Hi all! I am 67 year old female. Weight 140 ht 5' 1" I have scoliosis and so my heart is enlarged. I really don't seem to have any health problems.
I had a TIA in Jan 2016 and again in Jan 2017. With the one in 2016 I stayed overnight and they did all kinds of test including some type of throat thing that takes about 20 min to do and an MRI. They told me that everything seemed fine (BP, cholesterol, etc) and they did not know why I had the stroke.
So, I started doing some research to find out why I had this TIA and found that changing my food around to plant based might be the answer and it did seem to help. However, I also have osterporenen (can't remember what the word is, but it is not quite osteoporosis) so I wanted to include calcium in my diet. Thus I have been drinking about 2 glass of whole milk every day; I made my own yogurt ( and have been for years) using 1/2 n 1/2 only and a plain yogurt for starter when needed. I do use butter, canola oil, eggs maybe 1 or2 every week (I'm not much on eggs by themselves, never have been)., cheese, I love cheese. I love fruits and veggies. Buying good fish here where I live in the piedmont area of NC is hard to find, (I hate to say this, but, most folks here don't eat all that well ) I seem to throw up most meat like turkey, pork, liver, chicken,but so far not beaf. However I only like ground beef used in Italian dishes.
This time when I had the TIA, I didn't find out the test results. They did give me a paper of some of the results, but, I can't understand most of it. But thro all of it, they gave what I have and then a normal range and on just about everything, I was within the normal range. I had to stay overnight and the doctor put me on low dose aspirin and Atorvastatin 20 mg (1 pill p/d). I don't like the idea of taking any meds and last year, my own doctor tried to get me on aspirin and I wouldn't take it. Now, I don't know if I should or not. But, I am not going to take the Atorvastatin as only two days and I have had reactions.
I sure would like some input as to how to better my diet, as I believe that food will help with blood clots, which is what is causing the TIA to occur. Should I get off ALL dairy, including yogurt? I think ground beef should go, and I think that I really need to stay away from the sweet stuff (if I start eating it, I can't leave it alone. So, usually, I don't buy or make anything sweet, but, if I slip up, it's hard to get back on track ) I do drink water, about 32 oz every day. I also drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee. No teas.
I try to walk every day, but, the weather here is not always the most agreeable. I don't like the wind. I don't like being in the rain. In the summer here, if one is not done taking their walk but 10 am, it would be too hot til around 6 pm. Winters here can be cold. There are no indoor recreation centers to use here.
Anyway, armed with this info, if any of you out there feel that you can give me some helpful direction I would greatly appreciate and start with it.
Thanks for reading this!