Your diet is a factor in your risk for developing heart disease. You can lower this risk by making a few simple changes. Don’t worry; eating healthy foods doesn’t mean that the food you eat will be boring or that you need to completely sacrifice taste for your health.
If you want to lower your risk of heart disease by changing your diet, start slowly. Incorporate one heart-healthy diet change at a time and get used to it before changing something else. Most people don’t like change at the best of times, and you want to start eating better permanently, not just for a few weeks, to improve your health.
Here are 5 simple diet tips that will cut your risk for heart disease:
1. Choose fish or poultry more often.
Yes, you can still have red meat. You need to get into the habit of trimming off visible fat and buying meat that has less marbling.
2. Take the skin off chicken before cooking it.
Chicken skin has a high fat content, and you can either buy it without skin or remove it yourself.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Add fruit to your breakfast cereal or yogurt. Cut up carrots and celery sticks and have them in the refrigerator ready to eat. Put a bowl of fruit out in your kitchen so it is readily available when you are looking for a snack. Grate carrots and add them to soups and stews while cooking.
4. Read labels when grocery shopping and buy the lower-salt product.
We do need some salt in our diet to stay healthy, but most people consume way too much of it. Processed food can contain a lot of salt, so you will want to get in the habit of buying the product with the lower amount of sodium in it.
5. Cut back on desserts and other sweets.
Dessert doesn’t necessarily need to be cakes and cookies. It can be a fresh fruit salad or some low-fat frozen yogurt. If you want to have something sweet occasionally, have a small portion and enjoy it. Then go back to making healthier choices most of the time.