Dietary guidelines and lifestyle recommendations for women
Adopt a healthier lifestyle. While you can’t eliminate risk factors such as family
history, you can control many other risk factors for heart disease, stroke and cancer. For example:
•Don’t smoke. If you are a smoker or use other tobacco products, ask your medical practitioner to help you quit and where possible avoid exposure to second hand smoke.
•Eat a healthy diet. Choose fruit, vegetables, whole grains, high-fibre foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit foods high in saturated fat, sodium and added sugar.
•Maintain a healthy weight. Maintain a healthy body weight by exercising and choosing a healthy diet that’s rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
•Get moving. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Exercise can help you control your weight and lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and even certain types of cancer. Choose the activities that you enjoy like brisk walking or ballroom dancing.
•Limit your alcohol intake. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For women that means no more than one drink a day.
•Manage stress. Take steps to reduce stress or learn to deal with stress in healthy ways as stress can also have a negative effect on your immune system.