Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Getting Back on My Heart Healthy Track

Now that Thanksgiving’s over, I’m trying to get my diet back on track. As I’ve noted before, my focus is really on heart-healthy eating. Through eating foods such as margarine, olive oil, low-fat milk, salmon and lots of beans, I’m able to reduce my risk for heart disease.

Heart disease is really at the forefront of my mind when it comes to health. Not only does it run in my family but also more and more people are dying of it everyday. In my opinion, I think people aren’t paying enough attention to their risk of heart disease and are instead obsessed with cutting out food groups or carbs or fat to lose weight.

Weight loss is extremely important but it can’t be obtained over the long run if you’re cutting out whole food groups. That’s just not sensible! Instead, it’s important to fill your diet with fresh veggies and fruit, whole grains and lean meats without eliminating any major food group. In addition, cooking with margarine and using it as a spread over butter can help reduce the saturated fat in your diet.

Common people, stop falling for this fad diets that offer a quick fix. Losing weight and living an overall healthy lifestyle takes work! Fill your diet with foods that fill you up but also offer balanced nutrition.

This article from the Mayo Clinic provides sound advice on choosing foods that will benefit you in the long haul.

Happy and heart healthy eating!

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