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Heart Health | How to Change Your Diet and Improve Your Heart Health

Heart health is one of the most important reasons to eat healthy foods. At PrimeCARE we strive to help the community around us stay healthy. Most of that means promoting education and consulting with our patients one-on-one. 

Ready to start eating heart healthy? If you are making any major shifts in your diet, the process can seem overwhelming. Slow down and give yourself time to adjust. Here are some tips. 

Plan your meals ahead of time.

If you have a plan, it will be easier to give yourself time to prepare meals. For many of us, much of what we eat is out of convenience. We are busy people! The healthier food options are there, just not as convenient.

Planning will solve this. Find a plan that works for you. There are so many different ways to plan out your meals. Everything from body-building meal prepping to a new chef challenging themselves with a new menu for a time, is meal planning. 

Healthy eating is an overall practice. Heart health can’t be gained from one certain food. 

Heart healthy eating doesn’t have to be flavorless. 

A key component to eating a heart healthy diet is to cut down on your sodium intake. Beginners are often surprised at how many foods are loaded with sodium. It’s an easy way to make food tasty. 

Don’t take the easy way out! All the salty foods out there would leave you believing that salt is the only way to create good flavor. Now would be a great time to prove to yourself that salt is not all there is. 

Here are a few herbs and spices you can add to foods to make them tasty. 

  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • Allspice
  • Bay leaves
  • Cuman
  • Reduced-salt ketchup
  • Reduced salt soy sauce

Healthy Fats.

Another large component of heart healthy eating is in the kinds of fats you consume. There are a variety of options when it comes to healthy fats. 

When you are preparing food, use healthy fats to fry and grease. You can also avoid using any fats when you prepare food by choosing healthier methods. Broiling, roasting, steaming, poaching are all great alternatives. 

When you need fats to cook with here are some to consider. 

  • Olive oil. 
  • Sunflower oil. 
  • Soybean oil. 
  • Canola oil.
  • Vegetable oil. 
  • Nug and seed oils. 

Do some research to find healthy fats that fit your diet. There are many more!