Heart Healthy Nutrition
Did you know that coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of death in the U.S ? By eating a nutritious, healthy diet and getting exercise you will keep your heart healthy.
Here are some lifestyle changes that will help you on your journey.
Limit your intake of fat to 25% to 35% of your total calories, with 7% of the total calories coming from saturated fat.
Eat three balanced healthy meals a day. When you want a snack grab fruit or vegetables instead of chips or cookies. A tasty and quick treat is made with ½ cup plain yogurt, ½ cup of granola and a ½ cup of your favorite berries. Mix all together. It’s delicious.
Eat more fiber, such as oatmeal, oat bran, whole-wheat cereal, and wheat germ. This will keep your digestion working smoothly.
Monitor your weight and ask your physician what a healthy weight is for your body type. Maintain that weight for a happier more satisfied you.
Decrease the amount of sodium in your diet to 2400 mg or less, unless your physician has told you otherwise.
Take in only 200mg of cholesterol a day. When cooking fish, lean meats, pork chops etc. opt for baking, grilling or broiling instead of frying. If you do use oils, skip the vegetable oil and go for olive or canola oil. Your heart will thank you.
Use skim or low-fat milk instead of whole milk.
Exercise 30 minutes every day or at least every other day. Walking, biking, swimming and jogging are great ways to enjoy the outdoors and get healthy too. You can even break up your exercising into three 10 minute sessions throughout the day.
With just a few change in your lifestyle you can make you and your heart happier and healthier. Jump onboard to more fulfilling life.