“But, I don’t have time to eat right,” is probably the most common response I hear when I talk to people about eating heart-healthy. For some of us, changing our diet to one that’s more heart-conscious is no easy task.
Eating healthy can be daunting -- for that matter, in today’s ever moving society, life can be daunting -- and exhausting. Between work, home, family and extra-curricular activities, it’s no wonder that picking up a pizza or a bag of burgers on the way home is sometimes so very attractive.
I’m the first to admit to being guilty as charged when it comes to choosing convenience over healthiness. Life is complicated, often tiring, and frankly there are times when a bucket of chicken or prepackaged food sometimes appears to be the best solution to the end of a stressful day.
Unfortunately, while these foods are convenient, our eating habits continue to contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, and of course, heart disease. Changing our diet is one way to reduce our risk factors for heart disease.
The challenge is making time to not only eat heart-friendly, but to shop heart-friendly, and know where to go to dine heart-friendly on the days when the kitchen simply isn’t going to happen.
Fortunately, the American Heart Association has several tools available to help meet the challenges of shopping and eating heart-friendly. Below you’ll find just a few of the many tools available to help make shopping -- and eating -- heart-healthy easy.
Don’t know what foods to buy when you’re at the grocery store? Then look for the red Heart-Check Mark. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the Heart-Check Mark Food Certification Program approves foods which meet program criteria and guidelines for saturated fats and cholesterol.
Approved heart-friendly foods display the Heart-Check Mark on the label. Be certain to look for the Heart-Check Mark on the label at the grocery store.
List of Certified Products
If you’re looking for a list of Heart-Check Mark approved foods, you’ll find one available at http://www.checkmark.heart.org/ProductsByCategory/