“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

Progress Report Spring 2014

DRUMROLL PLEASE!

Progress Report Progress Report Fix It PlanBill is all the way back!

Bill is Back thanks to Fix It Plan

I have some fantastic news to share about Bill’s latest progress report!  It works!  He’s off the meds!  He’s no longer required to take any prescription medication.   His blood pressure is stable, lipid profile excellent, and he’s maintaining his weight loss.  This was our target, a major goal in this journey–reversing his heart disease.  It symbolizes a younger, healthier Bill. Continue reading

Truly Amazing Raw Brownies

Truly Amazing Raw Brownies

All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. ~ Charles M. Schulz

Are you ready to be amazed?  I hope so because these gems are not only chocolatey, chewy and delicious, but are also good for you and your heart!  The other amazing thing about these brownies is how quick and easy they are to make–containing only three primary ingredients:  dates, nuts and cacao. Continue reading

Vitamin D and your Heart

The Sunshine Vitamin!

Vitamin D and your heartMost of us have heeded the warnings to avoid sun exposure–covering ourselves with protective clothing and sunblock.  And this time of year it’s not easy to get much Vitamin D from the sun anyway, unless you live in the more southern climes.  But our bodies need Vitamin D so what are we to do?

Vitamin D is essential to our health for many reasons, and it’s important to know that low levels of Vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.  According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “a growing number of studies point to vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for heart attacks, congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), strokes, and the conditions associated with cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and diabetes”. Continue reading