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Before I get into the sections on how to prevent heart disease, I wanted to go over the more common symptoms of heart disease/heart attacks.

This is one area that is critical – many times, women don’t even know they’re having a heart attack because it doesn’t fall into the “symptoms” that are the most common (i.e., pain in chest, shooting pain in arm, etc).

From Women’s Health,

What are the signs of a heart attack?

For both women and men, the most common sign of a heart attack is:

  • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest. The pain or discomfort can be mild or strong. It can last more than a few minutes, or it can go away and come back.

Other common signs of a heart attack include:

  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath (feeling like you can’t get enough air). The shortness of breath often occurs before or along with the chest pain or discomfort.
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) or vomiting
  • Feeling faint or woozy
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

Women are more likely than men to have these other common signs of a heart attack, particularly shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and pain in the back, neck, or jaw. Women are also more likely to have less common signs of a heart attack, including:

  • Heartburn
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Coughing
  • Heart flutters

Sometimes the signs of a heart attack happen suddenly, but they can also develop slowly, over hours, days, and even weeks before a heart attack occurs.

The more heart attack signs that you have, the more likely it is that you are having a heart attack. Also, if you’ve already had a heart attack, your symptoms may not be the same for another one. Even if you’re not sure you’re having a heart attack, you should still have it checked out.

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Being aware of all the possible symptoms is extremely important – if you notice any of these things, it’s always better to get checked out just in case.

Here is another list of possible symptoms from the FDA:

What are the signs of heart disease in women?

The most important sign is feeling really tired–even if after enough sleep. Other signs of heart disease in women are:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling sick to the stomach
  • Feeling scared or nervous
  • New or worse headaches
  • An ache in the chest
  • Feeling “heavy” or “tight” in the chest
  • A burning feeling in the chest
  • Pain in the back, between the shoulders
  • Pain or tightness in the chest that spreads to the jaw, neck, shoulders, ear, or the inside of the arms
  • Pain in the belly, above the belly button

The Mayo Clinic reports that

…signs and symptoms are more subtle than the obvious crushing chest pain often associated with heart attacks. This may be because women tend to have blockages not only in their main arteries, but also in the smaller arteries that supply blood to the heart — a condition called small vessel heart disease.

Many women tend to show up in emergency rooms after much heart damage has already occurred because their symptoms are not those typically associated with a heart attack.

If you notice any of these symptoms, go to a doctor – Better to be safe than sorry.

Do you know anyone that has had a heart attack? Did they say what symptoms they had?

My mom said hers started at first feeling like indigestion, then turned into the shooting/stabbing pain in her shoulder.

My coworker that just passed away last week called in sick for bad indigestion before his heart attack happened.


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Home Brewed

Good morning! Thanks for all the notes on making it to 100 posts! I had no clue I was that close yesterday, but I love that I’ve made it this far and am still having fun  🙂

Here’s to another 100 – and beyond!

Breakfast today included some of my favorites – this meal holds me for a while, which is good for buys work days.

Eggs and Grits

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1 kiwi, 4 big strawberries, and a palmful of raspberries

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A cup of milk

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Plus some awesome home brewed coffee, courtesy of Nick. With a splash of fat free milk.

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Today is super, super busy again – I guess I should just get used to it for this week.

Question for today:

Is there something you make at home that’s almost always better than when you get it somewhere else?

I love coffee, and our coffee is always best at home – especially when Nick makes it! If I want a latte or something, I usually get those out, but I have never found a place that just has great brewed coffee.

Have a good morning! See you later for some fun posts  🙂


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100 Less Lentils

Okay, so I just realized I had some type of lentil soup for lunch and dinner yesterday – that’s a lot of lentils!  They were good, but I don’t know if that’s ever happened before.

Since I started the Heart Health series at lunch, I thought I would just do lunch + dinner in one post tonight so you wouldn’t have picture/info overload  🙂

 

Lunch was the last of the Tandoori Chicken, Apricot Couscous, and some steamed veggies

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and an apple, to round out the meal.

