Bad Habits: Eat Healthy
In a previous post, we discussed the importance of remembering that it is never too late to quit a bad habit and thereby make a positive impact on your life. Today, we want to provide further evidence in support of this advice, as well as discuss another bad habit: poor diet.
A study has revealed the importance of a heart-healthy diet, showing that people will reap the benefits of such a diet even if they already suffered a heart attack. Improving their diets results in a decreased risk of having another heart attack, having a stroke, and tends to lengthen their lifespan.
Furthermore, bettering their diet was an important factor in bettering their health whether the participants were taking medication or not.
This study is great at exhibiting the fact that it is not too late to make a positive impact on your health. One would think that, if there was a point at which no positive change was possible, it would be after suffering a heart attack. Yet as this recent study indicates, even after a heart attack has been survived, it is still possible, and indeed recommended, to better your health, particularly your diet.
Thinking on a slightly broader scale, a new year has just recently begun, so look at this study’s message as some positive reinforcement for your New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps, during this first week of January, your actions have not proven to advance you towards your goal, or have, in fact, been deleterious towards achieving those goals – it’s okay! It’s not too late! Start again, now, and as many times as necessary, until you have, in fact, improved yourself in the desired manner. It is possible, and making large changes takes time, patience, and dedication.
Now, let’s move on to a more focused look at what constitutes a heart healthy diet.
In general, a heart-healthy diet should consist of adequate helpings of:
- fruits & vegetables
- whole grains
- and nuts.
In addition to focusing on eating these foods, you also need to limit the amount of saturated and trans fats eaten, focus on eating proper portion sizes, and reduce the amount of sodium consumed.
Now, reducing the amount of fat and sodium eaten does not mean that your meals need to be boring. There are numerous heart-healthy recipes in books and on-line, such as the seven recipes available at Eating Well’s website. Do some research, try some new things, and thereby rise to the challenge of creating tasty, heart-healthy meals.
How have your New Year’s resolutions been going so far? Are there any health-related issues that you are having trouble overcoming? Let us know in the comments below!