3 ounces to 5 ounces of whole grains, 2 cups of fruits, and 3 cups of vegetables each day. Drink more fluids to avoid constipation. High-fiber foods help keep cholesterol in check.
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Week 8: De-stress.
Stress increases your risk for heart disease and speeds its progression. People who are constantly angry or stressed have higher rises in blood pressure than people who aren’t. This constant unrest can damage the heart. Be aware of stress and find ways to control it.
Week 9: Become a savvy grocery shopper.
Most foods include important nutrition information on their labels. Paying attention to these numbers will help make sure you eat healthfully.
Week 10: Find a new activity.
This week, try a new sport or activity you enjoy. You might enjoy waterwalking, circuit training, inline skating, or slide aerobics.
Week 11: Know what’s on the menu.
When you eat out, try to eat as well as you do at home. Ask your server how food is prepared. Avoid cream sauces, cheese sauces, and fried foods. Choose broiled, steamed, or stir-fried dishes.
Week 12: Eat breakfast every day.
Everyone needs energy first thing in the morning, yet many people skip breakfast. Plan ahead and have healthy foods ready to go.