Eating Habits for Heart Disease
Yes, it’s been a while…
Does heart disease run in your family? Don’t stress, just take control!
There are dietary choices that you can make to lower your own risk and control your health.
Cardiovascular diseases , a group of diseases that include conditions that affect the heart or the vascular system such as coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, and even pulmonary embolism, are the most common causes of deathEating Habits You Must Follow If Heart Disease Runs In Your Family
Here are some habits to take on if you have a higher risk of heart disease:
- Eat Walnuts: Walnuts are the only tree nut that is an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Research has shown that consuming foods high in omega-3 ALA may help reduce the risk of heart disease through anti-inflammatory effects.
- Cook and eat with Olive oil: olive oil is a source of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols, which with high antioxidant properties. “every 10 grams of extra-virgin olive oil per day reduced Cardiovascular diseases risk by 10%.
- Eating more fruits: helps reduce your risk of being affected by cardiovascular disease. This is thanks to the vitamins, fiber, minerals, and phytochemicals that you get from fruits.
- Drink some green tea: Linked to lower risk of Cardiovascular disease, along with lowering risk of cancer, boosting brain health and more. Secret Effects of Drinking Green Tea
- Use sodium-free herbs and spices instead of salt in your meals. “Strong evidence indicates that reduction of salt intake lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The WHO has set a global target of reducing the population salt intake from the current level of approximately 10 g daily to <5 g daily. PUBMED
- Avoid ultra-processed meat and eat fish, poultry, and nuts instead: “Ultra-processed meats that are cured, smoked, or otherwise preserved have been linked to increased CVD risk thanks to the presence of certain components like sodium, nitrates, and L-carnitine that may lead to elevations in blood pressure, worsening oxidative stress, greater lipid peroxidation, and unfavorable alterations of the gut microbiome.”
- Eat a Mediterranean diet: this diet is a lifestyle more than a diet and incudes olive oil, nuts, seeds, fish, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. It is a good way to lower CVD as they limit fried foods, concentrated sweets, and many types of meat.
All this to say, if you come from a family with prominent risk of Cardiovascular disease, take control and begin by managing your lifestyle through some healthier habits.
Protein: How Much is Enough?
Protein is essential to good health. The very origin of the word — from the Greek protos, meaning “first” — reflects protein’s top-shelf status in human nutrition.
According to Harvard Health Blog
Giving your body what it needs is crucial for the survival of the Fittest and Happiest.
Remember: Your own personal needs may vary based on multiple factors including your age, sex, activity level, and weight loss goals.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA- which is the amount of a nutrient you need to meet your basic nutritional requirements) for protein is a 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This is the minimum amount you need to keep from getting sick and for optimal health. That is 0.37 gram per pound of body weight.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests 15 to 20 percent of your calories should come from protein.
If you exercise heavily, you must be wary that you will definitely need more protein than an average sedentary person, so as to almost double your protein amount.
Here is a chart for you to base on:
|Weight in lbs.||Minimum Protein||Athletes Minimum|
|100||37 grams||74 grams|
|110||40 grams||80 grams|
|120||44 grams||88 grams|
|130||47 grams||94 grams|
|140||51 grams||102 grams|
|150||55 grams||110 grams|
|160||58 grams||116 grams|
|170||62 grams||124 grams|
|180||65 grams||130 grams|
|190||69 grams||138 grams|
|200||72 grams||144 grams|
|210||76 grams||152 grams|
|220||80 grams||160 grams|
|230||84 grams||168 grams|
|240||87 grams||174 grams|
|250||91 grams||182 grams|
|260||95 grams||190 grams|
|270||98 grams||196 grams|
|280||102 grams||204 grams|
|290||105 grams||210 grams|
|300||109 grams||218 grams|
Where are the Best Sources to get your Protein?
Protein comes from both plants and animals. The best protein source is one without extra fat, sugar or sodium.
Lean meats, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, plants based, and dairy products are all excellent sources of protein.
Choosing lower-fat cuts of meat or removing the skin from chicken and turkey is a good way to cut extra calories you may not want or need.
Cold water fish such as salmon, tuna and herring make good protein choices with their richness in omega-3 fatty acids.
Legumes, nuts and seeds are also good sources of protein, not to forget that even vegetables and grains have small amounts of protein which we may neglect.
What is in a Serving?
Here is where many protein eaters go wrong. One serving of protein is equal to one egg, 3 to 5 ounces of meat, poultry or fish, 1.5 ounces of cheese or about 12 walnuts. So a serving of meat, poultry or fish is about the size of the palm of your hand, and a serving of cheese is the same size as two dice (regular 6-sided dice, not 12- or 20-sided extra-large Dungeons and Dragons dice).
According to Shereen Lehman, MS
Go about your day today and bare in mind this piece of information that can change how you feel about yourself and how much satisfaction your body can reach. Protein is an essential part of your day and should be taken seriously. Athletes especially should really focus on upping the daily serving, as you may notice a change in performance, energy, essence of life.
Have a wonderful weekend friends and sorry to have been MIA. Stay Tuned for more!
BBQ Season… Keep it Safe!
Everyone can start a barbecue but can everyone really do a barbecue?
With the proper knowledge, yes.
Here are the rules:
1. Keep the meet fresh, not more than 2 days, otherwise freeze.
2. Keep the food cool; do not leave in room temperature for longer than 2 hours.
3. Keep the meat or fish soaked to marinate for at least 30 minutes before grilling on the barbecue.
4. Do not over heat, keep it at a low temperature.
5. Choose less fatty cuts; leaner meats mean less smoke and cooking which is better for the health.
6. Add vegetables and fruits on the grill to add excitement and better nutrition
These are some basic rules to barbecuing, be wary of what your doing and have fun!
Check out this link for more details: http://www.arcamax.com/health/nutrition/s-1535075