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Whole Foods ,Plant-Based diet- Is the Answer OR ??? July 2, 2019

I have ben thinking about this and trying different versions BUT I am beginning to believe.

Interesting article.

New Studies: Highly Processed Foods Linked to Increased Disease and Mortality Risks

I am a fan of the Forks over knives website and ideas as well as McDougal, Ornish and a few other WFPB or Vegan food style sites.

Gaining and regaining health with a good …REAL FOOD diet.

 

 

It is Farmers Market Season…garden time.. April 1, 2019

In Charlottesville Virginia we have a great and fun resource that has been around for 30+ years and it returns this week.

The Charlottesville City market (Farmers Market PLUS) starts this Saturday, April 6,2019.

https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesvilleCityMarket/

The Facebook page keeps us updated with the schedule as well as fun activities during the season.

Market onions

There is nothing like an onion fresh from the ground the day or so before.  The early offering include bets and greens and cabbages, along with young turnips and asparagus.

The season proceeds and summer crops arrive with tomatoes,peppers , cucumbers and fruits.

An intermediate fruit offering will be the strawberries. the season is vigorous if short lived.

The City Market also features prepared foods and beautiful crafts in a wide variety of media.

Market Strawberries

Asparagus and strawberries from last year.

Now that the season is approaching….what will be the first purchase this year?

 

@martyroddy

 

LENTILS: March 11, 2019

I love beans and really am getting attached to,lentils since they are easy and fast for preparation ( other than canned beans).

Power packed Lentil and Potato Chowder. Easily made compliant for SOSfree diets.

https://veghealth.com/calcium-packed-chowder/

Tacos made with lentils and veggies, make a fun meal and healthy part of the diet.

https://pin.it/5b4lldhqmxmqb7

@martyroddy

 

Staying Fit ( or just Healthy) During Cold and Flu Season…with AFib (atrial fibrillation) February 19, 2019

I have spent the last few months on the edge of a full blown winter cold. A small sniffle here and a teasing cough there. The whole time i have been in some level of fear since 2 years ago- I entered winter with a pretty bad cold(bronchitis later) and emerged in spring in HEART FAILURE- AFIB (atrial fibrillation) and been dealing with it since then.

I survived the winter of 2017-18 without any illness but just before the Christmas holiday I started feeling the twinge in my chest and throat.

Now the fear crept in and I started with tea and juice. I am concerned with the empty calories in juice BUT also concerned with getting a chest cold so I water down OJ, Grapefruit and grape juice with seltzer. It gives me plenty of fluids and the vitamins- Speaking of vitamins I add more supplements to my intake as the lungs feel “funny”.

I fought the cold ll season BUT still ended with a full blown cough- that occasionally kept me awake. This year the cough never progressed beyond the pain in the butt stage But it was still there and it added congestion to my chest that was already compromised in breathing due to the Afib. The pumping of blood through the upper chambers of my heart is out of whack and I often have mild difficulty catching my breath. This winter has been a minor breathing challenge.

I have also noticed an increase in weight, most likely due to water retention. Since I have had trouble have not been to the gym nor done much other exercise. That usually helps when I detect bloating. A good sweat helps.

 

I found this article on PINTEREST…similar to other info I have read.

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/heart-disease-colds

 

@martyroddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A FIB / Atrial Fibrillation living and overcoming with diet. Heart health from the kitchen. January 28, 2019

I have been living with A Fib / Atrial Fibrillation for about 2 years. The symptoms vary and they come and go. Now in the heart of the winter I think I am retaining more water/ fluids since I am not sweating as much. (Need to hit the gym some more, maybe wear a sweatshirt).

Most of these posts are personal research BUT I hope this can be helpful for other folks.

Later today I will head to Trader Joe’s for some food. This research just confirmed what I already know/ knew. It also reminded me me of the ” sins” I was making in feeding myself and MY HEART.

Time to do it better.

** Interesting video with some very basic information. SUMMARY: cut out salt, oil and sugar, highly processed foods.

Now what diet to Follow? Metro, No. arb , High starch, plant base or vegan?

No processed foods????? How about the newly popular Raw Food Diets, which are also plantbased?

** Some general heart healthy and Blood pressure positive foods, very important for A Fib.

https://pin.it/n3byznojk2kjca

:: Now magnesium is valuable for A Fib treatment and general heart health.

https://pin.it/rxsl2zrinu4wgq

@martyroddy

 

Healthy Goodies from a Fave Youtuber.. Mimi Kirk January 8, 2019

Mimi Kirk has a great set of books and her videos are loaded with fun ideas….

http://www.youngonrawfood.com

Guacamole….

https://youtu.be/pTG1P9iRfJo.

Ginger juice shot….powerful and tasty

https://youtu.be/61fLlIXFS7A

And pUdding that is not “dessert” but food….

https://youtu.be/HtpjufDY9YY

@martyroddy

 

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

 

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