Monday, August 15, 2011

A Visit with the Amazing Tristi Pinkston, Author of Bless Your Heart

Today I'm delighted to have a visitor on my blog. Tristi Pinkston is a fabulous author of several books and now she's ventured into the realm of cookbooks. She's put together a collection of low-sodium recipes called Bless Your Heart. Tristi has agreed to tell us a little bit about herself and her new cookbooks.

Tristi, you’ve just written a low-sodium cookbook.  I don’t have blood pressure problems—otherwise, I’d buy it.

This cookbook isn’t just for people who already have blood pressure problems—it’s to help people prevent blood pressure problems.  It’s so much easier to prevent than to fix, and so much of the time, when it comes to our bodies, we don’t know there’s an issue until it’s pretty severe.  If you take care of your heart now, you can avoid a lot of difficulty with it later.

Great point! My husband and I try to do that very thing because some members in our family have high blood pressure.

But how does salt affect the heart?

Salt does a couple of things.  First, it causes the arteries to harden and become brittle.  Then it increases your blood pressure.  Imagine turning on a garden hose at full power—an old, cracking hose.  What happens?  It can’t contain the water flow, and it leaks or bursts. If your arteries are too brittle, they can’t properly conduct the blood.

But we don't have to give up salt entirely do we?

You don’t need to give it up entirely—and in fact, you shouldn’t.  You need a certain amount of sodium in your system or it won’t function properly.  You should try to get at least 400 mg. per day, but ideally, you wouldn’t eat more than 1000 mg.  All the recipes in my book have the sodium content listed so you can plan your day and know how much you’re getting.  And if you really need to eat a couple of potato chips, you can—just not the whole bag.

Okay, but how does it taste?  Really and honestly, and not just because you’d like me to buy the book?

Honestly and truly, these are awesome recipes.  I’ve sent them out to friends to try on their families, and their families haven’t even known they were eating low sodium.  And keep in mind—I like food, and I wouldn’t put something in the book that didn’t pass my own muster.  I’ve served these recipes to guests and business associates, and they all raved.  You won’t feel like you’re settling at all.

How many recipes are in the book?

There are over eighty.

But no desserts, right?

There are several desserts.  Cookies, brownies, cake … all kinds of delicious things.

Will going low sodium help with weight loss?
No, not all by itself.  You will see a reduction in water weight, but in order to really lose weight, you need to watch your calorie intake and exercise. 

Where can we buy your book?

You can purchase this wonderful cookbook on Amazon. Click the link below.

Bless Your Heart: Low-sodium Recipes for a Heart-healthy Lifestyle

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