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Get heart healthy for Valentine's Day!

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM


With Valentine’s Day on Friday, I felt it was only appropriate to give you tips of the heart…

For the first time, the American Heart Association has defined what it means to have ideal cardiovascular health, identifying seven health and behavior factors that impact health and quality of life. We know that even simple, small changes can make a big difference in living a better life. Known as “Life’s Simple 7,” these steps can help add years to your life:

1. don’t smoke;

2. maintain a healthy weight;

3. engage in regular physical activity;

4. eat a healthy diet;

5. manage blood pressure;

6. take charge of cholesterol; and

7. keep blood sugar, or glucose, at healthy levels.

So where do you start?

Look at your life and evaluate what your habits are, your way of life, and what you eat or drink every day.

I would love to give you tips to help you make healthier choices with your nutrition:

Snacking isn’t bad for you, in fact you should snack. Do so in healthy moderations by choosing healthy snacks (nuts, vegetables, and fruits – you can even freeze some for that sweet tooth).

Choose healthier meat options; Poultry-Use lighter meat and remove the skin. Red meat-Those labeled Loin & Round typically have less fat. Choose choice and select grades.

Substitute egg whites for whole eggs.

Prepare foods with little to no salt. Make your own spice blends versus those typically loaded with salt.

Choose the best cooking method; baking, stir-frying, poaching, steaming, roasting, sautéing and grilling is excellent! When using oils, use those with the least amount of saturated fats; olive, sunflower, sesame, and canola oil to name a few.

Remember, it is small changes that will result in a life changing, BIG difference. We want permanent changes, not temporary! Set small goals to begin changing your nutrition. It’s not a diet or a race.

For help with your nutrition or to help set your goals click below or call today!

 

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