HeartSmart Nutrition: #8 Ways To Unleashing the Power of Healthy Eating

Most of us are aware that our diets can impact the risk for heart disease and that changing the way we eat is easier said than done. Whether you just want to eat healthier or you have years of poor eating habits, here are eighty heart-healthy nutrition tips:

#1. Control Your Portion Size

The amount you eat is just as important as what you are eating. Everything these days is supersized, extra-large, double this, and double that! Going to a buffet and filling your plate, and then eating until you are stuffed, leads to having too high of a calorie intake.

#2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

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Fruits and veggies are a great source of minerals and vitamins. They are low in fats and calories and contain substances that can help prevent heart disease. Increasing the number of fruits and vegetables can help you decrease the number of calories that come with cheeses, meats, dairy, and snack foods.

#3. Eat Whole Grains

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Whole grains are an excellent source of nutrients and fiber that play an important role in regulating blood pressure and maintaining good cardiovascular health. Try new whole grains such as farro, barley, or quinoa, if you haven’t already. Avoid donuts, cakes, pasta, and other simple carbohydrates.

#4. Know Your Fats

Limiting trans fats and saturated fats is an important step in reducing cholesterol and lowering your chances of heart disease. High cholesterol leads to plaque buildup in your arteries (atherosclerosis), increasing your risk of stroke and heart attack. Choose monounsaturated fats such as olive oil and polyunsaturated fats, which are found in fish, avocados, nuts, and seeds. Note**All fats are high in calories.

Click here for the American Heart Association guidelines on how much fat to include in a heart-healthy diet:

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#5. Choose Proteins That Are Low in Fat

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Chicken and fish! Eggs and low-fat milk are good too. Fish is rich in omega 3s and so are walnuts, flaxseed, soybeans, and canola oil. Beans are also a good source of protein and they are low in cholesterol and fat. Veggie burgers work!

#6. Lower Your Salt Intake

Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. Believe it or not, you should only have around a teaspoon of salt daily, and most foods already contain sodium. It is really hard at first if you are used to salting your food. Cut down gradually, and before long, you won’t even miss it. Eating fresh foods automatically lowers your salt intake. Substitute spices and herbs for salt.

#7. Design Your Daily Menus

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Get creative in creating your heart-smart meal plan. Write down the foods that are working on limiting and give yourself a gold star when you follow through. Use the steps above when designing your menus so you can make sure to get the good nutrition your body needs.

#8. Variety is the Spice of Life

Adding a variety of healthy foods can make your heart-healthy diet a new way of life rather than a temporary fix.

Don’t Deny Yourself the Occasional Treat

If you find that having a couple of cookies derails your new lifestyle, reconsider having fruit instead. But, if you find that you can have a cup of potato chips every once in a while, it won’t hurt your heart-smart way of living.



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