Stomp Your Risk for Stroke

A new study indicates that women over 50 who eat a high fat diet may raise their risk of stroke by almost 45%! Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America; however 80% of all strokes might be prevented through healthy lifestyle. If your diet includes high saturated fat foods (found on meat and dairy products) or low nutrient sugars and syrups, now is the time to change. Remember the rule of 5 and eliminate from your diet any foods that have saturated fat, trans fat (hydrogenated oils), simple sugars and syrups or simple carbs (white bread, white rice) in the first 5 ingredients.

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Stomp Your Risk for Stroke
Stomp Your Risk for Stroke

A new study indicates that women over 50 who eat a high fat diet may raise their risk of stroke by almost 45%!  Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America; however 80% of all strokes might be prevented through healthy lifestyle. If your diet includes high saturated fat foods (found on meat and dairy products) or low nutrient sugars and syrups, now is the time to change. Remember the rule of 5 and eliminate from your diet any foods that have saturated fat, trans fat (hydrogenated oils), simple sugars and syrups or simple carbs (white bread, white rice) in the first 5 ingredients. 

Feel like you just can’t make that big of a change? I tell my Lifestyle 180 participants to make a pact with me to eliminate red meat from their diet for 6 weeks. On week 7, they are allowed to indulge in that burger or steak they swore they would never give up. And guess what? No one goes out and gets a burger!

Your palate can be trained to like and dislike certain foods and once you’ve gone a while without something you crave, you’ll notice you no longer want it.  Try it yourself – can you go 6 weeks with no red meat for the sake of stroke prevention? 

Kristin

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...