar results in your own life?"
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If you are looking for a healthy diet to change your life for the good then Paleo diet is the best option available. This diet is actually based on the idea of eating foods that our bodies were actually made for thousands of years ago. Such foods were there to the early people through gathering and hunting. During the modern times, innovation in technology have made other foods like processed items, dairy products etc. which are not that simple to digest. Foods that are recommended in this diet provide the body with longer lasting and more efficient results that even help in burning the fat.
The Paleo diet is believed to be perfect for regulation of blood regulation, digestion, better sleep and metabolism. There is no right way of eating in this diet. Everyone eats as per their body type and preferences. While some eat low carb diet, others opt for high carb one with loads of plants.
What types of foods are included in the Paleo diet?
It is often confusing as to what all to eat in the Paleo diet. There are a lot of fish, meats, poultry, vegetables, fruits, eggs, healthy fats from avocado, coconut etc that can be had in this diet. Actually the options are innumerable and your plate will always be filled with something interesting to eat. So, what all to eat? Let’s check it below:
• Meats: Beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork and others.
• Fish and Seafood: Salmon, trout, haddock, shrimp, shellfish, etc. Choose wild-caught if you can.
• Eggs: Choose free-range, pastured or Omega-3 enriched eggs.
• Vegetables: Broccoli, kale, peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
• Fruits: Apples, bananas, oranges, pears, avocados, strawberries, blueberries and more.
• Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and more.
• Healthy Fats and Oils: Lard, tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil
• Salt and Spices: Sea salt, Himalayan salt, garlic, turmeric, rosemary, etc.
What to avoid in Paleo Diet?
Soy, refined sugar, alcohol, grains, pasteurized dairy etc. are some of the items that you need to avoid when following the Paleo diet. Also, you don’t need to keep a record of the macronutrients or calories on this diet. But if you want to lose weight then it is recommended that you cut on carbs and restrict your consumption of potatoes and nuts.
So, now as you are aware of what all to eat and what to avoid, you can prepare your meal diet properly and follow the diet without any hassle.
More than a diet
Apart from providing a fit body, there are a lot of health benefits as well that can be enjoyed with the Paleo diet. For many people the very fact that this diet offers best results is what all they need. Enhanced blood lipids, less pain from autoimmunity and weight loss are the proof. A lot of people are not actually satisfied with following the recommendations like a strict diet or exercise schedule.
So, in all, it can be said that Paleo diet is not just any diet which helps in keeping fit, it is a healthy lifestyle to adopt.
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