- Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Limit saturated and trans fats. Choose mono/polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil, nuts and seeds.
- Choose low-fat protein sources such as lean meat, poultry and fish, low-fat dairy products, and egg whites or egg substitutes.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits also contain substances found in plants that may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Eating more fruits and vegetables may help you eat less high-fat foods, such as meat, cheese and snack foods.
- Select whole grains and increase fiber. Whole grains are good sources of fiber and other nutrients that play a role in regulating blood pressure and heart health
- Reduce the salt in your food. Eating a lot of salt can contribute to high blood pressure. Also, much of the salt you eat comes from canned or processed foods, such as soups and frozen dinners.
- Control your portion size. Overloading your plate, taking seconds and eating until you feel stuffed can lead to eating more calories, fat and cholesterol than you should.
- Plan ahead: Create daily menus. Know what foods to feature in your heart-healthy diet and which ones to limit. This helps ensure that you’ll get all of the nutrients your body needs and avoid the foods you don’t need.
- Allow yourself an occasional treat every now and then! It won’t derail your heart-healthy diet if in moderation.
Every patient under the care of a Suburban Home Health Care professional will receive a detailed plan of care designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient. The information above is offered as a helpful resource to our viewers but should not be considered a substitute for professional medical attention. Call our office today and let us develop a plan of care for you or your loved one.