Learning new strategies

Vegetable Smoothies

If you’re looking for a quick way to get some vegetables, feel full and get out the door, there’s no better way than a vegetable smoothie. These are not the sweet, sugary smoothies you get commercially. For diabetic patients, and most people, for that matter, keeping the sugar content down is healthier and more supportive…

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Best Summer Cooking Hacks for Diabetic Heart Patients

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

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

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

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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Starchy Carbs, Diabetes and Heart Disease

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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Replacing old routines with new ones

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?

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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Spicing it up: making your meals more exciting

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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Mushroom and onion topper

This dish is inspired by Julia Child’s duxelles recipe (minced mushrooms sautéed in butter), first published in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol 1, at page 515. In place of the butter, with its 7 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon, we substitute light tasting olive oil. We still get the wonderful aroma of…

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