Author: Valerie B Bess
Valerie B Bess is the author of Healthy Heart Start.

How to Choose the Right Walking Shoes: Your Feet Will Thank You

For years I thought I was getting the right walking shoes for my feet. That changed when I started fitness walking and ended up injuring my foot. When you know how to choose the best shoe for your feet, you’ll avoid injury and recover more quickly. This is a lesson I learned the hard way. What should you avoid? How do you choose a good shoe for walking?

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Easy Parchment Paper Pouches for Quick, Flavorful Meals!

Cooking with Parchment Paper, is an easy, convenient, heart healthy way to prepare your meals. You just add your ingredients,  bake it in the oven, and let the steam infuse your meal with moisture and flavor. With only four simple

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When Stress and Grief Sends Your Heart Healthy Lifestyle Packing

When your grieving or in extreme stress, the thought of maintaining your heart healthy diet, or any part of your normal activities can go right out of the window. That’s where I’ve been lately. But as I’m starting to reconnect with others, I’d like to share some tips for taking care of yourself when you just don’t feel you can.

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Heart Healthy and Delicious : Vegetarian Cincinnati Style Chili

What do you envision when you think of chili? A hearty bowl of a tomato, meat and possibly bean stew, seasoned with chili and spices, with crackers on the side? Chili means different things, depending on where you are. This Heart Healthy Cincinnati style vegetarian chili, with a touch of cocoa, is delicious and easy to make.

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New York City Restaurant Menus Warn of High Salt Content

When you order food from New York City restaurants that have 15 or more locations nationwide, you will see a warning symbol for every item or combination listed that contains more than 2300 mg of sodium per serving. This warning will be a salt shaker that appears on menus, menu boards or near every place that food is listed for you to order. New York City is the first in the Unites States to require warnings about sodium content to be addressed on the restaurant menu. So how does this help you?

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Get Your Cardio Workout from the Comfort of Your Chair

How can you get your cardio workout when you’re injured, can’t get out for your run or walk, or get to the gym, ? It’s simple. Do this workout in just 10 minutes while seated in your chair.

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Enjoy National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

November 7 is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day. Knowing that eating dark chocolate as well as almonds can have heart healthy benefits makes it that much better. Don’t you agree? So how can eating chocolate and almonds be good for your heart? Here’s how.

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One Thing That Really Bothers Me About Restaurant Menus…

As I look at all of those delicious looking dishes on the menu, and choose from the under 500 or 600 calories portion of the menu, I’m missing out on some very critical information. Where is the sodium content? At minimum, menus will usually display the calorie and fat content of a meal. You may even see whether a selection conforms to a particular diet program. Too much sodium increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. So How do you find the low sodium choices?

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Feeling Lost With Your Weight Loss? You Can Get Back on Track

When you’re feeling lost or off the track with your weight loss goals, isn’t it hard to know where to start? One of my weight loss accountability partners said to me “As for me, I have not been doing that well at all. I do not have any goals set right now. I am way off. I have to figure something out. Lost right now. ” It sounds overwhelming, doesn’t it? Well it doesn’t have to be. The best thing you can do is start from where you are. Here’s how.

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5 Tips for Weight Control During the Holidays

Doesn’t it seem like all of those tempting foods push you into blowing the weight control part of your heart healthy program? Don’t despair. You can still eat that decadent looking cupcake and maintain control over your weight during the holidays. Here’s how.