It seems only fitting that February – in its pink-hued Valentine glory – is also designated American Heart Month. With one in every three U.S. adults suffering from cardiovascular disease, heart health tops the charts as a serious nationwide concern. And guess what? Doing good for your heart isn’t all that difficult. You can start by opting for these smart buys on your next trip to the grocery store.
Deeply hued fruits and veggies
Go for richly colored and raw. Fruits like blueberries and papaya, and veggies like spinach and sweet potatoes pack extra vitamins and minerals, according to the American Heart Association.
Three servings a day of whole grains – packed with more fiber and nutrients than processed flours – will help keep your heart in tip-top shape. I like FoodFit’s guide to grains, which makes choosing easy.
The Mayo Clinic cites this easy morning go-to as a bad-cholesterol lowering breakfast. The perfect way to start the day.
Omega-3 fatty acids make fish, like salmon, trout and herring, great options for dinner. Just steer clear of the creamy sauces that often accompany a fresh catch, warns the AHA. (tip: choose ‘wild’ over farmed raised.)
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Is olive oil really gonna help keep your ticker ticking? Sure is, according to CNN. Thanks to the oil’s monounsaturated fats, it’s a far healthier choice than butter.
The powerful antioxidants found in red wine fight damage from free radicals. This Everyday Health article recommends a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon a day to reap the benefits. We’ll take their word. (more…)
According to yesterday’s ground hog prediction, spring’s closer than we may think. Time to freshen up our homes — at the top of my short list is the shower curtain. Need a new one?
Always look for a curtain that’s made from materials that are kind to Mother Earth – like flaxseed linen, hemp, soy, bamboo or good ol’ organic cotton. This Provence organic cotton shower curtain exudes a fresh soothing vibe, perfect for a relaxing bathroom setting. Add a hit of lavender essential oil in your bath and see where it takes you. Now on sale ($41.99, was $59) @ PotteryBarn.com
And make sure the liner is PVC-free (breathing in all those toxic fumes is so 1980′s). Here’s a nice ECO shower curtain liner ($12) from West Elm.
more options – previously on altCon:
Sweet and Crunchy … new Love Crunch is a Limited Edition Cereal by Nature’s Path and it’s good on so many different levels:
- it’s really delicious (addictive)
- doubles as a trail mix/granola-type snack
- contains 4 grams of fiber per serving and is made with whole grain & USDA certified organic ingredients: rolled oats & a crunchy mix of flax granola; freeze-dried strawberries & raspberries; dark chocolate chunks, coconut, sea salt, molasses and more.
- It’s free of artificial preservatives, additives, genetically modified organisms and synthetic pesticides. (more…)
It’s a no brainer – we need to guzzle less gas – and this tee shirt delivers the message without words. The current upheaval in Egypt and the inevitable spike in gas prices should serve as a stark reminder of the necessity of weaning our culture off the black gold.
Oh, about the shirt, it would be better if it were made of organic cotton, but what the hey. It’s only $13.50 from Can’t Afford Em Buttons.