Heart Healthy Recipes For Your Family
My long time readers will know that I have been struggling with weight all of my life. What none of you may know is that heart disease runs very strongly in my family. In fact, my biological father had a heart attack before the age of 40 and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure about a year or so ago. His father, my grandfather, had a few heart attacks that ultimately took his life.
I have high blood pressure and that runs strongly on both sides of my family. And, to make matters even crazier, my Mom’s side of the family is heavy on a rarer disease known as Marfan’s Syndrome, my mom has an enlarged aorta.
I learned about four years ago following an episode of “Vasovagal syncope” (aka- passing out and scaring the crap out of your family) that I have mitral valve prolapse syndrome (mitral regurgitation where my blood backwashes). Apparently it is the most common heart valve abnormality and often goes unnoticed. For me, it means I have some explanation for regular fatigue, occasional palpitations and even rare occurrences of anxiety attacks.
What does all of this mean? Well, it really means that I have to be heart healthy and I really take personally the “Address Your Heart” campaign. Admittedly, I haven’t taken that responsibility as seriously as I should have over the last few years. But, I’m working on it!
I’ve been researching coconut oil and already stopped using vegetable oil for cooking a while back, opting for the healthier olive oil. I never salt my food. I try to watch my overall fat intake and incorporate healthier choices and plenty of vegetables. I never deep fry anything and actually have always preferred my chicken skinless.
This winter I had virtually zero exercise. I did just start a new program called DDP Yoga. It’s pretty great and really lets you work at the level you are comfortable at and still see some results. I’m planning on getting the kids involved with some of my workouts just for fun and so that they are seeing me set a better, healthier example for them!
Exercise really is so important! Even just a short walk every day can literally add years to your life!
How do you “Address Your Heart” at home for yourself, and for your family?
About Campbell’s Address Your Heart
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Eating Heart Healthy Does Not Mean Going Hungry or Sacrificing Flavor
To get you started I have shared five heart healthy recipes that you will love, and there’s a pretty good chance your kids will too! Plus, you can grab some Campbell’s money saving coupons to help you save while making healthier, smarter, better heart healthy choices!