14 Days of Delicious Heart Healthy Meals

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You try to be good to your heart. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. It means taking that extra flight of stairs. It means cutting down on stress. And it means taking time to think about what you eat.

But we are always here to help! Here is a Free Food Plan that is designed for everyone who wants a nutritious, great-tasting diet.

Packed with tasty and healthful recipes, you’ll enjoy how easy the plan is to follow.

With dozens of meals and snacks to choose from, it offers daily variety and flavors you’ll love. And, most important, it provides a diet of balanced fats that help support healthy cholesterol levels.

Put a little love in your heart—and your diet.

 

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14 Days of Delicious Heart Healthy Meals

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Eat Better, Live Better

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September is Cholesterol Education Month, and we are here to help with a 14 day eating plan designed to put you on the right track to healthy cholesterol levels.

Research has shown that by following the six steps below, which emphasize a relative balance of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, you’ll support healthy cholesterol levels by improving the ratio of “good” HDL cholesterol to “bad” LDL cholesterol. Here are the guidelines for our Food Plan.

See how your diet stacks up!

6 steps to a Healthier Balanced Fat Diet

At least 2/3 of fat must come from balanced fat products or this Food Plan

Limit total fat to about 30% of calories (65g per day)

Limit saturated fat to 10% of calories (20g per day)

Limit dietary cholesterol to average 300mg or less per day

Avoid trans fat

Exercise regularly

Additional Considerations
  • Eat enough calories to maintain a healthy weight. The Food Plan provides a daily average of about 1,900 calories. Adjust your portion sizes if your calorie needs are more than or less than this amount.
  • Sodium should be 600mg or less per meal.
  • It is recommended to have a daily intake of 800mg to 2g of plant sterols each day.

 

 

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5 Most Popular And Trendy Workout Programs Today

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Have you been working out in the gym for years and getting bored with the cardio on the treadmill, lifting weights in the circuit and then cardio on the elliptical?

Have you considered taking a class at your gym? 

You don’t have to take an aerobics class or step class because there are some very popular and very different ways to participate in a class and get an incredible workout.

We researched all the classes in the country over the past year and have come up with the five most trendy and popular classes. And they are popular for a reason!

Pole Dancing anyone?

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 5 Most Popular And Trendy Workout Programs Today

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Infant Sleep Training Methods Effective for Baby and Mom

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Infant sleep training methods, “controlled comforting” and “camping out,” improve infant sleep and reduce maternal depression, Australian researchers say.

The study, “Five-Year Follow-up of Harms and Benefits of Behavioral Infant Sleep Intervention: Randomized Trial,” tracked 225 children from infancy through age 6 to determine if a behavioral sleep program had long-lasting effects on children’s mental health, stress levels, the child-parent relationship, or maternal mental health.

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 Infant Sleep Training Methods Effective for Baby and Mom

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Six Indulgent Ways to Help Protect Your Heart

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Taking care of your heart is not just about exercise and losing weight.

While additional studies are needed, new and emerging research suggests that each of the following may be pleasurable ways to help boost heart health.

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Six Indulgent Ways to Help Protect Your Heart

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