Welcome to Irene’s Green Kitchen. This is my little corner where I get to be creative with vegetables. Yes…you heard right..veggies. I show you ways in which you can incorporate more green in your diet without compromising on taste and flavor. I hope to inspire you to embrace healthy eating and have fun while you are at it. While here please feel free to browse through for food recipes that appeal to you. This is a complete judgement free zone. You can enjoy all the foods you currently love and still incorporate some of the veggie recipes you find on this blog into your own diet.
A little bit about what inspired me to start this blog. Late in 2012 I had the birth of my son and was diagnosed with postpartum cardiomyopathy or Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). This is an uncommon form of heart failure that happens during the last month of pregnancy or up to five months after giving birth. Cardiomyopathy literally means heart muscle disease.
It is a very hard disease to detect especially when you are pregnant because the symptoms include:
- Feeling of heart racing or skipping beats (palpitations)
- Increased nighttime urination (nocturia)
- Shortness of breath with activity and when lying flat
- Swelling of the ankles
- Swollen neck veins
- Low blood pressure, or it may drop when standing up.
As you can see, these are all symptoms that are common during pregnancy and its therefore hard to detect there is a problem. In my case I was blessed because if it was not for the C-section I had, the doctors would have missed it to. Being connected to all the machines in the hospitals during the c-section allowed them to take a closer look at everything that was going on with me and that was when they caught that my heart was not doing that great.
Now in some instances this condition goes away after a couple of months post delivery. In my case it has not and I’m still on heart medication. It’s a hard topic for me, because when you look at me, you would have no clue that I have a heart condition. I am your regular mother of two. I have no symptoms at all. I feel fine and can work out…when i’m in the mood lol and do fine.Its hard to deal with a condition when you feel great.
With the doctors telling me how my heart is not doing great I had to take this condition seriously, despite how great I felt. I left the hospital being told I will have to eat more healthy but with no real tools on how to go about achieving that. All I knew is that it meant being more conscious of what I put in my body, something I never really thought twice about, except when summer was approaching and I wanted to look great for the beach lol. In all seriousness though, I slowly started by changing my eating habits.
I’ll start off by letting you know that I have never liked the idea of eating healthy, to me it always looked boring, it looked like a lot of work, it looked bland and down right depressing. So everyone gets very shocked when I tell them I do not eat meat anymore or drink milk and rarely do eggs too. Now this did not happen overnight, its taken almost a year and I’m still learning and taking it one day at a time. I hope to be able to inspire you to do the same. If a stubborn woman like me can eat healthy, I know you can too. I hope the foods you see on this page inspire you and let you know that veggies do not have to be boring, unless you allow them to lol.
For you reader, this is what I hope you take away from this blog, I hope you realize you do not have to do things the way you have always done them, you can decide to change today. If you have never tried eating healthier or if you had a hard time, try again. This time try being kinder to yourself and give healthy eating a go. Give yourself permission to evolve and change because it’s the only way to survive, to grow and thrive. I hope to help you evolve and inspire you when it comes to eating healthy food. Join me on this journey.