Lo-Co Meal Planning

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Meal Planning. “UGH” I can almost hear you say. Who has time? Who wants to plan?

I hear ya. And I’ve gotten so lazy about meals and meal planning… and my weight is starting to creep up so I’m concerned my cholesterol probably is as well.  I need to start meal planning again so I did a little research for some tips.

I got a little help from the folks over at Kitchenda. After reading my 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Published post, they suggested their article, Why Experts Recommend Meal Planning For Every Home, might be helpful.

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Amazing Heart-Healthy Broccoli Salad

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If your family is like mine, the ‘Broccoli Salad’ brought to family events is a dish laden with mayonnaise and sugar, not to mention bacon. Delicious, sure, but not at all heart-healthy.

Recently, a friend brought Cookie + Kate’s Favorite Broccoli Salad to a dinner party and I was WOWED.  Not only was it delicious, I loved it even though the recipe includes raw red onion, which I ordinarily despise.

My friend Lisa, who made this dish, explained her take on the recipe: she always makes the dressing the day before (or at least many hours before) and adds the onions to the dressing.

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February is American Heart Month

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February is ‘American Heart Month’ — the perfect time to consider your heart health and the steps you can take to minimize heart disease risk.

One of the easiest and most important things you can do if you have high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure (two key heart disease risk factors) is to ASK FOR YOUR ‘NUMBERS.’

Information is power! If you have your blood pressure numbers AND your full lipid (cholesterol) panel results, you can easily calculate your own ’10-year risk of heart disease!’

In the past 6 months, two of my close friends were diagnosed with high cholesterol and their doctors started discussing statins.

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Ina’s Baked Cod with Garlic & Herb Ritz Crumbs

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First, an apology for my absence. November and December were crazy—had a gall bladder attack which resulted in surgery and then a virus (not Covid) masqueraded as a surgical complication… It’s been a crazy past two months with a LOT of medical testing. But the good news is things are finally sorted, so I am back to writing.

If you’ve never had a gall bladder attack (and I hope you don’t) here’s one irony: it’s very important to eat a LOW FAT diet. And if you blog about cholesterol and already do that, well, then it’s a waiting game until surgery.

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Hot Dogs Shorten Your Life?!

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Last week at my annual visit, my cardiologist asked if I’d seen the study that for every hot dog eaten, life is shortened by 30 minutes…

Wait, what?

Not that I eat a lot of hot dogs. Not that anyone with high cholesterol eats a lot of hot dogs. But seriously, what? There’s a MEDICAL STUDY that shows hot dogs lead to earlier death?

It turns out that there WAS a study done. A real one. Which was then written about with the kind of headline known as ‘click bait.’ Which works, obviously, as my doctor mentioned it.

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