What constitutes a healthy diet? Do you have to be vegetarian to be heart healthy?

Make heart healthy eating part of your daily routine. Eat a variety of foods you like in moderate amounts, choosing from all food groups, such as complex carbohydrates, proteins, fruits, vegetables, dairy and minimal fats and sugars.

 

Eliminating or reducing red meat, refined sugar and flours, and caffeine can help point you in the right direction toward more healthy eating. Adding fiber also boosts healthy eating and has been proven to help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Consider reducing your sodium intake to no more than 3,000 mg daily. And don't forget to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help your body's digestive functions and to curb your appetite.