Hi. I’m Barry North, Nutrition Coach for Healthy Aging. 

My personal story has changed and hope by sharing it I can help you live a longer, healthier life.  

Friday, November 14 started like any other day.  

I exercised and went about my day even though that morning when I awoke, I felt unbalanced and nearly fell to my right side as I arose.  I shrugged it off until early the next morning when I got up to use the restroom. As soon as my feet hit the ground I fell to the floor because the right side of my body was numb. I was rushed to the hospital, where they informed me I had suffered a stroke. That came as a complete surprise to me 

I spent three days in the hospital and then at home recuperating. I started rehabilitation and received home health care from a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech pathologist. I’ve been learning to walk again without a walker and perform simple tasks like texting, typing, and brushing my teeth. I’ve adopted an exercise routine recommended by my health care team. I’ve also been giving myself time to heal by taking frequent rests. 

Now my story has changed.  

I come from a family of heart disease and have remained healthy and lived decades longer than my family through adopting a healthy aging lifestyle especially optimal nutrition. I’ve learned that heart disease is preventable this way. I was convinced that I was heart disease proof. I convinced myself that my genetically high cholesterol level and high blood pressure were counteracted by my whole-food plant-based diet and I didn’t have to worry. I was in total denial about my high blood pressure, ignoring the warnings that high blood pressure increases stroke risk.  

I still emphasize the importance of good nutrition and lifestyle. I also recognize the importance of heeding the warnings-signs-Genetics, although not necessarily as important as lifestyle, does play a role and can’t be ignored. 

Many people never recover from a stroke. I on the other hand am making great progress, and I attribute my speedy recovery to my attention to optimal nutrition and active lifestyle. How many 76-year olds swim, bike, walk regularly and do 185 pushups every other day? I plan to continue to be a good role model for healthy aging. 

I’m receiving good care from my home health care team and especially Dinh, my partner as well as some good friends. I’m working hard doing exercises and walking as much as possible. It’s not easy. I am keeping a positive attitude. 

I’m grateful for all the help I’m receiving.  

I’m grateful for friends who check up on me. That’s the way I know they care 
I’m also realizing that it’s OK to ask for help. I realize that I can’t do it on my own. Friends are so important to me. 

I invite you to consider your healthy aging goals and be aware of the health warning signs. 

I’d love to know if these ideas are helpful to you. I’m available to assist you in exploring ways that you can stay healthy as you age through good nutrition. Please contact me for a free healthy aging assessment. 

Wishing you a fabulous Holiday Season! 

Barry North 
Nutrition Coach for Healthy Aging

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