Put these heart healthy tips on repeat

Don’t you love a list? I do… especially if it cuts through the hype and makes my life EASY. That’s why I borrowed this list from the American Heart Association for you.

It outlines 10 simple ways to streamline what you eat to help keep your heart (and entire body!) healthy, fit, and strong. And the best part?  These tips will also help move you closer to your health/fitness goals.

You’ll also see they aren’t focused on deprivation OR perfection — instead, it’s all about eating delicious, healthy, and nutrient-packed food!

10 Ways to Show Your Heart Some Love (with FOOD!)

  1. Balance calories with physical activity — don’t eat more food than you can burn off
  2. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables — choose lots of colorful produce
  3. When you eat grains, make sure they are whole (not processed) — read those labels!
  4. Include healthy protein sources at every meal
  5. Use liquid non-tropical plant oils like avocado and olive oil 
  6. Eat minimally processed foods — focus on “real” whole foods as much as you can
  7. Avoid added sugars — they’re just empty calories that drain your energy and your health, plus they’re linked with weight gain
  8. Cut back on salt — according to the FDA, 90% of us (!!!) eat too much sodium… aim for less than 2,300 mg a day (about 1 teaspoon)
  9. Limit alcohol (or avoid it!)
  10. Put this list on repeat for all your meals and snacks


Rob Quimby, CPT

Owner, Fitness Lifestyle LLC



Rob is the owner and founder of Fitness Lifestyle Personal Training. He has been training for over thirty-three years; seventeen of those years as a personal trainer helping others reach their goals.


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