After suffering a serious heart attack, director Kevin Smith has said that he is seriously thinking about his diet, and considering going vegan for his health.
In an Instagram post, Smith opened up about his health crisis.
“Doctor who saved my life at the #glendale hospital told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (also known as “the Widow-Maker” because when it goes, you’re a goner). If I hadn’t canceled the second show to go to the hospital, the Doc said I would’ve died tonight,” wrote Smith.
“This is all a part of my mythology now,” added the filmmaker, “and I’m sure I’ll be facing some lifestyle changes (maybe it’s time to go Vegan).”
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A plant-based diet can be a great option to improve cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease. Here are some tips for Smith and others to get started on the path to a heart-healthy vegan diet.
Incorporate these heart-healthy ingredients into your diet!
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The good news is, if you’re looking for foods with cardiovascular benefits, you have a ton of options! Take a look at this list of 10 Nutrient Dense Plant-Based Foods for Your Heart to see a few. From kale and celery to garlic, avocado, and grapes, there’s bound be something that suits your tastes.
Try to eat more whole foods!
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It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that all vegan diets are healthy. But many “junk-food” vegan diets can be just as unhealthy as diets that include meat and dairy. Take a look at these 10 Tips for the Heart-Healthiest Plant-Based Diet to get some ideas for how work more fruits and veggies into your diet.
These 5 Tips on Eating a Heart-Healthy Plant-Based Diet are also worth looking at for ideas on how to start a plant-based diet the healthy way.
Heart-healthy clean eating doesn’t have to be boring!
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If you’re new to eating plant-based foods, you might think that veggies need to be bland. But these 3 Spice Mixes That Can Help Protect Your Heart and Reduce Inflammation will prove you wrong and spice up any veggie meal.
Plus, red wine and dark chocolate may even improve heart health when consumed in moderation. Try this recipe for Easy Dark Chocolate Chips to add to your favorite trail mix or baked good.
Nuts and seeds are great for the heart!
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Nuts and seeds have been found to have great cardiovascular benefits. They also have a ton of other nutritional benefits, depending on which nut you choose!
Take a look at these Top 5 Seeds to Pair With Greens for a High Protein Meal for a rundown of some healthy seeds.
Looking for more heart-healthy ideas like Take Care of Your Heart With These Plant-Based Foods? Download the Food Monster App. The app is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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