5 Heart-Healthy Tips for Lean Living!

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

1. Get the juices flowing! Invest in a juicer so you can make fresh juices out of both fruits and vegetables. Such juices are abundant in health-promoting enzymes, many of which are lost in processing, which is why store-bought juice is not always a good bet. Juice at least twice a week for the most benefit.

2. Include “good” fats in your eating plan, like the monounsaturated fats and omega-3s. Substitute olive oil for butter in your cooking, and make cold-water fish like salmon or Atlantic halibut a weekly routine.

3. Get into the habit of drinking water. Nothing quenches your thirst like good old-fashioned H2O, and it helps you lose weight, too. Drink at least 8–12 glasses a day. I suggest distilled water in glass bottles.

4. Don’t let convenience influence your meal planning. Avoid processed foods, chemicals, trans fats, and preservatives. One good rule of thumb is to always shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Generally speaking, the processed food found in the middle of the store is full of the substances that are bad for your body—and your weight.

5. Keep your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and sugar minimal. It may feel like these substances give you a boost or some relaxation, but in the long run, they are detrimental to your physical well-being. Better yet, toss all coffee including decaffeinated and substitute green tea. The nutrients in green tea will help you burn more calories at rest.

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