Avoiding Chronic Diseases – Tips from the Dietician

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We frequently hear that heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes are diseases or conditions associated with aging. If heart disease or Alzheimer’s “runs in the family” how can we avoid developing them?

While there is no denying that genetics play a role in how well you age, it is your lifestyle that has the greatest impact on your health. We can’t change our genetics but we can control our lifestyle and it is NEVER too late. By simply following a healthful diet and being regularly active, we may be able to avoid chronic diseases.

Below are a few tips to help avoid chronic disease:

  • Monitor your portion sizes
  • Practice mindful eating (slow down your eating and put your fork down between each bite)
  • Make smart substitutions
    • Instead of fettuccini alfredo use tomato based sauces and add broccoli and small chunks of grilled tuna –  you just added lycopene and omega-3 fatty acids
    • Morning Coffee?  Skip the skim and add soy milk that is chock full of isoflavenes
  • Make physical activity a habit

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