Address Your Heart With Campbells

 

This post is sponsored by Campbell’s.  All the opinions stated herein are 100% my own.

 

 

 

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Family History is Not a Reason to be Complaisant

 

I am not proud to say that my family is not the model of health.  I have a very long line of heart and health problems.

Sigh.

Nobody has really made any steps to change anything.  I remember very clearly my mother saying – everybody in my family has diabetes, so I will not be surprised if I eventually get it too.  That statement really bothered me.  Why sit there and accept the inevitable (because it will be inevitable if you don’t do anything about it)?  I don’t get that.  Why not rally against it as hard as possible?

Unfortunately, my extended family has had more than it’s share of catastrophic losses – mostly consisting of massive heart attacks that could have probably been prevented if they would have taken care of themselves.  In the beginning, if changes were made, perhaps they might be still be alive.

Possible changes.
 

  • Recognize that there is a problem that needs to be changed.
  • Yearly doctor visits to check blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar, etc.
  • If there is a problem, change eating and exercise habits
  • Stop smoking
  • Stop drinking

 
Our family has been plagued by high blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart failure, and diabetes.  Mostly, they didn’t stay on top of the visits to the doctor.  They didn’t take the time to take care of themselves.  Even me.  After my 3rd pregnancy, my blood pressure started increasing.  I didn’t know if it was due to genetics, eating or maybe a combination, but I knew the following…
 

  1. I didn’t want to live on prescription drugs – as they only cover up and never treat.
  2. I didn’t want heart disease.
  3. I was going in the wrong direction.

 
After seeing so many of the people who I love succumb, it was time to step-up, suck-it-up, and do something to stop it.

So, that’s what I’m doing.

I am making changes.  I started an aggressive eating and exercise program.   I have a portioned controlled calorie restrictive diet paired with an aggressive 30-minute a day, 7-day a week exercise program. Within 4 weeks, I lost 16 lbs and my blood pressure decreased dramatically (10+ points).  I have a long way to go in terms of weight loss, but if I can do that with all my family history – anybody can do it.

 
 

Setting a Good Example

 
I am trying to set a good example for my children so that they see the importance of taking care of themselves.

They see me…
 

  1. Weighing and measuring foods
  2. Making healthier choices at home and at the grocery store
  3. Exercise – as they exercise everyday with me
  4. Drink a lot of water
  5. Talking about the importance of being healthy in everyday life
  6. Going to the doctor and getting check-ups
  7. Going to the dentist

 

I’m pretty busy.  I blog and I homeschool.  Just with those two things, I hardly have time to sleep.  With the daily exercise and healthy eating – I’m running on negative time.  I have neither the time nor money to be able to shop at fancy co-ops and prepare gourmet meals with acai and wheatgrass.  I need something fast and easy that I can make – and the kids will enjoy.

My kids love Mexican, Chicken, Pasta, and Rice.  So I went to Address Your Heart and found heart healthy tips and 21 recipes approved by the American Heart Association (AHA).

 

Here are some of our favorite recipes…

 

Anything over brown rice is great!
 

 

When you are ready to head to the store and purchase your ingredients, check out the money-saving coupons and special offers available from Campbell’s here.

 
 
 
 

My plunge – I have pretty much come to the conclusion that because of my history, I’m going to have to watch what I eat very closely – for the rest of my life. Are you ready to take the plunge and help get your family more heart healthy?
 

Lisa
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About Lisa

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Comments

  1. Thank you for linking up and sharing this encouraging post on the #smallvictoriessunday linky. Heart disease runs in my family too and it’s important to make healthy choices everyday. I applaud you for teaching your kids too. Thanks for the recipes and coupons.

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