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Ten “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t Really Healthy

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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Creamy Alfredo-Inspired Sauce

When Wayne was diagnosed with heart disease, we reluctantly resigned ourselves to giving up such treats as classic Fettuccine Alfredo, with its carb-heavy noodles, and the classic sauce made from heavy cream, butter and lots of Parmesan cheese. The fat and sodium content was far in excess of an entire daily recommendation, and too indulgent…

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12 Ways to get more vegetables into your diet

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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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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