February 3rd, 2021
All month we will be discussing heart healthy tips and trick as well as recipes and our favorite healthy foods.
Friday, February 5th is National Wear Red Day, in honor of this day, here are our favorite healthy red foods!
• Beets are full of vitamin and minerals, most notably inorganic nitrates. These have been associated with improved blood flow, increased physical performance and lower blood pressure
• Tomato’s: the most famous antioxidant found in these is lycopene. Lycopene has been linked to numerous health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. The redder the tomato, the higher lycopene content.
• Cherries are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, particularly polyphenols, which may help fight cell damage, and fight against chronic conditions including heart disease and diabetes.
• Pomegranates may help lower blood pressure; they are full of anti-inflammatory factors that may help reduce changes of breast and colon cancer!
Fun Fact: Pomegranates are technically a berry!
• Watermelon can help lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. It can also help reduce muscle soreness after a great workout!
• Bell peppers: lemon isn’t the only source of Vitamin C! Bell peppers are a GREAT source of Vitamin C and they are rich in various antioxidants
What are your favorite red foods? Send us your favorite Red Food Recipe! Click here to tell us your favorite red food!
Looking for foods to promote heart health? Try beets!
February 17th, 2021
5 Ways to Improve Heart Health
1) Get Moving
a) Exercising for as little as 60 minutes a week can help improve heart function
2) Include a variety of plant-based foods
a) No need to completely switch to a vegetarian diet! But plenty of fruits and vegetables into your daily meals helps reduce cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and increase heart function.
3) Eat healthy foods
a) Include foods such as salmon, avocado, olive oil, nuts & seeds into your meals. These have all shown to help your heart muscles perform better.
4) Manage Stress
a) Try meditation, exercise or just reading a book. Most things that make you feel relaxed help with your body's response to stress.
5) Stop smoking
a) This is a give-in! Smoking harms every cell in your body, especially the muscles of your heart and lungs.
February 24th, 2021
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 22nd through the 28th. This years theme is: Every Body Has a Seat at the Table. From @NEDA: "In a field where marginalized communities continue to be underrepresented, we welcome conversations on raising awareness, challenging systemic biases and sharing stories from all backgrounds and experiences."
Eating disorders affect 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States. Eating disorders are not limited to age, gender or socio-economic status.
If you or a friend are struggling with an eating disorder know that you do not have to recover alone. Creating a team, a support system, with friends, family, a therapist, and a dietitian will help you learn, grow, and develop through recovery.
If you are looking for a resource please visit the National Eating Disorder Association at www.nedawareness.org.