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February is Heart Health Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack and 470,000 will have another heart attack (reoccuring).

That is scary especially since both of my parents developed heart disease. Hopefully, I am better educated about heart health and make better choices. Yet, it’s probably in my genes too.

Everything I read says that a healthy diet and physical exercise are necessary to proactively fight heart disease. Here are some recommendations for a healthy diet:

Do not consume trans fat and no saturated fat or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils

Eat lean meats and poultry, no skin which is full of fat

Eat fat-free, 1% fat, and low-fat dairy products (1 % tastes better)

Eat food that has less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day

Reduce sugar intake especially sodas and too many sweets

Cut back on salt intake

Drink in moderation, limit to one drink per day

Be mindful of portion control and know what a portion is

If you have bad eating habits, that list might seem overwhelming. I recommend that you start with one recommendation per week and build better habits that way.

Stay tuned, more heart healthy tips will be coming throughout the month.

Have you had a heart attack? If so, what healthy habits have you incorporated into your lifestyle?

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