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Secrets to Great Soup

By Allison Park / October 30, 2019 /

Fall is here, and for those who love soup, it’s a great time of year! There are so many things to love about soup. It’s an easy make-ahead, one-dish meal, simple to heat up for families on the go who have all different schedules. It’s also the most forgiving food ever, capable of turning almost…

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Ten “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t Really Healthy

By Allison Park / September 22, 2019 /

There are so many specialized health trends today, it’s enough to make your head spin. You can focus on avoiding gluten, a plant-based diet, a keto plan (eliminating carbs in favor of fats), paleo (mostly whole foods, with certain legumes and grains eliminated), Whole 30 (similar to paleo, but with some stricter rules), the highly…

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12 Ways to get more vegetables into your diet

By Allison Park / September 1, 2019 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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