Being overweight or obese not only increases your risk for heart disease, it increases your chances of getting high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and abnormally high levels of blood fats including cholesterol.
Here are some tips to get started:
- Start the day with heart-healthy foods.
- Eat fruit and vegetables at every meal.
- Balance lean beef, pork, poultry and fish and shellfish in menu planning.
- Variety is a key component to moderation. Preparing lean proteins and omega-3-rich fish on the grill or in small amounts of monounsaturated fats such as olive oil will keep your favorite main dishes on menus.
- Make dessert work for you. Reducing the amount of sugar is a quick way to cut calories. But considering the ingredients will cut calories and add nutrition.
5 star nutrients to get you on the path to a healthier you.
- Omega-3 in flaxseed, salmon and walnuts.
- Fiber in beans, berries, bran, lentils and whole grains.
- Potassium in bananas, broccoli, cantaloupe, kiwi and sweet potatoes.
- Folate in asparagus, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, oranges and yogurt.
- Flavonoids in apples, blueberries, red wine and tea.
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