This morning we've continuing our chat on how to keep your heart healthy. If you read articles or talk to your doctor about heart health one of the main suggestions that you will receive is to reduce or eliminate your stress. For most of us, I think that would seem impossible. For me personally, I have a lot of strong and hard-working women in my family. I think we all seem to take pride in our ability to multitask. While it is still impressive that we can, I'm not so sure that we should. All of that multi-tasking really piles on the stress and endangers our hearts.
Hit Pause: One suggestion I was reading today, was that we should be hitting the pause button. It's tempting to feel guilty for taking a break when you have a lot to do, but taking that 5-10 minute breather just for yourself will not only reduce your stress. You will be more productive in the long run. Life Coach Robert Mack said, "Feeling stressed out means you're not focusing. When you slow down and regain peace of mind, you'll be happier and more efficient."
Skip your to-do list... or some of it:
Don't be afraid to scale back on some of your to-do list. Go through all that you need to do (chores, work, etc) and mark off one or two of those off your list that aren't necessary. Instead of spending your time on those, do one or two activities that you really love. You will feel less burned out, and it takes some of the drudge out of the rest of your day. Your heart will thank you.
I'm not suggesting you always grab the travel mug. If you are like me, when you are stressed you up the caffeine in-take. When you refill your coffee cup, do you take it back to your desk and keep working? If so, try taking your coffee break outside or at least in a more relaxing area of your home or office. When your day starts to get stressful and you need a break, take one. Head outside with your coffee or your tunes and walk around for a few minutes. It will boost your mood, and relax your mind.
|Chicken Quesadillas w Avocado Tomato Salsa|
Just in time for lunch. Here are two great recipes I found for a really tasty and heart healthy meal.
Chicken Quesadillas w/ Avocado Tomato Salsa:
This recipe has lower-fat tortillas and cheese. The splurge is the avocado; however, though it's high in fat it's mostly the heart healthy kind that your body needs. Plus, bonus points for the avocado as they have a natural cholesterol reducer.
Ingredients: (Makes 4 Servings)
, thinly sliced
, cut into 1-inch-wide strips
, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Nutrition: (per Serving) Cal 400, Total Fat 14g, Sat Fat 5g, Cholesterol 86mg, Sodium 970mg, Total Carb 31g, Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugar 0, Protein 38g, Calcium 0
While shrimp has more cholesterol than other seafood, according to the article it's still heart smart because it is so low in fat and other calories. This recipe is also fiber-packed, because of the black beans which also happen to outscore all other beans in antioxidants.