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Sweating the Small Stuff : Sodium Control and Exercise July 12, 2018

When dealing with heart health issues that involve concern for blood pressure the intake of salt should be restricted. A low sodium diet as well as focus on proper intake of magnesium, potassium and calcium can help counter the negative effects of sodium.

Now sodium is required for a healthy body and a healthy natural diet should provide enough BUT packaged and processed and foods tend to have much more than is needed. Restaurant foods especially fast foods are even worse.

Limit to 2400 mg sodium/day( US Guidelines), Non-athletes/active people need about 500 mg/day.
Most active people consume enough even without adding salt to foods. Many packaged foods have 250-600 mg per serving and some as much as 1500/serving. A diet rich in raw (minimally cooked) vegetables and fruits will provide an adequate amount of sodium for most people. Highly active people who sweat a lot may also eat more of this produce to get what is needed or add a little salt. These same fruits and veggies will also provide much of the calcium,magnesium and needed.

veggie basket

1. Consume lots of fruits and vegetables and legumes for the needed minerals that balance sodium.
2. Exercise and sweat and control weight.
3. Limit intake of fats and alcohol
4. moderate salt intake by limiting processed foods (restaurants)

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/220147.php

Tests have been done and are continuing to link exercise and sweat to reduction of sodium in th blood as well as the retained water and increased blood pressure. I have seen / experienced reductions water retention after vigorous , sweat inducing exercise. I add NO SALT to my foes and eat very few salty packaged foods….I said FEW but I often try to buy no salt corn chips and pretzels and at the movies I don’t get popcorn every time and when I am able I request salt free. If I get some salty corn I hit the gym or go for a vigorous walk/ hike.

exercise-sweating

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Lifestyle Eating Plan- Diets fail but Life (style)will Find a Way June 25, 2018

I got interested in the idea of eating better and fitness when confronted/surprised by a diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation ( A Fib ) and Heart Failure. I was in the hospital and had several days to think this over and made plans to start over with proper food and exercise plan.

The medicine the prescribed did some of the work but ultimately a long and good life would require work on the the road, in the gym and with the refrigerator .

I needed to lose weight and do it quickly but safely. Also needed it to be a sustainable loss with a plan that could be maintained for the long haul. I read several stories and a few books. I decided on the High Carb-Low fat approach noted below. I specifically started with Dr. McDougall and his focus on high starches for the satiety factor they provide. I read the books and the recipe books and looked at others.

I am also looking forward to the continued weight loss and the relief I feel in my legs, knees and feet. Much of what I am trying to eat leads to less inflammation.

My personal focus is eliminating added salt and processed sugar as there is sufficient sodium in the foods I eat and natural sugars in the veggies and fruit I consume.

Forks Over Knives

The Forks over Knives (FOK) plan is a Whole Food Plant Based diet with a focus on whole grains and plants. The foundation is vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans or legumes, and tubers. It eliminates or minimizes animal products including dairy ,eggs as well as refined foods like sugar, oils and bleached flour.

It grew from a movie and now includes books and videos and websites. See below

Forks Over Knives website:

https://www.forksoverknives.com/

Starch Solution ( more than carbs)

Dr John McDougall has written some books and promotes an eating plan that centers on starches. The starches ( whole food sources) are the centerpiece of the diet with greens and fruits and vegetables . Making great meals is a matter of finding great recipes( McDougall has some) and include some appropriate flavorings, sauces and seasonings.

A McDougall info website:

https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/free-mcdougall-program/10-day-meal-plan/

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@martyroddy

 

Potato Diet…Potato Cleanse June 13, 2018

I read about the potato diet/cleanse and it seemed a little extreme…Until I read a little bit( a lot) more.

The first phase is all potatoes (white/red/yellow and sweet) eaten plain and as many as you want. Most folks eat 5-8 each day. This starch ( plus the fiber)  in the potatoes adds to a feeling of fullness and satiety and the potatoes eaten with no added fat or flavors help reset taste buds and jumpstart the weight loss.

After phase 1 a few flavors can be added but are limited to greens  and veggies. Fruit in moderation can be added next. The longer term diet can add back animal products if you like but a focus on whole foods and plant based selections will produce the greatest results. Good for general health and for dealing with a variety of health issues. My particular concern is weight and  heart failure. I am lucky to not be diabetic but that was just dumb luck considering the weight I put on.

