Based on J’s condition of having a heart attack AND diabetes we revised his diet by:
-reducing sugar -replacing with Splenda products
-reducing sodium -replacing with herbs, spices, sodium replacements (be cautious of high amounts of potassium used in some products)
-reducing fat – including switching from whole milk to 1%, reduced fat cheese (limited quantities due to salt content), switching to Olive Oil margarine
-reducing meat – we eliminated red meat and switched to more of a plant based diet, although we did have some skinless, lean poultry and fish; also added protein with more nuts and seeds
Possibly the biggest changes were (1) not eating in restaurants and (2) limiting processed/premade food. The majority of our grocery shopping was raw ingredients as I cooked almost everything. Including making whole wheat bread so I could control the amount of sugar and salt in the bread.