Love Your Heart

Our #CanolaConnect community of Farmers and Registered Dietitians weigh in on how they love their hearts.

Healthy eating, reducing stress and staying active are among the biggest factors in caring for your heart and reducing risks for heart disease. When we asked Registered Dietitians to share how they love their hearts, their answers truly blew us away. Turns out, Dietitians don’t only focus on healthy eating!

These are simple ways to live simply and care for our hearts!

What does the Heart and Stroke Foundation say about healthy eating and reducing risk of heart disease?

Monounsaturated fats, such as those found in canola oil, have been shown to improve blood cholesterol levels. Additionally, to further protect against heart disease, we want to ensure our diets include Omega 3 fats. Sources of omega-3 fat include cold-water fish such as mackerel, sardines, herring, rainbow trout and salmon, as well as canola oil, soybean oil, omega-3 eggs, flaxseed, walnuts, pecans and pine nuts.

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Read more from Heart and Stroke on dietary fats, oils and cholesterol here.

Also, find Heart and Stroke Foundation approved recipes right here on Canola Eat Well!

What makes a farmer’s heart happy?

For one, when Mother Nature cooperates. That’s not often the case though. Farming can be incredibly stressful when you order rain and are delivered sunshine or, you need the sun when it’s raining. Stress on the farm is very real, as Alberta farmer, Jeannette, has shared with us. All the careful planning and smart farm management in the world can’t help their farm through unpredictable weather conditions. This is life on the farm and managing stress levels is incredibly important for a happy heart. Jeannette’s motto for loving her heart?

“Leave stress at the farm gate.”

Jeannette farmer love your heart

We also asked the President of the Manitoba Canola Growers, Chuck Fossay, to answer on behalf of the farming community and he, too, surprised us with his message. Check out what Chuck had to say.

So, how do you love your heart? Share and be entered for a chance to win!

We want to know! Share how you show your heart some love and be entered to win a Canola Connect prize pack and $100 grocery gift card.

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259 thoughts on “Love Your Heart

  1. I my family and i do 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day . I include Canola as part of my family meal plan. Eating well and exercising is a family lifestyle!!

  2. I live on rural property, and I take a walk daily with my dog to relieve any stress. The beauty of the country side, the unconditional love of my pet, always amazes me. Stress is really hard on the heart. As a nurse, I also know it is much better to eat healthy, exercise, and have fun!! #HeartMonth

  3. I took some nutritional classes last year, and I try to follow the balanced plate for meals. There was so much I was missing!

  4. I love to feel my heart beat as I swim or cycle or hike with our pup. A healthy rush of blood circulating through my heart and body. ❤️
    I also love those weekend mornings sleeping in, sandwiched between my husband and pup. Pup snuggled right in feeling his heart beat too.

  5. I’ve been trying to include more pulse-based dishes into my family meals. I also get in a 45 minute brisk walk at least 3 times a week with my walking buddies. Eating healthy, exercise, and getting enough sleep are my “love my heart” mantras.

  6. I try to get my 10,000 steps in every day and make healthy recipes! 🙂 We’re aiming to make more meals at home this year and go out to eat less!

  7. I love my heart by getting a hike in every weekend, especially in the mountains and by training for my yearly half marathons I participate in.

  8. I love my heart by putting time aside each day to express my gratitude and reflect on all the beautiful things things beating heart is letting me experience – joy, love and yes, even pain.

  9. I love my heart by trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies in my diet as well as fiber rich foods. I also try to walk daily even if that is just to the mail box.

  10. I try to avoid high fat and salty foods, I am the one who walks our dogs on most days, I walk to the mall for shopping trips

  11. I love my heart by taking care of myself. I try to make sure to get enough sleep. When you get enough sleep it helps me reduce stress, make better eating decisions and gives me energy to be active.

  12. I have AFIB so I love my heart by following my doctor’s orders, avoiding stress and getting daily exercise and eating healthy

  13. Having a dog is a good excuse to walk everyday. I eat more fruits and vegetables then when I was younger and stay away from processed foods.

  14. I watch what I eat and make sure I am making healthier food choices while shopping. I eat more home cooked meals, drink lots of water and stay active

  15. I am newly retired, so the stress level has decreased dramatically and now I am making healthy meals and walking as much as possible.