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I was starving this afternoon, so I also had about an ounce of mixed nuts (mostly raw almonds under the salted ones) to fill me up. That healthy fat does wonders for a hungry stomach!

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We went running today! Yay!  It wasn’t warm by any means (mid forties), but much better than yesterday. I had a banana this afternoon to see if that helps with the cramp situation.

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The Verdict? I still got cramps, but Nick said I should  try again and eat it a little earlier than I did today. So, we’ll do another experiment with it and see if it helps. I got a bad cramp a few minutes after we started – then we stopped to look at a map about 15 minutes in – after we started up again (about a minute later) the one cramp was gone, but then I got one on the other side near the end. Maybe I’m just cursed?

 

Since we were going to our friend’s house for group tonight, we packed dinner to eat in my office on those lovely, fancy paper plates.

I mean, really. Isn’t this design just beautiful?

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Mini Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green & Yellow bean mix

 

Hooray for Tuesday being over, and hooray that this is my 100th post! I can’t believe it  🙂

 

On tomorrow’s schedule:

– Heart Health Series, Installment 2

– Unveiling of baking project

 

Make sure to check out Mara’s awesome giveaway!!! But just look….don’t enter – I want it! 🙂

Goodnight!

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You Gotta Have Heart

I am so excited about doing a heart health series, and I really wanted to start out with something fun.

Heart disease is such a scary and serious thing, but I also want this series to be something that people enjoy. I’ve picked a few topics I want to talk about, but the first part is all fashion   🙂

The Heart Truth (a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease) has started putting on a yearly fashion show, called the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection.

This February, The Heart Truth gives women everywhere an early Valentine with the debut of the 2009 Red Dress Collection. This collection’s debut is an inspiring event that celebrates the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. On Friday, February 13, The Heart Truth takes this important issue to heart, bringing more than 20 of today’s hottest celebrities together on the runway in fashions created by America’s top designers for women’s heart health.

The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and inspires them to take action. Each February since its launch, the Red Dress symbol has come to life the runway with the support of the fashion industry and celebrity models at the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show.

I found a lot of pictures from this and it looks like such a great idea! I love that they are bringing awareness to this disease in such a fun way.

I couldn’t post all the pictures, but I did want to post some of my favorite red dresses.

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Ana Ortiz

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Hilary Duff

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Jenna Fischer (aka Pam!)

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Jennie Garth

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Maria Menounos (who has shared her personal weight loss story, as well)

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Molly Sims

If you want to see all the dresses and celebrities that participated, I found a slideshow that has most of it.

Some interesting stats:

  • Heart disease includes a number of problems affecting the heart and the blood vessels in the heart
  • Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States
  • Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States
  • Prevention is important: two-thirds of women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women over age 25. It kills nearly twice as many women in the United States than all types of cancer, including breast cancer
  • Only 13 percent of women think heart disease is a threat to their health.
  • Both men and women have heart attacks, but more women who have heart attacks die from them

This is obviously something dear to my heart (no pun intended), and we can see why! Heart disease affects so many people in the US – it’s important that we know about it, including what to look for and what we can do to prevent heart disease.

Here’s to heart health!  Stay tuned for the next installment!

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A Berry Good Breakfast

Good morning!

It feels like it should be later than Tuesday, right? Yesterday seemed like the longest day at work – I hope today goes by faster.

 

Breakfast today really makes me want spring and summer to hurry up already!

 

Berry Bananza Oatmeal

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  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 3 big strawberries
  • palmful blueberries and raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts
  • cinnamon!

 

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Since my stomach was growling all morning, I decided to have a hard boiled egg for some extra protein with breakfast.

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And a cup of milk

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Get ready for Heart Health! It’s coming – today  🙂

 

What’s your favorite spring/summer breakfast?

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Yoga Monday

Ah….why don’t I do yoga more often?

