Dr. K.K. Aggarwal is an award-winning cardiologist based in New Delhi, India. Over the years, he has successfully integrated his practice of Western medicine with natural, holistic systems such as Ayurveda. I do know that a healthy diet is the key to a strong heart, but felt curious to know what the good doctor himself eats to keep his heart strong.
Here is what he told me about the food rules he follows:
- Limit your alcohol intake to two units of alcohol in two hours, just twice a week. Women should take 50 percent of this quota.
- Take a full meal only once a day. During the remaining hours, snack on fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt and such.
- Eat from a smaller plate. This will give the illusion of volume, helping you eat less.
- As far as possible, avoid eating foods made from processed flour. Whole grain flour gives your fiber and powers the heart.
- Eat 10 almonds, soaked overnight and skinned, every morning. Scores of studies have established the role of almonds in reducing bad cholesterol.
- Don’t eat foods cooked in trans fats—those that remain solid at room temperature. They contain artery-clogging cholesterol.
- During the course of a day, most of us eat three main meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Multiply this by 7 days of the week, and we have 21 main meals a week. If temptation beckons in the form of dessert or fried snacks, allow yourself to cheat only twice out of the 21 meals. Let the rest of your intake be full of health-giving, nourishing foods.
- Walk five miles or more every single day, and you can afford to indulge your taste buds quite a bit more (shhh…you didn’t hear it from me!) But on a more serious note, heart—and in fact most other—disease happens when we eat more than we burn off.
Dr. Aggarwal concluded his interview with a simple mantra: “Remember, the smaller your waistline, the longer your lifeline.” Chew on this.
Read more about Dr. K.K. Aggarwal on his website http://www.kkaggarwal.com/.
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