I don’t think I ever heard the word “menopause” cross my mother’s lips. Nope, for her it was the dreaded change of life or simply the change. For years I connected these terms with the idea of eventually losing my marbles and sprouting hair on my chin. Heck, according to my mom and aunts, some women went through the change and never came out of it! (Now that I think about it, I always wondered where Aunt Betty disappeared to).Continue reading →
Snack on almonds (1 ½ ounces every day can help lower bad cholesterol). Other types of nuts are good for heart health as well.
Enjoy fruits and veggies that are rich in vitamin C and your heart will be rewarded with potent antioxidants.
For a heart-healthy breakfast, try regular or steel-cut oatmeal instead of the instant options. Add blueberries (or other types of berries), walnuts or almonds, apples with a tablespoonful of honey. Top with soy milk.
When eating out, choose broiled salmon, lake trout, or whitefish instead of a steak. The omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish can help us reduce heart attacks and other heart conditions.
Love tacos? Make ‘em heart-healthy by skipping the ground beef. Try a soft taco made with whole grain tortillas, ground turkey, brown rice, and seasoned black beans. Top with avocado slices. Ground turkey is also great in chili.
Choose healthy fats and avoid trans-fats like the plague. Dump those highly processed foods.
Enjoying a bowl of tomato soup? Add black beans for added fiber. Eat other foods that are high in fiber, as well.
Sweat it up! Strenuous exercise a couple times a week is heart-healthy. Adults need to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week; not only good for your heart, but for your overall health.
Don’t forget vitamin D – research shows that vitamin D deficiency may lead to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
Cuddle with your significant other or your furry friend. This helps lower stress levels and blood pressure.
Floss your teeth – good for your gums, and may help protect against heart disease.
Let go of anger and resentment – this reduces stress and blood pressure, and can help lower your heart rate.
Find a reason to have a good belly laugh. At least one daily. Laughing not only reduces stress and tension, it improves blood flow, reducing blood pressure.
Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Lack of quality sleep leads to a higher risk of heart disease.
Improving our physical health is not an “all-or-nothing” proposition. An accumulation of small changes can make a difference. So if you have a few minutes, read on for some mini health habits that will improve your wellness, a little at a time.
I’ve suffered from nearsightedness (or myopia) since I was around 12 years old. Nowadays, without wearing my glasses or contacts, I can barely see myself in the mirror! (one benefit: I can’t see wrinkles). I also have to squint to read small print, even with my eye helpers. When I go to the supermarket I take reading glasses along to read that teeny tiny print that manufacturers put on their product labels just to annoy those of us over 50. Continue reading →