10 Great Ways to Protect Your Heart With Food

When most people think of fitness and health, it’s done with a great deal of dread. Being healthier always means denying yourself what you enjoy – relaxing with comfort foods.

Being health means hard work, saying goodbye to certain foods and forcing yourself to eat other foods you find tasteless and bland. But it doesn’t have to be this way.  download (4)

Just as you can find time to squeeze in exercise throughout your day – by waking up earlier or shortening your lunch to fit in a workout – you can also find ways to add healthful foods into your diet – foods that protect the heart and help it perform better.

For the time being, don’t look at foods as off limits completely. Instead, use everything in moderation and make it a point to add some of these 10 foods to your diet each day so that it naturally begins to replace unhealthy options.

These foods will improve your cardiovascular health, which can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. In addition to integrating these foods, make sure you swap out things like cooking lard for healthy olive oil, or full fat foods for lower fat options.

#1 – Seeds and Grains

Seeds and grains work well to protect your heart. The one you’re most familiar with is oatmeal. Some people have a disdain for cooked oatmeal, though. They don’t like the texture of it.

You can create a mix similar to trail mix, which includes one cup of healthy raw oats that you snack on during the day. This single serving is enough to provide massive benefits to your heart. Continue reading “10 Great Ways to Protect Your Heart With Food” »

Wheat and Gluten – Have You Ever Wondered What’s the Difference?

Some people suffer from allergies and intolerances to wheat and/or gluten. These allergies and intolerances can cause symptoms that are fairly mild to life threatening.  What is the difference between wheat and gluten?

It seems that sometimes the words are used almost interchangeably in ingredient lists and conversations about what ails us, but there is, in fact, a difference!

  • Wheat is a grain. We all know that. Gluten is the sticky protein that is found in wheat and other grains such as barley, rye, malt, and – to some extent – oats. Wheat and gluten are related – they come together in a package.
  • Gluten is what binds the dough in breads and baked goods. So if wheat and gluten are not the same thing, but are so closely related, is it possible to have an allergy or intolerance to one and not the other?

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