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Is a pantry purge wasteful?

By Allison Park / April 13, 2019 /

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 /

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 /

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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Grief, depression and heart disease

By Allison Park / March 24, 2019 /

The impact of grief and depression on patients with a new diagnosis of heart disease, and on their loved ones who are caretakers, might vary, but it is likely to affect most on some level. It could be experienced as just a slight sadness for the loss of the carefree years when you could eat…

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Cooking solidarity and patience for your patient

By Allison Park / March 24, 2019 /

If you have never been diagnosed with diabetes or heart disease yourself, you might think the lifestyle changes apply only to your loved one (spouse, parent, etc.). After all, if you didn’t have a heart attack, or develop diabetes, why should you have to eat as if you did?  We would encourage you, especially if…

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Addictions, recovery and diabetic, heart-healthy eating

By Allison Park / March 24, 2019 /

If your main problem when it comes to health is maintaining discipline around food, consider yourself very blessed. You might be thinking “How am I blessed when I can’t have salt, sugar, starchy things or fats? And especially if I am overweight?” The answer is, if you’re not struggling with cigarettes, alcohol or drugs, you’re…

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Willingness to Change

By Allison Park / March 24, 2019 /

The classic joke asks this: “How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: just one, but the light bulb has to be willing to change. The very serious issue is that successfully changing eating habits requires much more than just a list of groceries and some new recipes. A new diagnosis…

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Why homemade broth?

By Allison Park / February 10, 2019 /

I was the last person who you would expect to be making homemade broth. Of all the things to spend your limited time on, why broth? First, it’s not the thing that stands out. It’s not like a double layer chocolate cake with icing, or a lovely batch of stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer. At…

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What is the Diabetic Heart Lifestyle System?

By Allison Park / January 27, 2019 /

The Diabetic Heart Lifestyle SystemTM is a vision we want to share for eating in a way that integrates all the limitations of diabetic heart patients.  If you are diabetic, you already know that you need to make dietary changes, including limiting your consumption of sweets, as well as starchy and refined carbohydrates. But when…

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Reading every label

By Allison Park / January 19, 2019 /

Your first major life skill as a healthy eater and cook is to read every label of every single thing you put in your body. Spoiler alert: if it doesn’t have a label, it might be so good for you that it doesn’t need one (like fresh vegetables and fruits!). As a heart patient, or…

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