February is Heart Health month, and we're sharing five super-important tips to help you keep your ticker healthy, happy, and strong. Did you know that each minute, your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood, effectively fueling every cell in your body? It is critical to take care of this organ that does so much for us 24/7/365.
We asked Seattle-based Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO and Arivale coach to share her expertise...
Take note of your red meat consumption. You could be eating way too much. Beef and pork are higher in saturated fat than other protein sources like poultry, fish, legumes and tofu. Make sure to mix up your protein sources to include ones that do not contain saturated fat or have very low levels. For some people, genetically, higher fat options will block weight loss progress and negatively impact heart health.
Reduce your oil use. You love heart-healthy avocado and olive oil, so you use them instead of saturated fat sources like butter or coconut oil. Research shows that some people are more likely to gain weight if dietary fat intake (even healthy fat!) is high. People with this genetic predisposition will be better off having ¼ instead of a whole avocado or using olive oil in smaller quantities.
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Switch up your workouts. You have a busy schedule, so walking and Pilates may be the foundation of what you’re able to do. While these activities are great, they may not be enough. Some people’s genetics place them at increased need for working out in order to mobilize fat stores and lose weight. Switching up your activities to higher intensity running, swimming or biking may be better suited for you.
Opt for an electrolyte replacement drink. Food color, artificial flavor and sugar abound in sports drinks make the calories add up quickly, especially if you don’t really need the extra electrolytes. Plain water is the best drink when being active unless you’re exercising intensely for over an hour and losing a lot of sweat. If that’s the case, you may need the sodium and potassium in a replacement beverage. One alternative is to drink unsweetened coconut water cut 50/50 with regular water and add a small pinch of salt. This meets similar potassium and sodium levels but with no added color, flavor and much less sugar.
Rely on a coach for support. The key to sticking with your health and wellness goals is accountability and support. Work with a certified health specialist like a Registered Dietitian or Nurse in a structured and personalized wellness program like the Arivale Heart Optimizer Program to support your heart and so many other aspects of your health!
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