Today was a good day as far as accomplishing things goes. I took my one hour walk right on schedule. I am still suffering from the physical effects of anxiety so I practiced mindfulness for the entire hour. It is getting much easier for me to be mindful. I use it at night when I am going to sleep now. I would have never thought that I could give up continual active thinking so easily! OK, it hasn't exactly always been easy, but really all it took was a little bit of regular practice.
On the nutrition front, many people take omega 3 supplements or try to eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. I think this is an excellent idea because research shows a strong correlation between omega 3 intake and having a healthy cardiovascular system. A recent research study set out to see if there was any difference in the longer chain omega 3's found in fish and the shorter chain omega 3's found in vegetable sources such as flaxseed. The study found that those receiving omega 3's from fish had a higher reduction in heart disease than those getting the same amount of omega 3's from vegetable sources. It is hypothesized that this is due to the fact the the longer chain omega 3's reduce inflammation more than the shorter chain sources. Inflammation is thought to be a major cause of cardiovascular disease.
Obviously if you are a vegetarian, please keep on using flax sources, but if you eat meat anyways, fish and fish oil supplements are the way to go to have the biggest improvement in your cardiovascular health.