Heart Awareness Month

For Heart Month I am doing the 21 Day no carb or sugar challenge and so far I am on day 3. I can tell you that I am craving a chocolate like Pooh Bear craves honey! Feel like I am on a detox but they say that it gets better! Veggies, fruit and I are not the best of buddies but we are trying! Gimme a cheeseburger any day! But we have to be good…summer is coming and this mamma wants to strut her stuff.  9/10 of the people in my office are now eating healthy and one guy made it really clear for me! Yesterday G had a baguette in a plastic container and while he was out B wrote on it “This will take you three hours of cardio to work off”.  Today when the boss bought cake I asked B how long it will take to work off and he said “10km jog”. That cake did not touch my lips!!!

We have also made some changes in my house that’s been operational for a month now: no chocolates, sweets or “junk food” or TV watched or eaten Monday – Thursday and it seems to be working! B and I are a lot more active, she’s learnt to do hopscotch and you should see her go on the monkey bars at the park and school! Go B!

The Heart Foundation is also giving out some good advice for Heart Month and simple ways to change your lifestyle to getting healthier.

Here is what they advised:

5 EASY TIPS TO KEEP THAT HEART HEALTHY BALANCE

Eat your rainbow colours

At least five portions of different types of fruit and vegetables a day helps you get a range of nutrients and anti-oxidants. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a portion of fresh fruit.

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Have a fish dish

Fish is an excellent source of protein and contains vitamins and minerals. It’s recommended that we eat at least two portions of fish per week, including one serving of oily fish. Oily fish include salmon, mackerel, trout, and non-oily fish like haddock, plaice and coley.

Saturated is overrated!

We need some fat in our diet, the amount and type of fat we’re eating is vital to acknowledge. The two types of fat are: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can escalate the volume of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Try to reduce your saturated fat intake, and select foods that comprise unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils, and avocados.

Move more!

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential in maintaining a healthy weight, which is an important part of general good health. However, this goes hand in hand with moving more even by making small strides in your daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the lift, get off the couch and walk the dog, involve the kids and play tag. Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, being more active in the smallest way is a step in the right direction.

Hydrate!

We need to drink about 1.6 to 2 litres of water every day to avoid dehydration. This is in addition to the fluid we get from the food we eat. Avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks that are high in added sugars. Water infused with freshly cut fruit like lemon, mint, cucumber or strawberries is healthy and still appetizing.

If you are on the challenge, let me know and we can swop tips! J

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