HEALTHY LOUISIANA LIFESTYLE
It’s no secret that in South Louisiana we love our spicy cajun food. In fact, Louisiana residents are above the national average in risk for hypertension, ischemic heart disease, and heart failure. Proper diet, regular exercise and routine check-ups can help prevent heart problems before they start
Cajun cuisine is spicy fare. Many Cajun dishes are high in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium or all three, but almost all of them can be made with more healthful ingredients.
- Avoid fried seafood and hush puppies.
- Blackened entrees are usually dipped in butter or oil, covered with spices and pan fried; ask the cook to use only a small amount of oil.
- Ask for all sauces and gravies on the side.
Fried crawfish or shrimp
Boiled crawfish or shrimpGumbo, etouffe and sauces made with rouxCreole and jambalaya dishesFried seafoodBoiled or grilled seafoodFried shrimp or oyster Po’ Boy sandwichesTurkey or roast beef Po’ Boy sandwichesDirty rice (contains chicken gizzards, livers, butter, etc.)White riceRed beans and rice with sausageRed beans and rice without sausage
Even if you don’t have a known heart condition, it’s crucial to schedule and keep annual heart exam appointments. Regular checkups will help you assess your own personal cardiovascular health risk factors as well as develop a pro-active plan to keeping heart problems in-check. After all, no one wants to meet their doctor for the first time on the table.
Aerobic exercise is the best type of exercise for your heart. After be medically cleared to exercise by Dr. Valentino, It is recommended to work up to 20-30 minutes, at least 3-4 times a week. Running, walking, swimming, recreational sports, hiking, and or dancing are all great ways to give that heart a great workout.