Cooking Up Some Inspiration For Your Holiday Health

It’s no secret that what we eat can have a resounding impact on our health down the road. Moreover, in patients living with the same conditions, certain observable patterns begin to emerge.

For example, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), “Many people with PAD have elevated cholesterol levels.”

But with the holidays on the horizon, let’s be honest — sticking to a healthy diet is easier said than done without the proper guidance. Thus, here’s what we recommend keeping in mind for your family feast(s) this holiday season:

The Magic of the Mediterranean Diet

“‘Mediterranean diet’ is a catchall phrase for cuisine found in Mediterranean countries,” the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) explains. “The diet generally features lots of fish and non-red meat sources, extra-virgin olive oil and plenty of fruit and vegetables, with additional flavor coming from herbs and spices, not salt.”

Dairy products, like yogurt and cheese, are generally consumed in moderation. Otherwise, many adherents of the Mediterranean diet regularly eat:

  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • And more

Consequently, if you’re looking to lighten the main courses of your meals, we recommend trying recipes that center around white meat and salmon, as well as complementing it all with greener, heartier salads and/or fruity appetizers.

A Sip of the Healthy Life

A sip of water isn’t just good for keeping your mouth clean between courses — it’s also providing a much-needed boost to your vascular system.

“When you’ve had plenty of water, your blood is thinner and flows better,” according to Ohio State University. “Thicker blood due to dehydration can make vein insufficiency problems worse.”

Thus, you’ll want to curb your intake of alcohol, soda, and other beverages that are heavy in sugar.  After all, even if you are not currently diagnosed with a vascular condition, frequent intake of the aforementioned may contribute to the development of one.

And if you’re still in favor of a little flavor? We understand and recommend swapping your drinks for…

  • Kombucha
  • Fruit-infused water
  • Non-alcoholic seltzers
  • And more

The Flavor of Your Feast

Oh, how we love our sodium. From delicate crystal toppings on our desserts to the perfect shake over a stew or soup, it’s hard for us to resist asking the age-old question of, “Can you please pass the salt?”

For your health, however, we recommend seeking flavor elsewhere; namely, we point to spices as a way to, well, spice up your meals!

“Spices, including ginger, pepper, chili, and cinnamon may help protect against clogged arteries,” Healthline reports. “These and other spices have anti-inflammatory properties and may help scavenge free radicals, improve blood lipid levels, and reduce the clumping together of platelets in the blood.”

So, are you ready to set the table for a healthier lifestyle? Because Duval Vascular Center is here to help you along your journey!

Whether you have further questions about how to alter your lifestyle for your vascular health or you are beginning to wonder if you may be living with vascular disease, we can help. Simply contact us today by calling (904) 518-1398 to schedule your FREE vein screening!

No matter your needs, your health is our priority. We look forward to restoring your long-term comfort!