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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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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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Is a pantry purge wasteful?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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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