February is Heart Health month, and we want to make sure you’re taking care of your heart, not just that of the one you love! So with Valentine’s Day behind us and no further ado, here are some heart health basics!
MYTHBUSTER: FAT VS SUGAR?
When it comes to matters of the heart, fat has long been enemy “Number One” but recent studies are challenging this status quo, and increasingly linking high sugar and carbohydrate levels to heart disease. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as one versus the other as not all fats are created equally and there’s probably over a dozen different names/types of sugars… So what does one eat? We say, keep it healthy, clean and balanced!
- Healthy: focus on micros-nutrients (make sure you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals) not just macros (carbs, fat, protein and calories).
- Balanced: practice portion control and make sure each meal is balanced with complex carbs, good fats, lean protein and veggies. Remember, the recommended daily intake of fat for healthy individuals is 30% of your total calorie intake.
- Clean: your worst enemy is probably processed foods so read the labels and steer away from ingredients you can’t pronounce!
EAT YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER YOU!
Here’s a little cheat sheet to help you eat better.
Directions: Cut along the dotted line, glue both folds together. Keep on hand next time you’re debating what to order.
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