Whole wheat, fresh strawberries and cream cookies are light and made with healthy ingredients.
Did you know that February is National Heart Health Awareness Month? Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? Did you know people of South Asian decent, like my husband, are three to five times more likely to have a heart attack? I didn’t know that little fact until after my husband had a heart attack at age 46. He was not over weight, doesn’t smoke, rarely drinks and we had been eating fairly healthfully for a while. If you have been following Food Done Light then you know this journey has been quite a struggle for us. I’m not sure if I can describe this very well but it is like our entire life has changed yet at times it is like nothing has changed. I know, two totally contradictory statements. What do I mean? I don’t know exactly!
This was an earth shattering event for me. It made me face up to the possibility of being a widow with a young child. It showed me I could handle more stress then I ever thought I could. It made be grateful for everyday and at the same time wishing certain days and nights away. It made me afraid to fall asleep at night and grateful when I woke up that my husband was still there. At times I wanted to run away from the stress of it all and other times feel proud of myself for handling it so well. It made me love my husband even more and pull away from him at the same time. For the first year and a half, every time my cell phone rang I would have a moment of panic that something had happened to my husband again. I no longer have that moment of panic (or at least not very often) and we are making plans for the future. In this way, it feels like life is the same. We still have the same hopes and dreams for our future that we did before.
The thing about heart disease is that it is an ongoing problem. Yes, he had a heart attack but then there were issues and side effects that went along with that. Every few months there seems to be something medically that comes up. It’s not something that will go away or be cured. He is doing well right now. His cholesterol is under control, he takes his medication, he eats very healthfully and he mostly does his exercises. As for me, it totally knocked me off my healthy eating and lifestyle I was beginning to develop. Instead of losing more weight, I gained some back (quite a bit actually). I let myself go to handle what was going on in my life or not handle it as some may say. Maybe I ate instead of handling it.
This year I made a resolution to put myself first. I cannot control how much my husband works out or what he chooses to eat for lunch. I can make sure we all have a healthy breakfast and dinner. I can go to the gym and take out my frustrations that way. I lost 4 pounds last month so it’s a start. I also realize that his heart attack has made me more aware of my own heart health. We are being stricter about our portion size, eating vegetarian more often, cutting the red meat and occasionally having a little sweet treat like Strawberries and Cream Cookies. Luckily these cookies are highly perishable. So you have to freeze them or give them away the same day you make them.
So here is to keeping our hearts healthy but eating food that is good for us and delicious too.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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