Tuesday, January 26, 2016

From the Heart: Eating Healthy Just Got GOOD!

American Heart Association Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook


This past August I turned 35. I will repeat it because there are moments when I can't believe it myself; I turned 35 years old! It's a bit surreal because my life (and body) doesn't feel like a thirty-five year should be. When I was a child I envisioned my thirty-five year old self to be this wunderkind who has surpassed all my goals, dreams and aspirations. In reality my thirty-five was harrowingly different from what I thought my life would be right now. I am in a state of bereavement and have been for the past year since the lost of my mother and brother within three months of each other. During that time my emotional and physical state has been compromised. I have amassed a plethora of gray hair (of which I am not ready for!), weight gain and anxiety to the point my doctor has prescribed me heart medication because this ticker of mine has been racing non-stop! I have come to realize that my thirties - especially my thirty fifth year is a period of realization and transformation. It's time for me to roll up my sleeves and get to work on myself because it's now or never. I have been actively sought out grief counseling and therapy for my depression stemming from the loss of my mother - a grief so intensifying that I have been paralyzed with emotions for months on end. Along with my counseling I take walks - long walks, across New York City but it's not enough. My eating habits are less then desirable because I quite frankly do not want to cook! I was once a burgeoning food enthusiast who wanted to devote this blog to exploring different recipes and cuisine but rather I lived on frozen waffles and cereal for the past year (don't judge me!). Recently my grief counselor told me that I need to push myself and push myself I will. One of the 'pushes' I am commiting to is getting back into the kitchen and cooking for myself. Self-care is one of the first things subsided and I need to focus on that because I deserve a quality of life since I am still very much alive. I have been taking baby 

steps getting back into the kitchen from making small meals and teas (I am Haitian and making teas is a tradition I grew up on and love - it's a 'comfort drink/food' for me). Another step is finding 'Heart Healthy' meals because I never thought I would peruse heart medication ever let alone at thirty five! In comes the tome American Heart Association Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook: DELICIOUS RECIPES TO HELP REDUCE BAD FATS AND LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL  (Harmony), the book is a wealth of knowledge and resourceful tool filled with meals that are geared to satisfy one's palate and  ensure one's diet is one of well-being and heart healthy sustenance.  The recipes are accessible and any cook no matter the level of skill can enjoy the book. While I am not where I want to be in any facet of my life, I know now that with each day I have a chance to care for myself and eating a proper meal - especially one is conducive to a healthy heart is a good start. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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