Healthy lifestyle

  • Choose food that contains minimal amounts of unhealthy fats. Unhealthy fats include both trans fats and saturated fats. These fats will raise your LDL cholesterol, and elevated LDL cholesterol often correlates with an increased risk for heart disease.
  • Eat healthy fats in moderation. Poly-unsaturated, mono-unsaturated and omega-3 fats are all good lifestyle choices.These good fats lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL cholesterol, which correlates with decreased risk for heart disease.
  • Select foods that are low in both sugar and highly refined carbohydrates. Minimize your consumption of sweets, soft drinks, sugary fruit juices and white bread. Choose whole fruits, freshly-squeezed juices and whole grain bread instead.
  • Eat a variety of different whole foods instead of eating processed foods.
    • Eat fruits and vegetables for their high vitamin and mineral content.
    • Choose lean meat, beans and tofu for their protein content.
    • Enjoy whole grains such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice and quinoa.
    • Eat low-fat dairy products. Skim milk and reduced fat cheeses will reduce your fat intake while ensuring that you receive enough calcium.
    • Incorporate organic foods. Shop at a natural food store or buy food from your local farmer's market.

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