It seems like everyone these days is becoming concerned with health – it’s a great trend! Personally, I started taking health seriously when my husband – who was 26 years old – suffered from heart problems and had to undergo a heart catheterization. Somehow, between the first suspected heart attack and the surgery, a light bulb went on for me.
I did a great job being healthy during pregnancy, but that was about the only time. When I was pregnant, I was eating health for baby, exercising, limiting junk food – it was all awesome. And I felt awesome. But after my super fussy high needs baby was born, I slid back into eating pre-processed foods, not watching what I was eating, not working out – I spent most of the day as a zombie and it wasn’t all because my baby had me up at night. Eating poorly really affects you, even though you don’t notice until you change your habits.
When I got “the call” from my husband’s work that he was being taken to the hospital, I scooped up the baby and met him there. It was awful. But it was also a turning point for the better in our lives. We both started making changes that have strengthened our bond with each other, with our kids, with our faith, and improved our health.
One of the easiest and most noticeable changes was improving our food. We started small, trading a not-so-good food for a better one. It was a non-stressful way to feel better and it worked. Today I would like to introduce you to two good foods you could switch to in your own diet to ease your transition to a whole new healthy heart food outlook.
Kashi GOLEAN! Crunch Cinnamon Crumble is, as my preschooler puts it, is a yummy super terrific breakfast cereal. It’s also a great source of protein and fiber and makes an awesome mid-day snack, which is my favorite time to eat it. The cinnamon is not overpowering, which we like. We also like that the cereal is minimally processed with no high fructose corn syrup. It’s an easy way to healthy-up your day! I liked adding banana slices or berries to the cereal to add a little more punch to the healthy heart power, but it definitely kept me full until lunch time. I don’t always grab breakfast, so it was nice to have a reason to eat in the morning and a quick cereal to use!
Another easy way to healthy-up your (and your heart) is to make sure you’re getting fruits and veggies. Winter is a hard time for me with fruits – I love veggies and find them fresh or frozen at the grocery store, but I’m way pickier about fruit. Frozen fruits go into smoothies and fresh fruits are usually sucked down by my hubby and kid before I get around to them. I really enjoyed Sun-Maid Mixed Fruit dried fruits – I had planned to use them in a recipe, but grabbed them as a Mommy snack on a road trip instead. It was an awesome snack!
These are just a couple of ways that we’ve found help to transition our diet to a healthier one. What are your tips for a healthy heart?
Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review. My opinions are 100% honest and my own.
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