Take Care of Your Heart

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Do you take care of your heart? Kathy is talking tips for a healthy heart and healthy lifestyle.

As the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is getting closer, I think about the healthiest way to eat to take care of your heart.

Make sure that you get all of the right nutrients in your diet, the right amount of fiber and stay away from unhealthy fats.

Eating the right types of carbohydrates is very important. Look for high fiber foods and foods that are higher in nutrients. Whole grains, fruits, beans and vegetables are a good way of eating those healthy carbs.

Your body needs fats but choosing the right kind is key. Extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, safflower oil, nuts, seeds and avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats. Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and herring are good choices.

Eating protein is also part of healthy eating but lean protein is the way to go. Skinless white chicken and turkey, fish and lean cuts of meat are a few good choices. You can also get your protein in nuts, seeds, eggs, legumes and, of course, tofu. Dairy also has protein but remember to eat the fat free or reduced fat variety. Skim milk, fat free yogurt, fat free or low fat cheeses are all good sources. Stay away fro saturated fats and high calorie dairy foods.

Once again, this looks like the food pyramid. Fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy healthy fats and high fiber carbohydrates are easy to eat and you can do so much with them.

Make a list of how many and what kinds are foods that you really enjoy. Try new recipes with them or adjust some of your favorite recipes to include all of the healthy foods.

If you are trying to lose weight, you definitely will with eating these foods and if you are working on having a healthier heart, these are the best foods as well. It is a win win.

Don’t forget to exercise. It will aid in both weight lose and a healthy heart!

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