Nutrition with Kristin
Love Your Heart
Appetizers can be healthy!
February has since passed, but it is widely known as the “month of love,” so I felt compelled to talk about how you can show your heart some love by eating in a way that protects it.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America- yes, scary but true. Roughly 29% of the population has some form of cardiovascular disease which is a staggering statistic; however, the good news is many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable with good food choices and regular physical activity. What are some ways to create a positive impact on your heart’s health through diet?
Increase your fiber intake: What’s fiber? Fiber is the part of the plant that is not digested or absorbed into the body. It helps the body gather and eliminate cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance created and used by our bodies. High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Soluble fiber has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol by helping the body collect and dispose of it through the normal digestive process. Excellent sources of fiber include: whole grain breads and pastas, oat/oat bran, beans, barley, brown rice, and fruits and vegetables. For an item to be considered a whole grain, look at the ingredients and the first ingredient should be “whole grain” or “whole wheat”. Shoot for 3 grams of fiber per serving (the recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men).
Get Fit to Fight
Protect Your Shoulders
You carry the weight of the world on them
“Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live” Jim Rohn
This quote is simple, yet often neglected on a daily basis. Training to fight keeps you fit and prepared. Taking care of your body ALLOWS you to continue to train in order to stay fit and prepared.
As fate would have it, one of the most “called-upon” body parts in a fight is the shoulder joint. The shoulder is both free-moving yet vulnerable. By that I mean it allows for hundreds of bodily movement patterns used in combat (e.g. jabs, throws, elbow strikes, jiu jitsu moves, wrestling, etc.), yet it is stabilized by very small muscle-tendon units and ligaments. Therefore, caring for this joint in training is essential.
Since most of us have limited time in our days, it is understandable that focusing on one particular joint can easily be pushed aside; however, this mistake can be costly in the long run.
Why Law Enforcement Officers Should Not Suffer In Silence
By Lisa Lannon,
Former Law Enforcement and Warriors Heart Founder
A Law Enforcement Officer took their life approximately every 62.4 hours in 2017 in the U.S. (according to The Badge of Life Study), which does not include Corrections Officers, Probation and Parole Officers, and this tragic number is completely unacceptable. As a Former Law Enforcement Officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and now Warriors Heart Founder in Bandera, Texas, our team is committed to healing our protectors as the first private treatment program in the U.S. solely dedicated to “Warriors” (Law Enforcement, Military, Veterans and First Responders) dealing with chemical dependencies and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
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