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Coronary Artery Disease: Reboot Your Eating Habits




Michael Capalbo used eat out a lot, mainly in restaurants and takeout. The 54-year-old Connecticut salesman says, “I thought I was immortal.” “I literally lived on burgers, wings, pizza and other such things. “In April 2020, Capalbo suffered a massive heart attack due to a blockage in a major arterial. He was given an aspirin by a pharmacist and called 911. Capalbo was later told that his heart had to go back to life in an ambulance. He stopped eating red meat, bacon, and greasy pizzas. He said goodbye to his guilty pleasure: garlic parmesan chicken wings. He gave up all other fried foods. Capalbo is one 18 million Americans with coronary artery disease (CAD). This is when sticky plaque builds up in your arteries, causing blood to clog up and slowing down or blocking the flow of blood to the heart. Capalbo was forced to be creative in the kitchen. He learned how to make healthy meals faster than ordering a meal delivery. He still loves pizza, but now he makes it from scratch with a cauliflower crust and no cheese. The grill is a crucial appliance. She says that many people are very rigid about their food and don’t want any changes. That’s the biggest obstacle. You must be open to trying new things. “A Dietitian’s TipsArevalo encourages culinary experimentation. Whole-wheat pasta and brown rice can have different textures and tastes to them than their white counterparts. She describes it as a “taste shock” when trying new foods. Each bite “opens your eyes to the possibility of trying something new.” Arevalo states that it can take up to 30 attempts to change your food taste. She says that taste buds become what we call educated. “Taste buds can be changed by tasting a little each time. “Arevalo, a Spanish-speaking professional, often works with Hispanic families. Their diets can be high in starchy foods, which can cause a rise in your blood triglycerides (a type of fat in the bloodstream). White rice, which is a staple in Asian cuisines raises blood sugar levels more quickly than whole grains such as brown rice. Arevalo says that she has many Hispanic clients who eat too many starchy foods because of the culture. It’s easy to find potatoes, pasta, and rice in one meal. Limit your intake of starchy foods to one meal. For tacos, skip the rice. The starch can be found in the taco shells. Arevalo suggests that you leave out the sour cream and make do with the refried beans. Instead, boil the beans until they are soft and then mash them to achieve the same texture. A Foodie’s Cooking TipsMike Carroll Jr. was a former football player who went on to play in college and high school. He gained weight after leaving the gridiron and working as a graphic designer at a desk. He weighed more 400 pounds at his heaviest. The 52-year old, who has heart disease and coronary artery disease, has already lost over 100 pounds. He weighed in at 300 pounds in late 2021. Carroll, who lives in Wichita (KS), plans to lose 25 pounds to be on a heart transplant list. He loves kelp noodles. For rice, he prefers cauliflower rice. He has swapped mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower from frozen food aisles. Carroll, who calls himself a “foodie”, sometimes posts his meals to social media. He is a master at using his air fryer. He prefers crispier foods, so he has become an expert. He can cook everything without oil, including chicken wings and turkey bacon. Carroll may also use the air fryer to make a BLT by wrapping the bacon, lettuce, tomato, and tomato in a low-carb tortilla. He may also air fry some wings and serve them with vegetable noodles or corn kernels. After boiling the noodles, which are made from zucchini, they have a similar texture as pasta. Capalbo’s current favorite carb is brown rice pasta. He now cooks most of his meals at home and only eats out occasionally. He loves salmon and orders it often. He doesn’t like cream sauces in restaurants, and suspects that there is hidden butter and other ingredients that make restaurant fish so delicious. Capalbo says that it’s the glazes and seasonings that make restaurant fish taste so good. It’s not easy to change his old eating habits. He says, “I used to eat bacon on everything, and I mean everything.” “If I dream about anything, it’s a bacon cheeseburger. His bloodwork showed that healthier eating is a good idea. Capalbo’s total cholesterol fell from 195 to 100 within five months and his triglycerides dropped from 265 to 80. Cholesterol is only one aspect of heart disease. The goal is to keep total cholesterol below 200 and triglycerides below 150. Capalbo’s doctor told him that if he had been at home alone when his heart attack occurred, he would have been dead. Capalbo’s teenage daughter was the one who inspired him to change his lifestyle after he woke up in the ICU. He also changed his diet and began walking almost every day. Capalbo’s teenage daughter is now in college and he hopes to walk her down her aisle at her wedding. He hopes other people with CAD will take his experience as a lesson. “I tell everyone: ‘Don’t be me. He says, “Be better than me.” “I literally had no choice but to die to figure it all out.”

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New GR Pharmacy to Serve Spanish-speaking Patients




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — By the end of the year, Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood will have a new pharmacy.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria began construction Monday morning on the $1.5 million project. The new pharmacy will include both walk-up and drive-thru services.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria practice leader Kameron Selleck it will offer convenience in a neighborhood that doesn’t have a pharmacy close in proximity, making it challenging for patients to get their prescriptions in a timely manner.

