Lately, the Mediterranean Diet has been getting a lot of hype….why?
Just recently there was a more elaborate study done on this type of diet: olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits, and vegetables. The well documented study from the New England Journal of Medicine has stated that an estimated 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet.
Wow a 30% decrease in heart attacks! What do we always say… “Food Is Your Medicine”. And this information is really important if you have this disease running through your family as I do; my grandmother, aunt, uncle, dad.. both sides of the family. How do we use this information to get our Optimal Health results? Start focusing on positive changes with your lifestyle and don’t wait until tomorrow.. implement them right now. Take a look at this list below, are you sabotaging your healthy success?
Evaluate Your Heart Healthy Lifestyle with these 5 Points
1) Do You Have A High Stressed Job? If you have a high stress job learn mechanisms to cope with your daily stress such as 10 minutes of focused breathing.
2) Do You Have A Diet High In Saturated Fat? If your diets contains high fat meats start swapping them out for lower fatty meats such as chicken.
3) Are You Physically Active? Physical inactivity leads to high blood pressure, high levels of fatty acids which promote hardening of the arteries, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and diabetes. In addition, physical inactivity leads to another of the causes of cardiovascular, obesity. Obesity is excess body fat and is linked to higher levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower levels of HDL cholesterol. Obesity also triggers the onset of high blood pressure and diabetes.
4) Do You Have A High Sugar Diet? The latest information out there is showing how high sugar diets can be the culprit for high cholesterol in our bodies. Start listening to your cravings and learn how to have less sugar in your diet.
5) Do You Have Diabetes? Diabetes drastically increases the risk of various heart related conditions. Watch over your insulin levels and follow a low glycemic diet to keep the spikes down in your blood.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Always easier to read this information but integrating it into daily life can be confuing and frustrating. Remember, each step is going to increase your health and fight to be disease – free, in increments. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death in the United States.
It is a great time to start looking at yourself and your lifestyle.
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