I don’t know if any of caught the CNN program, The Last Heart Attack the other night, but if you didn’t, it was really interesting stuff. The gist of the program, which was led by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, was that heart attacks are preventable. Regardless of genetics, people can keep themselves safe from heart attacks through exercise and eating right.
I generally think I eat well and that between my good eating habits and exercise, I am fairly safe from ever having to worry about a heart attack. This program, however, definitely made me think that maybe there is even more I could be doing.
The show’s suggestion for heart attack proofing your life–no meat, no eggs, no dairy, no added oils.
Wow. That’s really strict. Here’s how I score on those accords:
- No meat–I could happily eliminate meat from my life. I don’t eat much of it to begin with, so this wouldn’t be a big sacrifice. They suggest taking this all the way to fish, even. Their motto: Nothing with a mother and nothing with a face.
- No eggs–Again, not a big part of my diet, but I do eat them here and there.
- No dairy–This, for me, would be really, really tough. I love yogurts and cheeses and would definitely miss them. My kids would have a huge gap in their diets here if we were to eliminate dairy items.
- No added oils–I’d have to read labels even more closely for this. Plus, I do cook with olive oil all the time. Another tough one.
Right now I can say I can’t imagine embracing all of these guidelines. I’ve always been a big believer in moderation, as well as a believer in lots of plant-based foods. I think I do pretty well, but clearly, there are areas for improvement. Like any change that’s going to stick, I need to start with small changes and work my way up. I’ll keep you posted on how well I do.
Do you think it’s necessary to go this far to ensure heart health?