It was about this time, last year, when I took myself to Emergency because I wasn’t feeling well and after a bunch of tests and a follow up appointment, my doctor said I’ve had a pattern of high blood pressure but I was always kind of teetering between the numbers of high blood pressure. He then gave me a prescription for some kind of high blood pressure pills.
I am not a doctor. Go to your doctor for medical advice.
I have Kaiser as my health care provider and you may have doctor “A” in December and in February, you may have doctor “B”. So, my immigrant doctor was very harsh in his words to me but it was exactly what I needed to hear.
High Blood Pressure (HBP) is not a hereditary disease but a lifestyle eating condition.
High Blood Pressure, Diabetes Type 2 and High Cholesterol are all kind of interconnected. HBP runs in my family but again, it’s not heredity, it’s how we eat.
I had to do a lot of research to figure out how to stop taking the darn HBP pills because it was making me pee nonstop.
- I made myself the priority to wellness. I walk five to seven days a week for at least 30 minutes a day. When life is hectic for whatever reason, I will break my walk up, i.e., a quick 15 minute walk in the morning or afternoon and then a 30 minute walk in the evening. When I make myself the priority, I figure out ways to meet my daily walk goals. I also received money for a gym membership for a year because when we have inclement weather – it’s rainy or it’s too hot – I can go to the gym and continue my health goals.
- I changed how I cook. I’ve added a lot more fresh vegetables to our meals and cutting back on the starches. I stay away from using prepackaged foods as much as I can because I cannot control the salt and sugars used in prepackaged foods. Even things like breakfast cereal, yogurt, frozen dinners and lunchmeat.
- Letting go of stressful people and situations.
I think the biggest factor in lowering my blood pressure and getting off the pills was making myself a priority. It sounds simple but it works!