Published on September 16, 2014
vii INTRODucTION When I intentionally began my heart-healthy journey ve years ago, many things happened to me. It was two years after my son died, and I was still fragile—emotionally and mentally. I was through the hormonal tide known as menopause. I was overweight, and my body ached. My numbers (choles- terol, blood sugar, waist/hip ratio) were all going the wrong way. My move- ment consisted of too much sitting. I was not exactly a poster child for my business as a heart-healthy living expert. For over 25 years, I’ve been pub- lishing guides for patients and their families to make better choices for life. Somehow I knew that if I didn’t take this time to put myself rst and re - ally concentrate on my own health, it might never happen. We’ve each had that moment, and this was mine. I had a keen desire to hit my 60 th birthday, still three years away, in better health than I was at 50, which was pretty good. Little did I know that the baby steps I describe in this book would become a path that would help me blaze a new and healthier trail. It would also be a trail that would sustain me through even more troubled times to come. But by the time I celebrated my 60 th birthday, I felt more vibrant than I could have ever imagined. I started chronicling my journey in a blog on wellfedheart.com, and soon many readers were cheering me on as I described my weekly take on health and nutrition and how it related to my life and maybe theirs, too. A new video series “ The 4 Minute Kitchen Makeover ” was also born from this journey, as well as my alter ego, “The Heart-Healthy Woman.” Things happen to each of us that we never could have imagined possible. What I have come to understand is that how we get back up denes our ability to make better choices for the next act of our lives.