Living Well Without Salt

Sunday, April 13, 2014

If you've heard about the HeartBleed virus, know that it only involves Web sites that ask for your personal information. These are known as SSL sites. They typically have security layers. Megaheart never asks for personal information and is not an SSL site. We have double checked and our site is not hackable by this virus.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ran into an old friend yesterday. He told me he's been diagnosed with CHF and that he had attended a class at Kaiser Permanente where the instructor suggested that they get a copy of our No Salt, Lowest Sodium Cookbook. What great news for us and for them. He said it had already helped him. He was surprised to learn that I have stuck to the under 500 mg per day routine for seventeen years now. I'm not sure if he surprised that I had survived 17 years or that I could hold the sodium level down, but either way, he's on the right course. He looked healthy, too. Good news is always fun to pass along.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sitter's disease is real. It brings about many health problems. It's caused by sitting at a desk too many hours of a day, at your computer or watching TV. I spend a ton of time with Megaheart at my desk and now use this desk adapter and love it. VARIDESK Single It seems expensive but it can prevent peripheral neuropathy or ease the pain of it while standing at your desk. Working on projects at your desk while standing can also help your lower back and burn through a surprising number of calories. For more about sitters disease, visit WebMD. Also at Mayo Clinic.

Edit, Later: I have since purchased the Varidesk mentioned above. I like working while standing up. I discovered I needed a soft floor pad so got one at a local store. The Varidesk is well built, but there are others and you could even build your own wooden version to fit your desk. As to the Varidesk, like a lot of products, it has a few problems. If you are interested in getting one of these or any of the others I've checked out, just write me. Happy to pass along my experience with this form of "healthcare."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In the April 2014 newsletter, I made a typo error in Maureen's Gumbo recipe. It is now fixed. The was where it stated to preheat your oven. No oven is involved. I also inadvertently left out the part about the gumbo simmering. It now reads:

Prepare the brown rice which usually takes 40-45 minutes.

Prepare the vegetables.

Pan fry the chicken thighs on medium low heat turning when necessary so the thighs don't brown too much. They can cook while you make the roux.

Make the roux using a Dutch oven or other heavy pan. Warm the oil over medium heat. Add flour and stir well until no lumps remain. Turn down heat to low-medium and brown mixture by stirring constantly until it is thickened and the color of peanut butter. This step will take about 30 minutes.

Add the vegetables except for the okra and tomatoes. Increase heat to medium and cook until the onion becomes transparent about 5 minutes. Then add tomatoes, bay leaves, spices, and chicken broth. Thoroughly mix and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

While the gumbo is simmering cut up the chicken removing any visible fat and add to the gumbo.

The no salt chicken gumbo is ready to serve over the cooked rice and garnished with the green onions and a squeeze of lemon to taste.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

April's newsletter online early.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hospital infections are big time, but rates for many are down.
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MacMillan St. Martin's has produced a Web page with the No-Salt, Lowest Sodium Cookbooks they published. Seventeen years ago they had the "courage" to introduce a no-salt cookbook while scores of others turned down the concept. We still have some of those rejections. One in particular I like. "Nobody, but nobody can cook or survive without salt." It's kind of like a rejection letter I received from a friend who was head of RKO Pictures. This was in 1980. "Thanks for the idea Don, but our research shows that marketing movies on video tapes just will not happen."

Macmillan St. Martin's