Wine and Chocolate! (and being heart healthy)

hintergrund-tapete-1452601941CnU Did you know that you can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease with the foods you eat? Here is a list of heart healthy foods recommended by the American Heart Association (via heart.org):

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Beans and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish (preferably oily fish high in omega-3 fatty acids), skinless poultry, and plant-based alternatives
  • Healthier fats (such as olive oil and avocados)
  • Whole grains
  • Fat-free and low-fat dairy products

When eating the foods mentioned above, keep these tips in mind:

  • Strive to eat a varied diet to ensure you are getting the nutrients your body needs.
  • Read food labels – not just the marketing hype on the front of the label, but the ingredient list on the back.
  • Take into consideration portion sizes and the amount of added salt & sugar.
  • Plan and prepare meals at home so you can control the ingredients.
  • Eat slowly and mindfully, chewing each bit more than 10 times.

When you occasionally indulge, reach for the dark chocolate and red wine. Dark chocolate provides anti-oxidants such as flavonoids which can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart and reduce your chance of a stroke. (via clevelandclinic.org)  It also contains magnesium which can reduce chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia. Eat dark chocolate, 72% cacao or greater, since the higher the cacao, the lower the sugar.

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Red wine contains the powerful antioxidant, resveratrol that protects against cell damage, can prevent memory decline and Alzheimer’s disease and reduce your risk of a blood clot related stroke. The tannins in red wine protect against heart disease!(via medicaldaily.com) The suggested amount/day is 4 ounces for women and 8 ounces for men.

February is American Heart Month. Heart Disease is the number one killer for women, so now is a great time to make some tweaks to reduce your risk of heart disease! Happy Valentine’s Day!

From my healthy heart to yours,

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Girouard, Certified Holistic Health Coach & Workplace Wellness Master Ambassador www.PureSimpleWellness.com