Diabetes with Congestive Heart Failure

By Kenneth52 Latest Reply 2017-12-04 23:53:12 -0600
Started 2015-07-01 10:40:46 -0500

I have both Diabetes (Type 2) and Congestive Heart Failure and I am getting frustrated because I keep looking for recipes geared for both conditions and cannot find any every time I search for salt free and sugar free or the terms of no salt or no sugar every recipes I get has on or the other in them (although I only looked for salad dressings so far) can any body help me and give me some suggestions please???

4 replies

Unicorn_Lady 2015-07-01 16:24:57 -0500 Report

Basic and simple recipes would work best at first. Just as Steve says. Herbs are delicious in vegetables, salads and meats, in place of salt. I don't know how much you cook, your expertise? If you can - stay as much away from processed foods as possible … they are full of both excess salt and sugar. Meat, vegetables, fat [ extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are what I use], low carb means cut way down on the white starches… breads, potatoes, rice. Herbs will help with the no salt thing and believe me … what starts out bland soon becomes yummy. Your tastes change.

I would like to know … are you cooking for yourself or for several people. What do you LIKE to eat and maybe we can help you figure out how you need to start thinking about diet?

MelodyRain 2015-07-01 16:20:29 -0500 Report

Hi Kenneth,
My husband has been living with both of those conditions for more that 15 years now. It know it is really tricky trying to follow the diet. My husband is also on a blood thinner so we have to watch out for Vitamin K (it's in a lot of veggies) too. I agree with Haoleboy's suggestion to go with whole, natural foods as much as possible. I have found that we really have to cook from fresh, whole ingredients in order to control the salt and carb content in our foods.
I recently came across a computer program that you can buy called "Living cookbook". You can use it to search for recipes, bookmark them. Plan out menus and even make a shopping list. The think I like about using it besides making my recipes easier to find is that it will give you the nutritional breakdown for the recipe. You can then use that information to adjust the recipe it if has too much salt or carbs.
Most important. Please stick with it. I know it's difficult, but you can live a long time even though you have a heart problem if you take care of yourself well.

haoleboy 2015-07-01 14:07:06 -0500 Report

my only recipe is to eat foods in their natural state as much as possible … if cooking use minimal seasonings.
here's an example … boneless/skinless chicken roasted with fresh veggies using a light coating of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, basil and black pepper … dress your salads with oil and vinegar
oh and eliminate processed (packaged) foods
yes, it is a boring "diet" but considering the alternative …