Many are still surprised to find out that heart disease is still the #1 killer in the US for both men & women. Every 33 seconds, someone in the US dies of heart disease.  The majority of heart disease is preventable and caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD) that is heavy in red meat, processed foods, and dairy.  The good news is that the majority of heart disease is avoidable with lifestyle and dietary shifts, but the bad news is that most do not realize this or desire to make the changes to their lifestyle that would help.  Medication, procedures, and surgery take precedent over lifestyle and preventive medicine.  We think nothing of cracking open a chest and replacing an artery with one from the leg or blowing a balloon into an artery wall to smash the cholesterol on the sides; but somehow, changing the SAD diet is considered radical.

I highly recommend watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives for anyone interested in taking some control over their health.  This film can save your life.  Need a last minute Valentine’s date idea?  I recommend making a heart healthy meal together and cozying up to see how changing your diet can change everything.

How many of these heart disease risk factors hit home with you or a loved one?  I pulled this from Dr. Fuhrman’s website.

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of heart attack or stroke
  • Overweight
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Little or no exercise
  • 45 years old or older
  • Eats a standard American diet
  • Heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, erectile dysfunction, or a history of stroke

Here are some quick tips to improve your heart health:

1.  Avoid the evil white powders – white sugar, white flour, and salt.

2.  Eat whole grains and foods that are packed with soluble fiber.  Here are some ideas: steel cut oats, barley, beans, citrus fruits, and eggplant.

3.  Incorporate produce into every meal and snack that you have.

4.  Shop the exterior aisles of the grocery store where there are less packaged and processed foods.

5.  Stay hydrated with water and unsweetened organic teas.

6.  Share this info with someone you love, and watch Forks Over Knives together.

“People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” ~ Pino Caruso

Happy Valentine’s Day!