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Matriarchy: We've added my 82-year-old mother to our household, and are working on developing new cooking and eating habits that involve her in our kitchen life. She is an experienced low-fat eater and a great lover of fruit and vegetables. I think she will be good at helping to keep the fridge stocked with cut-up summer fruit and veg for snacking. She is already great at helping to keep the sink clear of dishes! The challenge will be adjusting our cooking habits, which are not particularly low-fat or low-salt, to her dietary needs. I made Broccoli-Cheddar Soup last night, with Kraft's new lower-fat 2% white cheddar. It was a success - but really, was that a big fat reduction? The recipe uses butter, half-and-half, and cheese. Perhaps the key will be moderate consumption for things like that - served with a big salad and a piece of whole-grain bread.
8 years ago
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Eunice : good luck! i would miss all that butter and cream and cheese, too.
8 years ago
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Matriarchy: It's weird. My mother's normal healthy diet worked for years. Her cholesterol is 190 and her blood pressure is low. The carotid artery testing said she has almost no plaque, and she has no heart problems. But now that she had the mini-stroke (probably brought on by heat exhaustion), they put her on BP meds and a statin to lower her lipids, saying that diet already got her as far as it would, and that they wanted her readings to be "below normal" to reduce her stoke risk. So - is the medication going to do the heavy lifting? The "Heart Healthy" diet they recommended was already how she ate. I'm not sure I want her to starving for the last few years of her life, just to stick to "the standard regimin" for stroke patients. The literature a refers to patients that already had health problems and ate poorly. It seems to have nothing to sat to patients that did all the right things for decades - and had a stroke anyway! I think she oughta be able to eat the occasional cup of decent soup.
8 years ago
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Eunice : oh that's harsh...and so unfair. i recall reading somewhere how fat in moderation is actually good for you. i need to see if i can re-find that article and send that info to you.
8 years ago
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Carolyn Beck: Unfortunately, now that your Mom has had her first stroke, statistically her stroke risk is automatically elevated, despite "doing all the right things". Right now the statin is the important additive to her regimin to keep her lipids on the low side, but I say go for the occasional cup of decent soup as well! (I am an RN who manages the Stroke Registry at the hospital I work at) Even if you do all the right things, people can have strokes despite your best efforts at maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It sounds like you and your Mom are doing all the right things, so I bet that you will find a way to incorporate your delicious recipes into your mom's lifestyle. Good luck !!
8 years ago
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Matriarchy: Thanks, Carolyn! At some point, it's just "your time to go," no matter how many right things you do. She's 82, so I have a limited interest in making her last years a miserable effort to achieve some magic blood test numbers, at the cost of her enjoyment of life. Personally, I think I would rather go quickly from a stroke than linger with cancer or a degenerative illness. Now, fortunately for Mom, some of her favorite things are also very good for her - fresh green beans from the garden, crunchy salads, fresh fruit, baked sweet potatoes, etc.
8 years ago