There is such a lot of conflicting advice about what we should and shouldn’t eat, so for me it was very helpful to get evidence-based information from a team that clearly know their nutritional stuff at the CardioKit workshops.
Great too, to have the opportunity to taste a delicious meal which was also healthy. I think this is important because many people equate healthy eating with food being somewhat tasteless. My favourite recipe so far has been the shredded beef with quinoa salad. The whole family enjoyed it. I also love the overnight oats with nuts and frozen berries as I’ve always found breakfast the most difficult to get right.
I love the patient stories because they make it all very real. They provide inspiration and vital motivation to those who are facing the fact that they have reached a point in life where lifestyles have to change in order to improve the quality and length of their lives.
It’s hard work changing lifestyles and habits that have been years in the making particularly when information in the general media is so confusing. That’s why it’s great to have the support of the experts at Cardiologist’s Kitchen who provide up-to-date, relevant information we know we can trust. Good nutrition is vital for good health and wellbeing. Food provides the building materials and we all know what happens to structures that are built on poor foundations.
As a Wellbeing Coach who specialises in working with people with long-term health problems I have found that nutrition is almost always an issue we need to address. I use Cardiologist’s Kitchen as a valuable resource to keep myself updated and to refer clients to.
I have lost count of how many clients have told me “I’m taking medication for my diabetes so I can eat what I want now.” Medication addresses the symptoms, whereas good nutrition and exercise can cure it.
I also run a wellbeing programme for people with pain in which we discuss the importance of good nutrition. Participants are always surprised to discover that it’s not all about calories, that sugar also raises levels of inflammation in the body. We have coined the phrase ‘What’s good for my heart, is good for my brain, is good for my pain.’
I love the whole-person approach of Cardiologist’s Kitchen and when more established would like to see articles about maximising the benefits of heart healthy eating with tailored exercise programmes. This approach can benefit everyone and it would be great to see this information being made more widely accessible to those who have to rely on the NHS and low incomes. I really hope this project continues to attract funding to develop further. I have no doubt that such approaches save lives, improve quality of life and ultimately save healthcare systems money.