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The 10 Best (and Worst) Hospital Foods

By Angela Hartley on 16 April 2021

Ok so getting a top 10 together of hospital foods is a bit strange, right? Just hear me out. When I saw that one of the Hearties in our Facebook group was going in for a procedure, it got me thinking – what kind of food is available in their hospital? Does it matter? Going to hospital usually brings two thoughts to mind – ice-cream and jelly or some strange coloured ‘mush’. Is there such thing as hospital food that could actually HELP you to feel better and start the healing process with antioxidants, high in proteins and actually be palatable? Does it matter so much if you’re only in for a few days? What if you’re there for weeks? Should you get your friends to sneak in green smoothies for you with fresh ginger? Or should you be making the most of the jelly and orange juice which you know is definitely not freshly squeezed but tastes SO good when your mouth is dry like a cardboard box? 

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Mindset

Prioritizing Your Mental Health When You Have a Heart Condition

By Angela Hartley on 16 April 2021

Psychological impact of having a heart condition This week I’m talking all about the psychological impact that having a heart condition can have. It can be so tough from the start. The signs that you don’t know existed, hearing the words ‘your heart isn’t as strong as it used to be’, going to appointments, and living with a heart condition can affect your mental health. 

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Nutrition

Maintaining a Heart Healthy Diet When Eating Out

By Angela Hartley on 16 April 2021

Maintaining a heart-healthy diet VS Eating out  Eating out is a way of life for many people, but it can be a challenge for people who are trying to have a heart healthy diet. I always teach everyone that when eating out, you must feel confident about the food choices you are making. It doesn’t always have to be a ‘blow out’. You also shouldn’t avoid social events and definitely shouldn’t fear that you will never be able to enjoy dessert again. 

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Heart Health

How To Convince Your (Stubborn) Mate To See a Doctor

By Angela Hartley on 16 April 2021

So this isn’t a dig at men, who used to have a reputation for being too stoic for going to the doctor until there was a REALLY big reason to. I just wanted to open up the conversation about our partners, family members, friends or colleagues. Male or female, young or not so young. There’s always someone that you know who is the ‘tough cookie’ – never seems to complain, never seems to get ill and always seems to be on the go, helping others, or cleaning out a shed, or washing windows on an unstable ladder (just my dad?!). But nothing ever happens to them, right? So we don’t have to worry about them? 

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Nutrition

What Supplements Are Heart Healthy?

By Angela Hartley on 16 April 2021

We all know the importance of getting the right nutrients into our bodies, but it can be hard to get everything we need through food alone. That’s where supplements come in to play. Every week there is a new pill propping up the shelves of Holland and Barrett and other health food stores. With so many options and so much conflicting information, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the supplement aisle. 

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On a Beta Blocker and Putting On Weight? Here’s Why (and What To Do About It)

By Angela Hartley on 16 April 2021

How frustrating is it when you are doing everything ‘right’ but still not losing weight? It may not be anything you are doing ‘wrong’. It may be because of your medication.  

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Nutrition

Batteries on Empty? Are You Taking This Heart Healthy Supplement That Can Boost Your Energy Levels?

By Angela Hartley on 16 April 2021

Batteries feel like they are on empty? When you have a heart condition, the first thing that hits you is the deep feeling of fatigue. Often this has to do with the repair process that is going on in the heart. Whether you’ve had a heart attack, stent or surgery your heart is undergoing so many cellular processes to repair wounds, heal damaged muscle and cope with the increased demands of the body. Combine this with a cocktail of new medications that may have side effects, the lack of sleep (even though you’re exhausted, you still can’t sleep!) and the increased oxygen demands of the heart, you feel…. knackered all the time. For many people, it takes several weeks for their energy levels to return. For others, their energy is never quite the same again. 

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L- What?? The Powerhouse Supplement for Your Heart That You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

By Angela Hartley on 16 April 2021

So this post is second in my series on all things energy. My last post was all about the battery-recharging nutrient Co-enzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) which helps to improve the cell’s uptake of energy in the mitochondria (the energy production centre of the cell).

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