Many of our Cardiology patients in West Houston constantly ask us about what they can do to improve their condition, and ultimately the best thing any of us can do is to eat a heart healthy diet!
This sounds difficult but if you consider the alternatives it really is not that big of a challenge. After all, how difficult is it to take multiple pills daily, worry about another heart attack, or reduce your activities to a minimum? When stacked up against these types of alternatives, changing the food you put in your mouth doesn't seem so difficult.
Consider this last statement carefully: changing the food you put in your mouth. I put it this way to illustrate how trivial food really is, and how important our lifestyles are. When you eat badly, you are trading time with your spouse, time with your kids, and/or time with your grandkids for food (because your life ends unnecessarily early). This sounds blunt, but that is what you are doing, and that is what happens.
For most of us, myself included, eating has always been a luxury, and meat has been the center of this luxury since birth. We have all been trained well by the various government agencies who decide what is or is not healthy, and for most of us our impression of a healthy diet is very wrong.
Many Doctors in West Houston, including some of the Cardiologists in our group, have watched and agree with many of the dietary suggestions illustrated clearly in a documentary called "Forks Over Knives". www.forksoverknives.com
It has been out for some time, so you can download it online or rent it from your favorite movie rental place. It has changed the diet of many of our staff, some of our Cardiologists, and many other Doctors in West Houston.
If you are brave enough to look at food as a necessity, and are willing to try some amazing new recipes, spend a few hours researching vegan diets and watch the movie. The Cardiologists highlighted in the documentary are very well respected and work at one of the best heart hospitals in the country, so you can trust the information you see.
As a man living in Texas for the last 8 years, I am very well aware that many of my peers initially think I've gone soft because I don't eat steak anymore. I will tell you from experience after losing 20 pounds without changing anything but my diet, being overweight and slow is as soft as it gets. No man I know that has watched this movie questions me. They ask me for recipes.
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Neil Schmitz, Administrator