A Healthy Heart Diet
Sometimes I think there are more 'diet' plans than there are people in the world - it can certainly seem that way!
As an adult I have always been aware of eating one way or another.
In my first year at University, I lived in a shared flat. I was a person who cooked meals that could be frozen for re'heating at a later date. I cooked curries, stews and soups and bought dried noodles to make into soups. One of my flatmates didn't seem to eat and was dangerously thin and another owned a deep-fat fryer so you can imagine their meals! As I was on a small budget I bought from the local market and lived simply (as I still do!).
In my second and third years I lived in a large all-female hall of residence that looked not unlike Hogwarts! It was fully catered and had a good selection of foods to suit the multicultural demographic. Year four was back to simple living as I moved in with my sister's family.
But I digress..
Eating to satisfy the needs of your body is the most sensible way to live.
Sadly our culture is led to believe that food is a treat. A reward. 'If you are good, we can have a takeaway tonight.' etc.. Advertising / restaurant meals / special offers..etc, etc.
Eating for a healthy body has to be the way to live - for the majority of your life.
So what is a heart-healthy diet?
Are fats good or bad for us?
What if you are hungry? Allergic to something? Vegetarian? Vegan? Avoiding eating at certain times of the day?
So: this is one of the healthiest diet plans you can follow - for the majority of your time.
Breakfasts: - no portion size, ideally eaten within an hour of rising:
. Oats made in to porridge with a milk or water. Served with fresh fruit.
. Eggs made into an omelette with vegetables like mushrooms or tomatoes. Cooked, ideally, with a spray of olive oil
Lunches: - again, no portion size:
. white fish or salmon, cooked without added oil. Steamed vegetables.
. tinned beans or chickpeas. Huge selection of salad vegetables. No dressing.
Dinners: as lunch.
Once a week swap a meal of fish for meat.
Snack: fresh fruit. Sugar free yogurt or soya yogurt
What we drink can affect our digestion.
I'll talk more about drinks at a different time.