Prior to J’s heart attack he did all the grocery shopping but after being released from the hospital he had to take it easy. All the walking that’s required to shop is a lot for someone recovering so I had to take over. Previously he was quite the foodie and loved to eat well but now we had to completely overhaul what and how he ate. We now had to keep in mind his diabetes (low sugar) PLUS a heart smart diet (low-fat, low salt).
Reducing sugar and fat are not too difficult since so many packaged foods focus on these but almost all packaged/processed food is too high in salt. J had been advised to have less that 2300 mg of sodium (approx. 1 teaspoon). We now had to read all product labels and it was shocking to see the amount of salt in canned and packaged foods. Even foods that say “no salt added” still contain amounts often too high for the serving size (more on this coming soon).
Here’s our initial grocery listing:
Whole Wheat Bread
Veggie Weiner/Whole Wheat bun
Low Fat Yogurt (no sugar added)
Olive Oil Margarine
Pasta – Whole Wheat
Frozen Veggies – no salt added
Frozen Fruit – no sugar added