Eating well, especially during the holidays, takes effort. However, if you plan ahead, you can enjoy the holidays without compromising your health.
- Try healthier versions of your favorite holiday recipes (steam vegetables instead of sautéing, substitute lower fat dairy products and use less sugar).
- Replace high-calorie beverages with calorie-free drinks (like water or tea).
- Contribute to the holiday buffet with a nutritious dish you enjoy and be selective by choosing the foods that you enjoy the most.
- Remember to continue physical activity to help burn off extra holiday calories and reduce stress.
Your Life, Your Wishes
Have you talked with your loved ones and medical team about your wishes should you become very sick? Do you know who will speak for you, if the time comes when you cannot speak for yourself? These matters can be hard to discuss, but having conversations ahead of time can ensure the best of care. Your Life, Your Wishes is a complimentary class to help think through these difficult decisions. The class covers end of life related issues and the FIVE WISHES™, advanced directives and power of attorney forms. Register online or call 425-257-1492.
Heart Failure Management
Whether you have had heart failure for many years or are newly diagnosed, it can be helpful to review the basics of successful management. What can you do to take care of yourself?
- Take your medicines exactly as prescribed.
- Do not take over the counter medicines without your provider’s knowledge.
- Follow your diet closely (talk to your care team about what you should be eating).
- Weigh yourself at the same time every morning.
- Get flu and pneumonia shots as recommended.
- Keep your regularly scheduled appointments, and know when to call your provider’s office (for example, when your weight is up or you are short of breath).
Remember, when you feel worse, ask your provider or nurse for help.