“A lot of our patients do encounter a lot of social barriers in their lives,” Selleck said.

He added that a language barrier can make it difficult patients to get their prescriptions. He said nearly every employee at Clinica Santa Maria is bilingual in Spanish and the plan is for that trend to carry over to new pharmacy and pharmacy tech hires.

“I think this project was announced almost five years ago, so it’s here,” Selleck said. “I just really encourage the community to be as excited as we are.

The pharmacy is at 730 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW (formerly Grandville Avenue) at Martin Luther King Jr. Street (formerly Franklin Street) in Grand Rapids. It will be the seventh Trinity Health pharmacy in the Grand Rapids area, with the other locations being Cathedral Square, the Wege Building at Trinity Heath Saint Mary’s, Hudsonville, Rockford, Byron Center and Southeast Grand Rapids.

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Tulip Time Crowds Encouraging for Returning Festivals




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Tulip Time saw big crowds this year as it returned to a more regular schedule.

The event was cancelled in 2020 and scaled back last year because of the pandemic.

Hot temperatures caused damage to some of Holland’s tulips, Tulip Time organizers say.

The heat caused challenges for the 2022 festival. The Tulip Immersion Garden, a new attraction, had to close early because the hot temperatures caused too much damage to the flowers, Tulip Time Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said.

“They don’t like 80 degree, 90 degree weather. Tulips prefer it to be about 40 at night, 60 to 70, maybe 80 during the day,” Auwerda said.

Heat closes down Tulip Time Immersion Garden early

The organization is working on final numbers but saw attendance return to pre-pandemic levels.

“I do know that the carnival exceeded 2019 by 25 to 30%, so that was fabulous for them and it was packed everywhere in town,” Auwerda said.

Kevin Knight, the owner of Market Zero, said the festival definitely provided a boost as they worked to keep up with demand. 

“It’s a huge kick off to your summer season,” Knight said. “Our fridges were completely full and got completely empty and completely full and completely empty, so it was about everything we could handle.”

Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022. Inside Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022.

The return of crowds could be good sign for other events coming back this summer, like the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids. Mark Azkoul, an organizer for the event that began in 1970, sees the success of Tulip Time as encouraging.

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“We’ve been out for two years so this is a big thing for us and for the city to get Festival back up and going,” Azkoul said.

Organizers created the Plein Air event for 2021, which combined outdoor art and music.

The 2022 event runs June 3 through June 5. After taking a break because of the pandemic the festival needs extra help.    

“A lot of people still don’t know yet festival is coming back, so we really want to get the word out. We need more volunteers,” Azkoul said.

People interested in volunteering can sign up on the Festival of the Arts website.


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Mom Does ‘small Part’ to Help Parents Who Need Formula




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Though there appears to an end of the baby formula shortage in sight, it’s still causing problems for parents, so a mother in Holland did what she could to help.

Abbott Nutrition has announced its entered into an agreement with the federal Food and Drug Administration to restart its Sturgis plant within two weeks. The closure of that plant has been a huge contributing factor to the shortage. The company expects its products to ship to stores eight weeks after production resumes.

But for now, many parents can’t find the formula they need. The low supply has some stores limiting the number of formulas customers can purchase, adding that they are in “extraordinary high” demand.

The baby formula shelves at a Meijer in Holland.

So Caitlin Dampier, a mother of two whose youngest is a 3-month-old girl, stepped up to help where she could.

“I really wish I could help out more, but this is just my small part,” Dampier said.

She got a box of Enfamil formulas that she’s not using because she’s breastfeeding.

“When you’re pregnant, you get free samples and so I thought I would just offer mine for free for mothers who need them,” Dampier said. “I kept it around in case I wasn’t able to breastfeed.”

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Dampier made a post on Facebook this week directed at parents who can’t find formula. The box she received included three cans of Enfamil formulas and two ready-made formulas.

Two mothers reached out to her, including Kourtney Hann, another Holland resident. She’s one of thousands of mothers across the country who have had to go to great lengths to find food for their baby.

“I have had to go to stores maybe 45 minutes away just to even try to get formula,” she said. “It’s very hard to find them where I’m at right now. I went to Walmart yesterday and all they had was Similac and my daughter has a really bad reaction to Similac.”

Hann was able to connect with Dampier and picked up a can of Enfamil. Dampier left the box on her front porch with the message, “Please take only the formula you chose and tear out some coupons for yourself. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.”

The box of Enfamil products Caitlin Dampier left at her door for mothers to pick up.

Hann said she was down to her last can of baby formula which lasts her about five days. Now that she has received another can from Dampier, she’ll be able to feed her 9-month-old for the next two weeks.

“Being a mom is hard enough as it is. You have so many other struggles and to be afraid to know if you’re going to be able to feed your baby or not is a struggle,” Dampier said. “You want to do everything for your kids so when you’re not able to it’s hard. It’s just the worst feeling in the world.”


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