I really wanted to go for a run today, but it was 30 degrees when we got home and windy – no thanks. Instead, I got dinner started then went downstairs and did an hour of a full class yogajournal.com download. This one was free to try and the whole thing was about 1 hr and 20 minutes. I needed to check on dinner so I stopped right around an hour, but it was starting to wind down at that point, so it was a good place to stop.

I feel so good! I know I love yoga, but it’s hard for me to find the motivation to do it on my own at home. I really liked this podcast, so I’ll definitely have to try some more. My arms are so sore! Lots of downward facing dog, plank, and chatarunga (is that how you spell it?).

 

Dinner tonight started with this soup mix

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This is from the awesome Dayton market near Nick’s parents house – they sell tons of cool stuff and it’s so affordable! I always buy stuff when we go there, and this is one of my favorite soup mixes yet.

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For this soup, I used:

  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups soup mix
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • salt, pepper

 

Pretty easy to make, too! I just cooked the veggies, added the turkey, and then added everything else and let it simmer while I was doing yoga.

I came upstairs, stirred it and ate!

With a slice of my homemade whole wheat bread  🙂

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More info about the baked goods experiment coming soon! I just have a few more pictures to take  🙂

Heart Health series is starting tomorrow! Make sure to tune in!

 Since I had 3 people interested in being interviewed, I’ll interview all of you! Emails coming soon.

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Interview + Lunch

Well, I guess lunch + interview!

Lunch – not so appealing on the eyes, but very appealing on the taste.

Some leftover barley topped with the last serving of my kale/lentil soup (I froze the rest) and a veggie burger for a little more protein.

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Some steamed veggies

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and an apple

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So, Mara from I Made Dinner randomly chose me as one of her people to interview next! I was waiting for someone to pick me – apparently, most of those random number-picking tools never like my number  🙂

Here are the questions she sent me:

1.) What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

My favorite thing so far is meeting so many people! I love finding others that have the same passions and interests, and it’s so fun to get a glimpse into people’s lives through their food, recipes, and other randomness. I also have noticed one thing that I didn’t expect – I’ve become more creative with my meals because I plan on posting them. Yes, we still eat a lot of leftovers, but I try to find different ways to use some of them so I don’t have the same exact pictures for days on end  ☺

2) What’s your absolute favorite splurge meal?

Anything from The Bank. It’s this amazing restaurant here, and we definitely splurge whenever we go. We usually have to save up $ and plan on it, but everything we’ve tried is seriously amazing. I will definitely do a review on here of the restaurant, but I don’t know when we’ll go next! Everything is delicious and beautiful, and they serve the perfect portions – I can have a salad, meal, and dessert and not walk away stuffed to the gills.

3) Where’d you learn to love that which you blog about?

Hmm..this is a hard one to answer. I think food is such a strange topic to blog about, even though that’s what I do most of the time.

I love food. I eat it everyday, and since I have to eat, I think I should enjoy what I’m eating as much as possible. Learning more about healthy foods and eating came from following Core on WW (now called Simply Filling) – before starting that 4 years ago, I never knew what bulgur or wheatberries were, and now I love them! I’m also just super interested in health topics, food, and recipes and read a lot of that information on my own – you know, during free time – when I have some! A lot of my interest in health issues, food, etc., has really developed over the past 2 years while dealing with so many health issues in my family. That has motivated me to learn more and do more in regards to my overall health.

4) If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Ah…another hard question, Mara!

I’m sure my answer to this question could change every few months, but right now, I would love to have a meal with one of my best friends, Marques. He died, along with his mother, in a car accident almost 10 years ago. I would just like to talk to him, hug him, and see how he thinks I’m doing. He was an amazing person that always had high hopes for not just me, but for my entire family, who loved him dearly. Losing him is still one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through.

5) What’s one thing you’ve done that you NEVER thought you’d do?

Start a blog!  ☺ Especially a blog about food and recipes!

