Preventing Heart Disease with a Healthier Diet
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but it does not have to take so many lives. With a few preventive steps, you can keep heart disease from taking over your life and the lives of those around you. With some easy changes to your diet, you can get started on heart disease prevention for your whole family.
Eat a New Vegetable Each Week
If you think that you do not like vegetables, it is time to branch out and try something new. Perhaps you don’t like broccoli, but you may find broccolini to be much more delicious. When you go to the grocery store, don’t hesitate to try new things in the produce section—especially items that are rich in color. Set a goal to try one new vegetable each week. You will be surprised how long it takes to run out of new items to try.
Seek Whole Grain Options
You do not have to abandon pasta, bread, and cereal to be healthy , but it is helpful to seek more wholesome options for these foods. There are many whole grain varieties of these foods in stores, and it should be easy to make the transition in your household.
Find New Sources of Protein
Red meat is one of the worst sources of protein for your heart, so try eating other meats, such as chicken and fish. Vegetarian protein sources like nuts and tofu are also excellent choices that could have you rethinking the way you plan your meals.
Enjoy Good Fats
Your body naturally craves fat because you need fat in your diet to stay healthy. You should answer this craving with foods like avocado, olive oil, and nuts rather than with butter and other full-fat dairy products.
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center can provide the support you need to make heart healthy choices. To explore our complete line of cardiac services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.