Thursday, April 12, 2007

Heart disease

A good friend was recently diagnosed with Angina.

Just before that, he was concerned about a spot on his lungs. The patch went on, and the focus was on lung cancer.

On Good Friday he admitted himself into the hospital with chest pains. The following week he got an angioplasty - he's 38.

Life has to completely change for him. Everything, from the eating habits to the lifestyle changes.

My hubby and I are fans of the whole food diet, organic diet, and less is more in general. This doesn't mean we don't ever eat junk. That being said, we rarely pick up fast food or eat chain food, too many mom-and-pop shops around to try out in Hogtown, but we have been known to buy oven-baked fries, or some PC prepared product you can shove in an oven with a blink of an eye.

But the bulk of our diet is whole foods. We like to cook, we like to eat, and we eat with gusto.

And, happily, so does our child.

Our buddy now is constantly asking us for advice. He bought a huge bag of flax seeds and sprinkles some on almost all the food he eats now. We encouraged him to grind them first, as per Rosie Schwartz's article in the National Post recently regarding the benefits of ground flax vs whole flax. (The article appeared in the newspaper and isn't available on the web.)

It's a start.

Our aim now is to help him stay away from the processed foods, even if they are stamped by some health authority. Whole foods are better for you anyway.

I am spurred to keep my food blog going, with a new emphasis. To help those who need to change their diet with tips and recipe ideas from a non-expert who lives a healthy life.

1 comment:

Melissa R. Garrett said...

I'm so sorry about your friend,but how wonderful that it has prompted a change in lifestyle. And kudos to you for being so grand and helping out :-)