I THOUGHT I WAS HEART SMART...
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I believe that I am Heart-Smart. I understand that eating well, moving more, not smoking, managing stress and staying connected to the people I love can help support my overall health -- and can especially support the health of my heart.
UNDERSTANDING MY OMEGA-3 INDEX
So when a brand I am working with, MEG-3, asked me if I knew my Omega-3 Index, I was stumped. Sure, I know my cholesterol and triglyceride numbers (and woot woot, they've been trending better over the last several years!), but I honestly did not know where to begin when it came to knowing my Omega-3 Index. Did I have to calculate something? Go to my doctor? Have a blood draw?
Nope. All I had to do was take the at-home OmegaQuant Test. With a quick finger prick to collect a small blood spot, I sent my dried sample off to the lab and waited for my results.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EPA AND DHA
I hoped my report would show stellar results. After all, I know the importance of omega-3s when it comes to health and I have been working hard to choose quality sources of omega-3s in my diet often. Found primarily in oily fish and in omega-3 dietary supplements, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, like EPA and DHA, help support the health of a person's brain, heart and eyes. And together, these fatty acids contribute to a person's Omega 3 Index, a score that helps define if someone is in a "desirable," "intermediate," or "undesirable" position related to the risk for many chronic diseases.
My results from the test? Well, I have a LOT to say about them (yep, even a Registered Dietitian has opportunities to improve her diet!) so I am going to talk them over with you in a Facebook LIVE chat over on the MEG-3 Facebook page next Friday, September 29, 2017 at 12:00pm ET. Give MEG-3 a follow so that you can receive an update when I'm LIVE!
TRACKING MY EPA AND DHA CONSUMPTION
But for now, I will leave you with this one-page PDF that I developed in response to my results. I realized that in order to stay on track, I need to track myself. So, I developed a two-week tracking tool to help me monitor how much EPA and DHA I get daily. I printed this worksheet, laminated it, have it hanging in my kitchen cabinet, and at the end of each day I use a dry erase marker to give myself a check mark on the source of EPA and DHA I have chosen that day. After two weeks, I'm able to see how I did. I erase my work and start all over again tracking EPA and DHA consumption for the next two weeks.
I hope you will join me for the Facebook Live on Friday, September 29 at noon ET - and during that lunch hour, I hope you enjoy a rich source of EPA and DHA (like oily fish!) so that you can give yourself a check mark on the tracker, and help support your health too! PS: You will also have the opportunity to win an OmegaQuant Test Kit for yourself during/after the live. Mark your calendar and tune in!
Disclosure: I am a paid contributor to the MEG-3 brand.