This yr, National Nutrition Month® explores the way to “personalize your plate” to suit your personal targets, and on this Fresh Focus podcast episode, we emphasize personalizing your plate to assist a wholesome coronary heart.
Becoming a member of us on this episode is Lisa Conticello, cardiology dietitian on the Bay Pines VA. Conticello works particularly with Veterans who’ve had coronary heart failure, enrolled in cardiac rehab, or these enrolled basically cardiology clinics. Since she additionally leads Healthy Teaching Kitchen lessons at Bay Pines, she has a great eye for making use of diet info to the precise plate and making wholesome swaps practical.
It’s widespread to listen to that top sodium objects ought to be averted to advertise coronary heart well being, however this episode dives into the “why” behind that suggestion. Right here, she recommends seasoning your meals with saltless choices, like salt-free seasoning blends, spices and herbs.
Keep in mind when selecting coronary heart wholesome fat, it’s useful to concentrate on unsaturated fat corresponding to avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil and canola oil.
On the subject of protein, don’t be afraid so as to add in some plant proteins right here and there to change issues up. This isn’t solely a great way to include some lean protein, but additionally a simple strategy to up your fiber consumption!
A easy, actionable strategy to incorporate a number of the recommendation from this episode is to plan your plate utilizing the MyPlate mannequin. Make half of your plate vegatables and fruits, 1 / 4 of your plate lean, coronary heart wholesome protein, and 1 / 4 of your plate wholesome carbs. As was talked about within the “various your food regimen” episode of this collection, don’t shrink back from switching up your veggies, attempting out new plant-based proteins, and shaking it up with completely different coronary heart wholesome oils and spices.
Give the episode a hear after which check out a number of the suggestions your self – whereas preserving your coronary heart wholesome one chew at a time.
Megan Rivenburg is a dietetic intern with the Marion VA Healthcare system.