Tips from The Cardiac Chef and the Center for Cardiovascular Lifestyle Medicine at NYU Winthrop
Kevin Marzo, MD, Chief of NYU Winthrop's Division of Cardiology, is an accomplished cardiologist and interventional cardiologist skilled in the latest treatments of cardiovascular disease. He has dedicated his life's work to caring for and educating individuals of all ages about heart disease risk and heart-healthy prevention strategies. Dr. Marzo also dedicates a great deal of his personal time as The Cardiac Chef TM - providing hands-on educational seminars that demonstrate heart-healthy cooking and discuss healthy lifestyles.
With the holidays fast approaching, Dr. Marzo and the members of the Center for Cardiovascular Lifestyle Medicine share some important, heart-healthy tips that are good habits to practice year-round.
A Message from The Cardiac ChefTM
The holidays are right around the corner, and with that, we typically increase our unhealthy behaviors with increased stress, less physical activity and more high-fat, high-calorie foods. It can be a vicious cycle, and New Year's resolutions can quickly turn into broken promises. If you feel you need a pre-holiday boot camp, here are some tips to get you started:
Begin today: Start walking most days of the week
Moderation is the key to life: Allow yourself to splurge on some holiday foods that are meaningful
Watch portion sizes
Go to holiday parties almost full
Remember that most liquids are calories and make your liquid of choice water
Alternate a glass of water for every alcoholic drink
Replace white foods with brown foods (sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, for example)
Avoid unhealthy foods (fried, fast foods, processed foods, salt and fat)
Reduce the amount of added salt - use herbs and spices to enhance flavor
Reduce bread intake
Make the salad serving the largest of the day
Eat lots of vegetables
Indulge in only one dessert
Talk a walk after Thanksgiving dinner (after the clean up)
Avoid midnight leftovers
Remember, to successfully adopt a healthy lifestyle, begin today and make every attempt to maintain it for life - your heart will thank you.