I know its the end of February but I thought it would be important to put this info out there.
February is heart month. With cardiovascular disease quickly becoming the #1 killer of women in the U.S., we need to take a look at what we can do to make our lives more heart healthy.
Nicole offers clients who come into the Hy-Vee grocery store ways to change their diet & their lifestyle. 30% of the clients that Nicole helps have some sort of heart disease. They are looking to reduce their cholesterol naturally without medications. Some have diabetes also.
Nicole recommends these kinds of foods to avoid cardiovascular disease.
Fiber - Fruits & Vegetables along with whole wheat products
Potassium - dark, green fruits & vegetables
Folate - Dark green produce
Most people don't get the 2-3 servings per week of fatty fish. You can get your Omega-3 from which helps fight inflammation. You can also get Omega-3 from flaxseed oil.
If a person has cardiovascular disease, she has the following recommendations.
Know your numbers so that you have a starting point. These numbers would include your weight, blood pressure, sugar levels & cholesterol numbers. She says to challenge yourself to improve these numbers daily by making small changes in your life.
Exercise will improve your good cholesterol. Adding a fish oil will improve your triglycerides. Increasing your consumption of fruits & veggies, whole grain products, oats & beans will help your health if you already have heart disease.
You can also help improve your dietary lifestyle by scheduling a grocery store tour with a dietician at your local grocery store if they offer this service. This may be a complimentary service. This will help you make the correct food choices instead of some bad food choices you are currently making.
Til next time,