Say Yes To Healthy Fats
Having worked in the health industry, I’ve seen that it can be all too easy to rely on taking a pill as a remedy, instead of addressing the issue ground up. I prefer to encourage life-long healthy lifestyles, rather than life-long pill popping, to improve our health.
In most people, a heart-healthy diet can produce similar cholesterol-lowering results to medication, without the side-effects and with other added bonuses. For example, statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) can’t lower blood pressure or blood glucose levels or induce weight loss, where as healthy eating can do all of those, and be delicious and enjoyable at the same time.
When it comes to the ‘good’ fats that help lower our blood cholesterol, there are some who shine. Avocados and nuts are very high in monounsaturated fats. Whereas oily fish, particularly salmon, is very high in polyunsaturated (including the prized omega-3) fats, all of which are a hearts best mate.
With all the fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K) that come in these foods, your skin and hair will love you for it too. In my university nutrition days, I was part of an experiment where half the class was assigned to take fish or flax-seed oil every day for a few weeks – my skin had never been so smooth, nor my hair so shiny before, it was amazing! Though, I warn you the trade-off was unpleasant fishy burps (and I hate swallowing pills in general), so you’re much better off having a delicious dinner or two of salmon, a handful of nuts and a couple of avocados every week.
These food heroes are the stars in these featured recipes, all of which are delicious….and nutritious! You can’t beat fresh salmon – here’s my go-to quick, healthy and delicious meal. While this avocado, mango and vanilla gelato is an ‘ice-cream’ that is actually good for your cholesterol! Perhaps we should change the old saying to ‘an avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away?’
To be doing what I am today is a dream come true. It all started when I was 12 years old. I was watching TV after school one day and Jamie Oliver was cooking up a storm on The Naked Chef.