Last week, when my hubby and I went to the drugstore, I noticed they were offering free blood pressure check. As it has been a while since I last monitored my BP, I decided to take advantage of the offer and was surprised to learn that I had an elevated reading of 160/110. I was diagnosed with hypertension in 2009, but I really thought that it has been controlled with the maintenance drugs I have been taking.
However, as my boss was out of town and I had a lot of things to do at work, I did not mind my elevated blood pressure and went to work every day. When the weekend came, I was already suffering from severe headaches, nape pain, weakness in my limbs and dizziness. Because of this, I was unable to work yesterday and decided to have myself checked.
Earlier today, during my visit to my cardiologist, I learned that my BP had spiked to 190/110 and I was already 145 pounds. I am aware that I’ve got elevated blood pressure and have gained weight, I just did not know it was this bad. So, I was started on a new course of medications and was strictly ordered to lose 40 pounds with the aim to get to the desired weight of 105 pounds to my height of an inch over 5 feet.
I was told that I must stay away from a whole lot of food I love like fresh bread and baked goodies from the bakery oven. My heart cried at the thought of not being able to inhale my favourite soft white breads, croissants, turnovers, pastries and cookies. I could not get to eat savoury and sweet tarts anymore. I should also stop eating processed food like Spam, bacon and hotdogs as well as junk food like burgers, pizza and French fries. And, as I should start on a low-carb, low-salt and low sugar diet, I was also asked to stay away from rice, pasta and all types of potatoes.
As a result, I started researching salad and veggie dish recipes and below are my favourites:
Martha Stewart’s Chopped Salad with Shrimp and Lime-Buttermilk Dressing
Who wouldn’t want anything from the world renowned Martha Stewart, right? Especially if it is a salad that comes with shrimp. Going healthy looks good right here.
Recipe Hub’s Mango Tomato Salad
As a lover of mangoes and tomatoes, this salad is right up my alley. I could eat this every day.
Of course, I also have my own recipes and they are shown in the images below:
I will make all these dishes again because I need to. I am aiming to lose a pound a day, thereby shedding, hopefully, the 40 pounds my doctor wants me to take off my weight with 40 to 60 days at the most.
I know it won’t be easy. I’ll probably get cranky because of the hunger and the cravings. I’ll most likely want to turn on my aunt’s baking equipment to whip up something starchy and yummy one of these days and cry for not being able to do what I want. No matter what will happen though, I am sure I will stick to my diet and not just lose weight to look good, but most importantly to be healthy.
How about you? How is your health lately? Share your story with me, I’d love to know about it.