Twilight: Breaking High Blood Pressure

So I have to come clean about something…

I never have seen, nor will I ever see any Twilight movies. It almost pains me to even mention the damn trilogy.

Some of you may stop reading right now, unsubscribe from my blog and block all pages pertaining to GiGi Eats Celebrities after learning of this “horrid” news… But some of you might actually subscribe to my e-mail list, YouTube channel, Tumblr, like my Facebook Page and follow me on Twitter (and maybe even send me fan mail??), knowing that I am not one of “those girls” (what ever “those girls” actually means… LOL).

Obviously since I have never seen these movies before, I have no idea what they are about (except that there are three – or soon to be three, 17-hour long flicks filled with werewolves that make out with vampires and then gallop away on unicorns?).

Alas, the third and FINAL (thank god) movie comes out November 16 (I just heard a girlish squeal… Not quite sure where that came from).

So why on earth would I be bringing up this movie, considering this blog is all about food, fitness and celebrities… Obviously vampires only drink blood (man, really sucks that they can’t eat sushi) and werewolves eat… road kill?

THIS however is the best vampire movie… EVER!

Well vampires got me thinking about blood… and blood got me thinking about blood pressure.

Do you ever think about your blood?

Now that’s a weird question.

But honestly, it is an important question to ask because having high blood pressure is almost as “wonderful” as getting bitten by a vampire (and not “swoon-worthy” Edward – Oh, I guess I know his name too!) 

Wait, this really gets people hot and bothered?

High blood pressure, or to get all medical, hypertension, raises your heart’s workload and can cause serious damage to your arteries. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.

Generally, if your blood pressure reading has a top number (systolic) of 120 or lower and your bottom number (diastolic) is below 80, you are doing just fine. However, if your blood pressure boils above those numbers, your risk of the above ailments rises.

If you have reached your boiling point, there are ways to turn down the “burner”…

  • Exercise at least 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week
  • Reduce your salt intake (but don’t eliminate it entirely)
  • Eat potassium to counterbalance your salt intake
  • Stop smoking, don’t start smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
  • Lose weight if you need to
  • Cut back on alcohol. Men should limit themselves to two drinks per day, while women should only imbibe in one
  • De-stress with yoga, massage, meditations or any other activity that helps you relax
  • If you currently have high blood pressure, caffeine may aggravate your levels so limit your consumption

You know what else can lower your blood pressure? Going to the movies! (Shit, did I just plug Twilight? NO! Go see Wreck-It Ralph!) 

Although, when you see movie ticket prices, you may just have a heart attack! 

Have you ever seen these Twilight movies? Are you a fan? Have you seen any amazing movies lately that you recommend others see? 

Comments

  1. Food Stories says:

    Like you, I’ve not seen the twilight movies but I am thrilled about your tie in with hypertension :-)

    • LOL! That’s how my ridiculous train of thought works, ha ha! I could be thinking about POLES… Poles leads to pole dancing, dancing leads to Dancing with the Stars… and DWTS leads to me thinking about Derek Hough, the love of my life! LOL!

  2. I have not and never will watch this kind of garbage. I cannot be party to the mass stupidity these movies have created. I mentor middle school kids and some think this %#@! is real and will argue with you about it. As for BP I average 112/70 I will admit to being a caffine junky, it’s bad but thats my only vice. It’s the silent killer :(
    Very cool,,,,Miss GiGi the new Vampire slayer :)

    • Caffeine isn’t necessarily a silent killer, it depends on how sensitive you are to it! I LOVE caffeine and if anyone should die of an overload, it’s me! LOL! HA HA, Imagine if I were the new vampire slayer… Naw, I’ll just be the blood pressure slayer for right now! ;)

  3. hahaah this is such a cute post! I haven’t seen any of the twilight movies either!

  4. That was the best non-Twilight post I’ve ever read. Love the tie in to blood pressure. Great tips on keeping it down. Kind of like the little bit of vomit I get when I see people fawning over Twilight. Not that I didn’t enjoy the books, I’m just done with all the hype.

    • HA! I am so glad you’re in the same boat as me, Twilight, ugh, I cannot wait until the crap is over too! On Monday here in LA, they had the premiere, and it was RIDICULOUS! The whole down town area of Los Angeles was blocked off from the world. So stupid. Those actor’s are terrible, they don’t deserve the spotlight. Wait, am I bitter because I am jealous? LOL… just jealous of their paychecks! LOL!

      Oh and I bet you have no problem with keeping your blood pressure down, exercise is definitely key :)

  5. I saw one or two of them on video because my students talk about them, but I would never pay to see them in the theater!

  6. I can’t wait for thanksgiving GiGi, looking foward to the YouTube video :)

  7. Once upon a time I used to drink a good amount of alcohol, and I used to favor the 4loko’s. You know the ones that were loaded with caffeine. Well a few years ago I had two of those in one night, fell..dislocated my arm and had to go to the doctors the next day. I had so much caffeine in my system that my blood pressure was WHOA high! I had to monitor it for a week!! It was cray. Needless to say I don’t drink 4loko’s and I don’t wear heels anymore.

    I have seen 3 of the 4 movies. Or wait isn’t there 5? I think there are 4 books right? And the last book was made into two movies, part one and two? I don’t know..I’ve seen some of them and not in order. They were aiight. I’m personally a fan of vampire porn instead.

    Total joke.

    • Vampire Porn = True Blood. Yes, definitely a fan of Jason Stackhouse! YUM!

      OMG, I have never tried 4 LOKO!!!! But I think the crack I do drink, Meltdown… Could probably do the same! Oh and heels, so over rated!

  8. Haha! I like how you connected the ever-present Twilight (also not a fan) to blood pressure. Very creative idea for a blog post! I saw the first movie as well as the last one before this one because I’d heard about the plot and was just curious how they were going to do that on screen. I dragged my ex boyfriend to it…how mean of me that was! I feel like the Twilight fans are the reason I can’t stand it.

    • LOL – perhaps that’s why your ex and you broke up? JK! Well luckily there are NO MORE books so there will be NO MORE movies, lol! Although I did hear through the grapevine that the warewolf might get a spin off… That movie will be panned for sure!

  9. Yeah…you’re obviously jealous. If you really didn’t care, then you wouldn’t have written a post about not liking a movie that you didn’t even see…weird. Do you judge everything that you haven’t read or seen first? Why not just shut your mouth and not say anything?

    (And for what it’s worth, I did think the movies were awful but they are meant to be ‘camp-y’. It’s Twilight – teenage fantasy. The books weren’t literary all-stars either, but they still can tug at the reader because of the romantic appeal. In the end, we are all only human, and if reading a book or watching a cheesy movie lets you take your mind off of other crap and fantasize a little – what’s so wrong with that? Maybe you need to get out of LA and get out of your own little head for a little while).

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