  16. I have recently had a wonderful opportunity to consult with a Dietitian. I exercise on a regular basis and thought I was eating a healthy diet but we have fine-tuned some of my choices and it is working wonders for me!

  17. I try to have as little stress as possible by not letting little things get to me. And by spending time with people I love.

  18. I started walking a year ago. Try to do 5 or 6 km a day. I take meds for high blood pressure. I limit salt and try to eat healty

  19. I have started to eat breakfast, most of my life I skipped the first meal of the day, but my wife talked me into started eating maybe some toast and eggs before I started my day. I now feel like I have more energy throughout the day.

  20. Our family watches cholesterol very carefully and eats lots of fruit and veggies and less meat. Exercise and trying to curb stress after a family scare.

  21. I love my heart by walking to and from work! This extra 45min of walking has really changed my heart health over the last few years- I can feel my stamina growing and I love not being out of breath doing basic tasks. Walking really does work!

  22. I’ve been working hard since last January to lose weight and reduce my BMI. I’ve lost 60 pounds so far and still going strong! I feel healthier and I know that my heart thanks me for my healthier food choices. Thanks for the opportunity to win! #HeartMonth

  23. I adore my heart by eating good food. We grow our own vegetables and do alot of canning from fresh fruit. Also, walk around the trails beside our house. Sure would like to snag this useful swag.

  24. I go to the gym several times a week, go for my annual physical exam every, year, eat healthy and go for long walks among other things

  25. I love my heart by eating a healthy diet everyday and walking with the dogs 3 – 4 times a day . It helps that I am dog sitter and all the wonderful dogs keep me pretty active !

  26. I walk daily, try to watch what I’m eating. I also do light exercise at home! Regular check ups with my dr as well.

  27. I love my heart by making exercise and eating healthy a priority. I also love to find active dates for my fiancé and me to do together.

  28. I love my heart by trying to eat healthy, with of course a treat once in a while. I also try to get some time of exercise in throughout each day.

  29. I do yoga. I am 59 and have had my lic. for under a year so I am a walker. I try to eat healthy and I use canola for cooking.

  30. Little daily things add up! I always take the stairs in my apartment building, make from-scratch meals, and have a job that keeps me moving.

  31. I read labels on the foods I buy to make sure they are very low in sodium. I cook from scratch so I know what’s in the end product I am serving to my family.

  32. I love my heart by eating hearty whole grains and plenty of vegetables. I exercise 150 minutes a week and add omegas to my diet!

  33. I love my heart by exercising at least 3 days a week, eating a relatively well-balanced diet and allowing those around me to show care and affection.

  34. We spend lots of time talking and connecting as a family. Removes stress and reminds us of love and support which is unconditional. ❤️

  35. I love my heart by trying to make my life stress free as much as I possibly can. I try to make the best choices whether it comes to food or relationships.

  36. I love and take care of my heart by exercising, eating a healthy diet rich in plant based proteins, getting enough sleep, and never taking myself too seriously.

  37. In the summer months I walk 5 km with a friend at least once a week or more. It’a a one hour brisk walk, this way the time goes by fast and we catch up on news rather than just email each other!

  38. I and my trainer ( German Shepard named Pepper ) walk a minimum of 10,000 steps each day and do it on the only hill in Winnipeg where we go up and down and play and run and chase other dogs and get chased and hunt for gophers and mice and just enjoy the outdoors even if it’s -25. I’ve learned to dress for the weather and my trainer seems immune.

  39. I try to exercise every day, I eat a healthy diet which includes daily useage of canola oil and flaxseed and I do activities which are stress-reducing for me.

  40. I show my heart some love by taking her on a daily walk for an hour. She loves that. And I try and eat more friuits and veggies too.

  41. I wish I never started but I have quit smoking. I also love my heart by exercising daily and eating a balanced diet that is low in sodium and saturated fats!

  42. I love my heart by taking time to myself or night out with group of friends. I also try to exercies regularly and eat well.

  43. WE avoid processed foods and keep our salt and sugar intake low. We love to be outside! We walk, bike, swim, garden, ice skate or cross country ski.

  44. I love my heart by hugging my kids or husband for an extended time. It brings down my stress levels and makes me feel like I can move on with a stressful day.

  45. I have been changing up how & what my family eats, trying to take better care of our health and set a healthier mindset in my kids. So far doing great

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