Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Your Heart, Valentine's Day, #heart tips

Happy Valentine's Day and National Heart Health Month Everyone. I've been reflecting on Valentine's Day and Heart Health and realize it would be fun to list an assortment of plant-based foods and lifestyle choices that are good for heart health.

  1. Remember to eat plenty of non-gmo organic fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colors-greens, red, orange, yellow, and purple in their natural state. Purchase produce from a farmer's market, grow it in your own home garden, or shop at a market that supports Free Trade Products. Serve veggies raw or steamed. Flavor with herbs and spices instead of sauces and gravies.
  2. Use legumes like organic lentils, beans, and whole unprocessed grains including barley, quinoa, spelt, oats, flax, millet, corn, brown rice, and organic whole grain wheat in stews, soups, roasts, and sautes.
  3. Serve unprocessed protein sources like organic tempeh, organic tofu, leafy green vegetables, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, peanut butter, broccoli, collard greens, kale, as well as other nuts and seeds.
  4. Add little or no sugar. It is likely to be genetically modified and turns to fat, which is a no-no for heart health.
  5. Cook without salt, especially if you have high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to hypertension, a leading cause of heart attacks.
  6. Serve fresh salads at least once or twice a day. Use a light dressing like lemon juice and a tablespoon of organic olive oil herbal blend instead of high caloric bottled dressings. Another option is to puree olives, an avocado, or raw cashews to top salads.

A healthy lifestyle includes exercise and sports, relaxation techniques and stress management, maintaining a network of love and support, and a plan to take special care of yourself.  

The choices you make (like to stop smoking), the food you eat, and love in your life enhances heart health. Love yourself and your heart. Eat well, be well, love well.

Here is a link to important information from WebMDHeart Attack Symptoms

The quotation for today is: "Love Makes the World Go Round."
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  1. I've never considered pureed olives for salad dressing. I'm going to try that soon.

  2. You have some great tips! We try to do clean eating at my house, but definitely need improvement with regards to numbers five and six.

    1. I hear you Yuliya. Clean eating is a big, big start. When I'm trying to make a lifestyle change,I try to look at the positives. Each small step I take helps to keep the momentum going.


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