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.

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

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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