Perfect Summer Side – Crunchy Ramen Cabbage Salad

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My friend Lisa makes the perfect summer salad: it’s colorful, crunchy, light and refreshing. Those who don’t love traditional green salads (like me) love it…and those who do love salad love it too. In fact, some of my friends even mixed this crunchy slaw/salad with a green salad!

Crunchy Ramen Cabbage Salad is a great lo-co side dish. It’s heart-healthy as it’s just veggies with cholesterol-lowering almonds and a zippy dressing made with heart-healthy oil. And it’s easy to make AND easy to bring to a picnic or pot luck. Plus if you take the time to slice up red cabbage (which is easier than I imagined) this red salad looks great on a summer table.

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Going Lo-Co is a National Award Winner!

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I’m honored to announce that Going Lo-Co  has won a national communications award!

The National Federation for Press Women (NFPW) awarded my Going Lo-Co  blog First Place in the category of personal website.

The NFPW explains the communications contest as, “A two-tiered competition. First, you compete at the state level. First-place winners at the state level are eligible to move on to the NFPW contest. State affiliates honor their state winners. National-level winners are recognized at the national conference and will have their work featured on the NFPW webpage and shared across NFPW social media outlets.”

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women and Men

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The major signs and symptoms of a heart attack are different for women than men. In a 2016 post, Heart Attack Symptoms in Women, I explain that women are much more likely than men to not realize they are having a heart attack. That’s because women having heart attacks often do NOT experience huge chest pain. Instead, a heart attack in women can feel like: heartburn, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, nausea, and back &/or jaw pain.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and early treatment is crucial. Often women do not seek immediate treatment because their symptoms don’t feel urgent.

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Eggs and Cholesterol and Heart Disease Risk…Oh My!

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That eggs NO LONGER belong in a heart-healthy diet is what some are concluding from a study published in March 2019.

The study, Associations of Dietary Cholesterol or Egg Consumption With Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality, asked the question: “Is consuming dietary cholesterol or eggs associated with incident cardiovascular disease (CVD)…? ” And the study’s answer was: “Among US adults, higher consumption of dietary cholesterol or eggs was significantly associated with higher risk of incident CVD…”

So asked and answered, right?

Well, not exactly. Some say YES—eggs are now considered not heart-healthy given this study.

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The 2018 Guidelines on the Management of Blood Cholesterol

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How the medical community treats patients with high cholesterol changed dramatically in November 2013 when a new set of Guidelines for recommending cholesterol-lowering drugs was published. The newly published 2018 Guidelines both affirms that approach and adds several more specific recommendations.

A little history: the standard of care for those with high cholesterol before the 2013 Guidelines was for doctors to prescribe a statin—a prescription drug like Lipitor—to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol to a target figure. But the 2013 Guidelines abandoned that ‘treat-to-target’ approach. Instead, the new Guidelines recommended doctors take a more holistic approach based on assessing a patient’s overall 10-year heart disease risk.

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