Sally Bee

Sally Bee

British health food guru who survived five heart attacks and stayed healthy
Country: Great Britain

Content:
  1. Biography of Sally Bee
  2. Spreading the Word
  3. A Busy Life
  4. A New Book
  5. Overcoming Health Challenges
  6. SCAD and FMD
  7. Fighting Back

Biography of Sally Bee

Sally Bee, a British healthy eating guru, has survived five heart attacks, thanks to her diet. "Some may say that I am unlucky," Sally begins her story. "By the age of 48, despite my constant care for my health, I had already experienced five heart attacks." "The first three happened within one week when I was only 36, and things were going so badly that my tearful husband was invited to the operating room to say goodbye to me." But Sally managed to pull through. Then, more than ten years later, in 2016, the terrible past came back as she experienced two more heart attacks. "Because of this, the viewers of the ITV show 'Lorraine', where I was a regular chef, haven't seen me as often lately," said Sally. While some may consider her unlucky, Sally herself considers herself one of the luckiest people. "I am on the road to recovery again and determined to feel better than ever," the British woman says. "I am confident that when it comes to our health, we have the ability to control the situation ourselves."

Sally Bee

Spreading the Word

After her first heart attacks, Sally dedicated her life to "spreading the word" about what, in her opinion, saved her. She started talking about a balanced diet and a sensible approach to life. Sally never had any problems with food, but during her recovery period, she realized that when she consumed foods with the richest nutrients, her body responded positively. "If I didn't do this, I would have returned to feeling unwell," claims Sally. Taking into account her discovery, Sally started creating her own recipes. Doctors were amazed by her quick recovery and agreed that her approach to a healthy lifestyle was the reason behind her victory. "Everyone knows that Michelle Obama, a serious supporter of good nutrition, bought 12 copies of my first recipe collection after her trip to the UK," Sally said.

Sally Bee

A Busy Life

"Now, in addition to appearing on the 'Lorraine' show, I am an ambassador for the 'Heart Research UK' foundation. I also have my own column 'Real Superfoods' in 'The Mail on Sunday' newspaper, where I share my belief that good nutrition does not require a fat wallet or hard-to-find exotic ingredients," Sally explains. As a busy mother of three children, 18-year-old Tarik, 15-year-old Kazim, and 13-year-old Lela, Sally does not have time to search for the freshest berries or rare grains in health food stores.

Sally Bee

A New Book

Sally's sixth recipe book, 'Beelicious', will be published this month and will be the culmination of everything she has learned. The edition will include a special journal for readers to not only record their thoughts and feelings but also track, for example, their daily water intake. "I hope the book will be both your chef and life mentor," says Sally.

Sally Bee

Overcoming Health Challenges

Sally does not deny that she received professional medical help for many years. However, she emphasizes the importance of supporting her body and helping it function properly through healthy eating. "If thunder strikes, you will be better prepared to withstand it and start recovering. I sincerely believe that I am a living example of this," Sally adds.

SCAD and FMD

Her first heart attacks were related to a rare condition called 'spontaneous coronary artery dissection' (SCAD). In this life-threatening and poorly understood condition, the layers of the arterial wall rupture, which can block blood flow around the heart. While no specific treatment is available, high doses of beta-blockers were used to support Sally's heart in a relaxed state. She also took statins, known to lower cholesterol levels and have anti-inflammatory effects.

Two years ago, Sally faced another challenge when she was diagnosed with fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), which causes blood vessels to grow with abnormalities, narrow in some places, and bulge in others. Her arteries in the brain, neck, heart, kidneys, and legs were affected, increasing her risk of heart attacks and strokes. Suspecting a connection between SCAD and FMD, doctors began testing patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection for fibromuscular dysplasia, and that's how Sally learned about her FMD.

Fighting Back

"I was walking with my Border Terrier Bob and my husband Dogan on November 12, 2016, when I fell face-first on the pavement," Sally recalls. "Dogan tried to lift me up, but I couldn't move." Eventually, her husband managed to get Sally home. However, six days later, she felt weak, sat on the bed, and sensed a "looming threat" over her. This had happened before her first heart attack, and Sally knew what awaited her. She managed to make her way downstairs and ask Dogan to call an ambulance. Blood tests confirmed that she had experienced her fourth heart attack. While in the hospital, upon hearing the results, Sally was devastated and soon after had her fifth heart attack. "An artery in the back of my heart ruptured," the British woman said. "The doctors couldn't do anything to help me. All I could do was wait, watch, pray, and believe. I was crushed. I had worked so hard to strengthen myself physically and emotionally, but I was back to square one."

Testing afterwards indicated that the damage from the fourth and fifth heart attacks was minimal. Sally's cardiac output remained normal. "The coming year will not be easy for me, but I am determined not to miss out on anything," says the healthy eating guru. "My mantra is simple: every day, make sure that you are trying your hardest with all the strength you have."

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