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Two years ago, 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.
On March 23, 2011, 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. It took a life threatening situation to become the person I am today and I like this new and improved Ian.
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.
I have found that eating a plant-based diet and avoiding oil can drastically improve your health. My last carotid artery sonograms showed substantial reduction in plaque; essentially reversing 40 years of buildup in a very short period of time. Not to mention the 20-25% weight loss.
I had no plan and it ended in a hospital. I do not want to go back. I share my experiences for one simple reason.
I wish someone had told me sooner.