One of the most important things you can for longevity is maintaining a healthy diet. A heart healthy diet is very important to success in any diet. Remember that a diet alone doesn’t work. To have lasting results, you have to make real changes in your eating habits.
A heart healthy diet includes eating more dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and other dark leafy greens and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, black beans, garbanzo beans, split peas and lentils.
For a heart healthy diet, don’t forget the fruit. For example, eat 1 small banana, 1 medium apple, 1 large orange, and 1/4 cup of dried apricots or peaches. Drink fresh juices. Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice, or pasta every day.
If you are planning your heart healthy diet in order to lose weight, you also need to pay attention to calories. If you are under medical supervision or have special dietary requirements may have different needs and should check with their doctor.
A heart healthy diet is an eating plan that can help keep your blood cholesterol low and decrease your chance of developing heart disease. It is the major factor in reducing the risk of heart diseases.
Eat foods which are low in cholesterol. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat or non-fat dairy products, and moderate amounts of lean meats, skinless poultry, and fish and avoid salt.
For more info on a heart healthy diet, talk to your doctor.
Very nice piece! May I suggest that like Dr. Dean Ornish’s studies have shown, a mostly plant-based diet is probably the epitome of a heart healthy diet.
I’m not quite as strict as he is in the healthy eating plan I advocate which is a form of flexitarian eating where I help people turn all of their favorite comfort foods into health foods by making them over to their healthiest, usually plant-based forms so no one ever has to feel deprived being heart healthy. I also includes “cheat time” that allows some meals every now and then to be lean poultry, and fish is a regular part of the plan.
In general, the more plant-based, with low-level mercury fish for heart-healthy omega-3’s, one can make thier diet, along with regular physical activity that is OK by your doctor, the more heart healthy one can be.
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