Today we received some wonderful news! My dear client, Becky, that I have been working with for a year in January has gotten her lab results back from her cardiologist. Our goal was to lower her cholesterol without having to take medication. Her LDL Cholesterol was a high 156 and is now a low 126! When people have high LDL thier arteries build up with plaque causing higher risk of a heart attack. So on top of this great news, Becky also learned that she had no plaque build up in her arteries! She took control before the build up. Way to go Becky!
One way Becky wanted to tackle her high cholesterol was to eat healthier, which is why she called me. We worked together to find the right things that she enjoyed eating but with a healthy twist. I began making her breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks. I had her eat a breakfast of healthy granola, greek yogurt and fresh berries or smoothies. I made salads with sockeye salmon or lean meats for lunches that she could bring into work. Dinners ranged from Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with olives and capers to Asian Stir Fry’s with as many fresh vegetables as possible.
This is such great news for all of us looking to take control of our lives with out the quick fix of a pill. Now, I won’t go ranting about my personal opinion of drugs, because I have taken my fair share. However, I will say, the magic pill isn’t always the answer and, we as individuals have to decide what is best for ourselves. In my humble opinion, it does take time and giving yourself that is most important. This is not the easy way out. This takes dedication and patients to see great results. Good news though! There are no strange side effects of eating healthy other than looking at yourself in the mirror wondering who the stud is staring back!
Becky and I continue to work together to keep her happy, healthy and out of the Doctors office. I have added new clients this year that would like help with their diets, too. We all want to feel good and that starts with eating and sleeping well. If we are on a mental journey of wellness, it is super hard to focus when our belly hurts! I encourage all of you to start your journey to wellness and reach out to someone who can help you on the path. G&H would be thrilled to help you with your meals! It is super easy. Many of us don’t have time to plan, shop and cook. Some of us just don’t want to do the planning, shopping or cooking! Either way is ok! That is what I am here for. And, you get to continue on with your life but in a healthier way. And, selfishly, I get to fulfill my desire to help others with something I know a little bit about!
Today I am sharing one of the most simplest of salads but so beautiful and delightful. I like it because it is simple to make and beautiful to see but mostly because it is mouthwateringly fresh in the mouth.
Arugula with Walnuts, Grapefruit, Blue Cheese and Lime Dressing
1 large bunch Arugula
1-2 Pink or Yellow Grapefruits (or both) cut into segments with out skin or peel
Handful of Walnuts
3 ounces Maytag’s Goat’s Milk Blue Cheese
1 Lime Juiced
1/4 cup Good Olive Oil
pinch of salt and pepper
Mix Lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Set the dressing aside. Assemble a nice pile of your arugula on a plate. Then sprinkle some walnuts, blue cheese and segments of grapefruiton top. Drizzle your dressing over the salad when you are ready to serve. Now, that is simple, fresh and delicious! Just the way G&H likes it.
We are all on different journeys in our lifetime. Life can be terribly difficult and wonderfully satisfying all in the same week. One thing we all need though is food. Here’s to taking control and living and eating wholeheartedly! la vie est belle!