I honestly never cooked what I consider a “real meal” until I got married almost 5 years ago, so to have a blog about what we’re eating and posting pictures and recipes is still so surreal to me some days. To prove my point, I really do remember the first ever meal Nick and I cooked together – it was a mushroom pasta dish, actually. I should make it again! Before that (at home and in college), I ate a lot of microwave meals and the main things I “made” were grilled cheese sandwiches, mac’n’cheese from a box, etc.

So, you can see why having a food/healthy living blog is so strange yet exciting for me. I never really followed any blogs or even knew there such a thing as food blogs and healthy living blogs until last year! But I am loving it.

Thanks for picking me Mara!

Here’s the rules to play along:
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”  If a few people want
interviews, I will randomly pick 2.
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the
questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others
in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them
five questions.

Here’s to a crazy Monday  🙂 See you for dinner!

Hangry Pants is giving away some Zoe’s Granola! Check it out.

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It is SO cold here! The high is supposed to be in the 30s? Blech. I either want one big fun snow OR spring already!

I was really looking forward to a big bowl of warm oatmeal so that’s what I had.  This is the same mix I had a few times last week, but it will be the last time you see this bowl this week – I used the last of my pumpkin this morning!

A cup of milk

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Pumpkin and Banana oats with 2 Tbsp walnuts, 1 tsp butterscotch chips and 1 tsp mini chocolate chips

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This mix is so good

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I’m off to get some coffee  –  work this week is going to be crazier than normal since my supervisor is on vacation and I’m taking over her tasks. I may not be able to do lunch time posts this week, but we’ll see!

Hope your Monday is going well!

What’s your weather like today?

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Glimpse of Baking Project

How was your Sunday? Mine was pretty good – I wanted to go for a run today, but I don’t think the temperature here ever got above freezing! It was snowing off and on all day, but I doubt we’ll get enough to cancel work tomorrow  😦  I’m glad everything is done, but I’m not ready for Monday yet!

I got laundry done, clean sheets on the bed, dinner made, lunch prepped, house cleaned (thanks to Nick for that, too) and caught up on blogs. Whew!

 

Dinner tonight was a good, Sunday night meal.

 

Mini Meatloaves, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

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The meatloaf recipe is based on this double cheese meatloaf recipe, which was adapted from a Cooking Light recipe.

My changes:

– 1 lb. lean ground beef, 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey

– I don’t precook the onions before mixing them in

– I used one low fat string cheese in the mix and soy parm

– I added some balsamic (about 1.5 tsp) to the ketchup/mustard mix for the tops of the meatloaves

– I divided the mix into 6 mini loaves (about 4 oz. each) and baked at 350 for 45 minutes.

 

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I promise to tell you exactly what I baked this weekend, but I’ll be doing a special experiment along with the post, so you’ll have to wait just a bit longer  🙂 

 

I hope you’re getting ready for the Heart Health Series! The first installment will be happening soon, and I’m super excited.

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you for breakfast!

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Painted Decisions

Picking a color to paint our dressers has been so tough! We both decided on one color we really liked, bought it, and Nick painted most of the nightstand with it. Too bad neither one of us liked it once it was on the nightstand  😦  So, we’ve tried 3 other colors this weekend, but I think we’ve finally decided – at least for now  🙂 

 

It’s still snowing here a little bit – it’s been flurry-ing (is that a word?) off and on all day. All the snow that was on the ground this morning is already melted, though. I’m not surprised.

 

Nick and I decided on our favorite place for a Sunday lunch – and it was so good.

 

I had my usual at the New River Grille– the buffalo burger and onion rings.

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And right now I’m drinking a big glass of chocolate milk. I didn’t have much milk yesterday and haven’t had much yet today so I decided I needed a big, chocolatey cup.

 

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One baking project is still in the works! I think it’s going well so far, but we’ve still got a few hours to go to see if we get the end result we want 🙂

 

Thanks for all the notes on my guest post today!  I appreciate it – I have to echo others in saying that this blogging community is amazing, and I’m proud and thrilled to be a part of it. I wish we all lived closer!!!

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