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Last week my husband underwent a heart catheterization, which is a procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. Before performing the procedure, the doctor informed us that he would not be surprised if he would not have to place stents in my husbands arteries that day, or worst case, prepare him for bypass surgery, based on his symptoms and family history. Needless to say, we were kind of extremely worried.

Honestly, I was a nervous wreck, especially after they took him back. He wasn’t gone long; about an hour before the doctor came to talk to me. And it was good news: the blockages were less than 70%, so no stents were placed and definitely no need for bypass surgery! They did find artery spasms, a lot of them, and they are treating that with some pretty good medication now. The spasms can be very dangerous as it can lead to heart attacks…but those account for the excruciating chest pains he’s been having, even while he’s at rest (heck, he was sedated, and the doctor was able to take pictures of them).

One good thing this did, I think, was wake my husband up. He is not a young man anymore, and the time for living like hell is over, or should be. He has to take care of himself and stop putting his health last, especially if he wants to see his children grown and get to spoil future grandchildren someday. This includes what he puts inside of his body. We’ve been talking about it for several weeks now, and I think he is finally on board with it: we are preparing our household for a lifestyle change!

We are going organic.

Yep! Shocking, isn’t it? We’re going to become tree huggers!! Well…not politically (sorry, libs!), just as it concerns our food and what nots. I’ve been doing so much research into this in the past few weeks, and I’m still not done. We will be eating more organic fruits and veggies and less red meat (though we still will eat some meat…but when we do, we will buy our meat from a local farmer, not the freezer section at Kroger or Walmart, and this goes for white meat too). We may even be going in with another family or two and buying a whole cow after the new year, having it butchered, packaged and put in our deep freeze. Money saving and healthier as I know where the cow is coming from (grass fed and not pumped full of hormones, etc). By the way, if anyone has experience with any of this, I’d love to hear it!

I’ve been slowly clearing out my cabinets and deep freeze….preparing the way and we are almost there. I’m not buying anymore junk to fill it. I want my family healthier. I think this lifestyle change will do wonders not just for my husband, but for myself and my kids as well. I hope to have gone fully organic by the New Year. Wish us luck…I know it’s not going to be easy…but is anything worthwhile every really easy?

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Betty
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October 26, 2013 3:58 pm

I’m sorry to hear about the health problems your husband has. I know your family is going through so much already. Your family is in my prayers. Good luck on going organic. It sounds like a wonderful idea to get healthier.

Cynthia
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October 28, 2013 4:09 am

I’m sorry to hear about your husbands health issues. It is wonderful that you are making changes for the whole family. I am considering joining a CSA for organic fruits and veggies. I’ve love to hear more about your journey with the family lifestyle change.

Sarah
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October 28, 2013 10:34 am

Sorry to hear about your husband’s health! Healthier options are still yummy options!

Andrea
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October 28, 2013 10:34 am

Sending lots of healing thoughts to your husband, and energizing thoughts to both of you as you make this lifestyle change together. My family started drinking organic milk a few years ago, and we have had less sicknesses — I truly think it makes a difference. Also, they do sell organic, humanely raised meat at our local Super Target — it’s less expensive than in a smaller grocery store. You might check there, if there is one near you. Congratulations on this new healthy step!

Roz K. Walker
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October 28, 2013 2:52 pm

Glad to hear he didn’t need evasive procedures done. Changing his diet is the best thing he can do. Both my husband and father have heart conditions and a change in diet has helped them both tremendously.

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