Prevent a Second Heart Attack – 8 foods, 8 weeks – to reverse heart disease

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Book Title: Prevent a Second Heart Attack – 8 Foods, 8 Weeks – To Reverse Heart Disease
Subtitle: with  more than 50 Mediterranean-style dishes
Author: Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RD, LDN
Genre: Health & Fitness, Diseases, Heart
ISBN: 978-0-307-46525-2
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Suggested Retail Price: $15.00

From the book:

If you’re one of the thirteen million Americans who have survived a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, Dr. Jean Bond Brill offers a delicious and foolproof plan that can lower your risk of a second heart attack by up to 70 percent.  Inspired by the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, the Prevent a Second Heart Attack plan is based on satisfaction rather than deprivation.
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While Marty hasn’t had a heart attack, he does have high blood pressure and I worry about that. I am always looking for ways to make my cooking more healthy while still being able to make him meals that he enjoys.  I also want to understand why heart disease happens and what I should be avoiding or trying to get more of.

How to Prevent a Second Heart Attack is loaded with scientific information that’s written so your average person can understand it. It explains how you got heart disease in the fist place and then talks about how you can reverse heart disease with eight foods and exercise.

The author explains which foods you need to avoid (red meat, cream, butter, eggs, and cheese) and why. Then the book discusses the foods that heal your arteries: extra virgin olive oil, greens and other vegetables, figs and other fruits, lentils and other legumes, salmon and other seafood, walnuts and flaxseeds, oatmeal and other whole grains, red wine and dark chocolate. It also talks about heart healthy exercises like walking. There is also a 14 day meal plan and over 50 recipes that feature the heart healthy foods the author recommends.

The book is easy to understand and backs up their recommendations with scientific information.  It’s also great about defining the words that you may be unfamiliar with.  There are also helpful, informative boxes throughout the book that offer you more information like the fact that a king size fast food french fries serving has 10 grams of trans fats.  When you consider that your daily goal for trans fats is zero, that’s pretty scary.

I really like the recipes included in the book but I doubt very much my husband is going to eat most of them. He’s not really open to eating fresh veggie pitas or curried couscous with chick peas. They certainly look yummy to me and I am going to try the cold oatmeal with yogurt and fresh berries tomorrow morning but there’s no way he’s going to eat that. That’s probably why he has high blood pressure right now and I don’t. If you’re open to trying some foods that are probably not a big part of your diet right now, I highly recommend you get this book. Or, if you’re trying to avoid getting heart disease to begin with (like me), definitely grab a copy and start reading.

I’m going to work on changing Marty where I can.  We already use extra virgin olive oil so that is easy.  He loves nuts and is starting to be more open to whole grains as well. Now if I can just figure out how to sneak some lentils into his diet?

My thanks to the publicist for allowing me to review this book.

As required by the FTC: I received a product sample in order to write my review.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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