Local heart and stroke charity Croí launched a new resource for people interested in improving their health and preventing heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
The health team at the Croí heart and stroke centre, Galway have produced a 146 page colourful Healthy Ways Cookbook and Lifestyle Guide which uniquely combines proven lifestyle and dietary advice together with delicious recipes which have been adapted by a specialist cardiac dietician. The book provides the reader with easy to cook meal ideas and demonstrates how small changes to lifestyle can have a huge impact on our health and well-being.
Unlike many cookbooks which focus solely on weight-loss, the Croí Healthy Ways Cookbook and Lifestyle Guide has been specially designed to help individuals achieve multiple goals; such as reducing cholesterol and blood pressure; managing diabetes and weight, while also providing a varied and balanced diet.
The book contains 100 delicious and easy to cook recipes – 30 of which are signature recipes from leading west of Ireland and other restaurants. All the recipes have been adapted by the book’s lead author Claire Kerins, Croí specialist cardiac dietician who says, “Heart disease and stroke remains the number one cause of death and disability in Ireland. However, the good news is that both of these are highly preventable by changing what we eat and how we exercise. These changes don’t have to be drastic. Taking simple steps such as reducing our total fat, salt and sugar intake or increasing our daily physical activity levels can make a huge difference.”
The lifestyle section of the cookbook details easy-to-follow steps to forming lasting healthier habits with lots of information on how to identify the risk factors for heart disease and stroke. It has loads of tips on stress management and exercise as well as valuable information on menu options and portion control.
The book retails at just €14.95 and is available online from www.croi.ie or from selected bookstores nationwide.