Wednesday, February 13, 2013

February is.....

American Heart Month

Heart disease is a major problem and is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
The term heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions.  The most common type in the U.S is coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease.  CHD can cause heart attacks, angina, heart failure and arrhythmia's.

On the brighter side, heart disease is preventable and controllable.  You can help prevent HD by making healthy choices.

Eat a healthy diet
Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Not just this month but always!
Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol.  Also, strive to limit salt or sodium in your diet - this can lower your blood pressure.

A few healthy foods to include in meals are oatmeal, salmon, broccoli, olive oil, avocado and tomato.

Maintain a healthy weight
Maintaining a healthy weight should be no issue if you're eating a healthy diet.  Being overweight or obese does not only increase your risk for heart disease but also puts you at higher risk of developing other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, stroke and cancer.  Other conditions are possible as well, such as increased cholesterol, gallstones and sleep loss.

Exercise regularly

The health benefits of physical activity are hard to ignore.  To no surprise, exercise combats health conditions and diseases.

You don't need to set aside hours to reap the rewards (aim for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week).  If you can't do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the office or store so you're getting more walking in, or dance while you're doing household chores.

Bonus: Exercise also boosts energy, improves your mood and promotes better sleep.

In addition, these two should be avoided/limited as much as possible:

The point of this post is to help increase public awareness of how to prevent cardiovascular illnesses.  Being a personal trainer and holistic health coach, I believe heart health should always be a priority and I strive to educate as many as possible in understanding and believing the same.

If you have any questions, comments, etc. regarding health and wellness please feel free to contact me.

Happy American Heart Month!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Day 31 is here (well, was)

Going 31 days without eating meat - success.  Going 31 days without drinking alcohol - 97% success.

Did we fail because we didn't go the entire 31 days without having a drink? ....nope.  If you've been following my blog for the last month you know that we give up drinking every January and have done so for the last few years, the last 3 to be exact.  We do this simply because we feel we need a break, nothing more - nothing less.  so, should we feel bad that we had drink or two during particular events? No - not at all.  

Many people may disagree with this and that's your opinion.  Here's how I see it.  It's ok if things don't always go according to plan.  We need to learn to relax and not hold ourselves to such high standards all of the time.  Events such as birthday dinners, football games, wedding engagement brunches, etc. come up all of the time.  We live in a very busy city and are very busy people and sometimes   So in all, these two particular events (P going to Germany and I visiting my folks) were acceptable and legitimate reasons to enjoy wine (me) and most likely beer for P.  

Anyways, on a happier note, I think I'm going to continue with not eating meat.  I may include chicken in meals every so often but to be honest I don't miss it at all.  I don't crave it, I bypass that section on menus, I am just completely fine without it in my diet.  On the other hand, I believe P will incorporate it back into his - which I am fine with him doing.  

My goal this month is to experience with new vegetables such as eggplants, cabbage, fennel, artichokes, etc.  So be on the lookout for posts with new recipes.

As far as how we feel, we feel great.  The only issue I experienced was the lack of energy on random days due to not consuming enough protein and that I easily fixed.  In addition we both have more energy and P feels more 'flowy' (I apologize if that's TMI).  Either one of us has had a checkup in a few months so we're not sure about our cholesterol levels but if anything they have to be lower.

*News Flash - We went to brunch yesterday and I decided to order chicken with veggies and rice.  Delicious meal although I got sick afterwards.  I believe my body was rejecting the meat.  Guess who's definitely staying away from chicken for awhile!?

Hope everyone enjoyed the Super Bowl!

- Theresa