During the next three Health Blog Articles I will discuss diet. A little over three years ago I had several health challenges. Frequently I would cough and have a running nose. I was overweight and had a lack of energy. It was difficult to focus during lengthy business calls.
During my annual physical, my doctor reviewed all my blood tests. My pulse and blood pressure were excellent. I exercised from two to three hours a day my entire life, so my pulse and blood pressure have always been good. My Cholesterol was too high (over 220). My A1C was in the mid-range approaching diabetes. The remainder of the blood tests were in the safe range.
My doctor told me the A1C and the Cholesterol were serious. I needed to do something about it immediately. Since I already exercised regularly, he recommended a major change in my diet. I will cover part of his suggestions in this article. The major change was to drink water instead of sodas, fruit juice, or other flavored drinks. Dropping soft drinks was a major challenge for me. I drank diet sodas for the past thirty years. Some days I would drink five or six bottles. He suggested that I drink water regularly, but he suggested drinking tea without sweeteners occasionally.
I decided to commit to avoid soft drinks, juices, and focus on water and tea. To limit my drinking to water and tea took many prayers and a strong commitment. It was extremely difficult for the first week. However, during the second week I began to enjoy water and found ice tea satisfying during a meal.
By the end of the first month, I notice a major improvement. At about the same time that I started drinking the water, I began using the Vasayo Energy drink daily. A combination of having much more energy in the afternoon, being able to concentrate, and losing weight changed my productivity, and I enjoyed work and play much more.
After the first month, I did not miss the soft drinks and began enjoying tea. My doctor made other suggestions that helped. I will cover them in the next two Health Articles.