12 Ways to Stay Heart Healthy

February 18, 2015 7:47 pm
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An increasing number of people have a high cholesterol and high blood pressure. These conditions can lead to heart disease. There are some simple things you can do to slow this process down and get “heart healthy”.

  1. Eat healthy and get active – Cut out the fast food or at least go with the grilled chicken or a salad instead of a hamburger
  2. Get active – or get “more active”. Walk for at least 30 minutes a day, either around the block or a local mall.
  3. Watch your weight – what is your “perfect weight”? Can you get close to that? What kinds of changes can you make in your lifestyle to make a difference in your weight?
  4. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  5. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure – the best way to do this is through diet and exercise. If it’s already a problem, talk to your physician about medical treatment or advice.
  6. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  7. Take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes – control the sugar in your diet, not just the obvious (sodas, candy, etc.), stay away from white breads and grains and other items with hidden sugars.
  8. Manage stress – Stop “biting off more than you can chew”. We all do a lot that we don’t necessarily have to do and don’t forget to throw in a little “me time”. It’s ok to stop for 15-30 minutes a day and read a book or take that walk we were talking about. You have to decompress sometimes.

There are lots of other things you can do be “heart healthy” but this is a start.

Don’t Skip Breakfast!

September 26, 2014 7:14 pm
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Thinking of Skipping Breakfast? Think Again

If we listen to what we learned in kindergarten, then we know that breakfast, then we know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But many of us don’t eat a good breakfast, if we have any breakfast at all.

Having breakfast is the right thing to do. We all know that. But we find so many excuses to skip this important day-breaking meal: I’m late, I don’t have time. Or, I “do just fine” without a morning meal. Skipping meals almost always leads to overeating.

Well those excuses don’t hold water against the facts. Your body needs nutrients in order to function. Say the last time you ate was 8 p.m. last night. If you don’t eat something in the morning, you are literally forcing yourself to run on empty. If you didn’t eat lunch until noon today, that’s sixteen hours of no refueling! Your body is screaming out, “Give me some help here!”

Your brain and your nervous system need food-fuel to work; walking, speaking, stretching, typing—any activity requires this fuel. If you don’t supply it, your system stresses out, trying to find the nutrients it needs.

Why put your body through all this? Why not just…eat your breakfast!