At my NHS Health Check I was shocked at my blood pressure reading, which measured 143/79 mmHg ... My blood pressure reading is back to boring old 'text book', measuring 120/75 mmHg.

At my NHS Health Check I was shocked at my blood pressure reading, which measured 143/79 mmHg. My cholesterol and 10 year risk score were normal and reassuring and I wasn’t advised to change anything or have this followed up as everything else was fine.

My diet was pretty healthy or so I believed, but maybe I was misled. Things have changed since I have been following Cardiologist’s Kitchen advice, but it takes a big leap of faith to choose butter over margarine and ditch all the ‘low-fat’ options I had until now believed were good for me. To be frankly honest, I cannot make that transition easily and tend to avoid some of those ‘full/half-fat’ dairy products altogether now. I will get there in time.

Processed food is very easily ditched though. Fresh local vegetables have been a revelation – not extortionately priced and well worth every penny! Cooking from scratch isn’t too bad and now anything other than this is no longer an option –  the last take-away meal we bought was so disappointing I couldn’t eat it and some supermarket staples are now unpalatable too.

My blood pressure reading is back to boring old ‘text book’, measuring 120/55 mmHg.

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