For many women, taking care of their own health takes a backseat to all
of their other responsibilities. However, neglecting your own care means
you can never be at your best. The good news is that women’s care
doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply making smart food choices
is a major step in the right direction in building a healthier lifestyle.
Here are some guidelines that will help you put together healthy meals
to support your overall well-being.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables form the foundation of a healthy diet. They are high in nutrients and
low in calories, which means you can dine on sizeable portions without
sabotaging your efforts to maintain a healthy weight. When you’re
serving up a meal, reserve half of your plate for fruits and vegetables,
and consider working them in as snacks throughout the day as well.
Limit Sodium and Added Sugars
Sodium and sugars in your food can increase your chances of high blood
pressure and type 2 diabetes. Most people should limit themselves to 1,500
milligrams of sodium per day, but your own needs may be more or less,
so ask your doctor for advice. You can limit sodium by reducing your intake
of processed foods and seasoning with herbs instead of salt. Eating more
potassium-rich foods, like bananas and sweet potatoes, can also mitigate
the effects of sodium. To cut your intake of added sugars, eliminate sugary
beverages and limit baked goods and candies to occasional treats.
Choose More Seafood
Replace red meat in your diet with seafood. The best choices are salmon,
trout, mackerel, and other oily fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids
that protect your heart and vascular health. Lean fish, including cod
and haddock, have less omega-3 acids, but they are healthy, lower-calorie
protein choices that make good additions to most diets.
At Mercy Hospital, our
women’s services in Miami can support your lifestyle with diagnostic imaging, maternity care, and
much more. If you need a referral to a women’s care specialist or
more information about the health resources available at our hospital,
please call (305) 854-4400.