Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, is the leading cause of death among Americans, responsible for 600,000 deaths each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that heart disease causes one in four deaths. Because heart disease and its risk factors are so closely related to obesity and nutrition, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating program is ideal for improving your heart health, whether you are concerned about risk factors for heart disease such as coronary heart disease, coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, or stroke.
Overweight and obesity, high LDL cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure (hypertension) are among the top risk factors for heart disease. Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, one-third of adults have high LDL cholesterol and one-third have high blood pressure. Other risk factors for heart disease are high blood levels of total cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and high triglycerides. You can address every single one of these risk factors by losing weight. The SSHE program can help you lose weight while eating heart-healthy nutrients and restricting the unhealthy ones.
Since losing weight requires balancing calorie intake and burning calories, our menus are calorie-controlled. We limit calories by providing nutrient dense foods, while limiting the fat and sugar content. Each menu on our low-fat program provides less than 25 percent of total calories from fat. Experts, including the American Heart Association, suggest such calorie-controlled, low-fat programs for healthy weight loss. As you lose weight, you reduce the strain on your heart and can lower cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar.
The SSHE menus meet criteria from the American Heart Association (AHA) for a heart-healthy diet. Our meal plans provide less than 7 percent of total calories from cholesterol-raising saturated fat and are free from heart-damaging artificial trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils. Our menus provide less than 200 mg of cholesterol daily and are far lower than the typical American diet in sodium, which raises blood pressure and increases the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease. We also include heart-healthy omega-three fatty acids, antioxidants, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts to give customers a well-rounded diet.
If you have ever tried but have been unable to lose weight and keep it off, you know that some of the challenges are finding time to grocery shop, knowing what to eat and preventing boredom. Our program avoids all of these problems. We plan menus, and do the shopping and cooking for you. Our menus are nutritionally balanced and in accordance with the AHA, as well as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition, you are not limited in variety with the SSHE menu, which is on a 5-week rotation and includes more than 100 different meals in both its traditional and vegetarian plans.
The menus assist in fighting hunger as you lose weight because they are high in lean proteins and dietary fiber. These hunger-suppressing nutrients fill you up as you lose weight. As a bonus, dietary fiber also lowers cholesterol levels and improves heart health.
You receive your meals every week through our local SSHE stores or National Home Delivery. Each customer that orders the weekly full meal plan receives 7 weekly breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in two partial-week cycles. You may pick up from one of our many retail locations, or we can deliver meals to your home or office. And, these portable meals are convenient to take with you wherever you need to go!
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For more information, or if you have medical-related concerns, please call Paula Heaton, BSN, RN at 817-689-0265.