Did you know, February 27th is National Strawberry Day? Who knew Strawberries had their own day? This special fruit is one of the most important fruits in the world. Strawberries are considered “the taste of spring” because they are the first fruit to ripen each year. Each bite is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, and are overall extremely good for you. Eat your strawberries today and celebrate this wonderful fruit. Consider a fresh bowl of strawberries and cream, make a strawberry smoothie, or have a scoop of strawberry frozen yogurt. Whatever you are in the mood for, enjoy your strawberries. It’s National Strawberry day!
Oh, Valentine’s Day. So many chocolates, romantic dinners, so much of everything bad that we can tempt ourselves with to ruin our heart healthy diet. Rather than tempting yourself or loved ones with chocolates, consider a gift that has more permanence. Active, quality time can be one of the most rewarding gifts of all. Bundle up and plan an active outing such as sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, or even just gathering wood for a fire. Active quality time is great for your health and mental well-being. Cooking at home, rather than a meal out, will also help you enjoy a romantic dinner, but will also help you keep track of your heart healthy meal. In addition to keeping it healthy, you’re setting your servings so you don't overeat. If you still want to go out to dinner, consider a cooking class, rather than restaurant meal for an additional kitchen adventure. Keep the kids on track this Valentine’s Day too. Instead of sending candies to school for a valentine’s gift, consider mini-boxes of raisins, pretzels, or even non-edible items such as pencils and stickers. Keep your Valentine’s Day healthy and happy for all.
- Start by tracking your calories.
- Find out how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight.
- Do not eat more calories that you know you can burn each and every day.
- Increase the amount of physical activity you do each day, and up the ante. Increase your intensity and activity to match the number of calories you take in.
- Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day - if not more
Delicious food for the Super Bowl is an American staple. And when you think about Super Bowl parties and Super Bowl food you generally think of fatty unhealthy dishes and dips. Why not come up with a winning/healthy “food game plan”. Take a look at our list of healthy Super Bowl snacks. This is a great list of 11 healthy super bowl snacks that will help you stick with your diet during the super bowl (and football season in general) but still keep those at your Super Bowl party happy. Ask us for more tips on staying healthy during this unhealthy eating Super Bowl season.
Big red hearts. You may be seeing it often this month. The heart is the sign for love and with February being the month of love, it's also a time when you should think about your own heart and evaluate your risks for heart disease and stroke. The number one killer of men and women in this country is cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Studies show that men are more than twice as likely to die from preventable cardiovascular disease and having a family member (male or female) who has heart disease puts you at an even higher risk. So what are my risks for heart disease, you may still be asking yourself? Prevention is key! Many cardiovascular deaths have been prevented by healthier habits, living spaces, and management of high blood pressure and diabetes. By becoming more heart healthy you can lower your risks.
- Take it one step at a time and reduce your risk factors by watching the following:
- Eat a heart healthy and nutritious diet
- Make physical activity a big part of your daily life
- Eliminate the use of tobacco
- Lose weight and reduce obesity
- Decrease your high blood pressure
- Decrease your high blood cholesterol
- Get your diabetes under control