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Sugar, Diabetes and Heart Disease

By Allison Park / May 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

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 / 2 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

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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Is a pantry purge wasteful?

By Allison Park / April 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

Having been raised by parents of the depression era, we were both taught not to be wasteful. So, when you take the first step of “Purging your pantry,” how do you avoid wasting all those high sodium, highly refined carbs, and saturated fat laden foods? We’ve all heard “waste not, want not.” Even without the…

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Does your personality affect how you stir fry vegetables?

By Allison Park / April 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

As a longtime Myers Briggs Type Indicator® enthusiast (and qualified user for over 30 years), I am always intrigued by the impact of type on all behavior, including cooking. Julia Collin Davison, Host of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country TV, is quoted as saying “Most home cooks fall into one of two camps: those…

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Life after heart surgery: grumpy patient, defensive caretaker

By Allison Park / March 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

Sometimes your loved one/patient is just going to feel like real life sucks. It might be the aftermath of their heart surgery, and maybe it’s also some of their accumulated life disappointments and shattered dreams. Whatever it is, having the best-tasting, healthiest food options for them might not help as much as you hoped. We…

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