Yeah, it seems everyone these days is on some kind of restricted diet. Just try throwing a party or inviting others over for dinner, you soon learn all about it.

My cardio incident has had me essentially eliminating eggs, butter, and cheese from what I eat – three glorious mainstays that now get in only as gingerly applied additives or, for the cheese, in low-fat and fat-free versions. And it’s red meat no more than once a week. Look up the Healthy Heart stuff if you want. I’m trying to be stricter than that, at least for a while.

Simply reading the labels on most prepared products is a horror story. Do you know how many bad fats show up in cookies or doughnuts or, oh my, just about everything snack like? And forget fast food along the highway. No, I’m not stopping at McDonald’s for a salad and having to inhale all that lovely fry-vat grease in the air. At least around the corner there’s sushi. Or a bagel with jam or jelly, no cream cheese, though lox might pass the test. You get the point.

My cholesterol levels weren’t bad before, but since the stent went in, my medical professionals want them even lower. Well, I pushed the profile down sharply in five or six weeks. It can be done.

I’m considering this as perpetual Lent of a Greek Orthodox sort, with a few tradeoffs like red wine thrown in. OK, mine’s not really that strict – I’m not vegan – but I am applying many of the lessons we gleaned from observing a strict Advent back in ’16.

Among the negative tradeoffs is caffeine, which my primary care physician wants cut down to a cup a day, max. I’m there now but do miss the second big mug (café au lait style, heavily laced with one-percent milk and sugar) as well as the midafternoon pickup. A substitute instant brew found at the natural foods store is surprisingly satisfying, apart from its lack of kick. The lingering question is do I shift to decaf, which strikes me like cheating but cuts out the caffeine? Any suggestions?

Well, the caffeine reduction is essential if I’m to address another issue. Will spare you the details, for now. Maybe forever.

At least the garden’s kicking in. A sorrel sauce on the asparagus almost has me forgetting mayonnaise, melted butter, or a runny egg or two atop the spears. Do I cheat with the fresh whipped cream when the strawberries hit in a few weeks? I’m already planning on that low-fat mayo when the tomatoes finally flood us in August – you don’t need the bacon to create a great sandwich, especially if you use basil instead of lettuce.

I hate to sound grumpy. This getting older does have its downsides, doesn’t it?

7 thoughts on “BIG DIETARY CHANGES, OH, BOY …

  1. I’m sorry to hear of your heart problems but am very glad you are okay. I certainly have no suggestions and no right to offer any. Although I am a petite female at a healthy weight I have the cholesterol of a 300-pound man, but I also have low blood sugar. Per doctor’s orders I must eat protein every 3 hours or so, and protein means an egg or some cheese, a chicken breast, a protein bar full of nuts, not so good for someone with high cholesterol. What’s a body to do? I do hope you get it all sorted out and end up with a diet that is both healthy and satisfying.

    1. My wife and I are both glad that diabetes or high blood pressure or the like are not an added factor. We are looking for alternatives to my carb intake.
      The fact is that these considerations are far more widespread than we often notice.

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      1. Oh, my … how are we going to define decent? Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are everywhere, so I’m assuming you’re ruling those out. We make ours strong, with a Cuban roast from Costco, should you be swinging across the New Hampshire seacoast region. How do you define decent?

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