My wife and I have been trying to eat healthier as we had a neighbor who suffered a heart attack last week. She just had a sudden pain in right arm, then a heart attack. Fortunately, his wife was in the area and had the right mind to call 911. After a few minutes, the sounds of sirens surround our neighborhood. I was also alarmed that time as I thought there was a fire. I called my wife, Andrea, and she said I should go out. There were rumors that someone had a heart attack and had to be taken to the emergency room.
Minutes later, we had a talk that we have to take better care of our body. I obliged and suggested we refrain from eating processed foods and try to eat fresh, fibrous foods like fruits and vegetables. I also asked Andrea if she can abstain to eating red meats as it’s one of the leading causes of heart related diseases. We can just opt to eat leaner types of meat such as white meats of poultries. We can also try eating tofu instead. She told me we can try, but no promises as it’s going to be hard because we’ve been accustomed to eating red meat our whole lives. I am open to the challenge as it enables me to spend more time with our grandchildren. We just have to try it a day at a day.
The first day of our living healthier, I accompanied Andrea to the market to buy ingredients for an oriental baked fish recipe that she just got from the internet. We bought corianders, a big red snapper good for two, oyster sauce, garlic, peppercorns, fish sauce, lemon, chillies and a handful of fresh basil leaves. We were so excited and wary at the same time on changing our lifestyle. I was carrying the load of grocery bags to the car following Andrea as I ignore my itchy armpits. I was calling her and she thought there was something serious that I needed to say, then we had a good laugh about it.
When we got home, I started pre-heating the oven to 375 degrees while Andrea prepares the marinade for the fish. She mixed oyster sauce, soy sauce, garlic cloves, sugar, fish sauce, pepper, salt, chillies and lime juice and drizzled the marinade directly to the fish on both sides. She covered the whole fish with an aluminium foil to prevent unnecessary burning and to lock in the flavours. I put it into the baking tray and into the oven baking it for just 20 minutes.
We ate the red snapper with a side of red rice. Our first healthy dinner was scrumptious as it was a success. We are so happy that we tried eating healthy because it will benefit us longer lives. I know we still have more to do, but this is a good start for us. We told our children about it and were so thrilled to learn that we are trying to change our old ways for the better.