I could not simply sit at home and eat my gruel every day and night. So for the past 20 months, I’ve searched out restaurants that can accommodate my new needs, namely to serve me tasty low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar meals.
Forget ever eating away from home again. That’s what the first nutritionist I saw after my angioplasty in 2012 told me about the new food life I’d have to live to help prevent another major artery blockage.
I could not accept that. Restaurant dining is one of the true pleasures in my life, plus a sign that I have moved on from being the poor kid I was when growing up. I could not simply sit at home and eat my gruel every day and night. So for the past 20 months, I’ve searched out restaurants that can accommodate my new needs, namely to serve me tasty low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar meals.
This blog is my attempt to help all of you in the same boat as me, for whatever health reason.
Living a low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar lifestyle can be endlessly difficult because almost any food sold in traditional supermarkets these days has too much of one or more of those evil three. The same is true for restaurant meals. So since my angioplasty in 2012, I’ve been building an entirely new shopping list, going to more stores than ever before to find the low-salt and no-salt items I need along with the low-fat and no-fat options.
All in all, it was a tasty day, I think. I do miss the old foods, but I’m making the best of this new low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar life.
Memorial Day was once a time for burgers and brats, along with maybe some ribs and steaks on the grill, for me but not anymore, not since my angioplasty in 2012.
So now I’ve created some salt-free and low-fat options instead. Our cookout this weekend included salmon made on a cedar plank with a slat-free Mrs. Dash teriyaki glaze. As side dishes, I made asparagus with a balsamic vinegar glaze and a fruit salad with watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries
Reuters recently reported on a new study that says “U.S. children are consuming more than 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of sugar annually if they eat a typical morning bowl of cereal each day.”
I trace many of my childhood cavities to overly sugared breakfast cereal. Frosted flakes of course are covered in sugar. And I would add gobs of sugar even to something relatively plain like Rice Krispies.
For many years now, popular thinking when it comes to eating has focused on having several smaller meals throughout the day to satisfy hunger but not to binge on big meals. I’m always skeptical of nutrition theories and so-called nutrition science because every theory that’s in vogue today is likely to change.
Recently, however, I did find a low-fat frozen yogurt, Kemps, which I’ve really enjoyed and plan to buy again. As you can see on the nutrition info here, it has only 1.5 grams of fat per half cup or 3 grams for a cup, which I consider a serving. Salt content is low.
Fat-free frozen yogurt at Costco is a weekly treat for me, one of the few I have these days compared to my pre-angioplasty eating ways. And I’ve been amazed at the limited options to find fat-free packaged frozen yogurts in local supermarkets.
When my children were growing up, Goldfish were considered the healthy snack, better than chips or ice cream or other normal kid fare. But looking at the little bag I was handed that recent day, I realized they won’t work for me these days.
Snacking on anything I used to snack on has become impossible on my low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet. I’ve written about how I’ve found a way to make my own potato chips with no fat and no salt. But they take a great deal of time, so are hardly a handy snack.