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February is American Heart Month

I cannot believe that January is almost over and that February is right around the corner! I always love the month of February, it is the month of love! My birthday as well as my father’s birthday both fall in the month of February as well… as of course… Valentine’s Day. <3 February is also American Heart Month and bringing awareness around the steps we need to help take care of our hearts >3 One of the first things I think about when I think about heart disease prevention is how we can improve what we put into our bodies. What are we currently doing now and how can we improve. Here are some things to think about: Are you adding enough fresh vegetables and fruits to you day and if not, how can you get more in? Are you consuming too many over -processed foods? Are you choosing lean meats and fish over more fatty meats and proteins? How are you preparing food? Are you using too much saturated fat and can you possibly substitute for more heart health plant based unsaturated fats? Are you getting Omega 3 Fatty acids into your day? Are you able to get more whole grains in vs processed grains in? Are you drinking enough water? Too much alcohol? Then some other factors to look at: Are you getting enough sleep? Are you able to exercise for 30-60 minutes at least 3-5 times per week? How about stress management? Are you taking time out of your day to practice things like breathing and meditation to help lower your stress level? All of these factors, plus more, are some great ways to honor your heart and your health. So start with February to get the ball rolling and see where your heart takes you… For more information on this topic and many others, contact me directly for a consultation today. www.nutritionbyellen.com Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy week!

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