• Living with PAD

    Living with PAD may mean a few lifestyle modifications, but these changes can take some time to adapt and that's OK! Here are a few ways that may help slow down the progression of PAD:

    1

    Stop Smoking

    It's difficult-we understand, but it is SO very IMPORTANT! Studies show chemicals in smoking increase the risk of plaque formation.

    2

    Eat to Live!

    And live to eat! There are many modifications out there that help you cut out the processed foods and start enjoying fresh and seasonal foods. (Ideas Below!)

    3

    Walk!

    Walking is one of THE best ways to keep your blood circulating and helping your body to make those collateral arteries around any blockages you currently have!

  • Walk! Walk! Walk!

    Ask your doctor: What is my prescription for walking?
    How far should I walk each day?
    How do I know when to stop?
    How do I know when to push through the pain? How would you define 'pain'?
     
    Why walk?
    You will grow collateral vessels that help to increase blood flow to surrounding tissue that may not be getting enough oxygen due to restricted blood flow in arteries. The more collateral vessels you have the greater chance you will delay surgical intervention.

    When walking is not enough...

    Ask yourself:

    • Are you experiencing lifestyle limiting claudication?
    • Are you having trouble pushing through the pain?
    • Leg pain wakes you up at night?
    • A non-healing sore (ulcer) develops on your leg or foot?

     

    If you answer "YES" to any one of the above...

    Say, "Hey Doc, let's discuss an angiogram."

  • Food Modifications

    Some patients have seen great success with changing what they eat and how they eat! It's important to talk with your doctor about what's damaging your arteries before choosing the best diet for you. Advanced bloodwork can shed light on vitamin deficiencies, genetic variations, and sensitivities which are critical to selecting the best diet to help you improve your vascular health.

    Mediterranean Diet

    A type of eating modeled after countries that border the Mediterranean Sea

    This style of eating emphasizes eating primarily fish and chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, using olive oil or canola oil instead of fat and butter, and enjoying a glass of wine, all while in the company of friends and/or family.

    Dean Ornish Diet

    This style of eating encourages heart health by limiting fats

    This modification centers around primarily eating fruits, grains, and veggies and extremely limited amounts of fat. Your dairy product intake should be limited in moderation. Avoiding meats and oils (even fats from avocado and nuts), as well as full fat dairy and sugar.

  • Supplementation

    Sometimes we can all use a little extra help. Here is a collection of supplements some dieticians suggest for Vascular Disease patients. Ask your physician before starting any new supplement regiment as supplements can interfere with certain prescribed medications and are not one-size-fits-all for everyone. Always do your research and ask your physician what's right for you. Sometimes getting a second opinion from another physician can help to expand your knowledge of treatment options. Our list below is not an endorsement for any supplements. We provide this list only to expand your information armamentarium to help you to have a more productive conversation with your physician.

    K2 MK7

    Citrus Bergamot

    Ubiquinol

    Probiotics

    Magnesium Glycinate

    Vitamin D

  • Additional Support

  • Low-Fat Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagna

    4 large yellow or orange heirloom tomatoes

    4 zucchini sliced lengthwise

    1 small eggplant sliced in thin rounds

    2 Portobello mushrooms sliced

    3 tablespoons oregano

    3 tablespoons basil

    2 cups water

    1/4 cup white wine or Tito's vodka if allowed on your diet.

    Sprinkle salt sparingly

    Sprinkle pepper sparingly

    Add fresh chopped garlic to taste

    1/2 cup Daiya Mozzrella Cheese if allowed on your diet.

    Tuna Salad

    Salads give you freedom to be creative. So, only the tuna salad will include ingredient amounts. If on Dean Ornish diet, replace tuna salad with kidney beans,

     

    TUNA SALAD

     

    1 Fresh wild tuna steak

    1/2 celery stalk chopped

    1 lemon squeezed

    4-5 green onions minced

    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar

    Sprinkling of fresh basil, salt (I use lavender salt), & pepper

    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

    1 tablespoon olive oil (if allowed on your diet)

    Kym's P&C Kups

    A little splurge if permitted on your diet. Ask your doctor before indulging in this healthier version of a dark chocolate peanut butter cup.

     

    Bottom Chocolate layer

    2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or raw cacao butter

    2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

    1/4 cup organic cacao powder (unprocessed)

    2 teaspoons sweetener allowed on your diet (stevia, honey, maple syrup, monkfruit).

     

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