Someone once told me that heart disease does not exist, because he never hears of anyone dying from heart disease. He may have never heard of death from heart disease, but I’m sure he has heard of someone who died from a stroke or heart attack. That’s heart disease, and it’s no joke. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, causing 25% of annual deaths. 
Here’s the Truth
Unfortunately, there’s something no one tells you about heart disease: IT’S MOSTLY PREVENTABLE. I say mostly, because there are some factors out of your control such as age, gender, ethnicity, and genetics.
If you care about your heart now, you can prevent it from disease later. It kills more people than car accidents, cancer, lightning strikes, and war. Thus, heart disease is the true epitome of unnecessary death and sickness. Luckily, there are some things you can do to care for your heart right now to decrease your risk.
What is in your control:
- Eating for your heart
- Moving more to increase your physical activity
- Smoking cessation
- Decreasing alcohol intake
- Managing stress
- Losing weight
- Managing diabetes
I know, you’ve heard it before. We all know proper nutrition and exercise is essential to being a healthy human, but it’s tough. It requires lifestyle changes. And maintenance is the toughest part of the equation.
But why is it so hard? The answer is a little different for everyone, depending on your current health status, lifestyle, motivation, and set of knowledge regarding heart health.
Heart-Health and Nutrition
In terms of nutrition, you have to learn how to eat for your heart, which requires time and overcoming a learning barrier. Then once you’ve learned it, you need to implement it, which means you have to plan, shop, cook, and eat heart-healthy foods consistently.
Plus, who knows how long you can keep it up before you start going back to your old ways again? Because maintenance is a bitch, and motivation is tough to come by after the high from your new year’s resolution fizzles away.
What is Hearty Palate?
Hearty Palate is focused on nutrition and heart disease. Who does heart disease affect? What foods and recipes are good for the heart? How exactly does food affect your heart? These are the questions Hearty Palate will answer. So stick around, explore the blogs and recipes, and start your heart healthy journey right now.
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