There are lots of blogs and comments and pages supporting and criticizing this diet. The way I look at it potatoes and sweet potatoes are a pretty complete food. Broad collection of vitamins, protein and minerals. Thy are not perfect but for a period of 7-14 days they are a great .

As with any big change a diet like this should be supervised and reviewed with your medical team.

https://www.masteringdiabetes.org/potato-nutrition/

I have done a mini version of the first phase of the cleanse with good results,  weight loss, energy high, attitude good, stomach full sleep was solid, Now to try a longer cleanse and then add back healthy additions and options.

@martyroddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found this post and Had to share..YUMMMM December 6, 2017

Had to share because of the contents and title…not berry season but come summer….now to find suitable substitute for a Christmas popsicle (or frozen berries??)

 

via Give us your lolly, this is a stick up! Well raspberry popsicles to you!    

 

Meat and Dairy Substitutes for Active Plant Based Eaters. September 28, 2017

I have been following a plant based diet. I feel great and I have lost a significant amount of weight. My energy is where it needs to be and stays there all day long. I sleep well and most important my brain is clear all day long.

I have varied the way I eat: high carb vegan, lower carb , raw or mostly raw, and other combinations of raw/ cooked, veggie,vegan and plant based food options.

The attachments summarize a few of the options for preparing, cooking and seasoning the meals.

PERSONAL FAVES- coconut oil, Nutritional yeast and bananas( multiple uses)

http://fitlife.tv/plant-based-alternatives-for-common-meat-and-dairy-needs_original/?utm_source=fitlife&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alphareset&utm_content=Replace+what%E2%80%99s+hurting+you+now

@martyroddy

 

Superfoods ?? =Superfitness and Health August 5, 2017

I have been eating better and exercising quite seriously most of my life BUT the focus has gotten tighter in the last few months with a diagnosis of heart failure / atrial fibrillation .  The weight started coming off but a focused plan for the exercise and eating was needed to reach the ultimate weight.

I have written and continue to write about the workouts but this is a quick discussion of the food plan, with a focus on some of the so called “super” foods.

I have not focused on too many crazy foods but on foods that are great for the broad spectrum of nutrients inherent in them as well as additional benefits such as fiber, feelings of fullness and convenience(carry for lunch).

 

My SUPERFOODS include:

  • cabbage and brussels sprouts
  • turmeric, ginger and garlic
  • rolled oats
  • whole grains
  • legumes/beans
  • sweet potatoes
  • green tea
  • raw nuts and seeds
  • apple cider vinegar
  • citrus fruits
  • PLUS others…

Great list of “super”foods that is reasonable and easily purchased and available.

 

I don’t eat all of these daily or even weekly but I eat many of them on a regular basis as well as the foods above.  I feel full , my body functions well and I feel pretty healthy all the time.

I am maintaining a relatively stable calorie count along with a solid exercise regimen with significant cardio. If things continue as planned and currently rolling I will reach targets early in the new year.

 

@martyroddy

 

Cardio Training at the Gym July 23, 2017

Now that the Heart Failure diagnosis has been "lived with" for a few months and physical activity and exercise has been adjusted to live with AND overcome the challenge.

Now the most simple exercise is walking and later running BUT with funny knees I must do a variety of cardio/ aerobic exercises to pump the blood, build up the heart and lungs and rebuild the rest of my body. I joined a gym in my neighborhood that offers a few benefits…in this order:

  1. Concept 2 Rowing machine
  2. Reasonable price
  3. 24 hour access

I posted a video of the Cybex ArcTrainer, it is the first "elliptical " cardio machine I could use. It has a proper range of motion for my 6 foot 8 inch body, and long monkey arms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r58nxtqD_zQ&feature=share

I have gotten to,the point where I can go 20 minutes ion the machine but I am loving it and will push until I can go,30-45 minutes. I am enjoying the ArcTrainer almost as much as I enjoy the Concept2 Rower. I also mix in walking at home around my neighborhood And when necessary on the treadmill at the gym.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YfAjjVsWEI&feature=share

I continue to workout, get strong and lose weight. I have a distance to go to reach my target weight (weight freshman year in High school) and it is a good ways still to go BUT I have lost over 100 pounds to date,
My food plan is working and might be do-able for he long term.

@martyroddy