Making Lemonade from a Mack Truck-full of Lemons: Part 1

Recently, I have found myself both making lemonade and sitting upon a mountain of lemons.

A few weeks ago I was reminded of a health issue beyond my control… I know, as a Health Coach how is that possible, you may ask. Well, this is how; I was born with a small defect in my heart, it’s a very common defect, and over time can get more and more serious. Mitral Valve Prolapse with arrhythmia, is the official diagnosis. Which no matter how many times I said it in those first few days, continued to be drowned out by the Mack truck backing up and dumping the load of lemons on top of me.  Sure, I admit it, even working in wellness I had a few days of sitting in lemons as they ripened, the whole, wtf!@#!, this isn’t okay, bad timing, the realisation that my genes are definitely affected by my mother’s. She too had heart issues, hers gave her the luxury of a pacemaker and an eventual embolism causing instant death. Lemons, lemons and more lemons.

So it has been 4 days since the diagnosis and my lemons are ripening and getting sweeter by the moment. I’ve decided; Its time to make some lemonade.

Upon diagnosis, knowing my field of work, the doctor gave me the option of beta blockers or an experimental 11 days of treatment “my way” as long as it was closely documented.


I called my favorite Yoga therapist, Rachel Divine, and we set our plan in motion: to create a video journal of my path to health through Yoga, breathing, meditation, massage & nutrition. I had virtually become my own companies case study. Still, no matter how much I squeezed, I couldn’t seem to get through that pile of lemons, for every gallon of lemonade another load of lemons seemed to be getting dropped off, mentally at least.

The doctors had been in awe in regards to my labs, 7.3 pH, perfect hormone levels, no elevated white blood cells, iron level in check, I was a walking poster child for healthy living, and yet couldn’t walk around my home without utter and total fatigue. And then….

I woke up.

What an opportunity! I own a wellness company providing all of the services my body is needing, my friends all have experience in treating heart disease and I have a passion for curing disease through food! What was I waiting for?  I became thirsty and the only drink that would quench it was , you guessed it, LEMONADE!!!!

I began the list of dailies needed to keep this under control and regain my strength:

  1.   Our minds are a huge player in curing disease, I would say 80% +. We need to get out of bed even when it takes all of our energy.
  2. Often just a shower or bubbly bath can change the negative perspective into a positive one. Be in nature, everyone needs a little reminder our world isn’t founded in concrete.
  3. Positive affirmations are a must even for the most confident of persons. I am beautiful, I am intelligent, Everything I have ever been looing for I can find inside my self, I am complete, content, and confident.
  4. Eating a heart healthy diet.

    Sesame seeds and sesame seed oils are recognized to aid in heart health as well as all roots and herbs containing curcumin (“Curcumin’s ability to shut off one of the major switches right at the chromosome source where the enlargement and scarring genes are being turned on is impressive,” says Dr. Peter Liu, cardiologist in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Scientific Director at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health

    Red chili peppers (Capsicum frutescen) containing vitamin C and bioflavonoids, as noted by Dr. Richard Schzul, lecturer at the School of Natural Healing in Springville, United States, chili pepper can prevent heart attacks. They are able to strengthen the walls of veins and can restore the elasticity of blood vessels. According to some studies, prevention of heart attacks over this chili is as good as modern medicine.

  5. Yoga
    Heart opening back bends and more of Yoga Divina goodness!
  6. Breathing/Meditation
    Focusing on slowing and keeping the rhythm of my mind, my breathe, my heart, my life.

So for now we keep filming, keep chins pointed to Surya, breathe deeply and stay focused on the task of squeezing those lemons dry.

Sending everyone a healthy happy heart day and see you all for the video journal premiere coming in just two weeks!


@2014 Hillary Sapulveda


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