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Here are eight steps to help prevent heart disease and lead a health lifestyle:
- Control your portion size: Eat until you are satisfied instead of full, and reduce your portion sizes accordingly.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits: These nutrient powerhouses are great for your skin, gut, heart, every part of you! Try to have one serving at every meal and snack!
- Select whole grains: Choose brown rice and whole grain bread or pasta—the fiber in these foods are great for your digestion and for lowering cholesterol!
- Limit unhealthy fats: Make sure to avoid trans-fats, which include hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list. Limit saturated animal fats from meats and dairy.
- Choose low-fat protein sources: Lean fish and poultry are great sources of protein, but don’t forget beans, lentils, and tofu! In addition to being good for your heart, eating more non-meat sources of protein is also great for the environment.
- Reduce the sodium in your food: Prepackaged foods are our biggest source of salt. Cook more fresh food at home and season them yourself for a lower sodium meal.
- Plan ahead: Choosing fast food or sugary snacks on the go can contribute to a high-fat, high-sugar diet. Planning ahead can help you to choose more fresh and healthy foods, and can also lower your food costs!
- Allow yourself an occasional treat: Restricting and avoiding foods is a recipe for diet disaster. Try to choose and enjoy a really good treat, instead of mindlessly eating snack foods.
Following these tips on which foods to eat and which ones to limit will help you on your way to a heart healthy diet
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