Thank you so much for joining the Skinny Chef community! I’m so excited that you’ve taken the first step to keeping your heart as healthy as possible.
Before we begin, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Skinny Chef mission.
After years of struggling with my weight, I knew I had to make some changes in my life by eating healthier foods and becoming more active. Much to my surprise, I found that I could live a healthier life without feeling deprived or resentful. And that’s why I want to share all of my hard-won secrets with you, so you can celebrate this life much more fully.
Cook For Yourself
One of the best things that you can do for your heart, and for your health, is to prepare your own meals. Not only does cooking at home help save you money, but when you cook for yourself, you know exactly what’s going into every meal you eat.
For most people with cardiovascular problems, the key to maintaining their health is to reduce triglycerides, cholesterol, and salt from their diet, and lower their overall weight.
When you dine out, you don’t know exactly what ingredients the kitchen is putting into your food. But when you cook for yourself, you can make better choices with each individual ingredient, and a more healthful meal overall.
Want to know what’s in your food? Here’s one of my past blog posts on the matter…
Cooking at home doesn’t need to be a daunting task.
You might think that it takes far too long to prepare and cook healthful foods, but when you think about it, at rush hour, the drive-thru line or the wait time for a restaurant table may take even more time than preparing your own meal.
One trick to avoid eating out at restaurants is to plan your meals in advance. That will help you conquer the dinnertime rush issue while helping you control what goes into your body.
Processed foods found at many chain restaurants are a lot higher in sodium, fat, sugar and calories than homemade meals, and if you eat out frequently, they could contribute to high blood pressure, weight gain, heart disease and cardiovascular disease among other ailments.
Try to go to the grocery store at least twice a week to pick up healthy ingredients to round out a balanced meal.
Stock your freezer with frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as chicken breast and fish fillets. When frozen, those will keep far longer than fresh if you’re worried about food spoilage, and you’re not losing any nutritional value.
On top of all of these benefits of eating at home, meals you prepare yourself will always taste a million times better than any restaurant meal.
What Happens Next
For the next six days, I’ll be sending you tips to keep your heart healthy and strong — that’s an entire week’s worth of life-changing advice.
After that, you’ll receive a weekly follow-up every Tuesday around 11 AM EST… and I hope that you continue to visit SkinnyChef.com, where I’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest health news, advice, personal stories, and blogs to help you live a fuller, healthier life.
To ensure that the images inside my emails load automatically and to prevent your email program from erroneously routing my emails into the wrong folder, you should add my email to your address book. It’s [email protected] — so go ahead, add this email to your address book now so it’s recognized as a valid sender of my email updates.
I’m so excited that you decided to take this first step and begin your journey to a healthier life.
Let’s get started!