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Stress and Your Heart

De-Stress and Live From a Happy Heart

Stress can cause a lot of physical problems including heart issues. “A stressful situation sets off a chain of events. Your body releases adrenaline, a hormone that temporarily causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These reactions prepare you to deal with the situation — the “fight or flight” response. When stress is constant, your body remains in high gear off and on for days or weeks at a time. Although the link between stress and heart disease isn’t clear, chronic stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls.” (https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/stress-and-heart-health)

You can learn to de-stress and live from a happy heart.  In the story below, Linda is referring to my husband, Fr. John’s retreat class. “De-Stressing: How to Live From a Happy Heart.” Opening your heart is key to a healthy life and a healthy heart. He says, “You can learn how to listen to your heart and how to open it. When you listen to your heart, you are not bothered by problems and differences in people. You can live a more calm, stress-free life.”

Linda’s Heartwarming Story

“I just returned from my cardiologist’s office and went over the results of my blood tests taken two days ago.  He was grinning ear to ear and said I was in his “Hall of Fame”!  Before and after: Total Cholesterol 241, now l58; Triglycerides 89, now 78, HDL 55, now 48, LDL 160, now …94. (ratio, 3.2) Then he said, ok, now sit down and tell me, what in the world did you do?  I’m not on statins, won’t take them, but wanted to see how much my lipids responded to a really good way to cleanse and then eat nourishing meals. After accomplishing the Trinity Wellness Retreat, we are all so on the right track to health and we should all be so proud of ourselves and talk about the retreat to our friends.  Five years ago, I was so scared and today my heart is happy and calm. In fact, I’m smiling right now, Father John! ~ Linda “


A Heart Happy Recipe

Carrot Sauce & Asparagus
w/ Fresh Peas Over Brown Rice

  • 1 cup brown rice or quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot juice (about 8-11 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons white or yellow miso or garbanzo bean miso
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup marinated sun-dried tomato halves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil 
  1. Heat water and add the rice or quinoa when boiling; cook according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, juice the carrots and reserve 1 1/2 cups carrot juice.
  3. In a blender or food processor, combine the carrot juice, cashews, and miso; blend on high until the cashews are no longer gritty and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Snap off the tops of the asparagus. Cut the tender upper portion into 1-inch pieces.
  5. In a medium-size skillet, combine the carrot juice mixture and asparagus.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat simmer, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes.  Add the peas and simmer until the asparagus is just tender – about 2 minutes. Add the scallions, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic, mixing well, simmer for 1-2 minutes.  Remove the sauce from the heat.
  6. Divide the rice or quinoa into 4 portions.  Top each portion with about 1/4 of the sauce and sprinkle chopped basil on top of each portion.

Serves 4

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