Eat more fruit. An apple a day keeps the cardiologist away! Or try an apricot, banana, orange, papaya, grapefruit, or berries. Fruit is delicious and loaded with nutrients that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and help you lose weight. Choose fresh, whole fruit or frozen over canned, and limit juice due to its lack of fiber.
Erica's heart advice: "Try to get most of your calories from heart-healthy sources, such as veggies, nuts, fruit, salmon, and lean meats. Limit sugar and salt as much as possible. And if you slip sometimes and eat something that's not healthy, don't be hard on yourself. Just keep trying to improve your diet, day by day."
February is Heart Month, so kick start your best year yet with 28 days of heart health. Every day in February St. Luke’s will send a heart health tip directly to your email. It’s easy to subscribe!
We’re also offering Free Heart Seminars throughout the month. Click here to find one in your area.
Anna Fritz is a writer and editor with St. Luke’s Communications and Marketing.