Sunday, December 17

Avoiding Heart Disease With Proper Dietary Guidelines

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Increasingly the population of western countries is becoming overweight or obese due to poor dietary choices or lack of exercise as a daily activity.  Maybe both of these factors are contributory to this state of affairs.  Being overweight or obese are proven conduits to any number of medical conditions including diabetes, some cancers and heart disease.

Governments and local community agencies advertise the way to good health and encourage people to take control of their destiny, but are people taking notice of these warnings and suggestions? I think not… if the continuing rise of obesity is any indicator.

So what are the dietary guidelines for a long and heart healthy life?

You can start by decreasing your intake of both saturated and Trans fats by eating more fruit and vegetables, fish, shellfish and other seafood, whole wheat breads and cereals, peas, beans, lentils and nuts.  Choose oils and fats that contain a high proportion of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids and as little Trans fats as possible.

Doing this will help decrease the level of free radicals in your system that are causing untold damage to your internal organs. 

Free radicals don’t like the good, healthy foods.  They thrive in bad and unhealthy food choices.  Learn to cook vegetables in a healthy way by using the microwave, instead of the fryer or preparing casseroles or stews with a tomato base.  Try new and different fruits and vegetables to expose yourself to a wide range of essential vitamins and nutrients.

But most of all learn to love fruit and vegetables as a snack and stay away from hot chips, hot dogs, meat pies, hamburgers and potato crisps.  Drink plenty of water to help flush the bad guys from your system, go for a walk a couple times a week and soon you will be a different person.

In conclusion, help your children improve their eating habits.  Inspire them to eat healthy foods, lower in Trans fats and saturated fats, and show them how to live a healthy life, too.  Good food choices for children to snack on are fruits and vegetables, milk, yogurt, and whole wheat cereals that are lower in Trans fats and saturated fats.

© 2010 Fiona Allen


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