I was going to post about mixing your own seasoning mixes. Pinterest is a great source for recipes. If there's one that sounds good but has salt, just leave the salt out. Cutting way down on salt is HARD. It's in everything in massive amounts, and we all have developed a taste for it. Salt-free seasonings can take a while to get used to. I even found a salt-free ramen seasoning recipe! I hadn't eaten ramen in yrs and I love ramen! Seasoning recipes are hit and miss. I make a small batch to try them, then a full batch if we like it.
Our doc recommends the Mediterranean diet. I selected the book above because it seemed to use the most common ingredients (some unusual ones too) and because it includes some history about the recipes and tells where they come from and other interesting info, since I like reading that kind of thing. The Med diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, plant proteins, and smaller portions of meats and other animal proteins. It's a large cookbook and I felt like it would be the only one I needed, so it was cheaper to buy the one big one than several smaller ones.
I had bought an air fryer shortly before Husby's heart attack, and it proved very helpful in cutting back on fats in cooking. They make great French fries and crispy vegetables. We ended up buying an air fryer oven for bigger capacity, even though we had bought the big air fryer. I cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into cutlets and season with HM no-salt seasoning and air fry, just to have on hand. There are so many uses for the chicken.
Plain yogurt is a good sub for sour cream. I often mix it half and half with light mayo to cut fat and salt.
I mix 99% fat free Jennie-O ground turkey breast 1:1 with lean hamburger to cut fat almost by half. I bought a meat grinder for my KA mixer and plan to start using chicken breast instead. Much cheaper, same result. For burgers I sometimes mash up cooked beans and mix with hamburger for patties. Beans are your friend in so many ways.
You hit the reason for telling multiple people about the nitro. Husby told 3 who worked around him so if one happened to be gone, others would know. He had so many work wives it wasn't funny, and they were like a flock of hens caring for a single chick! 😁 It was nice to see them so concerned.
Try things like bean burgers with an open mind. You might be pleasantly surprised. Try to find vegetarian meals you like. Still working on that one myself.
Husby's rehab was pretty much all on the treadmill at the hospital, I think. That's why we bought one. That, and we live out of town and driving in the dark and the cold to a gym just wasn't going to happen. I'll confess we went for the fancy shmancy model with the screen that allows us to pick different hiking trails around the world. If there's an incline showing on the screen, the treadmill inclines automagically to match. We love it! Now is a good time to buy a treadmill. There will be lots of sales. If you buy a new one, ask for discounts on accessories. We got 10% off on accessories when we got ours, but wouldn't have without asking.
Just some random thoughts.