Ever since our dad dropped dead eating a pizza, dropping dead eating a pizza has been something all of us kids joke about happening to us. And by joke I mean we are all terrified. The fear (a few years ago) prompted me to lose weight, get healthier, and still be terrified. Then everyone got cancer and that added to our fear. Of course I started getting checked for every type of cancer regularly as the doctors suggested (thank you genetics!) but never got my heart checked out. For some reason, the cancer fear was winning the fear battle.
Last month I was flipping through the channels and happened upon the Dr. Oz show right when he said if you have a parent who suddenly drops dead while eating a pizza you are pretty much screwed. Those were not the exact words, but that is what I heard. I called the next morning and scheduled a physical. It's a good thing I did that! It turns out that to my complete shock and horror, I have the cholesterol levels of a person who eats at McDonald's followed by a pound of bacon and a cheesecake then sits and plays video games for 14 hours every day.
OH MY BUDDHA! Jokes become reality! Thanks, Dad.
I can't take the cholesterol-lowering medication yet due to some thyroid issues going on, so I'm on a 6 week diet of hormones, Cheerios, oatmeal, nuts, and olive oil to see if it makes any difference. It's not that much different than how I was eating before (despite my love for Trader Joe) except now if my left arm hurts while I am eating, I freak the hell out. I'm reading the cholesterol labels on everything! Calculating daily cholesterol totals and Weight Watchers points may require an advanced degree, or at the very least, a new app for my phone. If you haven't heard from me in a while, check the cereal or cookie aisles at Ralph's. I should be there with my notepad.
Visit Linda Woods Artworks for prints on canvas, paper, or wood for all size spaces and budgets.