Stress can cause us to make unhealthy decisions when it comes to our diets. As your wedding day nears, how many times have you stopped to assess your personal eating habits?
As you try to balance all of your different responsibilities, it can be hard to count calories or make sure you’re taking in the right vitamins to keep your heart in prime working condition.
You may have heard of certain fruits, vegetables and meats marketed by companies as superfoods. The American Heart Association warns that, as with any kind of food, overeating is not a smart part of a healthy diet.
But the AHA does agree that many superfoods can be good for your overall health, concentration and stress levels — all important for any bride.
The Association recommends checking with your physician if you’re having symptoms such as headaches, sleeping problems, a short temper or low morale. These can be signs of harmful stress that could potentially harm your heart.
It also recommends consuming certain superfoods in moderation to help stave off heart issues.
The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week for a healthy heart. It says the fish is low in saturated fat in high in omega-3 fatty acids. They can decrease the risk of abnormal heartbeats, reduce triglycerides and slow the growth of plaque in the arteries.
Nuts, legumes and seeds
These types of superfoods are good sources of protein and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats when eaten in moderation, says the American Heart Association.
This group offers great variety, including unsalted almonds, peanuts, pistachios and walnuts.
Four servings per week is the recommended portion from the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association recommends eight or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day for maintaining heart health.
Berries are a vital part of this recommendation, as options such as blueberries and strawberries have high levels of phytochemicals called flavonoids.
One study reported by the American Heart Association found that women who consumed more blueberries and strawberries had a lower risk of heart attack.