To recognize American Heart Health Month, I thought it would be a great reminder to cover a few topics that most people would say “well duh” to, but can seriously decrease your chances for heart disease. Heart disease is still the #1 killer in the USA, so let’s evaluate a few things that could save your life.
- Stop smoking. It was cool in the 70s, but now you just smell, your teeth and nails are yellow, and your lungs are turning black. You can’t breathe to workout. So Just stop.
- Control you eating habits. A healthy diet is a must, so contact me to get your nutrition under control and know what a healthy weight is for you. You may already be doing this, but start today by committing to three (of the below options) to carry out for the next 28 days. Why 28 days? Well, because statistics show it takes approximately 28 days to create a habit anyway.
- No fried foods. This includes fried chicken, fried bacon, fried oreos, fried french fries, all fried seafood… Oh and those amazing Fried Nuggets from Chick-Fil-A.
- Cut back on Red Meat. Try only eatting red meat once a week. (Red meats are all meats that are red when raw, such as beef, pork and lamb.)
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. But Which fruits and vegetables are best? That’s easy: They’re all good! If you eat many different types of fruits and veggies, you’re sure to get all the different types of nutrients you need. The American Heart Association recommends filling at least half your plate with fruits and veggies in order to make it to the recommended 4-5 servings of each per day.
- Stop drinking alcohol every day. (Gasp!) Drinking more alcohol increases such dangers as alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer, suicide and accidents. Limit yourself to weekends only and within reason. The recommendation is two drinks for a woman and three for a man.
- Stop eating trans fat. What in the world is trans fat?! Trans Fat is an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil, which causes the oil to become solid at room temperature. So basically its manufactured and that’s usually never good. We want natural! Examples: Potato chips, corn and tortilla Chips, biscuits, cookies, cakes, doughnuts, pies, cinnamon rolls, Oreos. Yes… Oreos.
- Get Moving. Schedule a workout or fitness based activity. You should do some form of physical activity 4 times per week for 40 minutes, no matter what. Get your heart pumping… literally. Staying active is one of the most important things a person can do to help curb obesity, lower your chances of heart disease and live healthy.
Like the American Heart Association, I also want to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so they can enjoy all of life’s precious moments. And we know that starts with taking back control of your health. Together, we can build a more health driven culture, where making the healthy choice is the easy choice.