Heart Health and Food


Summary

Diet is important – I am sure this is nothing that you have not heard already. Yet you may still not take the time to improve your diet. Your diet and your heart health are directly related. By improving your diet you can improve your heart health.



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Diet is important – I am sure this is nothing that you have not heard already. Yet you may still not take the time to improve your diet. Your diet and your heart health are directly related. By improving your diet you can improve your heart health.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death. Weight problems continue to grow which increases the risk of many of the major diseases including: coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, type2 diabetes, and stroke. Yet there is hope, small changes to what you eat and your activity levels can make a difference to your heart health. By implementing a plan of both healthy eating and increased physical activity you can help reduce your weight and gain control of your heart health.

Living a healthy diet is about selecting more plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruit and legumes. Adding to that grain-based foods, preferably whole grains.

Consuming a small amount of lean meats, fish, skinless poultry, reduced fat dairy products, and moderate amounts of polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils and fats makes up a healthy diet and helps to prevent and reduce heart disease. Here are some ideas for beginning your heart healthy eating plan.

Most of your meal should consist of fruits and vegetables of different colors. The meat, bread and starches should be no more than half of the meal.

Select whole grains at the store. If whole grains are not an option when eating out, skip the bread.

Lean meats such as poultry should be eaten and keep it in portions under 4 oz.

When consuming dairy make it low fat products. This means looking for the versions that say 2% and lower. Plus remember that dairy products, especially cheese have lots of fat and calories so should be kept to a minimum.

Add more fish to your diet. Try for one or two times a week of a healthy baked fish.

Remove fried foods from your diet. Explore other cooking methods such as baking, steaming and grilling.

When in doubt use only whole foods, nothing processed, to make your meals.

Lessen salt intake, drink plenty of water

Adjusting your diet is not an easy task, but the benefits are worth it. Start slow and before you know it you will have a healthy diet you are proud of!

Starting today will decrease your risk of heart disease and other major diseases, so don’t delay start today.

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