This past week I had an eventful experience that brought me to wanting to write this week’s article. The fact is, what we eat, is what we get.
My intention is to be as authentic and transparent with you always. Doing so, allows me to share my experiences and be able to shed light anywhere it’s needed as well as any challenges I may face along my journey that might, even in the slightest way, help you along yours.
We all face challenges at some point or another in our lives. I can only hope that in sharing my experiences and challenges, it will help you through yours and remind you that you are not alone.
An unexpected circumstance…
On Monday evening, my daughter, Melissa and I decided to eat out at our favorite local sushi restaurant so that we could maximize our time together while she is home from school on Spring break.
I had what I would normally order from their vegan/vegetarian option list. Nothing crazy.
About 30 minutes after getting home from dinner, I started to feel a sharp pain in the upper left side of my chest. I didn’t pay much attention to it thinking it would go away but it didn’t. I didn’t have any symptoms at all that would be alarming except for the sharp pain that would not subside.
All kinds of thoughts went through our heads. I thought maybe it was bacteria from poor food handling that made its way into my system but couldn’t be sure.
It would hurt to laugh, sometimes talk, if I leaned forward, and when I would take a deep breath which I often tend to do, I felt the pain sharpen even more.
Anyone that knows me, knows I am a deep breather. I often take deep breaths throughout the day as it makes me feel good and allows the release of tension and stress. When I found it hard to breath, I knew something wasn’t right and with my daughter, a current PA in training, there was no letting this go!
What could this be?
Honestly, I still had no idea at this point what this could be, as the pain didn’t seem to be going away. The elephant in the room was, “Could this be a heart attack?”
Naturally, my daughter was worried and concerned given all that she has been learning in school but in my mind, all was well and it would all blow off soon enough.
I didn’t think it was anything crazy because I didn’t have any symptoms that would point to that conclusion so I really didn’t know what to think. Instead, I just went to bed with the thoughts that it would go away overnight.
Before going to bed, Melissa suggested I take an aspirin to thin out the blood in case of a blood clot. I refused at first but to appease her and put her nerves at ease, I did. This was after a pharmacy run since I don’t keep any kind of pills on hand. I also promised that I would go to urgent care first thing in the morning to get checked out.
She checked on me throughout the night and all seemed well. The pain had subsided a bit and was down to a mild sensation when I awoke in the morning.
Before getting ready to head to urgent care, I made us both fruit smoothies. Mine consisted of pineapple, strawberries, and an apple. It wasn’t long after drinking half of it that I began to feel the pain shoot back up again. That is when we realized, it may have something to do with the acid fruit.
Off we went to urgent care!
When we got to the doctor’s office (also an urgent care facility), she checked my vitals and did an EKG. All tested normal and reflected perfect health. Because she was not fully equipped with other testing methods she wanted done, she sent me to the ER ordering further testing.
And that is how I ended up at the emergency room! She wanted to send me on an ambulance but I opted out of the dramatics and just had Melissa drive me.
When we got to the ER, I told them I was there for chest pain and not long after, I was admitted. I have to say; I’ve never seen anyone work so hard and fast to get a patient into an ER room. Wow! It was amazing.
Just say you have chest pain and you are in like Flynn!
Long story short, they ran all kinds of tests to rule out all life-threatening conditions and found nothing. I knew I was fine because I wasn’t having symptoms of any kind but still stumped as to what it could be. Melissa’s suggestion was either pleurisy, irritation on the lining of the lungs that could be caused by bacteria (my initial thoughts) or possibly acid reflux, inflammation in the esophagus. At this point, I was leaning more toward acid reflux since I realize I had over done it with the acid fruit.
Sure, enough, the ER doctor’s conclusion boiled down to one of the two just the same and because I was now clear of any life-threatening conditions, I was free to go.
Side note: One common question I did get from both doctors was, “Have you done any traveling that consisted of sitting for long hours?” The answer to that was, yes… I have. It was not too long ago that I had just gotten back from driving 12 hours (and back) to visit my family in South Florida.
The reason for that was that it could have resulted in a potential blood clot.
Two things I will never do again is:
- Drive for a long period of time without stopping
- Abuse the consumption of acid fruit
I am well aware that sitting for an extended length of time can lead to poor circulation, blood clots, as well as increase the risk of heart disease among other health complications so I do try to stay conscious of how long I sit before getting up and moving around. I also knew that driving for 12 long hours would not be healthy in the least but I did it anyway.
I was also aware that I was consuming too much acid fruit (pineapple, oranges, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, lemon) daily. Again, I did it anyway. It was easy and more economical considering the limited variety of fruit we get living in a colder climate.
Still, I know better and I also know that there are no excuses.
The funny thing is, I am always stressing to my clients, friends, and family to vary their fruits and greens making sweet fruit the dominant fruit and then sub-acid, and acid fruit.
I need to take my own advice!
Although I knew that I was eating acid fruit in abundance, I never imagined anything would happen to me. Why would it? After all, I am very healthy.
Just because I’m super healthy, doesn’t mean I am super-woman. Lesson learned!
I think we all feel that way sometimes whether we know we are healthy or not. We think that nothing could ever happen to us but the truth is, it can.
If we are not careful with the way we live our lives and choose to take our health for granted, we can expect to face consequences that could potentially be more alarming and life-threatening than just a low-risk, temporary condition.
I am not perfect and have never claimed to be. No one is. But I do learn from my mistakes and work to never repeat them. Mistakes are there to teach us and help us to grow. Look at them as a positive and embrace the lessons to be learned from them.
Always listen to your body…
Our bodies are an extremely powerful piece of machinery. Much more powerful and omnipotent than it gets credit for. Your body takes a beating day in and day out starting with what you put into it and it also has its way of letting you know when something is wrong.
What you feed it is what you will get out of it. This goes not only for the type of foods you consume, but also how much, and in what food combination.
Some of the results you can expect are:
- Loss of energy
- Aches and pains
- Unhealthy weight gain
- Fast-track aging
- Development of digestive disorders or other form of disease including cancer
The same applies to raw foods. If raw foods aren’t properly combined or if the same foods are consumed in abundance without variation, you can expect the same results listed above.
When you feed your body anything other than whole foods, you are fueling it with toxicity causing toxins to build up and wreak havoc on your system. Fuel your body with foods that nourish it and make it feel alive and well, not foods that harm it and cause deterioration.
You wouldn’t fuel your car with diesel fuel when it functions optimally on unleaded, would you?
Of course, not. If you did, your car would break down and you’d end up without a reliable form of transportation causing chaos and financial burden.
The same works with your body.
If you fuel your body with unhealthy and processed foods, your body too will begin to break down. Except in this case, it’s your life that’s at stake. Something to marinade on… Just not too long!
Fuel your body with the foods it has been designed to consume, raw fruits and vegetables. It will reap great rewards and save you money in the long run while keeping you from the development of unwanted disease and allowing you to live your very best life.
Take care of your body for it is your temple and the only place you have in which to live out the rest of your life.
Your Turn: Have a life altering health experience you’d like to share? Share it in the comments below!
Here’s to healthy living!