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I Thought it Was Just a Routine Check-up #AddressYourHeart

I’m not just blowing smoke up your chimney when I tell you that last year I got scared for my health.

At a routine doctor visit, I discovered that my blood pressure was running dangerously high. At a follow-up check the next week, my blood pressure hadn’t budged. Dangerously high.

My cholesterol test came back too. Dangerously high.

I saw a look of fear on the nurse’s face, and I’ll never forget it.

I was so scared that I immediately changed my life, and I do mean immediately.

Heart disease runs in my family, and I’m not looking to stroke out. And that’s why you’ve seen me change over the last 7 months, and lose all of my extra weight and move to a heart-healthy diet.

I portion everything, eat mindfully, and put my health before anything else.

This is a typical heart-healthy meal for me. I’ll have a toasted turkey sandwich (with fat-free cheese and light whole-grain bread) and a cup of light soup.

heart-healthy lunch

Does that mean I don’t ever indulge in anything unhealthy? Psssssht, of course I do! But I do it in small amounts, not all the time, and often just by modifying foods to make them healthier.

And the best part of all is that my blood pressure and cholesterol are completely back to normal without medication.

I addressed my heart!

Campbells Address Your Heart

Share how you care for your heart in the kitchen with a photo, story or tip, and you’ll also be entered in the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Kitchen Project Sweepstakes where you could win a $50,000 kitchen makeover!

Follow the steps below and share how you care for your heart to participate in Campbell’s contest and you could win a $50,000 kitchen makeover. Contest Rules & Prize Page.

Step 1: Submit a photo below that shows how you care for your heart

Step 2: Fill out the information required including your name, email address and zip code.

Step 3: Write a short contest entry (up to 200 words) that corresponds with the photo and share how you care for your heart. Please be honest and sincere with all your thoughts and remember to tell us in 200 words or less.

Step 4: Confirm you’ve read the Official Rules.

Step 5: Log in through your Facebook account.

Step 6: Submit your contest entry.

You can share your contest entry on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and visit AddressYourHeart.com for recipes, tips, and downloadable coupons for heart-healthy products from Campbell.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the Campbell Soup Company’s Address Your Heart initiative. The opinions, text, and images are all mine.

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. Good for you! Becoming healthy is a challenge, but it looks like you are rocking at it.

  2. So very scary! Your meal looks absolutely great, too!

  3. Glad you took care of you!

  4. That looks like a perfect lunch. I hope your blood pressure is down, it can be very scary.

  5. I’m glad you’re able to manage things without medication!

  6. SO important to take care of your health. Hubby and I too are being very conscience of the things we eat