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Hi All, just looking for suggestions or what changes any of you made on your diet post HA! Or whatever worked for you! Thanks, Cathy
JeffB, August 14, 2019 6:04pm EST
The Mediterranean diet, AHA cookbooks and this guy named Bob Harper helped me restructure after I knee-jerked out of fear into a plant-based mess for over three years post my heart attack in 2015. Make slow changes, don't freak out as I did. Let your numbers and (next point being very important) satisfaction be you guides.
Cath4, August 14, 2019 6:21pm EST
Thank you Jeff I really appreciate it. You were doing a completely plant based diet? Not good? Did the Mediterranean diet work for you?
JeffB, August 14, 2019 6:39pm EST
Happy to help.
Yeah he did. His heart attack story in his book is pretty awesome.
Cath4, August 14, 2019 8:11pm EST
I see Bob has a few books, do you recommend a certain book?
JeffB, August 14, 2019 8:48pm EST
Cath, I don't do diets but I take ideas from many sources. I used his Super Carb book to make some compromises on things like Bison every now and then. Plus coffee. 😊
Food is really personal. All about choices, health and ultimately fulfillment. Hope your tables are loaded with flavor!
steveSD, August 15, 2019 2:31am EST
My doctors pushed plant based on me at every visit, especially during cardiac rehab. I finally asked how much Monstanto gives them and pointed out that the plant-based subjects of the videos had worse numbers than me. Everything was crazy when I had the HA. I immediately quit drinking for a long while (now I don't drink much, just a drink or so a week) I also gave up junk food and started eating more salads along with oatmeal for breakfast. I cut way back on carbs and sugar. I guess I probably eat a bit less meat and I try for healthier options like grass-fed or wild caught or organic. If I had to label it I'd probably call it similar to Mediterranean with little to no processed food. Nuts, olives, vegetables, fruit... I've always been kind of an all or nothing person so it works for me and when I decide to eat something not so "healthy" it's a conscious decision and I enjoy it. I still have blood tests about every 6 months so it will be easy to know if I get too far off track.
JeffB, August 15, 2019 6:51am EST
Cath, my regimen is a lot like Steve's. My numbers, with meds, and the genetics that allow for it, are total cholesterol under 100 and my other levels are ridiculously good as well. This is a numbers game though, think of it like drifting down a river in rapids. The numbers keep you pointed in the right direction. Nothing more. Never forget to enjoy yourself today and laugh a lot.
vancet, August 15, 2019 11:45pm EST
My numbers and latest blood work are looking really good so far. Weight is significantly down (though I was only 2 lbs overweight before based on BMI) and my body fat % has dropped. Doc loves whatever I've done so I'll keep doing it. Cut out the junk food like chips and soda pop. Haven't visited any fast food restaurant since the HA. No sugary cakes and cookies which I really miss. I bake a few treats using xylitol instead of sugar though even that I don't eat as much. I still drink organic OJ diluted with more water in addition to 1% lactose free milk at breakfast. Cut out all caffeine as well but I'm just beginnning work again so I might need some tea or something on those days I need a pick me up. I'm asian so I haven't cut out all rice but I eat brown rice 3-4x a week still.
My doc has said that as long as you're satisfied, you will continue with the good habits/choices. So I hope everyone can find good choices that are palatable.
faxo123, August 16, 2019 12:48pm EST
I try to stick to plant based diet + dairy (no fat) , egg whites as much as possible. But again its easier for me since I was vegetarian even before my HA. My numbers are great as well (LDL 19 during my last blood work).
DolphinWrite, August 16, 2019 9:24pm EST
Read up, research online, then use as much common sense, checking food's with your meds. 😉