- Buy lean cuts of meat. Trim all visible fat before cooking. Remove the skin from poultry.
- Add more fish to your diet.
- Switch to skim milk, low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cream cheese and sour cream.
- Try to eat more fruit desserts and avoid baked goods.
- Eat more pasta, rice, cereals and breads.
- Watch out for frosting, sauces, gravy and condiments.
- Limit your fat intake to 30 percent of your calorie intake. Limit saturated fats to 10 percent.
When you made the decision to quit smoking, you removed one of the major risks for heart disease. By limiting your fat intake and exercising, you can take control and live a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Your risk of having a heart attack begins to decrease the day you stop smoking. Within two or three years of quitting, the chance of suffering a heart attack drops to the level of a person who has never smoked.
Your risk of stroke also declines after you quit smoking. After five years as a non-smoker, your risk will be equal to that of a nonsmoker.
Quitting is still the single most important thing you can do to decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke!