When I mention the cardiac diet I follow in upbeat fashion, I am looking to portray the genuine feeling that I really enjoy eating healthy. The game â€" and both my wife and I admit, the triumph â€" is being able to make tasty meals that are, in all seriousness, good for the heart.
When I mention the cardiac diet I follow in upbeat fashion, I am looking to portray the genuine feeling that I really enjoy eating healthy. The game — and both my wife and I admit, the triumph – is being able to make tasty meals that are, in all seriousness, good for the heart.
One of our trusty guide books for preparing different and surprising heart-healthy meals is Cooking Light magazine, published monthly. Usually there are three or four recipies we can try out and put into our book of "favorites." Making copies of these recipes for your patients isn't a bad idea if they're struggling to find and then make what they can and cannot eat. And coming from their doctor? That's taking an interest in their health, which for many patients, begins with their heart.
One of the major features in the March issue, an article by Maureen Callahan, gives “Fat-free nutrional advice.’’ I focus on this because my wife noticed the article first and we quickly realized we follow the five noted steps as far as eating healthy:
Some thoughts for maintaining a healthy diet involve the use of technology, as found in the Reader's Digest article, "5 Health Gadgets That Could Save Your Life." Among them: an at-home blood pressure monitor from Timex®, the Accu-Curve® Digital Thermometer with INDIGLO® NIGHT LIGHT. The cuff goes over the wrist, then inflates at the touch of a button, providing three quick readings, and using a mathematical formula to calculate the most accurate result.
Find out what other preventative measures your patients can take in reducing their risk for cardiovascular disease by pointing them to the American Heart Association's website, where a slew of patient education information, health tips, and related activities are located.
A recovering cardiac patient can get ahead by focusing on what he or she can have, not what is verboten. One might be surpised about how satisfying heart-healthy eating actually is, but only if you let them know about it!