Eating Clean

I can’t believe I am writing this entry but I feel like God has given me a bunch of signs that I need to start eating clean and start taking care of my health.

– The #1  factor is the untimely death of my dog Lewy from advanced cardiovascular disease.  Lewy was only seven (59 in human years).  Even though he was considered a senior, he was a very early senior and an active one at that.  After speaking to Rob’s cousin who is a dog-owner and works at a natural pet-food store, I learned that DIET pays a huge part in cardiovascular health and that the dog food that is mass produced on shelves is not fit for an animal’s diet at all.
– Lewy died in February which also happens to be Heart Health Month, since cardiovascular disease is the number one killers of humans.
– Kristina and Andrew have decided to start eating a casual plant-based diet and have been growing their own fresh veggies/herbs out of an Aerogarden
– My friend Maricel has been talking the hell out of Kimberly Snyder, a nutritionist to the stars who advocates living a clean, whole food lifestyle.
– I have felt a weird tingly sensation down my lower leg every time I eat heavy meat-based meals
– When I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma a few years back, one of the strains of chemotherapy they gave me was warned to have an effect on 95% of patients’ hearts
– My cancer had spread to my heart so that area was also radiated on
– Kristina suggested that I watch Forks Over Knives, a documentary that shows that diabetes, high cholestorol, blood pressure and heart disease can be warded off just by switching to a plant-based diet

OK, after reading this list, I realize that I should have started thinking about my cardiovascular health WAYYY before Lewy died.  I mean — cancer that has spread to your heart?  If that happened to one of my friends I would freak out.  However, as they say — you never pay attention to warning signs until something bad happens to someone you love.  I feel awful about not giving Lewy the proper nutrition he needed.  But maybe his death was a way to show me that I am not getting the proper nutrition I needed either.

So anyways — a new part of my blog is going to be dedicated on how I make the switch to being a healthier, vibrant person.   And if you are out with me and I decide to eat a burger– please don’t judge — I’m still the same old hedonistic Kimberly after all.  And I will also try not to preach about my new diet because I know freaking annoying those people are, and if I do start preaching, feel free to punch me in the face.

Also, Rob just woke up and is sitting next to me now and wants to write something:

Lewy – I just wanted to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being there for Kimberly and her family. She always told me stories about how she picked you out from the farm (instead of your limpy brother) and how you were always there for her after chemotherapy. My favorite memory of you is when we picked you up from the kennel and you had the BIGGEST smile on your face – I had no idea dogs could smile like that but it made sense since you’re a Van. I honestly did not like dogs until I met you, and thank you for eventually accepting me to be with Kimberly (I could tell after you stopped biting my ankles and pants). May you rest in peace, as we will always love you and remember our time with you.

PS: Rob just teared up while writing this which means he really DID love Lewy (I always assumed he was lying for my sake).

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  1. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, but I think it’s great that you’re taking something positive out of it. I also wanted to recommend watching Food, Inc. or reading any of Michael Pollan’s books. The movie pretty much changed the way I thought about food and the decisions I make at the grocery store! good luck :)

  2. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about Louis/Lewy. I remember his energy!

    One of my hobbies is watching food documentaries on Netflix, & you learn a lot, but it can also be scary to hear what you are putting into your body on a regular basis when it comes to unnatural foods (anything in a box or a bag) or even beef! I liked King Corn, which is about the production of corn in the United States. Forks Over Knives felt a little preachy to me at the end, but it’s basically the message that vegetables & grains have just as much protein & is better for you than meat. I’ve been trying to eat vegetarian at least a few nights a week. Now I just need to stop eating so much cheese.

  3. Good luck with everything Kimberly. Healthy is a great choice, one that I still haven’t made for myself. Losing a pet is always always hard. People who don’t have pets don’t usually understand, but it is like losing a family member. I’ve lost two dogs in my lifetime and one of the reasons why I don’t have one now is because I am just not emotionally ready. <3 YOU

  4. Kim,
    Great post and Rob’s guest post totally made me tear up. I’m doing a meatless week this week to see how it changes my mood and overall health. I feel like looking at our diets is such an important thing! Not just for weightloss – lord knows I’ve lost zero – but just because we need to watch out for what we put into our systems and what happens as a result.

    Will be happy to follow your healthy eating adventures!

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