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Diet Tips for a Healthy Heart
Whether you eat out or prepare food for yourself, there are some basic rules of the road that apply wherever you are.

Fat and Frying are not Your Friends! Ordering fried chicken or fried fish is not necessarily an improvement over fatty red meat options. Whenever possible, go with grilled chicken, fish or lean cuts of beef. If choosing between a baked potato or fries, there’s no contest– go with the baked potato, but opt for margrine over butter.

Portion Size Matters! Less is more. That great-big, extra-large, mega-value meal pack can carry a hidden health cost. The larger the portion you consume, the larger the potential amount of sodium, fat and sugar you might consume. Remember, regardless of whether they are from fat, carbohydrates or protein, calories are calories and eating too many can hurt you.

This is a Marathon, Not a Sprint! A quick diet program may help you lose weight and reach a short-term goal. However, it takes a life-long commitment to enjoy a longer life. Watching what you eat every day is key. Remember, getting the most out of life means being healthy enough to enjoy it. Not All Oil is Created Equal! Avoid coconut oil, palm oil or palm kernel oil. Although these are technically vegetable oils, they are all high in saturated fats.

They Mean Well. Yes, this is a diet tip. If word gets out among your family and friends that your heart health is an issue, you can expect little comments like, “Should you really be eating that?” It is perfectly human to want to show them and indulge even more, if you were even indulging at all. Resist the temptation and rise above it. It’s your health at stake. Don’t sacrifice it for spite.