Lenny loves…healthy heart tip No3.

I’m back from my holidays!! A post will be up shortly all about it, but in short in was amazing!!

Today I wanted to talk to you about my last healthy heart tip, which is Healthy Eating.

Eating for a healthy heart Age Concern Suffolk cropped

heartresearch.org.uk

This sort of ties in with my holiday as I ate so much whilst I was away and I am very much aware of the fact that I have put on a few pounds and have already gone back to the gym and stock piled in the salad.

You will all know by now that I am a big foodie and do like to indulge at the weekends, but during the week I do try to be good, although it doesn’t always happen that way, but I often live by my Nan’s moto, everything in moderation!

What we eat can have a big impact on our heart health and also can affect our mood, energy levels and body shape.

By eating a balanced and varied diet, you can give your heart the best chance of being healthy, along with keeping both your cholesterol and blood pressure at the right levels.
eatwell plate 377 sized

nhs.uk

 The key things to remember are less salt, less fat and less sugar.

Try not to add salt to your food. I dislike added salt on my food apart from on my chips, and by then your already on the slippery slope! Not only is salt bad for your heart it can also increase your risk of a stroke. The recommended amount for an adult is less than 6g per day, around a teaspoon, most of which comes from processed foods, so keep an eye on hidden levels in every day food such as bread and cereals by reading those important food labels.

You can download the Heart Research UK leaflet on High Blood Pressure and the Heart which will provide you with more information on the effects of salt and other tips on how to keep the heart healthy.

We have all heard by now that there are both good and bad fats in our foods, but which has what! Sometimes it is a minefield out there, but Heart Research UK are here to help with their leaflet on Fats and the Heart.

Good fats include mono-unsaturated fats which can be found in such things like olive oil and avocados ( I wonder if the huge amounts of guacamole I consumed on holiday counts!!!) Polyunsaturated fats are also good and can be found in oily fish and other oils such as rapeseed and flaxseed.

Bad fats are the  more obvious fats such as saturated and hydrogenated fats. A lot of processed foods contain hydrogenated fats or ‘trans fats’ and you should really stay clear of these as these can increase your risk of developing heart disease.

Other things to be aware of in order to maintain a balanced diet for good heart health is to eat your 5 a day, keep an eye on your alcohol intake and always read the food labels!

If you need any more tips on healthy eating for a healthy heart then check out Heart Research UK’s lifestyle leaflets section here.

I for one will be referring to these as I get back on the healthy eating, fitness wagon after the overindulgence of my holiday and also I have a new goal which I will share with you in next months charity posts.

I am also thinking of purchasing some new cook books on healthy eating, any recommendations are welcome!

How do you ensure your diet is as healthy as it can be? If you have any tips you would like to share, then please write a comment below.

Lenny xx

 

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