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Heart Failure, A Fib and Weight Loss November 19, 2018

I have been living with AND AWARE of my Atrial Fibrillation ( AFib ) induced heart failure for about 18 months and I have seen benefits of a proper diet and exercise as well as the results when I slip.

I had a small health setback and put on a bunch of the weight I had lost and am feeling the effects of the AFib more and more. Focusing on diet ,low salt and low fat hav helped , but combining with exercise and weight loss will return me to the path of health.

The following video talks about the benefit of even a 10% reduction in weight. Since my BMI is up there and my weight is too, my ultimate loss could be as high as 35%.

https://youtu.be/RqRy1n-3SVc

I am enjoying the current trip to health but want to create a lifestyle that will keep me in a comfortable zone.

Dr. Gupta discusses the benefit of diet, good sleep, stress reduction and exercise for both the weight loss and AFib reduction. I see the above package as a team or total prescription. ..exercise helps sleep and stress, less stress helps sleep and diet, good diet gives energy and well being….

It all builds on the other and I look forward to,the journey.

A quick video on exercise… https://youtu.be/aHqfgs5lEGk.

@martyroddy

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Learning about Type 2 Diabetes November 14, 2018

I am a heart patient and am currently in Heart failure with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and many of the folks I am in contact with that are also dealing with heart issues are dealing with Type 2.

Fortunately I am not,but since I am still overweight it is always a threat. We discuss food and diet and recipes all of the time. Exercise is also a significant factor and is often at the center of our conversations.

I have looked at many video and blogs and sites for information. I want to list share a few here and maybe later a a listing.

HIIT , High Intensity Interval Training- comes up frequently as a tool for diabetics to beat the problem. 10 seconds intense/ 30 seconds easy for 30 minutes. On Treadmill,bicycle, elliptical etc… intense = full capable sped for you…NOW.

https://youtu.be/LtWn3CYqyFw

Another interesting video discussing muscle building with resistance( weight lifting) training and exercise.

https://youtu.be/8QIvABc6BEQ

Fruits for diabetes and health.

https://pin.it/xykbx6lnlifwi6

Full meal idea,plans,,,

https://pin.it/qqycgaaazw5u3a

More to come ,thanks.

If you have any questions or suggestions…let them fly below. THANKS

 

Lectures for Health- Food and Eating and What is Best. October 31, 2018

 

Eat More, Weigh Less, Live Longer ( key unrefined foods)

 

Starch Solution – working pretty well for me.

Dr.Neal Barnard- lots of good info,  only watched one or twice but loaded with information.

 

@martyroddy

 

Eat You Heart Out/ Up : Heart healthy Food and Recipes October 30, 2018

As the season is changing, the farmers market options are changing and thinning out but SOUP and STEW season is here.  Get a few great fresh goodies, some canned goodies and get cooking without salt and oil and feel great and eat happy.

I have always focused on the good foods BUT not very much on the oil and salt now with the heart issue i am dealing with I have gotten rid of oil and salt and other goodies/baddies.  Feeling better and losing weight.

Time to see how it all goes. 

The Forks over Knives folks have a bunch of great and healthy recipes. Sharing a few current faves.

Soup season is upon us:

The rest of FOK family have great recipes and videos.

I love all kinds of HUMMUS.

Yummy, satisfying burgers,  add raw onions and pickles….maybe hot sauce

I am also a fan of John McDougall and the associated recipes. Lots of starches- satisfying and filling.

I love beans and this is a great base food or foundation for other combos.

 

 

@martyroddy

 

Salt a necessary Evil ? Can you balance Sodium needs and salt content with Taste ? October 17, 2018

I have difficulty when I eat too much salt/sodium. Years ago I had some difficulty with stiff joints and fluid retention in areas injured years before, when I ate too many salty foods.

