February is heart month! In this case, it’s not because of Valentine’s day, that little holiday that people either seem to love or hate. All the chocolate and Hallmark greetings aside, this month is dedicated to bringing awareness to the reality of heart disease and what we can do to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share some heart healthy eating tips! For the rest of the month I will be posting heart healthy nutrition tips and recipes. Fortunately, eating well for your heart is also a healthy way to eat for good health all around. These adjustments to your diet will also have you looking good for summer and protecting yourself from diseases such as diabetes and different cancers.
Maybe you already follow some of these guidelines, but if you don’t there’s no better time to start than now! Challenge yourself to making even one change and see how it goes. It may just be easier and more enjoyable than you thought!
Although the first isn’t a diet tip, it’s a good place to start…
Tip#1: Know your risk!
If you’re interested in knowing what your personal risk factors are for heart disease, the heart and stroke foundation is offering a free online risk assessment. To top it all off, they’ve teamed up with Desjardins Financial Security who will donate $1 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for everyone who participates in this assessment! Heart and Stroke Risk Assessment Can’t really go wrong!
Stay tuned for the good stuff…lifestyle tips, diet tips and recipes to come!