Loving Your Heart

Loving Your Heart

Heart Healthy Foods + Habits

February is not only the month to celebrate L-O-V-E, but it also American Heart Month.  More than 70 million Americans suffer from some form of heart disease, and this remains the leading cause of death in the United States. For most people, heart disease is preventable.  One of the most effective ways to prevent it is through the diet! With this in mind, you can see why it is so important to make this year about loving your heart and soul. With a few small changes to traditional gifts and healthful choices you can celebrate a Valentine’s Day from the heart that’s also good for your heart!

Instead of giving the traditional gift of candy, try giving your loved ones a beautiful basket filled with dried fruits and nuts or an assortment of herbal teas with honey sticks (an idea that’s easy to put together for last minute gifts).  Another wonderful gift is a membership to a gym, a month with a personal trainer, or even something they might not think about like a series of yoga classes or belly dancing classes.  Focus on health rather than indulgence.

When it comes time for the romantic dinner that you and your loved one share on Valentine’s Day, choose foods that are heart healthy: salmon, a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein; spinach and other leafy green vegetables, rich in phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals; tofu, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals (soy protein has been shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol). Consider trying a new vegetarian restaurant for a change, keep your love alive, and your blood flowing…they say that experimentation keeps love fresh. Try this experiment, go for a walk as a family in the morning, schedule your annual physical (more than one-third of people with high blood pressure do not know that they have it), have a heart healthful dinner, and send a gift other than sweets to your loved one.  Variety is the spice of life.  I just registered for my first full triathlon!  Now that’s something to get my blood pumping!

Be Well, Be NutritionWise.

~ Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD of NutritionWise

This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. Before undertaking any course of treatment or dietary changes, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.

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