Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Diagnosis Changes Everything

Trying to figure out how to proceed with my menu planning. Last week, DH was diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease. He's only 41 and in pretty good shape. But, his family has lots of history of heart problems...among other things. So, I've got to get more serious in my planning and preparing of the family meals. Not just for him but for our boys as well. You never know who's genes they got!
We don't get final numbers of how bad things are for a couple more weeks. The Calcium test he took a week and a half ago showed blockage. The Nuclear Stress Test he'll take on Friday will tell us more. From there, we'll hopefully move forward with a diet plan and medication. Then, I'm hoping he'll be returning to his old self. It has been about 6 months since he's been able to exercise without pain. He misses his runs and mountain biking.
After consulting both the American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic sites, this is the menu I've come up with:

Mon: Joe was out with a client so I served Rigatoni I'd had in the freezer with a spinach salad.
Tues: Shrimp and Vegetable Risotto; steamed squash and zucchini; grape and craisin salad with walnuts
Wed: Chicken & Asparagus Penne; whole grain bread; fruit salad
Thurs: Veggie & Hummus Pitas; Orange slices
Fri: Happy Hour
Sat: Asian Pork Tenderloin; Snow Peas with Water Chestunts; Brown Rice with Apricots; Mango Slices

This is going to take some getting used to. I'm hoping to find more places to pull recipes from. If you have any, please pass them along!

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