Dean Ornish vs: Dr. Oz
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
My husband was recently diagnosed with heart disease...three main cardiac arteries almost completely blocked. He has put himself on a severe diet...almost no fat; no meat; and low low sugar. He needs to manage his diabetes as well as clear the blockage from his heart vessels. They are also using stents and angioplasty to open the arteries. He has had one artery done thus far and they are going in in the end of February to do the other vessel. The third one (70% blocked) they are going to leave alone. So it has been left to me to cook for this man according to these difficult parameters....in addition to his own personal likes and dislikes. The grocery bill was high and I did not buy hardly anything for myself....Breakfast and lunch are catch as catch can...trying to scramble and find something for myself to eat is hard.
The dinners have been a bit challenging for me to cook. I had really only been cooking simple things and now have been thrust once again into full scale preparation. It is hard for me to stand long enough to cook these meals....my legs go completely numb by the time dinner is served. I'm not trying to complain....just need to somehow come up with a menu and a bevvy of things to make that don't break the bank and don't break my back. I"m sure it will become easier with time. My husband bought several books with recipes online. Unfortunately one of these books is Dean Ornish's "Reversing Heart Disease" from 1995 and many of the principles in it are old fashioned and go against the wisdom of today. My husband, while to some degree he recognizes this fact, is kind of a radical thinker and if a little is good; none is better....so he places some perhaps unnecessary strictures on my cooking.
I"m currently reading "YOU on a Diet" by Dr. Oz and I so much wish my husband would read and follow this diet instead. It seems much more plausible and full of wisdom based on the biology of the body. After all, what good is a diet if you cannot stick to it?
I will probably lose some weight on this meal plan just because of the lack of food in the house! I bought a pair of pants from Kohl's online. Actually I bought the same pair of pants in two sizes. One of them is the size i am currently. However when I tried them on, they were an inch or two too small in the waist. (they must be cut small as I am wearing other pants in the same size). So those are my goals. To fit into those two pair of pants --one by one--before the summer comes and it is too hot to wear them.