Heart Healthy Diet

Obese or not, there are always heart issues to consider when planning a diet for yourself or a family member. A heart healthy diet is a good way to start when you’re changing your lifestyle in order to live longer. Food that won’t raise your blood pressure, as well as food that will give you the energy to exercise are mandatory. If you’re recovering from chest surgery or stroke, the diet changes are more important than medication. Taking your medicine is easy because you have a schedule for that. What you take in between medications dictates whether or not you’re going to have to be taken to the hospital again.

Reducing cholesterol levels in the blood is the same as getting rid of the main factor that contributes to your heart ailment. A very specific plan for nutrition should be made especially for the heart patient. Losing weight becomes a necessity for an obese person with heart problems. The less weight you have, the more efficiently your heart can supply your body with blood.

The basics of a heart healthy diet involve limiting the amount of animal meat and dairy products in your diet. Instead of animal fat, you will take unsaturated fats that can be obtained from vegetable oils, especially olives, canola and peanuts. The goal is to consume less than 250 mg of cholesterol every single day. If you can go lower than that, great. But don’t go higher if you can help it. A calorie intake that can maintain your desired weight is good. While your aim is not really to lose weight drastically, you should always eat just enough food to keep you going and avoid gaining weight.

Store your fruits and eat 2 per day. If fresh fruits are not available, go for the canned variety. Keep a banana in your bag for when you get hungry during the day. Opt for whole wheat cereals for your source of energy. Take your coffee black, and add only the amount of sugar that will alter the taste slightly if pure black coffee is not your thing.

Lean meat, including that from poultry and fish should be taken at less than 5 ounces a day. You can take dry beans and peas as alternative sources of protein. Eggs are allowed, but refrain from eating the yolks whenever you can. Limit yourself to a 2 full eggs every week. If eggs are a part of your breakfast daily, remove the yolks. Dairy products should not be banned but you should always seek out the healthier substitutes for milk and milk products. Low fat milk is available now, and you can take 2 to 3 glasses daily.


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