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. 

Annual Physical

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.

Discussion with Doctor

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. 

Commitment

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. 

Results

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.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.