How about a egg white waffle or egg in a heart basket for breakfast? Did you know how good eggs are for you? Hard boiled eggs make great snacks. High in protein(almost 7 grams), low in calories (about 70), high in choline (brain booster), and a natural source of vitamin D.
Februray is heart health month, so as we get ready to give valentines and make fun heart shaped food. Make a change this month for your heart.
My oldest son has high cholesterol. He is 7. When we went in for his check up in the fall his cholestrol was off the chart. We waited three months and retested with a fasting test. It was still high. This was strange. We eat really healthy here. We eat whole food vitamins everyday (I hightly recommend these), we all take fish oil, we don’t eat out a lot, I make a lot from scratch, I try to make sure we eat from all the food groups each meal. So why at 7 does a healthy, active boy have high cholesterol. Well, lifestyle is half and genes are the other half. I really liked the pediatric cardiologist we met with. They ran an EKG and looked at his blood work and she prescribed a natural approach to start with. He takes metamucil crackers, B complex vitamin, plant sterols (called cholestOFF), and we continue with our vitamins and fish oil. We then we retest in 6 months.
Cholesterol is really important. Studies are finding it linked with heart disease (the leading killer of women), and strokes. DO you know your numbers?
Exercise plays an important part too here is an article on yoga from the AHA
Yoga could boost heart health!
The history of yoga stretches back as far as ancient India, when people practiced it to increase their tranquility and spiritual insight. Today, many Americans enjoy it to help them relax and increase their flexibility — and may even improve their heart health. However, yoga does not count towards physical activity requirements of 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week.
Traditional yoga is done by slowly stretching the body into a variety of poses while focusing on breathing and meditation. “Yoga is designed to bring about increased physical, mental and emotional well-being,” said M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., counseling psychologist and founder of Cardiac Yoga. “Hand in hand with leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, it really is possible for a yoga-based model to help prevent or reverse heart disease. It may not completely reverse it, but you will definitely see benefits.”
|AHA Recommendation for Physical Activity
For overall health benefits to the heart, lungs and circulation, perform any moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity using the following guidelines:
Yoga can be used to improve heart health as a preventive measure or after facing a cardiac event, said Cunningham, who has taught yoga for 40 years and is also president of Positive Health Solutions.
Thinking prevention? As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, Cunningham said yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone. It can also improve your overall well-being while offering strength-building benefits.
Yoga also has proven benefits for those who have faced cardiac arrest, heart attack or otherheart event, according to Cunningham. “The acute emotional stress of such an event certainly has a significant and adverse effect on the heart,” she said. “That’s where yoga can be a tremendous benefit to manage the stress.” For example, Cunningham said that half of bypass surgery patients go through depression, facing emotions ranging from anxiety to grieving. “All these things come into play when you’ve got a potentially chronic disease to manage for the rest of your life.”
The calming benefits of yoga may help with that — and you may see benefits right away. After your first yoga class, your blood pressure will likely be lower, you’ll be relaxed and you’ll feel better, Cunningham said.
Long-term, sustained yoga may play a role in improving overall health, according to Cunningham.
“The more energy you put into it, the more you’re going to get out of it,” she said. “After 12 weeks, you may see a dramatic increase in exercise functionality, and blood pressure andcholesterol levels may decrease.”
If you have heart disease, diabetes or are obese, check with your doctor before starting a yoga program. “I highly recommend going to a qualified and trained cardiac medical yoga instructor,” Cunningham said. To find an instructor in your area, check with your local cardiac rehab center or visit cardiacyoga.com.
How about a heart healthy dinner for Tuesday?
- 1/2 pound lean beef round, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 1/2 pound ground buffalo meat
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1-2 onions diced ( i used 1 small red onion and 1 medium yellow onion)
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 Tbs. worcheshire
- 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 can tomato sauce
- beans (any kind pinto, chili, black, gabanzo…texas chili has no beans so I compromise with using just 2 cans)
- cheese/sour cream/green onions/cornbread for garnish
- Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cubed beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides, 2 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat with ground buffalo.
- Reduce heat to medium and add onions stirring frequently, cook until onions are golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes. Add garlic, jalapenos, cumin, chili powder, paprika and oregano. Stir until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
- Add worceshire and a littlt water scraping up any browned bits, for about 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and sauce. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beef is very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- Add beans; cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until chili has thickened, 30 to 45 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
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