Quote of the Day: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller

Song of the Day: Africa – Toto

Exercise of the Day:  Barre

Affirmation: “Today I am full of love and light and I am strong enough to share my love and light with others.”

Tip: Trans fat is double the trouble for your heart and for your weight. Here is just another reason why we should always look at food labels. Trans fat, a very unhealthy line item on the label of most processed foods. It is used to preserve products on the shelf in the packaged sections of your grocery store. They are what give that can of cheese a shelf life long after a fresh cheese would have molded and they are dangerous for your health. Not only do trans fats raise your bad cholesterol (LDL), they lower your good cholesterol (HDL) which can increase your risk for heart disease, the number one killer of men and women. Not to mention, trans fats also raise your risk for heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. We have an FDA here in the U.S. that tends to be lenient about the kinds of ingredients in our foods and even they have determined that foods high in trans fats need to be phased out of our products over the next several years. Do yourself a favor, read labels and phase it out yourself. Common foods products that have excessive trans fats are: frozen pizza, packaged baked goods, fried foods, canned biscuits, cinnamon buns, creamers, margarines, chips and even some popcorn contain many trans fats. When ditching out on trans fats, don’t automatically assume a food is healthy. Often manufacturers try and trick the consumer by replacing the trans fats with saturated fats which raise your cholesterol and can be found in ingredients such as palm oil and coconut oil. Monounsaturated fat is regarded as a safe fat and can be found in natural ingredients such as fish, nuts, seeds, soy and avocado. So to recap, cut out the trans fats completely, limit or remove the saturated fats and eat as much of the monounsaturated fats as you would like. Happy heart health!