The foods you eat can affect your weight, hormones and organs, including your heart. Eating a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Coronary artery disease develops when your coronary arteries (the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients) become damaged or diseased. Cholesterol-containing deposits known as plaque settles in the arteries (a condition referred to as atherosclerosis/commonly called hardening of the arteries) and are the main reason to blame for coronary artery disease. Decreased blood flow may cause chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, irregular heartbeat and other coronary artery disease signs and symptoms.
How to tackle CAD
Although you might know that eating certain foods can increase your risk of heart diseases, it is often tough to change eating habits. But keeping your heart healthy by making healthier food choices isn’t as hard as it sounds!
Choose healthy fats. Despite what you may have heard, some fats are actually good for you. When you use fats for cooking, choose monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil or canola oil. Avocados are also a good source of monounsaturated fat. Omega-3 fats found in walnut, flaxseed and fish are also healthy choices.
Have small frequent meals, avoid fasting and feasting.
Avoid eating out and also avoid fried food.
Engage in daily physical activity like brisk walking, yoga, meditation and practice deep breathing for at least 30 to 45 minutes.
Drink liquids at the end of meals.
Include all food groups to make a more nutritious and balanced diet.
Avoid table salt, baking soda, ajinomoto, bakery products, papad, pickle, preserved, refined and processed food items, maida preparations, fried items, salted butter, cheese, sauces, packet soups, soup cubes, tinned and canned foods.
Avoid shellfish (prawns, crab, shrimp, lobster and oyster), dry fish and egg yolk.
Use (1/2) half teaspoon of salt for the entire day’s cooking.
Food items to be avoided from your diet are sugar, honey, jaggery, sweet items (confectionary, burfis, chocolate, ice-cream, puddings), Fried foods (Wada, bhajia, wafers, samosa, farsan etc), Thickening agents like corn floor and maida in soups, aerated drinks (cola, pepsi, limca, thums up etc), alcohol, Reused oils and hydrogenated fats (dalda, vanaspati)
Few food are really good for you & can be taken as much you want that include Green salads(capsicum, lettuce leaves, cabbage, tomato, cucumber etc.), clear vegetable soups, very thin buttermilk, jal jeera and lime water without sugar in between or along with the meals.
Baking, broiling, stir frying, grilling, poaching and roasting are the healthiest ways to prepare your food. Specially avoid deep frying.
These healthy lifestyle changes will be critical in preventing further problems and recurrence of atherosclerosis. So do follow these tips.