Eat at home
If you think that eating at a restaurant is a better choice than fast food, you’ve got it all wrong. Restaurant and fast food meals are usually equally packed with unnecessary carbs, salt, fat and calories. By choosing to stay in, you can cut out nasty stuff like trans fats, and be more aware about the fuel you put in the gas tank.
Cut the smokes
Sorry to throw cold water on your much-needed smoke break, but tobacco use is a risk factor for heart disease, as it reduces the level of your good cholesterol (HDL). But there’s good news! Once you quit, your HDL levels will start to rise after just a few weeks.
Look for plant sterols
If you’ve never heard of plant sterols, they occur naturally in small amounts in a ton of good food (see below). Since our bodies can’t get enough from food alone, foods in Canada can be fortified with plant sterols, which help lower your bad cholesterol called LDL.
Foods with naturally occurring high plant sterols
- Whole wheat
- Brown rice
- Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
- Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, apples, avocados, tomato, blueberries
- Vegetable oils like sesame, canola and olive oil
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Daniel Palmer is a communications professional and former journalist. Born in Newfoundland and raised in British Columbia, Daniel considers himself an elastic Canadian with a West Coast bias. Nature is usually the cure for what ails him. Daniel is based in Ottawa with his wife and daughter.