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Recipe Makeover Strategies

By Allison Park / June 15, 2019 /

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 /

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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Starchy Carbs, Diabetes and Heart Disease

By Allison Park / June 1, 2019 /

This week we’re looking at the third of four things diabetic heart patients have to watch in their food lifestyle: starchy carbs. Of our four foods to limit, refined and starchy carbs are the most harmful, and contribute to both diabetes and heart disease. When push comes to shove, if we cannot limit all four…

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Sugar, Diabetes and Heart Disease

By Allison Park / May 25, 2019 /

This week we explore part 2 of our 4-part series on the 4 things diabetic heart patients have to monitor: sugar consumption and its effect on blood glucose, as well as heart disease. There’s a wealth of great resources for diabetes, so we’re not going to try to duplicate them. We assume you already know…

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Salt: love it or leave it?

By Allison Park / May 18, 2019 /

This week we begin a 4-part series on the things every diabetic heart patient has to watch: salt, sugar, starchy/refined carbs, and saturated fat. We’ll touch on why these four substances are a source of concern and our favorite strategies for addressing them. Let’s turn our attention to salt first: it preserves our food, it…

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Finding new ways to love salad

By Allison Park / May 11, 2019 /

Question for the day: do you eat salad because you love it, or do you eat it only because it is good for you? (Or not at all?) When people think of healthy eating – whatever the reason – salads are usually one of the first things they think of. When Wayne’s heart disease was…

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Replacing old routines with new ones

By Allison Park / May 4, 2019 /

When you first think about limiting sodium, sugar, saturated fat and starchy/refined carbs, it sounds a lot worse than it really is. Our first thought was, “What’s left, lettuce?” In a culture where entire meals are often based on bread, cheese and meat, or pasta and meat, making vegetables a major feature in your life…

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Butter, margarine or ghee?

By Allison Park / April 27, 2019 /

From the beginning of our journey, we have wondered what to do when we have to choose between the four things we’re trying to control (those would be sugar, salt, saturated fat and starchy carbs). Given a choice between sugar, sodium, saturated fat, or starchy carbs, which is worse? Which would be the first to…

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

By Allison Park / April 27, 2019 /

One of the easiest ways to create a healthy diabetic and heart-friendly meal without sodium, starchy carbs or saturated fat or added sugar is with homemade soups. This recipe is in our “meals with adjustments” category only because it calls for a small amount of optional pasta. However, if you don’t (or your diabetic loved…

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Spicing it up: making your meals more exciting

By Allison Park / April 20, 2019 /

We love experimenting with spices, and our results prove there is absolutely no need for diabetic/heart-friendly food to be bland! Before Wayne even came home from the hospital, I was excited to find that our local grocery stocked eight varieties of Mrs. Dash, and that they were all on sale! Normally $3.49, they were marked…

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