Healthy Lifestyle Changes

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Think of what you eat in a typical week. How can you make your diet more heart-healthy? That means eating more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And it means eating less processed food such as chips, sugary cereals and canned foods.

 

Healthy Eating Tips

  • Treat yourself and your heart to lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and fat-free or low-fat milk products.
  • Minimize the salt and focus on pepper and other low- or no-sodium spices to add flavor.
  • Boost your energy with foods rich in complex carbohydrates such as wheat pasta, sweet potatoes and whole-grain breads.

Keep in mind it’s not just what you eat, it’s also how you prepare it: Grilling, microwaving and baking are all ways to keep the nutrition high without adding extra oil or fat.

Tempted to skip a meal? It will hurt, not help. Five to six small meals throughout the day help burn fat calories more efficiently, maintain your energy and regulate your cholesterol.

For more information on a heart healthy diet, visit the American Heart Association's HeartHub patient Web site.