Healthy food habits can help you reduce three risk factors for heart attack and stroke—high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess body weight.
Set the stage for success by:
- Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, cereal and grain products, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, legumes, nuts, fish, poultry and lean meats.
- Mixing one-half regular soda with one-half diet soda until you get used to the taste of diet soda.
- Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.
- Enjoying a large glass of ice water, hot tea or another calorie-free beverage. Garnish with a twist of lemon or lime and sip slowly.
- Dividing the extra portions of recipes that serve a large number of people into containers to eat throughout the rest of the week.
- Eating with other people. You'll eat less than if you eat alone.
- Knowing your snack "triggers" and planning ahead. Be ready with healthy snacks to fight the urge for high calorie/high-saturated-fat foods and trans fat foods. Grab pre-cut vegetables such as carrots and celery when you're on the run.