Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease
Changing your eating habits can be tough. Start with these eight strategies to kick-start your way toward a heart-healthy diet.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Although you might know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it's often tough to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are eight heart-healthy diet tips. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you'll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet.
- Control your portion size
- Eat more vegetables and fruits
- Select whole grains
- Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol
- Choose low-fat protein sources
- Reduce the sodium in your food
- Plan ahead: Create daily menus
- Allow yourself an occasional treat
See how to incorporate the above 8 steps into your daily routine specifically by reading Mayo Clinic's full article: Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease
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5 medication-free strategies to help prevent heart disease
You can prevent heart disease by following a heart-healthy lifestyle. Here are five strategies to help you protect your heart.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn't mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take. You can avoid heart problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle today. Here are five heart disease prevention tips to get you started.
- Don't smoke or use tobacco
- Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get regular health screenings
See how to incorporate the above 5 strategies into your daily routine specifically by reading Mayo Clinic's full article: 5 medication-free strategies to help prevent heart disease