Avoiding "Emotional" Heart Attacks

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We've helped hundreds of people lower their blood pressure and get off HBP medications. It's simpler than most people think... but not always easy. Our bodies have an amazing intelligence and ability to monitor and adjust all of its systems constantly.

As Dr. Joel Fuhrman pointed out in the Whole Food Conference we were at last weekend, high blood pressure is the result of a pro-inflammatory diet, a diet high in sugar, oil and salt, animal and dairy products, processed foods and alcohol. With a diet like this the arteries become inflamed and lay down fat to reduce the inflammation. The problem with that is that the fat prevents the arteries from expanding and contracting the way they're designed to as the heart pumps the blood through our bodies.

When the arteries lose their flexibility, it's like putting your thumb over the end of a garden hose. Restricting the flow like this increases the pressure in the hose. The solution for high blood pressure then is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet that relieves the inflammation in the arteries and the fat is slowly removed. With this there is a return of the flexibility and normal blood pressure.

Reflecting on this, we became aware that we create something of an "emotional" heart attack when we become inflexible about what happens in our lives. We get triggered when something happens that we don't want to happen. As simple as someone cutting us off in traffic or saying something critical.

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Similar to what happens in our arteries that is a precursor to a physical heart attack, when our view of how the world should be, what should and shouldn't be happening in our lives, is rigid, we become reactive. The more rigid we are and resistant to what happens, the more we're emotionally triggered. It's like having little emotional heart attacks.

One difference between physical heart disease and our emotional condition is that restoring our physical health, getting rid of the plaque in our arteries can take some time. But, the rigidity about how the world needs to show up or I'm going to be upset is all created by a thought, not a physical condition or circumstance. It's just a thought and that thought can change in an instant.

Children are great examples of how quickly our experience can change as our thought changes. Two kids can be arguing over a toy and one of them gets it and the other feels hurt and storms off, never wanting to play with that child again. Then, fifteen minutes later they're back paling together, best of friends, having let go of the point of view about not getting what they wanted that was creating the emotional "plaque", the inflexibility.

The more we open and respond to life with the innocent mind of a child, the flexibility that is natural to us, the fewer emotional heart attacks occur. By letting go of our resistance to what's showing up in our lives, we experience the natural flow and joy that life is.

The recipe this week is Blake’s Mexican Potatoes. It's adapted from what Blake had for dinner one night while we were visiting Sheila, Connie's sister, in Texas last weekend. It’s quick and easy with a great combination of the Mexican tastes we enjoy so much. Give it a try. We think you’ll like it.

To your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

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Blake’s Mexican Potatoes (Serves 2)

  • 2 large potatoes, cut in half to bake or cut in cubes
  • ½ lime
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup Mexican salsa
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • ¼ onion, diced small

Bake potatoes at 400º F. for 30 to 40 minutes, or air fry at 350º for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and put on serving plates.

Squeeze lime over potatoes.

Add avocado, salsa, tomatoes, and onion.

Serve with a large green salad full of vegetables or cooked greens and vegetables.