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7 Heart Healthy Diet Tips

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7 Heart Healthy Diet TipsYou can’t see your heart, and more often than not you probably can’t feel it either. But that’s no reason to neglect it. To live a long and productive life, you need your heart to be strong and healthy – especially the closer you are to menopause. But you may need some practical tips for how to have a healthy heart. Here’s one – eat healthy.

Easier said that done. You know you should cut calories, yet knowing how to do that while staying satisfied is the challenge. What you need are some tips to help you learn to make better food choices so you can cut calories, eat healthier, and feel satisfied.

Here are some tips to help you get started. You can use them to jump start a healthy diet and help you get creative so you can make make better choices for better health. As a bonus, you’re more likely to stick with a diet long term if you aren’t starving all the time.

1. Cut back on salad dressing.

Salads can be a healthy food choice. But you can undo all the advantages of your salad if you top it with large portions of high fat dressing. Cut back on the amount of dressing you use and choose lighter, lower fat options.

2. Leave off the toppings.

Your salad will taste fabulous if you top it with bacon, croutons, and lots of other yummy toppings. Mayo can dress up a sandwich, sauce adds to your meats, and dip can jazz up fruits and veggies. But all that flavor comes at a cost. Those toppings add a lot of unnecessary calories. Try skipping the unnecessary adornments and save yourself a lot of calories while still being able to enjoy a treat.

3. Pass on the bread.

Warm bread spread with butter can be a delicious addition to a meal. But as good as it tastes, it adds a lot of carbs and calories that you don’t need. Make it a practice to pass the bread without putting any on your plate so you can save room for healthier food choices.

4. Replace drinks with water.

Soda, juices, sweet teas, frappuccinos, slushies, and all those other beverages are flavorful and yummy, but they add a lot unnecessary calories to your diet. Switching to water can save you significant calories every day. If you need some flavor, squeeze in a bit of lemon, orange, or other fruit.

5. Evacuate the junk food.

Even though you know junk food is filled with fat and calories you don’t need, it can still be so hard to say no to them. The solution is keep them as far away as possible. Don’t keep them at home, in your office, or anywhere near where you might be tempted by them. The harder it is to get to them, the more time you have to make a better choice when you’re craving a snack.

6. Get smaller plates and serving spoons.

Portion control can help you reduce calories. An easy way to do that is to use a smaller plate. Replace your large dinner plates with smaller ones so they won’t hold as much. As you serve yourself, start with the veggies and healthier stuff so there’s less room for the higher calorie options. You can also use smaller serving spoons to limit how much you can serve yourself.

7. Fill up properly.

To help limit calories, learn to fill up in a healthy manner. Drink a glass of water before eating. Start meals with a low-calorie dish like salad or soup. Chew slowly and take your time eating so your brain and stomach have time to communicate that you’re full. Throughout the day, choose fruits and veggies for snacks instead of junk food and high calorie options.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-25-2018 - 12:58 AM


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