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Restaurants and the Diabetic Heart Patient

June 29, 2019 |

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…

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Replacing old routines with new ones

May 4, 2019 |

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…

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Is a pantry purge wasteful?

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…

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Does your personality affect how you stir fry vegetables?

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…

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Life after heart surgery: grumpy patient, defensive caretaker

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…

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Grief, depression and heart disease

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…

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Cooking solidarity and patience for your patient

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…

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Addictions, recovery and diabetic, heart-healthy eating

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…

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Willingness to Change

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…

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