1. Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol: By limiting your intake of saturated and trans fats, you can significantly decrease your chances for heart disease and stroke.
2. Choose low-fat protein sources: Substitute skinless chicken breasts, beans, skim milk, and fish for high fat meats. You will still get the protein that you need, but it will come in a more heart healthy package.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
4. Select whole grains.
5. Reduce the sodium in your food: High levels of sodium elevates your blood pressure, which in turn increases your risk for developing heart disease. By decreasing your sodium intake, you can reduce your blood pressure and your cardiovascular risks.As Heart month comes to a close, I hope you all remain encouraged and empowered to make Heart healthy decisions not just for a month, but for the entire year.
Miss International 2011