This is still a challenge BUT my current diagnosis of heart failure and Atrial fibrillation ( A Fib)  brings the intake of salt back to the forefront with much more that a little joint discomfort. When i have too much sodium I notice it in my breathing and sleep and spend the next day eating fresh veggies and fruit and trying to sweat( or get to the gym) .

So what is the expert view? Or at least another view or 2

Found a few videos with info.

Quick video on some problems with salt intake and sodium in the body.

This video mentions 2300 mgs. as the target but some think that is too little. Look into personal needs and discuss with doctor and nutritionist/ dietitian. Get professional help- with expert that is familiar with your diagnosis and activity levels. I exercise and sweat a lot But still have to be careful.

Personally I avoid processed / boxed foods and limit salty snacks like ,movie popcorn, to a monthly splurge.

This video lets us know what we need, according to the makers.

 

Now I am a big fan of the movies and a bowl of popcorn….I only get it if i can go to the gym or for a hike/walk and sweat it out right after. Luckily my gym is in the same center as my favorite theater.

But I continually study ways to improve / maximize my health so i will add more on salt or maybe focus on the good minerals like potassium and magnesium.

@martyroddy

 

Heart Failure- Help yourself, Share and Help a Friend October 10, 2018

While living with Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation I exercise and eat right and read and learn about my situation and how to overcome it. … I am going further to adapt my life and lifestyle to the diagnosis but so far so good.

I  have more weight to lose and need to more fully change my life but I will continue to share things I find and like , even if I only like or learn a small thing

The following video had 2-3 good things and plenty of useful basics.

 

Just focusing on exercise… Good in moderation= build up to what fits for you.  Why?

 

@martyroddy

 

Strengthen and Rebuild Lung Function and Power September 26, 2018

This was originally created to help a friend having some lung/coughing problems possibly related to EIA , a childhood with smoking parents and high altitude endurance running.

…….[Dietary Changes to rebuild lungs (after illness or smoking) and deal with EIA (Exercise Induced Asthma)]

Exercise , especially extended endurance work leaves muscles and the lungs inflamed. This is not necessarily a problem but continued use/overuse can lead to discomfort, illness or damage.

Foods and Drinks to improve Lung Function and Recovery:

  1. Tomatoes – Cooked and Raw , Cooked fresh tomatoes are best But low salt canned diced or chopped tomatoes are good.
  2. Apples- raw with skin, cooked with skin, homemade applesauce, baked apples ( not pie)
  3. Onions and Garlic- as much as you can stand…add to salad, sandwich, omelet ad especially to soup/stew.
  4. Berries – cranberries,blueberries, raspberies,strawberries,cetc..
  5. Citrus- fruit {limited juice but fresh squeezed} Lemon juice added to water or tea is the exception
  6. cabbage family veggies (brassicas for the nerdy among us) brussels sprouts, broccoli, bok choi, cabbage( green and red), Kale
  7. Ginger -great in soups/stews and added to tea also great as a “tea” on its own.
  8. Green and Black tea- great hot when lung inflammation is active add lemon juice and fresh grated ginger for a BiG Bang impact. Iced tea can be a great recovery drink to rebuild inflamed lung and related cardiovascular tissue. Especially if brewed with a sliced lemon and 3/4” piece of slice ginger.  [plus ginger is noted to be anti-inflammatory for musculoskeltal discomfort]
  9. Darky Leafy greens- collard,kales,spinach, mustard, dandelion ( great added to soups or with soup served on top)
  10. Popular superfoods chlorella and spirulina have great reputation for recovery benefits
  11. cayenne pepper – fresh is best but powdered has efficacy as well( just less Vitamin C)
  12. Peppermint – added to tea, or foods/dressing…or leaves chewed like gum or candy
  13. Root vegetable- sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, turnips, carrots ( with skin)

Avoid

  • Canned and Processed meats
  • Fast Food
  • Excessive Iodized salt (limited sea salt ok)
  • carbonated beverages
  • sugar( products with processed sugar)

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@martyroddy