Diet and Nutrition Tips to Stay Heart Healthy

November 11, 2014

ST. LOUIS - Experts with Mercy's Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilition program are providing tips to keep your heart healthy, before you need to visit them. This month's tips focus on general diet and nutrition tips.

  • Keep a food log
    • Tracking calories can prevent overeating and promote healthy meal planning.
    • Keeps you accountable for foods you eat during the day.
    • There are apps available (e.g. “MyFitness Pal) to use on the computer or smart phone as a quick, convenient resource for diet tracking. These apps can show you the quality of food you are consuming, as well as track your exercise.

       
  • Make weight management a priority
    • Talk with your primary care physician to help develop a combined intervention of diet, exercise and behavioral modification to obtain a healthy weight.
    • Make short-term and long-term goals, i.e. reducing body weight by 10% (long term), at a rate of 1-2 lbs per week (short-term).
  • Easy on that salt shaker
    • The American Heart Association recommends limiting salt consumption to 1,500 mg per day.
    • Too much salt can contribute to hypertension, stroke and other serious conditions.
    • Read food labels closely to make sure the producer isn’t loading unneeded salt into your meals.

       
  • When in doubt, take advantage of Mercy’s dietitian services
    • Registered Dietitians can help you improve your overall diet.
    • Help you with your specific needs, such as a diabetic, gluten-free diet, and more.

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