Just starting to try and follow a heart healthy diet?
I am sure you have figured out that this can be overwhelming.
To make things a bit easier here are some quick tips to help you stick to your new meal plan.
- Portion control – if you do nothing else, do at least this. By reducing how much you eat you can control your weight. This helps your heart because being overweight contributes to many of the risk factors for heart disease, including increased cholesterol levels.
- Focus on Lifestyle – if you approach this as a diet, just a change to be made temporarily, you will always struggle. If instead you approach it as a permanent change to your life so you can prevent or reverse heart disease it will be easier in the long run. Attitude is everything!
- Use a Food Log – sometimes it is hard to remember how many calories you have eaten, or how many servings of fruit and veggies you have had. If you write down what you eat it is easier to look back and see how your day is going. This is also a proven way to steady weight loss.
- Use your Crock-pot – in fact make it your best friend. I have found it is one of the easiest ways to prepare a healthy meal without spending a ton of time in the kitchen. The basic recipe that I use is: meat, spices, cook. It really is easier than you think.
- Select a Heart Healthy Meal Plan – great ones to consider are the Mediterranean diet, DASH or Dr. Dean Ornish’s
diet. When you are following a specific plan it is easier to stick to it, because you are just following along.
Remember having a heart healthy diet takes time. Don’t become too overwhelmed, make slow and steady changes and you will soon be there!
A great book to help you get started is: The Road to a Healthy Heart Runs through the Kitchen