Hi, my name is Brian. I am a Firefighter/Paramedic and also a Cath lab tech. Everybody knows what a Firefighter does; some may not know what a Paramedic does, so I will explain briefly.
A firefighter in Florida is required to become a certified EMT or Paramedic. We run various degrees of medical calls, from a fall to cardiac arrest. The ambulance is basically our office and it resembles a small mobile Emergency Room. You can imagine what type of things we see on a daily basis. It’s not all bad as you might think, we get to talk to and help a lot of nice people.
I am also a part time Cath lab technician. In the Cath lab, or Catheterization lab, we see patients that have been sent to us by their primary doctors. They are sent because their doctor has determined from either an echocardiogram or a stress test that they are not getting enough oxygen to their heart muscle. This is mainly due to plaque build-up in the coronary arteries. The cardiologist runs a wire up through either the femoral artery or the radial artery into the coronary arteries to determine how bad the blockage is. If the blockage is bad enough, the patient will be scheduled for a stent placement. If it’s really bad they may need bypass surgery.
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Why Listen To Me?
I am in a unique position because I see the effects of people eating the typical American diet every day. I get to see the beginning of the journey, like a new onset of type 2 diabetes. I see new heart problems, like angina or a-fib. I see neurological problems, like TIA or stroke. And I unfortunately get to see the end result every day: cardiac arrest, major strokes, diabetic emergencies, extreme high blood pressure, etc. We had a lady wake up because her husband felt cold; he was dead from a heart attack at 55 years old. We lift people onto our stretchers that are over 300 pounds daily! We have patients that were a little winded from taking a stress test and came to find out at 60 years old they are going to need triple bypass surgery! Just imagine their quality of life after going through that.
The point I am trying to make is that these problems are all DIET RELATED problems. I always hear the worst statement ever; it always makes me laugh and cringe at the same time. “It’s genetics, my whole family has heart problems.” I know that there are things that are due to family history. One example is that you need a pacemaker, or you have narrow arteries, etc. In the Cath lab we take a patient history (past medical problems) and ask about their lifestyles. The patients that end up in the Cath lab always have the same story to tell. They have smoked for 20 years or more and still do, about 60% have type 2 diabetes, they don’t watch what they eat, no exercise worth mentioning, they are always on a ton of heart medications including beta blockers, coumadin, and many others.
Just An Excuse
I have never heard anybody tell me as a patient in the Cath lab of their confusion due to the fact that they eat mostly plant based foods, beans, seeds, nuts, sprouted grains, no dairy, no oils, etc. And at the fire department I have never ran a call for an obese vegetarian or a person having a heart attack due to eating too little hamburgers.
I do have to say that there are exceptions to the rule. I always get the one person that has a story of their old uncle Joe that “all he ate was veggies” or “he was a marathon runner” and they dropped dead for one reason or the other. “Eating all that kale isn’t good for you.” Or “you eat too much salad; you need more protein in your diet.” People who say this are usually are in the worst shape. Again, there are exceptions to the rule! Some people have underlying congenital issues that will cause problems regardless if they eat pizza every day or veggie juice. Now let’s talk about a diet for the 99% of other people. Not to mention that even those with the congenital problems will benefit from eating healthy anyway.
I want to say that the information that I provide has been ideas from about 20 different authors and diet guru’s from the last 10 to 15 years. I have, in my pea brain, come to finally filter out all of the garbage information. At the same time I have retained and put into practice all of the truthful and useful information. By doing this I have slowly dropped down to my optimal waist-to-height measurements. The key word is "slowly". You do not want to try to lose a bunch of water weight just to gain it back.
Ok, this is so simple that it won’t take you much time to read it, but if you are smart you will take ALL of your time to instill it into your life. DO NOT SLUFF THIS OFF! If you are gaining weight, are in poor health, have type 2 diabetes, uncontrolled food cravings, addicted to food, etc. Then this is for you!
Eat ½ fresh and ½ cooked veggies. Eat lots of kale, collards, mustard greens, spinach, and other green leafy veggies. They make you feel energized!
I personally use blended veggies for my sauces and salad dressings. I will blend up green pepper, garlic cloves, onion, celery, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar and use it for cooking or as a dressing. Eat meat as a garnish or flavoring only! Try to make it wild game or organic meats if possible but not necessary.
Do Not Eat This
Do not use oil on your food or cook with it, NOT EVEN OLIVE OIL! Do not eat white foods like potatoes, white rice, and pasta. No salt, sugar or sugar substitutes, meat except for flavoring, bread or baked goods except for sprouted grains. do not consume sauces or soups (too much sodium). Do not eat processed foods, EVER. Do not eat at a restaurant every week expecting it to be healthy. Do not eat fast food, fried foods, sodas (diet or regular). Its better just to cook your own food and bring it with you when you leave. Bring mostly veggies!
Here is what I think from what I have seen and tried. The “American Diet” is the perfect way to get heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and feel tired all the time. The more veggies, beans, live foods, and water you can replace for the bad foods in your diet the better. You will feel 100% better. You can start replacing your beta blockers, glucose control medications, Statins, cholesterol medications, pain pills, arthritis medications, or whatever you are on and start making your food your medicine!
If you are overweight then eat this way and also start to walk. If you can only walk for 10 minutes, then WALK FOR 10 MINUTES! You have to think to start somewhere and then build onto it. That is the key as well as not ever quitting! Do not quit ever! You have people that love you and want you to lose the weight but nobody is going to say anything because they know that it’s a touchy subject for you and really when it comes down to it, besides your family, nobody could care less about your health. I say that because people care, but they don’t REALLY care. People have their own problems to worry about. I want you also to listen to Eric Thomas you need to get motivated to do what needs to be done. Listen to him and look up other motivational videos. They are all over the internet for free. I listen to very inspirational videos on my MP3 player or my iPhone. If you need to, you can use a video to MP3 converter which can be found online. You can walk or jog while being motivated. Take your healthy food with you in containers that are portioned out. This way you are never hungry; at least not really hungry to the point of needing food. If you find yourself feeling hungry all the time, then start adding more fresh greens and solid veggies. You need to eat a lot more veggies than you think. Eat a huge bowl of kale with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers, olives, pine nuts, spinach, cucumbers, with about a golf ball sized piece of chicken every lunch. Don’t think of the reasons why you can’t; JUST DO IT! If you do nothing else, just start the process and don’t just keep looking around for easier ways to get into shape. You have now found your way!
NOW GET TO IT!