Three words you never want to hear: high blood pressure

High blood pressure. The three words, one little phrase, that started off this Monday with a wake-up call. While I’m happy these three words do not apply to me, they do apply to my man, who enjoys my meals everyday, which almost makes it worse.

For the most part, I’ve always thought that we live a healthy lifestyle: I buy fresh meat and vegetables from the Reading Terminal Market (RTM). We rarely eat dessert. The only time I fry something is when I’m making corn tortilla chips. We both exercise on a regular(-ish) basis, at least 2 – 3 times per week.

But, of course with a little bit of research, I have narrowed it down to two main culprits: sodium and alcohol, but the main one is sodium.

Doritos Jacked

A big source of sodium./ Photo: brandchannel.com

While I don’t cook with a lot of salt (and now I will be eliminating it almost completely), it is most prevalent in the snacks that we eat, such as:

  • beef sticks (ones sold by the Amish in the RTM)
  • potato chips (mostly sour cream and onion and the new Doritos jacked enchilada supreme flavor)
  • salted nuts
  • store-bought condiments (ketchup, BBQ sauce etc.)
  • cheese

As for alcohol, we’ll be changing consumption so that no more than two drinks will be had in one day. Not that we drank much more than that anyway (at 4’11” I’m not built to handle more than two drinks), but it’s definitely something to be aware of.

This news was definitely a wake up call (although, honestly I shouldn’t be that surprised) that we can be healthier and I’m definitely not a person who falls back on any “miracle” pills. We’ve caught it at an early stage, so thankfully hypertension won’t become an issue. Going forward the plan is to reduce our (yes, this is also a chance for me to switch my eating habits) sodium intake by eating healthier snacks, monitoring alcohol consumption, and exercising more.

Previously, I was fine with still buying a couple processed snacks that I just couldn’t resist every now and then (hence the Doritos), but now I definitely plan on making the change to all healthy, all the time. What better time to start making more things from scratch than now? I do have that cookbook Make the Bread, Buy the Butter.

Did you know that currently 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure? Have you ever had wake up calls when it comes to your eating habits or lifestyle?

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