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Question: I had a mild heart attack a few days ago. I am 48 years old, and I am more than 100 pounds overweight. What can I do now to make sure I never have another heart attack? I would appreciate any guidance you can provide.

Answer: The most important thing you can do to save your life is to lose at least 8 pounds each month for the next year. That means follow the program consistently day after day, without faltering. Whether it is a holiday, a birthday or a stressful day, just do it; follow a Nutritarian eating style no matter what (you can find guidelines on following a Nutritarian diet in my books The End of Diabetes or Eat to Live).

Eat G-BOMBS almost every day, and make it simple to stay on track: make a few salad dressings you like and use a variety of raw vegetables in your salads, including red cabbage, collards or kale, onion, arugula, and tomatoes; top your salad with your homemade dressing and (no salt added) beans. Then make plenty of lightly steamed string beans, artichokes, broccoli and kale. Make fresh, no-salt tomato sauce with fresh tomato, garlic, onion and basil. Let it simmer on a low flame for hours and use it as a topping for cooked vegetables and a base for dressings. Make water sautéed onion, mushrooms and spinach, and use it cold all week on salads. Use frozen berries. Also, visit the Vitamin Advisor page on my website for guidelines on appropriate supplements to take.

Don’t forget about exercise: when you wake up in the morning, have a full glass of water and get out of the house and walk in the fresh air for at least 30 minutes every day. You can change your whole life, and never have heart disease again, starting now. Many people have found this is easy, delicious and fun, especially when they have the camaraderie and communication with others doing it too. Consider joining the Member Center at DrFuhrman.com for more information, motivation and support.

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