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Eating healthy is crucial for stroke prevention and overall well-being. Try incorporating a colorful array of fruits and vegetables into your diet, opting for whole grains, lean proteins, and heart-healthy fats. Limiting salt, sugar, and processed foods while staying hydrated can significantly contribute to maintaining a healthy vascular system, reducing the risk of strokes.

Dr. Manish Taneja

Stroke Specialist, Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic

Introduction to Stroke and Eating Healthy

Once a person survives a stroke, he or she is at a higher risk of suffering a second stroke, which is why after a stroke eating healthy is so important. According to statistics, one out of four stroke survivors will suffer another stroke, and this likelihood is much higher in the first three months following the initial stroke. Luckily, after having a stroke eating healthy can significantly reduce the chances of suffering another stroke. There are certain stroke foods to avoid, and here is an overview that can make creating a healthy eating plan easy.

 

Food Nutrition for Stroke Patients and Survivors

A post-stroke diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and healthy fats is conducive to good overall health and a reduction in the risk of an additional stroke. In addition to eating a diet that consists of these foods, you should also:

  • Keep the consumption of processed and pre-packaged foods to a minimum
  • Increase your fiber intake by eating foods like beans, chia seeds, and oatmeal, as they can lower blood sugar and keep your weight in check, which reduces stroke risk
  • See a dietician because doing so can make creating delicious yet healthy meals easier

Eat Smart

Eating smart requires dedication to changing your diet. The change could be drastic depending on your diet prior to your stroke. Some foods to avoid are bad fats, white sugar, and table salt. Bad fats are the saturated and trans fats in many pre-packaged foods, fried foods, and more. Regular table sugar is not healthy, but there are healthier alternatives like honey, 100% maple syrup, agave syrup, and stevia. Artificial sweeteners like sucralose and saccharin are popular, but they’re not healthy and should be avoided. Excessive sodium can cause fluid retention, and therefore, increase blood pressure, and high blood pressure contributes to increased stroke risk.

Some foods to eat include nuts, avocados, and fish, all of which contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Limiting shortening, butter, and other solid oils is a good idea, as they are highly saturated. Instead, you should choose avocado, olive, and safflower oils, due to their health-promoting qualities.

 

Healthy Recipes

There are an unlimited number of recipes to choose from when it comes to preparing your new healthier stroke food diet meals. Here are four recipes that you’re likely to love:

Ginger turkey stir fry – This recipe is great for lunch or dinner.

Brownie-baked Oats – This recipe is perfect for breakfast or even dessert.

Sheet pan pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes – this is another of the many stroke food recipes that are perfect for lunch or dinner.

Skillet lemon chicken with herbs – This recipe is excellent for a quick, easy, delicious, and healthy lunch or dinner.

    Overall Healthy Recommendations

    In addition to adhering to a healthier diet regimen, which is an extremely important preventative measure for subsequent stroke, there are additional recommendations for reducing the chances of having a second stroke.

    1. Exercise – Exercising a minimum of 20 minutes a day 3-7 days a week is a great way to ward off another stroke as well as many other health conditions. Walking, swimming, strength training, and other forms of exercise are good choices.
    2. Alcohol and tobacco – Limiting and even eliminating the use of alcohol and tobacco are imperative if you’re determined to keep your risks of having a second stroke to a minimum.
    3. Regular screenings – Seeing your doctor regularly can help you keep track of your blood pressure, blood sugar, and more, to ensure your stroke-related risks are low. Hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol are all stroke risks, so your doctor can provide monitoring by blood, urine, vitals, and more.

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