Motivated to change
Ruiz took Shah’s recommendations to heart.
She started by walking 15 minutes a day; it was all she could manage at first. She increased the time by 15 minutes each week until she could walk for two hours. Today, she strides up and down the hills in her neighborhood, clocking four miles a day.
She switched from tortillas, tacos, enchiladas and meat to eating vegetables and just a little bit of chicken. She also quit processed foods.
“It worked. I went back to see Dr. Shah three months later and I’d lost 25 pounds!” says Ruiz. “Now, if I can have beans and salsa, I’m happy.”
The medications — some of which made her feel agitated — were another hurdle. Again, Shah stepped in and recommended meditation classes at UCI Health which really helped.