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Monday, December 18, 2017

Positive changes


I posted the photo above to Instagram today, and I wrote the sarcastic caption because I always think it’s kind of funny how something that was a childhood staple for me is now so very different. But, it turns out, it’s been good.

The truth is, despite my sarcastic dig at doctors (which isn't serious), I’d made most of the general changes that sandwich represents without a doctor’s encouragement: I’m smart and I can read, so I made some dietary and lifestyle changes that when combined with medication, that stent, and refinements suggested by the doctor (and my own research) have paid off for me.

For example, I just got my latest routine blood test results, and one test’s results “likely excludes diabetes” and doesn’t need to be repeated any time soon—just as part of my routine cardio vascular disease assessment, something they do maybe a couple times a year.

But some of the changes I made on my own help with all that. I watch what I eat in the sense that I try to get enough fibre and fresh fruits and vegetables, and I’m doing much better with both. In addition to that sandwich, I had All Bran with fresh blueberries for breakfast this morning, and chicken and vegetables for dinner. I use very little salt, opting for the “low salt” variety when I just HAVE to have some, I don’t generally eat anything with sugar (like baked goods, which are a treat), and I stopped using white sugar in my coffee years ago.

On the other hand, there's debate around any number of choices I’ve made, with scientists making arguments for and against those choices, as well as for and against other choices. It’s all very confusing.

But I figure that if I feel well, and my various tests indicate I am well, then it’s pretty much full steam ahead, even if that means a (modified) peanut butter and jam sandwich. Adaptation can be pretty tasty, it turns out.

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