We want to help other people who have been diagnosed with both diabetes and heart disease.
If you or a loved one have learned that you have both conditions, you might have an abundance of resources from your health practitioners on healthy eating for diabetes and healthy eating for heart patients. This is not intended to replace anything else you receive, but you might have noticed that there are few resources that “pull it all together.” Most books and websites do not integrate the two. In fact, they might be in conflict with each other.
For instance, if you are diabetic, your doctor might tell you to reduce your consumption of highly processed foods, sweets, and starchy or refined carbohydrates. Unfortunately, some resources for diabetics include ingredients containing fats or sodium, to make up for the sugar and starches that you shouldn’t have as a diabetic.
If you are a heart patient, your doctor might tell you to reduce your consumption of sodium and your use of saturated or trans fats. Unfortunately, some of the “heart healthy” resources include starchy foods or sugars to help make up for the limits on sodium and fats.
This makes both types of resources potentially counterproductive for heart patients who are also diabetic! We want to bridge that gap a little.
Some of the healthiest food plans can meet the needs of both, but it is not easy to find the information you need that integrates them. We want to help you get on the path to a lifestyle that integrates both food plans.
Let’s start with four steps to establishing your new eating lifestyle:
- Purge your pantry of the worst offenders, especially those that will be a strong temptation toward unhealthy habits.
- Stock up on new ingredients that will support your new lifestyle, including a variety of sodium free seasonings.
- Learn new strategies for foods you can create right away, while developing new skills. Yes, you will need to cook. If you hate cooking and have relied on fast food, carry-out and frozen dinners, this might be a culture shock. But the benefits to your health are life-changing. You will be amazed how much better the taste and quality of your food is.
- Gather resources that will answer your questions and keep you moving forward. You’ll want a few books, a collection of favorite websites linked on your desktop and phone, and the support of one or more support groups and/or Facebook groups with people facing the same things you are.
Once you have a vision for the cooking strategies and ingredients that will satisfy the needs of both your blood sugar control and your heart health, you can develop your own new favorites, and it will be easier to stay in compliance!
You might already know that there are huge emotional implications to changing your eating lifestyle. It takes a lot more than just a new grocery list and some recipes; it takes a strong will, an understanding of the consequences of not changing, and the emotional strength to deal with an element of grief. This site is here to help, with encouragement in the Real Life section for when there are rough spots. And be sure to follow us on our own journey in our blog.