Good morning, everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope that you are having a great week. Today is the last day of February. Can you believe it? I’m thankful for another month. Thank you, Lord, for your new blessings and mercies today. You are good and I praise you!
How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution to get back in shape? I’m doing awesome with mine but I know some of you might have thrown in the towel. My message to you is DON’T GIVE UP! We’re only two months into the new year. It’s not too late. Make the decision to start RIGHT NOW. Don’t wait until Monday. Don’t say I’ll start in two days. Decide RIGHT NOW that your health is important to you and that you won’t let another moment go by without doing something about it.
I received an e-mail from my job with useful, practical advice on how to improve your eating habits. These are simple things that you can start doing TODAY to change your health. Start with putting one into practice and then move on from there. I believe you can change and I want to help you.
Tweak Your Diet! Protect your heart!
Eating the right foods can help keep your heart healthy—and you don’t have to completely overhaul your diet to do it! Try these simple, tasty trade-offs to your everyday meals.
Swap refined white bread products for fiber-rich whole grains. Brown rice, whole wheat pita, and oatmeal cereal are good choices to help control both blood pressure and cholesterol for a healthy heart.
Replace processed foods with fruits and veggies. Make them half of your plate at each meal. From spinach to berries, they are chock full of fiber and nutrients like magnesium and potassium that the heart needs to function at its peak.
Trade red meat for salmon, mackerel or other fish at least twice a week. Fish are high in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and low in artery-clogging saturated fats.
Exchange mayo for a creamy avocado spread. Avocado is loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Choose low sodium nuts over chips. Just a handful of walnuts, almonds or other nuts supply plenty of monounsaturated fats.
Switch from salt to herbs for seasoning foods. Sodium raises blood pressure and strains your heart. Try basil to flavor green beans or rosemary on carrots. Limit ketchup, barbecue sauce and other sodium-rich condiments.