How Will Having Angioplasty Change What I Eat?

In short, being on a restricted diet has changed virtually all aspects of my life. By starting this blog, I hope some of my experiences can help you handle this type of massive eating change. I am slowly building an entirely new menu of dishes to cook and to eat, so stay tuned for recipes you might enjoy too.

Having angioplasty August 13, 2012, has completely changed what I eat. It has made me a man on a restricted diet, cutting out fat, salt and sugar whenever possible. And it also has greatly changed me. In the four months since the surgery, I’ve lost 23 pounds and now weigh roughly 193 pounds.

In recent years, I’ve cut out or cut back on many of my favorite foods. Pizza and Chinese food, for example, which I once ate weekly, are now a rarity for me. The same can be said for one-pound T-bone steaks and many cheese-filled Italian dishes which I’ve reserved for only holidays. Potato chips and french fries, once daily items for me, also are mostly gone from my diet.

Days of eating giant meatball subs like this one are over for me.
Days of eating giant meatball subs like this one are over for me.
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Some good advice, although I wouldn’t eat some of the healthy snacks recommended.

No Bones Toned

One of the most controversial things in the dieting world is differenciating a healthy snack to a not-so-healthy snack. Everything is labelled and advertized to sell, so they brag: LOW FAT! ONLY 100 CALORIES! NO ADDED SUGAR! But do they tell you that that fat was replaced with sodium and sugar, that you’re just consuming 100 EMPTY calories or that it’s actually loaded with FAKE sugars instead? Still don’t believe me? Here’s a great example: “light” yogurts. They claim that they’re low fat, but having 1% yogurt is OK too; they claim as low as 30 CALORIES but did you know that most aren’t even yogurt, just skim milk with no active cultures? So much for probiotics and extra protein to keep you full! And no added sugars? Pfft! Light yogurts are loaded with fake sugar, which is much sweeter and … different tasting. Like, I swear, back when I thought…

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10 Tips to Cut Salt

You have to click on the link in here but eventually will get to a list of 10 tips for cutting salt. I’ll be writing about many of these as well, stay tuned for future posts.

North Denver Nutrition Therapy

Trying to follow a low sodium diet but not sure where to start?  Don’t have time to cook everything by stratch?  Don’t know which products to choose?  Check out my recent blog post with tips to cut out hidden sodium in your diet: http://www.foodcalc.com/blog/2012/10/13/10-tips-to-cut-sodium/

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Welcome to Living on a Restricted Diet

But I’ve learned valuable lessons along the way, along with creating my own no-salt, no-sugar, no-fat recipes, and want to share them with you. I also want to hear what you’ve done because I have no illusion that my approach is the only correct one. I leave that kind of hubris to those writing other food blogs, including one I founded and left after it adopted an incredibly self-righteous tone that included repeatedly insulting me and what I was going through.

Hello everyone, welcome to my new food blog, Living on a Restricted Diet. If that title sounds grim, I apologize, it’s meant to simply sound like the reality many of us Baby Boomers face as we get older and deal with more health-related issues that impact how we eat.

In August, 2012, I had an angioplasty done to open an 80% blocked artery to my heart, for example. Since that event, I have completely changed my eating routine, giving up scores of foods I truly loved. I was one of those people who lived to eat rather than simply ate to live. So it’s been a painful process for me.

Trays fo stuffed shells were once my Super Bowl party main course. No more though.
Trays fo stuffed shells were once my Super Bowl party main course. No more though.

But I’ve learned valuable lessons along the way, along with creating my own no-salt, no-sugar, no-fat recipes, and want to share them with you. I also want to hear what you’ve done because I have no illusion that my approach is the only correct one. I leave that kind of hubris to those writing other food blogs, including one I founded and left after it adopted an incredibly self-righteous tone that included repeatedly insulting me and what I was going through. Continue reading “Welcome to Living on a Restricted Diet”