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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.

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@martyroddy

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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

 

Are You a Runner or a Jogger ? August 14, 2018

I have often heard folks who run regularly “put down” folks that jog. They seem to think jogging is some how inherently LESS than running….or joggers are not up to the same “level” as runners.

When a person has a pair of sneakers, tennis shoes or running shoes on (depends on where you live, RIGHT??) and is on the road or track or treadmill they are , we are all the same …AT THAT MOMENT.... Are you running or jogging?

We are all working out / exercising and becoming more healthy and fit.

Joggers go out on the road track or treadmill regularly but usually have a smaller chance of injury because they tend to take it easier with each workout. Many of us “joggers” have chosen to be joggers to take it easy and exercise with focus on fun and fat and not time and performance. I have run in well over 100 races, but as a one time football player…the running is strictly for fun and fitness( physical and psychological )

Many runners and joggers share the same silly, shiny sweat resistant clothes, funny shoes and even crazy electronics. Let’s share the love and move and seat together.

@martyroddy

 

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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#diet  #food  #heartfailure  #afib  #WFPB

@martyroddy

 

Farmers market Running and Fitness Fuel April 30, 2014

Filed under: Carbs,Food,Food-Fuel,Health,Protein,Recipes — bigfootmarty @ 7:26 pm
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The local Farmers Market season kicked off April 5 an the selection of fresh veggies has been improving and growing each week.

This week I focused on greens and roots.

Mixed baby greens and kale- that went into salads and soup.

And a couple bags of onions (yellow/green) , potatoes and sweet potatoes . I plan to enjoy these in a variety of ways over the next 10 days but Sunday morning after church I was in the mood for baked beans ( frozen – homemade 3 weeks ago).

So i decided to have potato “chips” baked in the oven with some onion and parsley.

– I sliced 2 medium yellow onions and spread on bottom of cooking tray(sprinkle w/sea salt)

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Onions for Base of Baked Chips

– I sliced the potatoes (yukon and sweet) in thin chips.

-Then spread a nice olive oil on all of the chips and a light dusting of sea salt.

-spread the chips evenly over the onions on the tray, sprinkled with parsley and black pepper

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Potatoes and Sweets Chips ready for roasting at 425

-Roasted in preheated oven at 425 for 55 minutes.- turning the chips after 35 minutes.

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Roasted Chips ready for the baked beans ( and hockey game).

The chips tasted great alone but were tremendous with 3 bean baked beans made with molasses and chili peppers in February.

A filling and healthy Sunday afternoon meal.

 

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Misc. Meals for Energy, Fuel and Health March 21, 2014

Filed under: Carbs,Food,Food-Fuel,Health,Protein — bigfootmarty @ 11:47 pm
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Last night I was hungry but wanted a simple meal.

I had brown rice cooked and ready in the fridge so I built a good meal with it as the base.

I cooked some earlier made Baked Beans and added a yellow onion, garlic clove and 2 dried hot,red peppers.

After the beans were heated through i added a cup of frozen Organic sweet corn. Cooked that for 20 minutes to blend the flavors,

Served on top of the rice and enjoyed with celery and Whole wheat crackers.

 

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Brown Rice, beans, Corn, Hot peppers,onions

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Brown Rice,beans for supper

 

Fabulous Fiber- Food, Fuel, Health and Cleansing on your plate January 16, 2014

Filed under: Carbs,Food,Food-Fuel,Health — bigfootmarty @ 12:52 am
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How much fiber do you get on a daily basis?

How much do you need?  The RDA’s are listed as Wmn -25g  [21g over 51] ,Mn 38 g [30g over 51]
Now for active / average person who eats 4-5 small meals and they can include-
-Oatmeal in the morning with a banana   (4+3)   7
-Morning snack Orange and 1oz almonds  (3+3)  6
-Lunch, Salad  greens, beans,….          (3+3+2+2) 10
Afternoon Snack,  Pear w/Yogurt         (5)                5
Dinner, Sweet potato, rice and steamed broccoli  (5+3+6.5) 14.5     = 42+g fiber today
What do you eat?
            Foods- 
Oatmeal         1C – 4 g ,    6g Protein
Brown Rice    1C -6.5 g   14g P
Cornmeal       1C – 9g  ,  9g P
Pasta (whole wheat)  6g , 7g P
Lentils  15g ,  18 g P
Split Peas 16g , 16g P
Kidney Beans  13g , 13g P
Garbanzo   11g, 12g P
Pear      5g,  .5g P
Apple  5g ,   ~0g P
Grapefruit 4g , 2 g P
Orange      3g , 1G P
Banana     3g , 1g P
Sweet Potato 1C  5g, 2g P
Potato 1 ea       2.5g , 3.5g P
Collards 1C   5g , 4g P
Kale  1C        3g, 6g P
Broccoli       9g, 7g P
Cabbage     3g,  4g P
Celery          8g,  4g P
 Almonds 1oz   3g, 6g P
A few quick sites that popped up on a web search:
What do you eat every day?  What do you like to carry for lunch?