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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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Breakfast Casserole- Leftovers Tomorow or for Lunch-Oatmeal(starch) and fruit June 12, 2017

I,have started with a specific diet with guidance from the,books and recipes of John ( and Mary)  McDougall. Dr.McDougall is a proponent of a starch centered plant- based diet. As a physician he has seen many patients benefit from this diet and do so for a long time.  It is a much easier lifestyle to adhere to since it is very satisfying with volume of healthful nutritious food. The starches as a foundation provide that satiety as well as fiber and nutrients. 

Potatoes and sweet potatoes plus winter squash , whole grains and legumes fill us up AND release nutrient rich energy.

What to eat in the morning? ( or save for lunch!!!)
        OATMEAL

Baked Oatmeal Casserole

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min.                Serves:4-6

This is a great recipe to make the night before, then just heat in the oven for a rich and hearty breakfast. 

Ingredients: 

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup rice milk or non-dairy milk

1  cup water

2 Tbsp maple syrup or agave

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 cup dried cranberries, currants, or chopped dried apricots

1/2 box oil-free, whole-grain cereal, crushed

sauce-

3 bananas

1cup crushed pineapple

1tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup orange juice or apple juice

1/2 cup blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all the oatmeal ingredients in a sauce pot and simmer, on low heat, until done, about 6 minutes. Pour into a casserole dish and top with the crushed cereal. Cover and refrigerate until morning.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, until the cereal is just starting to turn brown. While the casserole is baking, make the sauce. Combine all sauce ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve the sauce over the hot oatmeal casserole (the sauce may be heated if you prefer).
@martyroddy

 

A FIB, Atrial Fibrillation – Getting the Rhythm Back June 11, 2017

I have been writing lately about my diagnosis of heart failure / Atrial Fibrillation {A Fib} and the reasons I was unable to breathe comfortably at the beginning of March ( actually I was struggling and living a risky life for a few weeks before). Now that the diagnosis is in, I have the opportunity to overcome the problems that led to it and prepare for and live a healthy life.

The first situation was a 10 day stay in the hospital where the primary concern was helping me breathe easily again. This was achieved through an intensive medical regimen-centered on diuretics to flush my body of excess fluids. I lost nearly 50 pounds of fluid during the hospital stay. I continued to flush and lost more than 100 pounds.

What else was done or is done to treat and /or deal with heart failure and AFib ? What was prescribed for me?

  1. Medical- While in the hospital the doctors tried a handful of medicines to see what would work and eventually I ended up with prescriptions for 2 blood pressure medications(anti-hypertensives) One and A.C.E. inhibitor and a Calcium Channel blocker. I have also been taking a baby aspirin as a blood thinner(platelet thinner) As well as continued use of a low dose diuretic to reduce fluid build up.  I have also been taking magnesium and potassium since these valuable electrolytes are often flushed with diuretic use.
  2. Exercise- Though it was not specifically “prescribed” I was determined to get back to working out and the doctors seemed to let me go. I was essentially starting over so I was not able to overdo things at the beginning, and now almost 3 months later, I still can not really overdo it when I walk or ride or row BUT I have been tempted to push it a little with the resistance exercises ( lifting weights/machines)  I have experienced an increase in strength and fitness as I do the work and have even felt the cardio-vascular fitness improve. I have short and long term goals that include completing another marathon….but today I hope to be able to walk 2 1/2 miles in the next few weeks.
  3. Lose Weight- The goal here is to reach a weight that puts my BMI in the right zone, allows me to walk and run with little or no pain in my knees and I can wear clothing sizes I have not looked at in years.  Though I have listed this as a separate prescription it goes hand in hand with #2 and #4- [exercise and diet] I also got  nice head start with the 100 pound fluid loss , reduce stress on knees and body and allow me to keep moving. I recently started using a Heart rate monitor(I will write about using it later).
  4. Diet- The dietary recommendations were simple….NO SALT….NO SALT…NO SALT with a secondary focus on limiting fluids to 64 oz a day and a final focus on eating a low fat, low sugar diet with a focus on veggies and fruits and whole grains. I have just started on a specific popular program for weight loss and heart health and will write about it later.                                 AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST
  5. CARDIOVERSION TREATMENT -Cardioversion is a medical procedure done to restore a normal heart rhythm for people who have certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). Cardioversion is most often done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest. This may also be accomplished with medicines. This treatment will take place this week and i an eager for the results. I am curious how my fitness activities will feel when my heart is beating in a normal fashion.  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Cardioversion_UCM_447318_Article.jsp#.WT1lTozyuM8

 

@martyroddy

 

MAGNESIUM Poor ? , Eat Up for Your Heart and Body June 5, 2017

I recently wrote about potassium and what to eat to increase and/or maintain necessary levels in the body . Magnesium is a mineral that is also extremely important for physical health and vitality and especially for heart health.

Magnesium is in demand for enzyme function throughout the  body- at least 300 enzymes utilize Mg to function properly. There are hundreds ( thousands) of proteins that need Mg for proper binding function.

The heart uses more magnesium than all other organs and the maintenance of proper serum Mg levels limits promotes vigorous heart health and reduces high blood pressure, prevents arrhythmia ,cardiovascular disease and even sudden cardiac death.

Many people are deficient in magnesium ( 50-80%) and are at risk for diseases and symptoms related to magnesium deficiency.  
FOODS FOR MAGNESIUM:

  • Dark leafy greens – spinach,chard, kale, mustard…
  • Nuts and seeds- almonds, walnuts, macadamias,pumpkin, sunflower, sesame
  • Bananas
  • Coffee- black 
  • Cacao and Dark chocolate
  • Beans/ Legumes- black beans, kidneys, pintos….
  • Whole grains
  • Figs
  • Potatoes 
  • Brassicas – broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale
  • Mackerel 

Here is some video information on Magnesium and the heart:


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