Keep your heart healthy!
“Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively.”
— Deepak Chopra: is an authority in the field of mind-body healing
OK. Let’s take a moment to process this quote…
Incredible really, don’t you think?
February is heart health month and as I listened to the national news this week, it was stated that 165,000 Canadians survived a heart attack or stroke last year. The number was unbelievable to me, but then when I really thought about it, how many of us can truly say we are feeding our mind, body and soul with complete nourishment?
According to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Nine in 10 Canadians (90%) have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke (smoking, alcohol, physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes) (PHAC, 2009).
Most people know what is generally good for them and what is typically bad, so why do we not take the extra steps to take care of our bodies, especially when we suffer from a sickness or various symptoms and conditions? I can’t speak for anyone but myself, and I know at times, I can become complacent, lazy, and create excuses. So, what is holding you back in obtaining optimal health?
Let me stop right here and say: We all have value. We all have a purpose. What are you going to do to take the necessary steps to ensure optimal nourishment of your mind, body and soul?
I go back to the quote at the top: Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively.” Listen to your body. Take the time to dig deeper into the root cause of your symptoms.
So, back to our heart…What are good nutrients to feed your heart with? Well, here are a few: Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), Fibre, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Garlic, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium.
For this upcoming Meatless Monday I wanted to include heart healthy options chock full of nutrients to support your heart.
Breakfast: Heart Healthy Smoothie
Lunch: Moroccan Carrot Salad with Quinoa
Dinner: Lentil Burgers
Dessert: Black Bean Brownies (blender style)!
Snacks: fresh fruits and seeds with greek yogurt, vegetables, nuts