When we speak of reducing certain foods it can become intimidating, overwhelming or frustrating. Heart health is not about absolute prohibition of certain foods; it is simply the idea of moderation and mindfulness to achieve consistent, heart-healthy behaviors that will extend the length and quality of your life, make you feel good, and give you the foundation to get joy out of every day. It is helpful to think of sugar, alcohol, red meat and caffeine as treats. Is it someone’s birthday? Did you just get that job promotion? Is it Saturday? Then great! Enjoy that birthday cake, that glass of wine, that beautifully cooked steak! It only becomes harmful to your heart when it is a part of your daily life and when it is consumed in excess. It is okay to indulge on occasion, provided that you are regularly engaging in the heart-healthy behaviors that make up the ingredients for heart health.
Move your body, manage your stress, power up with herbal supplements, enjoy healthy whole foods with the right balance of healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, and protein and avoid overconsumption of caffeine and alcohol: these are the ingredients that make for the perfect recipe for heart health. Establishing these routines wherever you are on your health journey can optimize your overall health and longevity, while creating balance in your mind, body, and spirit throughout your lifetime.