365 Raw: Day 72 with “Heart”

Heart-HealthI’ve wondered for a while if I had some heart issues going on. Years ago when I was pregnant with the 13 year old, I was supposed to go in to see a cardiologist for some “fluttering” I had in my chest. I ended up canceling the appointment because I was put into the hospital for pre-term labor. Well, as you can see in my symptoms list below, chest pain became a regular occurrence in the last few years. It still happened from time to time after we switched to a vegan diet. I had plenty of the signs and symptoms of heart problems, but I just couldn’t bring myself to go to the doctor. I wasn’t sure I wanted to know. The most disturbing was when I would exercise (especially running). I would have intense shortness of breath and often felt like someone was sitting on my chest. This really inhibited my running performance, something that had come so easily when I was younger.

Well, I don’t know if it’s that my heart has improved or what, but I went for a two mile run yesterday… after having not run in almost two weeks. This isn’t something I’ve been able to do for a very, very long time. Taking that much time off would generally have me starting over with run/walk intervals. It amazes me how quickly my heart rate and breathing return to normal after exercise now. I no longer have chest pains or shortness of breath or that heavy feeling in my chest. Another surprise is that I still have extra weight on me, and yet I feel better conditioned than when I weighed far less than this. Hopefully, whatever was up with my heart is getting better and those issues are behind me.

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What I read: Deuteronomy 5-7

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 1 banana, a couple of grapes
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Afternoon Snack – 1 banana, Two moms in the raw goji nut bar
  • Dinner – Two moms in the raw goji nut bar + Apple Juice 

What I did: TKD class (1.5 hrs) + 2 mile run

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 72:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

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