You know that heart disease is the #1 Killer in the United States and the reason for that is simple. The Western diet is devastating to your heart and cardiovascular system (to your entire body but for now we’re going to focus on your heart).
In my new book, Secrets of an Alternative Doctor, I give you a lot of fantastic information to protect your heart and prevent a heart attack or stroke from taking you away from your life and loved ones. I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what you can expect.
Heart health starts with a heart healthy diet. There is a lot of confusion about what is considered “heart healthy” because so much information is pushed by the food and medical industries that have the opposite effect from what they profess!
What’s the Truth?
The truth is that the wrong food combinations are consumed, in ridiculous portions, and are supplemented by over-processed and toxin-heavy “foods” that provide nothing while stripping your body of minerals and vitamins.
Not only that, they inhibit your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients of the healthy foods you do eat!
It may feel like a losing situation but every problem has a solution. Too many of the “treatments” used for heart disease are nothing more than fads. They muddy the waters, confuse the public at large, and years later…admit they might have been wrong.
SECRET #1: Just because a view is popular doesn’t make it right!
Take the “don’t eat eggs!” hype. For two decades, the medical community pointed an accusatory finger at eggs and judged them dangerous for you. They were supposedly high in fat, raised your cholesterol, and were (in essence) a “heart attack on a plate.”
Here we are with dozens of scientific studies proclaiming eggs as high in good fats, excellent for cholesterol management, and the best food to eat in the morning to help control your weight!
Instead of skipping your eggs in the morning, skip the carbohydrates instead. You’ll feel fuller for longer and have improved focus because the nutrients in eggs are not only a great part of a heart healthy diet, they are incredible as brain food!
SECRET #2: If you can’t make it the exact same food at home, don’t eat it.
The “trick” or “secret” to eating the right foods to nourish you and fight disease is to choose unprocessed foods. Sure, it may take more time to prepare meals if you make a meal rather than heat a ready-made one in the microwave. However, that time you save zapping your cardboard container could be lost through illness later.
Plan your meals for the week, go grocery shopping, and make as much as you can ahead of time so you aren’t rushed trying to get out the door in the morning for work.
Your mind and body will thank you for providing nutritious and delicious “real” food instead of going through the drive-through at the nearest fast food chain.
Top 25 Foods You Need on Your Grocery List
- Fresh herbs – particularly oregano, thyme, and rosemary
- Red wine (in moderation)
- Salmon, tuna, and sardines
- Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
- Walnuts, almonds, pecans, and pistachios
- Sweet potatoes
- Oranges and grapefruit
- Beans – especially black and pinto
- Barley, oatmeal, and gluten-free whole grains
- Flaxseeds and chia seeds
- Cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
- Green tea
- Dark chocolate (in moderation)
- Greek yogurt
- Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and Swiss chard
- Grass-fed beef
SECRET #3: Food labels are lying to you!
The saying goes that a sin of omission is still a sin. Don’t be fooled by food labels that profess they are “trans fat free” because food manufacturers figured out a sneaky way to get around this problem.
They lower their serving size. That’s right. Anything less than 0.5 mg of trans fat does not have to be listed on the label – which means you could be ingesting hundreds of grams of trans fats and not even know it!
A food you’ve always eaten (before you knew about trans fats) could be chock full of these little killers but you aren’t aware because they’ve cut their serving size enough to avoid telling their consumers how unhealthy their product is!
Drop the chemicals. Eliminating margarine, vegetable oil, or any other oil that says “hydrogenated” anywhere on the label is a great place to start.
SECRET #4: A fancy degree does not make a “good” doctor.
Don’t put up with intimidation tactics or condescension when your doctor can’t answer your questions and goes on the defensive.
Too many men and women in the medical profession now are cozy with pharmaceutical companies. They want to prescribe a pill for every symptom instead of figuring out the root of the problem and helping you get better.
They make you dependent on those refills because you’re a “recurring customer” who provides “residual income.” Stop footing the bill for your own illness.
Take a stand in your own health and find a doctor interested in you as a patient – not their bottom line or how many perks they can get for hooking you up with the “latest, greatest thing” on the drug market.
SECRET #5: Research, research, research!
It’s your body and your life on the line. Question everything you read, everything your doctor says, and do your own research. Many health problems can be prevented with good habits and common sense – like following a healthy heart diet. You know what to do…let’s get started!
Check out my latest book Secrets of an Alternative Doctor and get the scoop on what the medical industry isn’t telling you. Do it for your health. You owe it to yourself.