Living the Dream

Fighting High Blood Pressure


   This has become an everyday habit for me as of the last year, but I’ve really been taking it to task lately. Having to read labels sucks, but has been very enlightening as well. Those of you that know that I have a weakness for coffee, chocolate milk, pizza and cheeseburgers and fries. I won’t say those days are completely gone, but I try to maintain some balance. 

   As I try to stay away from fast food, I️ started eating more subs thinking that was a better option and adding baked chips. It seems that things that are considered heather options are still loaded with sodium. Some examples: 2 slices of deli turkey- 500+mg, multigrain bread-150 mg, energy bars-240 mg, peanut butter-140mg. These are just a few, but the list is long and strong. One of the funniest ones I’ve seen is an Organic cookie that had 80mg of sodium, but it was only for 1/2 a cookie. Who the hell eats just 1/2 a cookie?  

   Hypertension runs in my family, as well as anxiety. So, I also have to control my anxiety because it has a direct correlation to my blood pressure. I absolutely hate taking medication, but this is the hand that I have been dealt. So, I cook more at home, try to drink more water, hardly drink alcohol, drink decaf(sucks) coffee, started drinking hot green tea with honey at night, try to get to be earlier, and lower my stress(haha)!!! I’m getting back in the gym after being either in Ga or SC every week for the last few months. This is definitely a lifestyle change and is going to take some work. I’ve always been able to eat whatever I want, but apparently those days are over. A word of advice, if you’re over the age of 35, overweight, especially African-American, go get your BP checked. After all, it has earned the reputation as The Silent Killer for good reason. If anyone has any good no/low sodium recipes, please send them my way. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you all soon. Fairways and Greens! RBGOLF