I have CHF, and am also on a low Na diet, as well as on Warfarin. I tend to eat a lot of meat and vegetable stir fries. Check out my menu. You can change meats, and vegetables, and I split Lunch and Dinner into 2 meals, so I only have to cook one meal besides breakfast. Most days I spend 45 minutes making meals, and this was easy enough to do when I am getting out of the hospital, and not feeling so hot.
You may want to pre-cut his meats, and freeze them in single serv bags, so he doesn't slip, and cut himself while on a blood thinner. I did so, and bled for 3 hours. Plus pre-cut meat means, he could just thaw it, and throw the meat, and some No salt or fresh veggies in a pot, and boil it. A bit of oil/water, or broth (Na? ), and it is a soup.
With a little prep, making your own meals becomes easy. I toss in a can of peas and a can of tomato, add 2 servings of meat,2 t olive oil and boil for 30 minutes. Simple,and no thinking. Fruit, cheeses, and vegetable sticks can be snacks. I find that FiberPlus bars are not an issue for me, and have 1 daily also, but I have lost 140 lbs, and now adding carbs in anyways, so it may not be okay for him.
I have made a lot of improvements in the last 4 years of low carb. My last echo showed a tripling in the strength of my heart muscle, and I have less chest pain/ shortness of breath. Granted I am 39, and he is 84, but I think you will see some benefit if he sticks to low carb. I am taking half the dosages I was 5 years ago, and day to day, feel a lot better, which is the #1 goal. I no longer feel like I am struggling to live. I can actually enjoy my day. If he can feel better, then he can enjoy his retirement, and quality of life is just as important as quantity ( time ) of life. Once he recovers, get him to do a little light exercise. Sometimes I feel like just napping the day away, but after a brisk walk, or slow bike ride, I always feel much better.
P.S. Besides leafy greens,watch for soy products too, like mayo. They have Vitamin K, which will lower his PT/INR, and require him to up his dose. Most important is to keep whatever he eats the same week to week as it pertains to these foods.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 7/14/2013 (12:34)
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4