SUPPLEMENTS FOR HEART HEALTH

We receive a lot of emails with questions on this subject so let’s talk about it.
Bowl of Pills, Photo by rselph, CC BY 2.0
Bowl of Pills, Photo by rselph, CC BY 2.0

Bill and I for quite a while have been big believers in the benefits of supplements as natural alternative therapies.  Years ago when he was diagnosed with Rosacea, he didn’t want to go on the life-long regimen of antibiotics as prescribed, so we turned to supplements for help.  And it worked!  Another time I struggled with debilitating pain behind my left ear that progressed to a chronic level, sending me to various doctors which led to a possible prognosis of a brain tumor and a CT scan, which fortunately found nothing.  Then by chance we went out sailing for the day with friends and I took ginger every 3 hours to manage motion sickness (yes it works), only to be amazed at the end of the day that I had been pain free!  Apparently there was inflammation somewhere inside me (ah ha!) so I began a regimen of ginger for a period of time and the problem went away.  And on another occasion we reversed a serious eye condition with supplements, to the amazement of Bill’s eye doctor.  I’m a believer!

But think about this.  By definition, a supplement is:

“Something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.”

So the key word here is supplement–they are not a panacea.  Continue reading SUPPLEMENTS FOR HEART HEALTH

Progress Report ~ Winter 2014

Progress Report  Report A small

The exciting news about this post is that nothing much happened, and in this case that’s pretty darned good.   We’re talking about Bill’s latest checkup.  The big event in this un-event was Bill’s labwork, the first since Dr. Crandall let him off the last of the prescription meds eight months earlier.   So what was the report card going to show?  For those of us like me that want to know the nitty details on these things it went like this:

Progress Report Fixitplan EKG

 

The first order of business was an EKG.   No surprises and all was good.

 

Progress Report Fixitplan Chauncey Crandall office

 

Next we waited to see Dr. Crandall  and I used this time to review my list of questions (I always have questions and blessfully Dr. Crandall is very patient with every one.)

 

 

 

Dr. Crandall was pleased Bill is maintaining a healthy weight and looking fit and  strong.  And now it was time to review the results from his blood workup. Continue reading Progress Report ~ Winter 2014

PRESENT GLO ENERGY BARS

Present Glo Bars

I don’t know whether to call this crunchy goodness energy bars or cookies.  They seem to bring out the child in everyone I share them with, and I think it’s because they’re a little reminiscent of rice krispie treats. That first crunchy bite is always followed by a smile.  I think of them as energy bars and grab one when I’m headed out to Pilates or for a pick me up in the afternoon.  But they are certainly yummy enough to eat as a sweet treat or dessert! Continue reading PRESENT GLO ENERGY BARS

SATURATED FAT AND YOUR HEART

 Is butter back on the table?

NCI_butter

Earlier this year the headlines and TV news reports were hard to miss when a new study concluded saturated fat did not cause heart disease.  It was a huge story and the media ate it up (no pun intended).  Creamy sticks of  butter and juicy steaks flashed across the screen as reporters gleefully shared this news.

This can’t be right … right? 

Here’s what I’ve learned and what we’re doing as food for thought for your own plate.

First,  you should know the study was not an actual study but instead a meta-analysis.  A meta what? Continue reading SATURATED FAT AND YOUR HEART

“Food Should Make You Want to Dance!”

That line passed by as closed captioned text on the Food Network Channel today while I was sweating my heart rate up on the elliptical.  I stopped on that channel, captivated by the chef sauteing crisp apples and beautiful leeks, and I watched as she scooped out bright orange acorn squash and mashed it with roasted garlic.  She returned the squash to the shell and spooned the leek/apple mixture on top.  It looked delicious–though swimming with too much butter for my taste and I would have sauteed the leeks and apples in coconut or olive oil… but I digress. Continue reading “Food Should Make You Want to Dance!”