(two weeks ago)
Peace Corps Nurse: “Jedd, I don’t like that number, you are borderline for high blood pressure?”
It didn’t make any sense to me. Michelle and I workout 6 times a week in the morning, going against my Myers Brigg personality type that would rather sleep in and work out when I feel like it. I’ve lost weight since moving to Jamaica (which is an incredible feat in itself because of the tasty, sugary, starchy, and fatty food). I’m pretty sure I weigh less than what I weighed in college.
So how could I be borderline for high blood pressure?
Nurse: “Are you sleeping well?” “Are you anxious about anything?”
Me: “Been sleeping ok and feeling ok.”
Nurse: “Are you eating a lot of salt in your diet?”
Me: “So fried chicken twice a week and adding salt to other meals isn’t a good thing?”
I’m an emotional eater. I eat when I feel like it, and I eat what I feel like eating. There’s never been a science to me regarding what I ate. I love to eat and I eat what gives me pleasure. Looking back at this past summer, I went through a stressful time running summer camps and I think I coped with my stress with eating. Did I think about the consequences for what I ate? I didn’t really think too much about it till recently. A warning for high blood pressure was a good wake-up call for me, I needed to make a change. Continue reading “Intentional Eating”