Take Control of Your Health
Being diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD) means that you don’t have time to slowly ramp into a healthier lifestyle. In order to maximize your efforts, not only is it important to make healthy food choices but in order to reverse artery blockage, it may also be necessary to make major changes to your food choices. However, prior to making major dietary changes make sure you discuss these changes with your vascular doctor.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends you eat mostly vegetables and fruit along with sides such as whole grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds. The AHA also recommends eating smaller portions of meat such as chicken and fish and eating little to no red meat.
Adding more vegetables to your plate does not have to mean eating salad for every meal. This is a great place to get creative and try vegetables that you have never eaten before or ones that you haven’t tried in years. Taste buds change and just because you did not like a food years ago doesn’t mean you won’t like it now. With more availability of international favorites it is easy to add daikon, squash, eggplant, peppers, and more for a colorful variety to your plate.
Also, adding healthy fats to your diet is easily achievable. Stock your pantry with good fats such as avocados, olive oil, salmon, walnuts and sunflower seeds. And, while they can be a bit more expensive, sometimes it’s fun to add a specialty oil like macadamia oil or grapeseed oil to the mix. These specialty oils can make meals healthier and more interesting!
If you aren’t used to eating this way it can be difficult to start. Your vascular health provider can help you make the changes you need. He is an expert in vascular health and already knows all the ins and outs of healthy eating. He also understands the difficulty in changing habits and will work with you to help you make healthy eating become a way of life.
The food you choose to eat can increase your overall health, not just your vascular health. You have complete control over your food choices, so take charge and take control of your health!