Welcome Frances Brown, I too have some heart stuff...actually CAD...I have 3 stents and I have asthma. I will follow my cardio diet quite well for awhile...then I kind of stray. But all the information you were given by the other ladies is exactly what you need to do. We are all in this together and try to support you in any way we can.
Fbrown - welcome. I too live with multiple health issues including heart and diabetes. I have trouble following the appropriate diet for them (I find they are pretty much the same except low sodium for the heart) because those foods often bother another condition I have - Crohn's Disease. We all have our crosses to bear, don't we! I think you'll find lots of support here and hope it works out for you. The advice given below is good. Do a little bit at a time. There are lots and lots of forums you can join beside the Healthy Hearts one. I also belong to one of the Diabetes ones - you can find them by going to the top of your screen in the search box. I also signed up for the Diabetes tracking system for nutrition. It sets out for you the range of calories, carbs, protein and fat you should have at each meal and snack according to the information you provide on your shape and size. You can then add any other nutrient you want to track. Tracking and logging is a big thing and one of the most helpful here. It can be tedious at first but once you get used to it and once you find or add your favourite foods to the database, it becomes easier and faster. If one of your goals is to lose weight, tracking really helps. For eg. you track your nutrients in that log section and track your exercise in that log section and at the end of the day when you will no longer be adding a snack or whatever you can go to the reports section and it will tell you how many calories you burned off compared to how many you consumed so you can figure out when or why you are losing or not losing because it takes eating 3500 fewer calories to lose 1 lb. When the reports calculate the calories burned, it takes into account the size information you provided when you signed in because you burn calories just doing daily activities and it adds that to what you also burn doing exercises so you don't have to do calculations on your own. Best of luck to you.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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Lost 48 lbs. in 2012 & 13 but gained 30 back!
Pounds lost: 10.4
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Welcome. You've come through a lot. This is simple. Determine what you're currently doing by tracking your food and exercise for a few days then decide on one or two small things to change. Continue tracking to see if the changes make a difference. Then make a couple more small changes. Let the changes that give your the results you want become habits and discard the ones that don't work out. Pretty soon you'll have achieved a healthier lifestyle. The articles and videos on this site can help you decide on what changes to try. Good luck.
Barbara in Colorado on MST Don't know if I'm on red or blue team yet.
“No matter where you go - there you are” “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius
Pounds lost: 11.0
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I take a lot of medicine for high B/P, cholesterol, .I have had a quad-triple by pass (CABBAGE) four stints, both knees replaced, diabetic and a cancer survier. I think my diabetes makes everything worse. I have a hard time folleringg the diabetic diet I have a Handicapped daughter who has never walked or talked and a disable husband. I need support and accountiability. Thanks.
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