Is healthy eating on your list of resolutions for 2018? There are many reasons to adopt a better diet – weight loss, more energy, better overall health and more. But did you know that healthy eating can also help your heart? Here are a few heart-healthy eating tips from the American Heart Association.
Don’t Go On a Diet – Make a Lifestyle Change
When embarking on a new healthy eating plan, think of it not as a short-term fix, but as a lifetime change to your eating habits. Don’t completely overhaul your diet at once, but make small, achievable changes. Once you’ve mastered those, make more. Need somewhere to start? Focus on adding in one or two servings of fruit or vegetables or drinking one fewer sugary beverage per day. Then go from there.
Cook and Eat at Home
Restaurants – especially fast food or quick service eateries – are notorious for their high sodium levels. Since sodium is a major contributor to heart attack and stroke, being able to know and control the amount of sodium in your food is essential for minimizing heart disease risk. You can also substitute healthier ingredients – brown rice instead of white, for example – and you’ll save a lot of money in the process!
Watch What You Drink
The added sugar in soda, juice, energy drinks, specialty coffee or other sweetened beverages can significantly increase your calorie intake. In addition, multiple studies have found links between added sugar and a heightened risk of heart disease. Drink water in place of sugary beverages to minimize your risk. Experts also recommend limiting alcohol to one drink per day for women and one to two drinks per day for men.
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