Macronutrients...What am I doing in an attempt to avoid future heart issues?...


A calf on a hill overlooking the sea.
"Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland"
Over 80% of Ireland's people are Roman Catholic."
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Last night was one of those magical occasions when I slept through the night without awakening until 6:00 am. Tom didn't do quite as well. But, we bolted out of bed, showered and dressed for the day and made ourselves scrambled eggs with sauteed onion, grated cheddar cheese, and bacon.

I only had one piece of bacon and one tablespoon of cheese with my eggs adding one of those tiny cans of tuna on the side.  This will hold me until I have my required protein smoothie sometime this afternoon.
An old abandoned building facing the bay.
Lately, with all the confusion and lack of good research as to how much fat a heart patient can eat, I've been keeping track of everything I consume in the free app, Cron-O-Meter found at this link.

I'm attempting to keep my fat consumption under 70 grams per day, protein at 120 grams (As recommended by the plastic surgeon.  I'll lower this after my legs fully heal) and carbs under 50 grams per day (all sourced from vegetables and fruits as mentioned below: avo and tomatoes).  
An occasional sunny day gets us out to take photos.
Note:  Carbohydrates provide 4 calories per gram, protein provides 4 calories per gram, and fat provides 9 calories per gram.

Thus, my macronutrients are as follows:
Carbs:  4 x 50 + 200
Protein: 4 x 120 = 480
Fat:   9 x 70 = 630

Total calories:  1310
This amount leaves room for a little red wine and an occasional snack after dinner all of which will increase the above totals bringing it up to a maximum of 1500 per day.
Wildflowers are surrounding our holiday home.
Using this app enables me to keep easy track of the above macronutrients and adjust my diet during the day if I end up grabbing something unplanned.  I continue to avoid all starches, grains, fruit, and sugar. Although I continue to enjoy tomatoes and avocados both of which are the only fruits I consume.

My caloric consumption is an ample amount to keep me from gaining weight.  Not that I necessarily pay much attention to calories but based on my age, activity level, and current weight this caloric amount is sufficient.
interesting rocks and seashells line the outdoor ledge of the window.
Perhaps this method won't have a positive impact on my cardiovascular health in the long run.  But add in, walking 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, not sitting in one position too long, attempting to sleep well and currently taking vitamins recommended by the doctors:  Vitamin C, CoQ10, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, and Vitamin D3. (Please see your nutritionist, dietician or doctor for vitamin doses).

I don't know what else I can do, other than keeping stress at a minimum which is more of a contributor to failing arteries than from diet from what I've researched thus far. 

(These comments are not intended as medical advice.  Please see your doctor for recommendations befitting your medical health).
Stunning view of the bay from our garden.
The only stress I am experiencing at this time is the ongoing issues with the health insurance company and their refusal to pay, claiming I had a pre-existing heart condition (which I did not).  

Each time I get an email from any of the parties involved, I can feel my heart beating faster with frustration and anger over this unbelievable situation.  I can't wait until this is somehow resolved.  Each time I feel this way, I get up, walk around the house and take lots of deep breaths.

As for today, we're busy online planning our upcoming trip to the US in less than five months.  The time goes quickly and this has become a priority.  Soon, we'll report back with plans we've booked for November.

Have a stress-free and pleasant day!
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Photo from one year ago today, June 11, 2018:
The rhino's skin looks a little too large for their bodies. From this site"Members of the rhinoceros family are some of the largest remaining megafaunas, with all species able to reach or exceed one tonne in weight. They have a herbivorous diet, small brains (400–600 g) for mammals of their size, one or two horns, and a thick (1.5–5 cm) protective skin formed from layers of collagen positioned in a lattice structure."  For more details, please click here.

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