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From: Beth from Maine (
Subject:         heart disease and diabetes need hunger help
Date: January 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm PST

Last fall I was lucky to speak with Dr. Esselstyn on the phone but unfortunately am too far to visit him in Ohio.
I am having trouble eating only half a cup of brown rice or any other whole grain especially when it is as cold as it's been. I did find a wonderful local Asian market to get more interesting and inexpensive veggies and fresh herbs like cilantro and ginger which is very warming and I hope the ginger is good for my heart? I had a mild heart attack when I was only 45 and I was not compliant with my diabetes meds at that time. Since then I have been off and on diet compliant and have been doing my best to remain plant based but I have my moments living in the land of fresh seafood and feeling hungry esp. because I'm not supposed to eat any walnuts or avocados. I love tofu and beans but am not supposed to eat a lot of it. (one portion of tofu and one portion of rice doesn't fill me so I am aware I need to eat a lot more veggies.) I do crockpot cooking and can whip up steamed veggies at home but any advise about what is safe for me to eat when I'm on the road and need a snack? I have carried pears and apples with me but in this weather it's not enough and I do crave more fats like nut butters but again was told to avoid it. Would love to hear what advise you give to people with both diabetes and heart disease thank you!! I did lose 25 pounds since I had my heart attack (I was close to 220 and am only 5'2) but need to lose 50 more pounds to be at a healthy weight. I am also trying to stay positive and find others to help me stay positive, I find myself craving chocolate and other naughty food this time of year and need recipes that can cheer me up. Thanks for reading thus far. I look forward to hearing from you.

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