American Heart Month: 12 Super Foods for the Heart

heart healthy foods

  • Natural, unsalted almonds (1 ½ ounces every day can help lower bad cholesterol)
  • Walnuts (good for the heart and brain function)
  • Oily fish such as salmon and tuna (contain omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Dark chocolate (70% or higher cocoa content)
  • Raisins (contain potassium, which is known to help lower blood pressure)
  • Potatoes (just don’t fry them! Like raisins, they have high levels of potassium)
  • Oatmeal and other foods high in soluble fiber (fiber helps lower cholesterol levels)
  • Berries of all kinds (they contain powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins)
  • Tomatoes (high in lycopene, which lowers bad cholesterol and protects against heart attacks)
  • Beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas . . . .(lower the risk of heart disease and also help lower blood sugar of diabetics)
  • Dark greens such as broccoli, spinach and kale. (high in fiber and carotenoids, which fight against free radicals)
  • Avocados (contain monounsaturated fats, the good kind – they lower bad cholesterol and are anti-inflammatory)

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American Heart Month: 10 Fantastic Heart Facts

 

10 Fantastic Heart Facts

In honor of American Heart Month, my next few posts will be heart related. I’ll start with some fantastic heart facts, and several heartfelt quotes.

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Add Years to your Life – And Life to your Years!

 

One day I asked a friend if she’d like to live as long as George Burns. For those of you too young to remember him, he was a well-known comedian years ago who also played God in a couple of movies back in the seventies. God must have enjoyed his performances, because old George lived to be 100. He actually worked until he was in his mid-nineties! George also believed in having a good attitude about aging. He was credited with saying: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My friend didn’t seem too keen on the idea of becoming a centenarian. She responded: “No, I don’t want to live to be 100. Can you imagine what I would look like if I was 100? Nobody would be my friend (mostly because they would all be dead). I would be lonely walking around my house with my walker, running into the wall and falling down. Do you know how hard it is for a person who is 100 to get up when they fall down??? I might lie there until I was 101!” (OK, I get the picture) Continue reading

Book Recommendation: This is your Do-Over

 

Book Recommend: This is your Do-Over

 

 

 

 

 

This is your Do-Over: The 7 Secrets to Losing Weight, Living Longer, and Getting a Second Chance at the Life You Want. Roizen, Michael F., M.D. (2015) Scribner: New York, NY

You may have already heard of Dr.Michael Roizon. He is not only the Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, he’s also the author of the Real Age series of books. Dr. Roizen has also co-authored with Mehmet Oz, M.D. (the YOU Series). With his education and diverse background, it’s safe to say he’s a true expert in the field of health and wellness. Continue reading

Book Recommendation: 30 Days to a Better Brain

We’re living longer these days. Yet most of us believe that living longer won’t mean living better. Many of us fear that our brains will suffer the ravages of age, bowing down to Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. It doesn’t have to be this way. Taking charge of our brain health is one of the most important steps we can take to enjoy quality longevity. Good brain health is within our grasp; we just need to take that first step: a commitment to ourselves to re-vamp our lifestyle.

In his book, Canyon Ranch 30 Days to a Better Brain, Dr. Richard Carmona uses up-to-date research to show us how to go beyond that first step.     Continue reading

Don’t Hibernate – Rejuvenate!

Don't Hibernate - Rejuvenate

For the month of December, I decided to hibernate like a big old bear. Until Christmas time came along, I would come home from work, get on my PJs, and cozy up underneath a blanket. The fitness freak, who for years, exercised every evening after dinner, had become a fitness slacker. **Gasp**

One would think that cozying up for the winter would be just the thing I needed to survive the cold grayness and shortened days of the season. But no. Rather than making me feel great, hibernation just sapped my energy and dragged down my mood. Lazing around all winter has other consequences as well. Continue reading

The Best New Year’s Resolution

 

The best New Year’s resolution you can make for yourself is to make a commitment to take charge of your health and well-being. You can start by being compassionate to the woman you see in the mirror every day. It seems to me that many of us are able to be kind and loving toward others, but forget to give ourselves the same honor. Continue reading

11 Key Strategies for Weight Management

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Dieting sucks. And all those weight-loss products that line the supermarket shelves don’t work.  Starving ourselves to lose weight doesn’t help.  Yo-yo dieting is bad for us.  

The reality is that losing weight and keeping it off requires a long-term (okay, a lifetime) commitment.

My motivation for making this commitment came from watching my mom suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes; then watching my sisters develop these conditions as they aged. In their cases, these diseases developed from unhealthy eating habits, along with carrying around too much extra weight.  Continue reading

How to Use the Internet to Lose Weight

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Want to lose 5, 10, or more pounds?

The internet provides some great tools to help jump-start your weight loss program, and many of them are free. Continue reading

Menopausin’? 7 Ways to Cool Down Hot Flashes

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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