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12 Ways to get more vegetables into your diet

By Allison Park / September 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. We may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you are trying to improve your healthy eating habits, vegetables are your BFF! Meats – so long as they’re low in saturated fat — are good, and moderate use of healthy oils (watch for saturated fat)…

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Choosing Healthy Oils: part 3

By Allison Park / August 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

The terms “healthy oils” and “healthy fats” are popular, but can be misleading. Healthy for whom? And “healthy” on what basis? For a diabetic heart patient, saturated fat is a primary concern, as it can raise LDL cholesterol and contribute to the progression of heart disease. Oils (like all fats) are not health food, but…

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Marinated Cucumber Tomato Salad

By Allison Park / August 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

At this time of year, with delicious locally grown tomatoes at every farmer’s market, it’s a perfect time to pair up some fresh cucumbers with tomatoes and a balsamic vinegar marinade. We like to use white balsamic vinegar for this recipe, but it’s not as easy to find as red balsamic vinegar, which is available…

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Choosing Healthy Oils: part 2

By Allison Park / July 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

This article is part two of a 3-part series on healthy oils for heart patients. In part one, we discussed the role of healthy oils in fighting heart disease, and some of the research about the impact of switching from saturated fats to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Once we know what types of oils we…

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Healthy Oils and Heart Disease: part 1

By Allison Park / July 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

One of the first guidelines often provided to heart patients is to reduce their consumption of saturated fats. When adopting a new way of eating that encompasses both diabetes and heart disease, what are the best oils for heart health? Is there even such a thing as healthy cooking with oils? In this 3-part series,…

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Best Summer Cooking Hacks for Diabetic Heart Patients

By Allison Park / July 6, 2019 / 2 Comments

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, right? Maybe not so much, if you’re dealing with the need to limit salt, sugar, carbs and saturated fat. Yes, ALL of the above, not just one thing! What’s a patient (or spouse) to do? Check out our best hacks for healthy summer cooking! Create your own dressings for…

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Restaurants and the Diabetic Heart Patient

By Allison Park / June 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

Summer is officially underway, and with it come vacations and the need to eat away from home. Every week we talk about the challenges of an eating lifestyle that minimizes salt, sugar, starchy carbs and saturated fat. The dual conditions of diabetes and heart disease, which afflict millions of patients, require attention to all of…

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Understanding whole grains

By Allison Park / June 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

Do you know what whole grains are? Every time we talk about healthy eating for diabetes and heart disease, we hear people urged to eat whole grains instead of refined grains. Maybe we should talk more about what that actually means. According to an article from the Journal of Nutrition, whole grains are associated with…

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Recipe Makeover Strategies

By Allison Park / June 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

We created the Diabetic Heart Lifestyle website because of the lack of cookbooks and resources for people with both diabetes and heart disease. We are creating new recipes every week for you, our reader, but maybe you don’t want to wait for us. How about creating makeovers of your old favorites? Would you like some…

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Is all saturated fat bad for diabetic heart patients?

By Allison Park / June 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

This week’s topic of saturated fat is the fourth in our 4-part series on the primary dietary limitations for diabetic heart patients. For the earlier topics, sugar, salt and starchy/refined carbs, you can click the word links just provided, or click here for our blog page. Saturated fat is a hot topic in the field…

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