Diet is key to preventing and managing heart disease, which is why it’s so important to get advice from someone who really knows.
I work with HeartSure, who offer 1-1 cardiac rehabilitation and prevention programmes to people who have suffered from or are at risk of heart disease.
There are many factors that can influence your risk of heart disease. What you eat and drink can have a direct effect on some of these factors such as body weight, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure. Following a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of developing coronary artery disease. If you have heart disease, changing your diet can help you improve your health.
A dietitian can help you to incorporate the following advice in to your lifestyle, taking in to account your food preferences, finances, cooking ability etc. Advice is always practical and tailored to you.
Top tips for a healthy heart:
- Aim for five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day
- Regularly eat oily fish or vegetarian sources of omega-3
- Choose healthy oils and fats
- Increase your intake of beans and pulses
- Limit your intake of processed foods, pastries, fried and fast food – instead choose healthy sandwiches or rolls, a baked potato or home cooked food
- Use more wholegrains – high fibre bread, breakfast cereals, oats, brown rice and pasta, plus beans, peas and lentils
- Snack on fruit, fruit loaf, sandwiches, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, low fat yogurt, high fibre cereals and plain biscuits
- Keep salt intake low
- Stick to the recommended alcohol limits (to not regularly drink more than 2-3 units/day for women, 3-4 units/day men)
- Aim to be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day
- Avoid smoking and smoky environments