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The ideal spot for Instead of Flowers is on the night stand next to the patient in the recovery ward or leaving the doctor’s office with bad news.
It is that precise moment in life, when lightning has struck, that you need a plan.
Since my heart disease diagnosis in 2011 and subsequent quadruple bypass surgery at the age of 40, I have learned a few things!
I share my experience not in an attempt to persuade. I am not a preacher. I am not a leader. I share only to shed light on these defining moments in a lifetime and the power that exists in harnessing them.
My goal is not to write another nutrition book filled with recipes or pictures of my favorite foods. I have not written an “I command you to obey” type of book either. I am of the personality; if you tell me to do something I will probably do the opposite.
I have come across a course of action, through nutrition, that has extraordinary benefits. But the food is a small part of the overall plan. Simply, having a plan provides extraordinary benefits. My overwhelming motivation is to provide you with the knowledge that a course of action is available when you find yourself in tough circumstances.
In 2011, I could not have imagined my life today. At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with heart disease; four major blockages that if left alone would have ended my life quickly.
I had my chest sawed open. It was singularly the most influential event in my life and in hindsight I would not change a thing. I am glad it happened.
The lightning bolt moments are as rare as a strike of electricity to the head. They either kill you or offer you the opportunity to walk away with a second chance. It is precisely these moments that need to be deconstructed because they happen in an instant. These moments exist a lifetime as either regret or epiphanies.
The reality is, we have no way of knowing how we will exit this world. For some of us, we will lead long full lives and gently succumb in our sleep at a ripe old age. For others it will be a tragic exit, leaving loved ones to question how it could have happened.
However, the majority of us will face the challenge of fighting for our years and it comes down to a simple question.
Do you want to spend your last years in a gradual state of decline both mentally and physically? Or do you want to challenge the odds and finish up on your feet?
Your physical body has very simple needs. It is a fact of biology. Run your body on the core ingredients it needs, run it clean. Don’t let your mind dictate what the body wants. A foundation built on this simple approach will drastically move the odds of avoiding disease in your favor.
This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole.
The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on
Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’
The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, I know the way out.”
– Aaron Sorkin
Let me help you out of the hole.