Help for Heart
Nutrition and Lifeskills
for Missouri Families
Candance Gabel, MS, RD, LD,
Associate State Nutrition Specialist, Family Nutrition Education Program,
Adapted from: Preventive and Therapeutic Nutrition Handbook
If you have a heart disease you have
probably been advised to maintain a healthy weight, reduce your
cholesterol, total fat, and saturated fat intake. You may have also been
advised to increase your fruit, vegetable, fiber and fish consumption. The
following information will help you meet your dietary needs:
- Eat fruits and vegetables frequently;
try packing some to snack on throughout the day.
- Add lettuce, tomato, sprouts, cucumbers
and other vegetables to sandwiches.
- Try a new vegetable or fruit each week.
- Eat a high-fiber cereal each morning.
Choose a cereal that has 6 grams of fiber per serving.
- Make Friday fish day. Select a fish high
in omega-3 fatty acids such as bluefish, halibut, herring, mackerel,
mullet, sablefish, and salmon.
- Trim all fat and skin from meat and
poultry before cooking.
- Use non-fat yogurt instead of ice cream.
- Use fat-free or low-fat alternatives
such as fat-free mayonnaise, salad dressing, or crackers.
- Add seasonings such as garlic powder,
pepper, and herbs to vegetables rather than margarine.
- For exercise, use stairs and park your
car at a distance.
Other Diet and Disease
Educational Support Materials:
Heart Disease Hypertension