healthy hearts

Did you know 90% of Australian women have at least one risk factor, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or family history?

Ordinarily in the scheme of things I’d say ‘two out of three ain’t bad’! Hey, I’ve got the house, I’ve got the job…just lacking in the love department…or my love life is swooning, the house is sorted…but I have no idea what I want to do with my life. Sure, two out of three looks pretty schmick. But when it comes to healthy hearts, two out of three risk factors is a little alarming.

In 2011 my lovely father had a series of heart attacks that scared the pants off me. In a spooky – yet apparently predictable – turn of events, his father had passed away at almost exactly the same age of a massive heart attack. Talk about history repeating… Thankfully, my Dad’s heart attacks were much milder as he was in much better shape health wise than my poor old Pa was and graciously he is still with us today (to walk me down that aisle when I do finally sort out that love life…!). But this was enough to get myself off to the doctors for a cholesterol check. And as a thirty year old woman I was proud to chime ‘like father, like daughter’ in many respects, but if I had to pick, high cholesterol was not high on my list of desireable hand-me-downs. I should say that stress and depression aren’t either. But the bloods never lie and I tend to think that neither do our hearts. And so, in this blog we will trek towards a healthy heart in my endeavour to find ways of reducing my cholesterol through food and wellbeing.

Two great wealths of information on heart health and general welbeing in Australia are the CSIRO and the Heart Foundation.

The CSIRO’s Total Wellbeing Diet has loads of helpful tips and information for long-term sustained healthy eating and living. Their healthy heart program is a complete eating and exercise plan that, based on scientific research, reduces the risk of heart disease.

The Heart Foundation is another extensive resource specifically about you and your heart. They have a number of campaigns including the Go Red for Women, inspired by the horrific stats around women and heart disease. According to their website, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. I’m determined to go against the grain.

Look out for dairy free, vegetarian and healthy heart tags for ideas to keep your heart happy.

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